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A Guides point of view on Pyramid Lake & Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

July 25th Fishing Report    






















As we move into the end of July, our fishing opportunities are expanding everyday. With new bodies of water becoming fishable after runoff. Many of our creeks and rivers are starting to recede from the record runoff we had this season. The Upper Owens flows have came down and water clarity is improving. East Walker river still on the high side but definitely fishable. Crowley lake & Bridgeport reservoir have been providing great stillwater fishing in shallow water.  Lower Owens river still too high to fish and will remain that way most of summer. The road to the San Joaquin river is now open, but it's still very high for fishing. Good news we have plenty of water, and the fishing will remain good all year!  


We have started booking dates for next season at Pyramid lake, and they are filling up fast. If you would like to experience this amazing fishery, I will be guiding it from my boat for the 2023-2024 season.























Crowley Lake 

Midges: Crowley Pupa, Filly, 007 Pupa, Albino Baron, Albino Pupa, Red Hot

Streamers: Perch Fry, Balanced perch, yellow hornberg


The Lake has been fishing good and will continue on for the coming weeks. We are still seeing the lake levels rise daily, from the snow runoff. The tributaries to the lake are providing cool water areas for the trout, and also an abundance of food sources. The damsels and calibaetis mayflies have been on the fish's menu the past few weeks along with midges. I have started to see some small perch fry along the weed beds around the lake and soon enough these will become the trout's main focus. 















East Walker River

Flows: 590 cfs


Dries:  Mercers Missing Link, Yellow Sally, Fat Albert, Sparkle PMD, Chubby Chernobyl   

Nymphs:  Barr's Pmd emerger, Radiation baetis, Mercers Poxyback Pmd , GTI Caddis, Fox poppah, Split Case PMD, Solitude Stone, Pats Rubber Leg, Cdc pheasant tail, rainbow warrior, tung poison midge

Streamers:  Sculpzilla, Cravens Double Gonga, Slumpbuster, Meat Whistle

The River is still on higher side, but there is definitely fishable water. The water temps are hovering around 60 degrees, which is perfect. Locating the slow water seams, and current breaks are where you will find your fish at these higher flows. As the flows begin to drop the fish will spread out through the system. It's going to be a shorter season on the river this year, but August-October are looking perfect. Streamer fishing, Euro-nymphing, and indicator fishing have been best as of late. 






















Hot Creek

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

Flows: 149 cfs


Dries: Hackle stacker BWO, Mercers Missing Link, Hot Creek Caddis

Nymphs: Iron Lotus, Walts Worm, Mercers Micro May, Hot Spot Scud, BTS, Zebra midge

Streamers: Muddler Minnow, Matuka, Balanced Leeches

The Creek saw its highest flows in many years this season, with flows reaching over 300cfs. This gave the creek a much needed flush, which not only cleans up the rivers substrate it also enhances aquatic life for the coming years. Euro-nymphing has been the best technique for fishing the creek at the higher flows. The earlier in the day the better the water clarity has been. 

















Upper Owens River

Flows: 115 CFS Above HC Confluence

             264 CFS Below HC Confluence

Dries: x-2 caddis, Mercers Missing Link, Extended body pmd, Griffiths gnat

Nymphs: Poxyback Pmd , Solitude Jig Pmd,  Rainbow Warrior , Zebra Midge

Streamers: Muddler Minnow, Seal Buggers, Olive Zonker, Simi-Seal leeches


The river flows have came down and the river is not overflowing the banks and filling the meadows anymore. The upper sections of the river above the hot creek confluence has been providing the be opportunities for fly anglers. The water clarity is much better in this section of river, and the resident fish have been feeding well. Remember to bring your bug spray, the mosquitos are out and about. 





















Lower Owens River

Flows: 399 cfs

Dries: Iwan-E dun,Hackle stacker Bwo , Grifiths gnat, Parachute adams

Nymphs: Go-2 Baetis, Tung Poison midge, Rainbow Warrior, Buckskin, Pheasent Tail, Kyrptonite caddis

Streamers: Pheasant Rump buggers, Rj Special, Zoo Cougar, Matuka, Gray/Silver Buggers

The River is unfishable due to high water runoff, and will most likely stay that way until the fall. We will keep you updated when the situation changes.


















Pyramid Lake, Nevada


Stripping: Boobies, Buggers & Beetles, baitfish imitations

Indicator: Midges, Mahalo Nymph, Balanced Leeches


 The Lake is Closed until October 1st. We are booking dates for the upcoming season and they are filling up fast.

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