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The Sierra Troutdoorsman Fish Report


 Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing

Guide Service

P.O. BOX 9007

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

  Thanks to all of my Amazing Clients, you made 2017 an Unforgettable Year! There were so many great experiences this year on the water, thanks for letting me share them with you! Lets make 2018 even better!

 Don't Forget to purchase your 2018 Fishing License before hitting the water!

  I Hope everyone had a great Christmas, and has a wonderful New Year. The holiday period has brought some added Anglers into the area. With there not being much snow, many are grabbing the rods and heading to the river. The added pressure has slowed down the number's on the Upper Owens, due to not being able to cover as much water. There are still good numbers of Migratory fish in the river however and we are finding some Beauties! The Flows on the Lower Owens continue to  drop and the fishing is really starting to turn on!  East Walker River Flows continue to increase and are now up to 130cfs! This is an Excellent Option Right now, if your looking for the Trophy Trout! The next few Weeks are PRIME TIME! I have open dates available for January, Come Enjoy a Fly Fishing Adventure in the Eastern Sierras. I am Also starting to Book Dates for the summer season! 

Upper Owens River

Flows: 67 CFS Above HC Confluence

             78 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 Owens is definitely holding some Trophy Rainbows right now! The Warm weather and poor skiing conditions, added a fair number of anglers over the holiday season. The fish have been seeing an array of different patterns and presentations. Hooking these fish right now requires Proper mending to ensure you are making a dead drift through each area with the least possible fly movement. Learning how to work the currents and utilizing stack mending is key to having great days on this river. The water Clarity has been a little dirtier than usual as well, due to warm weather and some snow melt. Using Brighter attractor patterns and thouroghly working each run and bucket is necessary. 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: 130 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 continued to climb and are now at 130Cfs. This is great for a Fishery that has experienced very low flows for the past 5 Winters. This is a Great flow for winter time Fishing. The fishing has still been good, and the next cast always has the chances of yielding 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: 280 cfs and dropping

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 Really Good, Be careful wading.

   This is an Excellent option right now! 

​ The flows are dropping fast, this is great news after the river has been very high all year. 2018, is going to be a great year on the Lower O. 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 have removed most of the built up silt and sediment from the bottom, and also create some new holding areas for the fish. The Wild trout section of the river will become more fishable at these flows. Nymphing and streamer fishing along the seams and in the deep buckets/eddies will produce grabs. Don't be afraid to dead drift them either. I have been floating the river a couple days a week and have been having some great action. 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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