A Guides point of view on Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

August 5th Fishing Report    






















Eastern Sierra Update


Mother nature is currently bringing some much needed rain and cooler temperatures in our area. This will add good flows increases to our local rivers, streams and also cool down Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Res. The perch fry have moved to the top of the menu for the Crowley fish, working the weed lines has been great. The Owens river has been experiencing some decent dry fly activity, not many hoppers yet but the rains might change things. The San Joaquin water flows have been fluctuating with the rains and keeping the water levels in great ranges. Cooler temps are forecasted for the next week, with possibility of afternoon rain. This will be the perfect summer reset, and our waterways should stay in great shape for the remainder of the summer/fall season!

Pyramid Lake, Nevada


Now booking dates for the upcoming 2022-2023 season starting October 1st, 2022. I am very excited to be guiding this World Class fishery again this season! October and November are both great times to target the Giants that call Pyramid home.













Crowley Lake 

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

Streamers: Perch Fry, Balanced perch, yellow hornberg


The surface water temps began to rise, and just in time we had some much needed rain/cool weather to drop things back down into good conditions. This is a very exciting time of the year on the lake, as the perch fry become the primary food source for the Trout. The weed beds around the lake have grown to reach the lakes surface from the shorelines to around 12ft of water. These weed beds are home to an array of aquatic insects and the trout cruise them searching for the next meal. Damsel nymphs are found migrating to the weed beds mid morning and the trout are keying in on them as well. Having an array of patterns to mimic the different hatches on the lake this time of year is key to success. The perch fry, damsel nymphs, callibaetis mayfly nymphs, and midges are all on the trout's radar. The barbless artificial season started on August 1st and will remain in affect until the end of the season! There is a limit to one rod an angler during this time of the year. The water temps should stay in fishable ranges for the remainder of the summer/fall. Let's get out and find you the Crowley Grand Slam!






















East Walker River

The Regulations have changed on the East Walker, the fishery is now not a year-round fishery and will follow general trout season opening dates. Opening Last Saturday in April- Closing November 16th.


Flows: 138 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



I have not been out to the Walker recently due to warmer water temps, I will be checking the water temps after this current cool weather patterns move through. I will keep you updated.

















Lower Owens River

Flows: 197 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 crowds are down and there is plenty of water to fish. It can get warm mid-day so I recommend getting out early morning or late evening. There has still been some periodic dry fly action along the foam lines and in the eddies throughout the day. Nymphing has been the most productive method and will remain as the flows increase during the summer months.


















Hot Creek

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

Flows: 20 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 has very small fishable lanes right now, due to vegetation growth, let's hope the water from the rains open up some more fishable water. Dry dropper fishing has been best to work the small slots available. Presentation is key to being successful on hot creek as these fish have about everything

















Upper Owens River

Flows: 48 CFS Above HC Confluence

             68 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


Beautiful scenery, easy wading and a mix bag of fish. There has been a push of migratory cutthroat into the river system in the past weeks. These fish are now staging and beginning to actively spawn. Please be careful wading the river and leave the pair's of spawning fish alone, so they can successfully spawn. Target the deep holes were the fish are staging, if you do fish for them. Nymphing has been best for the lake run fish, but the smaller resident rainbows and browns have been looking up. MIdges and mayfly adults have been the main food source for the smaller resident fish as of lately. 




















Pyramid Lake, Nevada


Now booking dates for the upcoming 2022-2023 season starting October 1st,2022.


Flies: Midges, Mahalo Nymph, Boobies, Beetles, Buggers, Game-Changer


 It was a year to remember on Pyramid this season. Thanks to all that came out and fished with me, it was a pleasure. I am now awaiting info from the tribe on next year's guiding, once I hear I will begin book trips for the coming season! The fish are only getting bigger every year and next season, I think there is going to be a 30+lber.