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The Sierra Troutdoorsman Fish Report


 Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing

Guide Service

P.O. BOX 9007

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Cell : (951)-764-7146
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 December 9, 2017

  Happy Holidays!

  The Weather & Fishing have been Excellent this past week. We are

experiencing an extended period of high pressure which has brought warm

day time temps. The Push of winter time fish on the Upper Owens has begun,

there are already high numbers of fish in the River early this season! It looks like

we will be seeing a great winter run of Migratory Rainbows! The warmer

days have brought great Insect activity and the bigs are keying in! 

The Flows on the Lower Owens have dropped and I have been Drifting the

River the past few weeks. The fishing has been Good, and as the flows

continue to drop look for it to get Great! East Walker River Flows up to 75cfs!

This has made for some Great early winter Fishing, and is an 

Excellent Option Right now! The next few Weeks are PRIME TIME! 

I have open dates available, Come Experience a Great Day of Fly Fishing!

Upper Owens River

Flows: 69 CFS Above HC Confluence

             90 CFS Below HC Confluence

 Dries:  Comparadun, Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Adams

Nymphs: Psycho prince, Fusion Nymph, Copper John, CDC Pheasent Tail, San Juan Worm , Egg patterns 

Streamers: Sam's Baitfish, Bunny Leechs, Seal Buggers, Olive Zonker, Simi-Seal leeches

​  The Upper O is starting to come Alive! There has been a heavy push of early winter run Rainbows! Many of these fish are in the 18-22in range, and we have seen a couple up to 25in already this winter. The Weather has been fantastic, and it should stay this way through the end of the year. There are now a good number of Migratory Fish above the benton crossing bridge. I have been having some VERY GOOD days on the water! The warmer weather has brought some hatches through the day, which is putting the bigs on a good feeding pattern. Proper Presentation and constantly adjusting weight and fly depth has been crucial in getting the Big fish to play. These fish are very aggressive once hooked, I recommend fishing 4x tippet or Heavier if streamer fishing. This is a great start for this Amazing Winter FIshery, I have Prime Dates available! Come enjoy a wonderful day of Guided Fishing on The Beautiful Upper O.

East Walker River

 Flows: 75 CFS Outflow from Bridgeport Reservoir

Dries: E/C Cutter Caddis, Griffiths Gnat, Extended Body BWO, Comparadun

Nymphs:  Brooks Baetis nymph, CDC Pheasent Tail, Sweet Pea Nymph, Fusion Nymph, Midges, Buckskin, Radiation Baetis, Higa's SoS Nymph, Pats Rubber Leg

Streamers:  Crayfish, Bow River Bugger, Sex Dungeon, Yellow Bunny Leeches

   The Flows have bounced back up to 75cfs. This is a good flow for winter time Fishing. The fishing has still been good, and the next cast always has the chances of yeilding the fish of a Lifetime. The bump in flows has made the trout more active. Most runs are holding fish, make sure that you are fishing them very thoroughly. There is a fair amount of aquatic weeds and algae in the river right now, so make sure that you are constantly checking and cleaning your flies. During the Winter time you don't need to use as much weight, I like to fish my patterns lighter so they flutter more naturally. This will also keep you out of the algae on the rocks. Streamer fishing has still been moving some fish, but it is starting to become more of a nymphing game. Czech Style Nymphing also works great in the pocket water sections of this river, if your interested in learning this technique I would Love to teach you. We have had decent  BWO and Midge Hatches throughout the day. Now is still a great time of the year to spend a day on this river!  I will be Guiding this river through the winter dependent on flows. 

Lower Owens River

​Flows: 356 cfs 

Dries: Comparadun, Baetis Sparkle Dun, Olive RS-2 , Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Midge

Nymphs: Hogans S&M Nymph, Ju-Ju Baetis, WD-40, Barr Emerger, Mercer's Micro-may

Streamers: Rj Special , Hornbergs, Matuka,  Gray/Silver Buggers

    Flows are dropping, Drift boat fishing is getting Good, Be careful wading.

​ The flows are slowly on decline, after a long summer with very high flows. This river has not had a flush like this one in close to 10 years. The river has changed in certain sections, which makes it fun to learn again. These high flows will remove all of the built up silt and sediment from the bottom, and also create some new holding areas for the fish. These fish have also not seen many flies in around 5 months, so i am sure they will be grabby if you find the water were they are holding in. I am currently doing drift trips and will keep an updated report on this area. Come experience the Lower Owens in a whole new way!

Hot Creek

Special Regulations: Barbless Artifical, Catch and Release Only. PLEASE DO NOT WADE!

Flows: 17 CFS

 Dries:  Hopper, Caddis, Hot Creek Caddis, Rs-2, Parachute Adams

Nymphs: Scuds, Tungsten Caddis Larva, Walts Worm, Mercers Micro May, G6 caddis

Streamers: Muddler Minnow, Matuka, Balanced Leeches

 The Creek is back down to its normal fall levels. There aren't as many fish as pre-drought but there are definitely still some good fish around. The fishing has been more quality over quantity, but working the small slots can provide some excellent action. Tight Line Nymphing and Dry-droppers have been the best techniques for fishing right now.

  Great news for Hot Creek, A Stocking program has been put together to help restore the creek back to the 12,000 trout per mile stream that it once was. On October 6th, 2016 the first stocking took place. The plans are to stock 12,000 trout per year 8,000 Rainbow trout in the Spring and 4,000 Brown trout each Fall for the next 2 years. Know lets hope that we have a few good winters in a row and Hot Creek should be fishing excellent again. If you are going to fish HC this Fall or winter please be careful and respect these small Trout, these are the future of our Fishery.

  Crowley Lake 

Midges:  Tiger Midges, Blood Midges, Flash Pupa, Shaft Emerger

Streamers & Nymphs: Perch Fry, Balanced Leeches

Crowley Lake is closed For the season. Thanks to all that came out and fished with me this season!

It was a very fun season with the higher water levels. I am Looking forward to doing it again next year! I am already starting to Prime Dates for next Season, reserve yours soon!

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