The Fish Report - November 17, 2017

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First snow just as general season closes but will melt fast and should be nice again in a couple of days.


We're are on Fall hours

8am - 5pm 7 Days



Recent Photos of our Clients and Customers.


Tom Hampton fished the Upper Owens with guide Mike Villemaire and caught a couple of quality Crowley Fish.


Here's Tom with another big migrant crowley fish.


Heather fly fished for the first time ever with Jim and from the looks of it had a great time.



George Chial fished the San Joaquin with Jim a couple weeks back and stuck this rainbow on a big chernobyl ant.


Ian fished the Upper with Jim on tuesday and got a nice rainbow.



Here's Mike with his client Mike on Hot Creek last week.

Here's another with Mike and Mike.


Lily Luther fished with her dad Lex... and Superman. I mean Otis.



Wyatt got his hat trick with Jim last week on Crowley. First the brown...

Then his Cutthroat...


Then finally the rainbow!


Mike and Jim fished with Bruce on the San Joaquin Friday and caught a bunch of fish just like this one.








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The Fish Report - November 17, 2017

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides

on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.

Consult the DFG Regulations for specifics.


Mammoth Lakes Basin - Local Weather   Road closed for winter as of 11/4

Water Conditions:


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:



Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 27CFS as of 11/5

Water is running clear and cold.

(Note flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon)

Fishing conditions and Hatches:Good

The creek was recently planted on Friday with lots of small browns and rainbows in the 6-12" range. Still some bigger fish being caught if your fly has a chance to drift past the thousands of fresh plants.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Parachute Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Drifting Little Weedy #18, Nitro Caddis #14, Zebra Midge #20-22, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #16, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive#16-18

STREAMERS: Flows are down to the point where it's not worth swinging streamers, besides there are too many weeds anyway.

Guides Hint:Use a smaller indicator to see the grab, or ditch it all together and tight line.


SAN JOAQUIN RIVER         Local Weather and Flows  Road closed for the season as of 10/19
Visitor Center Info (760) 924-5500

Water Conditions:




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Recommended Flies:



Guides Hint:


CROWLEY LAKE -   Local Weather    Fish Camp Cam  Crowley Cam     Surface Elevation


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Guides Hint: If you're stripping anything on crowley, don't run 5x. Make sure you're using at least 3-4x. The fish DO NOT care about the size of your tippet when you're stripping. Also make sure you're running a loop knot for the best action.


UPPER OWENS RIVER- Local Weather and Flows


Water Conditions:Fair

Closed to all fishing between Benton Crossing and the Fishing Monument downstream.

Flows are at 78cfs as of 11/5 Above the Confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The fishing here is definitely starting to get better. Lots of stockers and small resident fish. There is the occasional crowley fish in the mix, but they're few and far between. Caddis still hatching around 1, but it's not what it was a few weeks ago. If you go up high above the confluence, be aware that the fish are very spooky. So be mindful of where your shadow is and try to move slow and be light on your feet. If you can see the fish, chances are he already saw you.

If you're looking for big browns, they're not here yet. Have been seeing a few larger rainbows but the browns are still in the lake. Maybe another week or so. Keep in mind that Browns don't need to spawn in the river and can spawn in the lake.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Little elk hair caddis, Mercer's missing link caddis #16, EC Caddis #16, stimulator #16

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Double Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leech, Maribou Leech.

Guides Hint: Ditch the bright colored shirt and avoid getting into the water unless you're crossing.


Lower Owens River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions:Fair

Flows are up to 549cfs as of 111/5



Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are back up again so any fishing done down here should be done with care.

Recommended Flies:




Guides Hint:


East Walker River - Local Weather and Flows

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 61cfs as of 11/5





Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not hearing anything good about the walker right now. Flows have dropped even lower too.


DRIES: Not seeing much surface activity.

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Buckskin caddis #16, Bottom Roller #14, Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18

STREAMERS:Type 3 sink tip just about anywhere with bright colored streamers.



Pyramid Lake, NV   - Report Courtesy of Chris Wharton Call 775-851-1558 for more info or bookings.

Water conditions:

With the cold nights the water temp. has been right around 60 degrees. The lake has cleared of the small amount of algae that had formed and is gin clear.


Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing as usual has depended on the weather, it is tougher on the bluebird calm days and we are getting more grabs when we have some clouds and breeze. Use the tubes if they are not inshore for the day and it will put some fish on the line. As the temps start to get into the 55-57 degree range  the larger fish will start prying the shallows more looking for baitfish. If you want to have a sore wrist from fighting Cutts. then Nov. until mid Dec. is the time of year to target the big guys out here.They are very strong

Recommended Flies:

Olive and white baitfish imitations, dark Wollies in black and purples during the low light and Balance Leeches in the deeper water when you have some good chop.

Guides Hint: If you aren't getting fish then experiment, don't just keep casting in the same spot. Go to the tube in deeper water or put on a indicator and fish the drop offs etc.

I have fished world famous Pyramid lake with Stillwater Guide Service owner Chris Wharton

and would recommend him for guide trips to this water, he has over 33 yrs. exp

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