A Guides point of view on Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

April 7th Fishing Report    























Opening day for general trout season is right around the corner! We are just over 2 weeks away before many of our outstanding fisheries re-open! April has showed us some beautiful weather so far, and the forecast for the month looks great. Many of the eastern sierra lakes are ice-free, and the midge hatches on Crowley have been great during the warmer days. Which means we should have some very active trout come opener on Crowley this season! The warm weather has also started the first stages of spring-runoff, bringing many of our rivers/streams up from winter flow rates. This Spring has already showed us some great hatches, with ample dry-fly opportunities and good fishing. We are excited for what the season has in store! 














Our team of guides will be operating trips on Crowley Lake, East Walker River & Lower Owens River to start the season. All 3 of these fisheries are going to be in prime shape come opener and we have dates available to show you a great day!



















Pyramid Lake, Nevada


Flies: Balanced Leeches , Midges, Mahalo Nymph, Booby Flies, Beetles, Buggers, Game-Changer


If you are interested in experiencing some of the best fishing of the season at Pyramid lake. The last few weeks of June at Pyramid can provide some of the best action of the year, in beautiful warm weather! This time of the year is our favorite, as we are chasing large bait balls of Tui-chub, and sight casting to the world's largest Cutthroat trout! This is truly an experience every trout angler should see! I will be guiding Pyramid from June 16th-30th. Dates are filling up fast, please give me a call if you would like to come out.



















Crowley Lake 

Re-opens April 24th.

Midges: Crowley Pupa, 007 Pupa, Fillmore Midge, Albino Pupa, Red Hot

Streamers: Yellow Hornberg, Pheasent Rump Bugger, Black Leeches 




Crowley is shaping up to be red-hot right out of the gates this year. The Lake has been ice-free for over a month. The midge hatch's have already been very abundant, and I am sure the trout are happily feeding along the mud bottom. Jumping rainbows, big browns and beautiful cutthroats, are what have been running through our guides minds lately. We hope to share a fun day of fishing on the lake with you this season!






















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: 82 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 East Walker River is also re-opening on April 24th, this season. This fishery has not seen any angling pressure in the past 6 weeks and the flows are shaping up to be perfect for opener! There has been a regulation change, now the river opens last Saturday of April and closes November 16th. The East Walker is on the top of our list for trips this Spring! We would love to share with you what we have learned on this amazing tailwater.





















Lower Owens River

Flows: 90 cfs

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

Nymphs: Hogans S&M Nymph, Caddis Pupa, Rainbow Warrior, Caddis Larva, Cdc Pheasent Tail

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


The Lower continues to fish great as we move into spring! The day time temps are warming up, causing the fish to be active for longer periods of the day. The bwo hatch is still in full swing and the overcast days have been outstanding for dry-fly fishing. We have started to see more and more spring caddis in the past week, and should continue to see larger numbers in the coming weeks. Nymph fishing has still been very productive during non-hatch periods, and the dry dropper fishing is improving as insect activity increases. The lower is definitely the place to be for match the hatch fishing this Spring!

Fishing on the Lower Owens is at its best from now through the late spring. By May or June flows will be anywhere from 300 CFS + making it difficult to access the river. Come fish with us and explore one of the best trout fisheries in the area.



















Upper Owens River

Flows: 61 CFS Above HC Confluence

             67 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


Flows on the Upper have dropped down into the 60cfs range. This has triggered many of the migratory fish to begin their journey back to Crowley. These fish have spawned in the river throughout the late winter and have deposited eggs along the stream bed. Please be careful of were you are wading. The resident fish on the river have started looking up more as we have been seeing some decent mayfly activity. Fishing dries this time of the year on the river can be a blast, and you never know when that lake run fish still holding will come up and sip your dry!




















Hot Creek

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

Flows: 6 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 is just starting to move out of its winter fishing stage. We have started to see more insect activity daily, and more active fish. The flows are still down but as we start to have some warmer days the flows will fluctuate up and down with snow runoff. Spring is a very fun time to experience fishing the creek. With and abundance of insects and happily feeding trout after the winter. The Road still has some snow in some areas, but is accessible. 























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Mammoth Lakes, California

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