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A Guides point of view on Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

December 14th Fishing Report    























Happy Holidays, Thanks to everyone who came out and fished with me this past season!

If you are looking for a last minute gift for that special someone, we offer gift certificates in any amount towards a guided fishing trip. We would love to help you out and show the group a fun day on the water.

We have made a few upgrades to the boat to better service you, and are very excited to get you back onboard. The fishing remains good at Pyramid lake, and should continue through the winter months. The past season's guiding at pyramid has shown that some of the largest specimens are caught during the winter months. Winter storms have been moving through the sierras with breaks of beautiful bluebird days in between. Let's hope these winter storms keep adding to our snowpack totals. This will greatly help replenish our fisheries, from the alpine lakes and streams, down to our main rivers, and reservoirs. Our family at the Sierra Troutdoorsman wishes your family a happy holiday and a great start to 2023! Let us know if you want to get out on the water and have some fun! 








Pyramid Lake, Nevada


Stripping: Boobies, Buggers & Beetles, baitfish imitations

Indicator: Midges, Mahalo Nymph, Balanced Leeches


 The winter fishing is in full swing, and the action has been steady, with some giants coming to the net. Fish can be found in the shallowest area's of the lake this time of year, especially during low light periods. Stripping foam flies and buggers has produced consistent action through the day. The indicator bite has also been good and keeping those flies in the traveling lanes of the giant cutthroat leads to some of the biggest pyramid trout. Adjusting your presentations and areas to fish depend on conditions is key to success. Some of the calmest days still provide excellent fishing if you know where to look, the big fish still have to eat. We have been targeting the fish in un-pressured areas of the lake, and this has lead to great numbers and size. 



























Lower Owens River

Flows: 97 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. This is an excellent winter fishery, and a great place to hone your skills or work on new techniques. There has 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 for most the winter 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 access road into the creek is covered in 3-4ft of snow and is not drive-able even in a 4x4. Walking, snowmobiling or cross country skiing into the creek is the only access. Be safe and careful getting down into the creek if you decide to make the adventure. 




















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


There has been a push of migratory rainbows into the river system in the past weeks. These fish winter in the river before spawning in the spring.  Target the deep holes were the fish are staging, if you do fish for them. Nymphing has been best for the lake run fish. The access road into the creek is covered in 3-4ft of snow and is not drive-able even in a 4x4. Walking, snowmobiling or cross country skiing into the river is the only access.




















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: California Side Closed


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






















Crowley Lake 

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

Streamers: Perch Fry, Balanced perch, yellow hornberg

The lake is closed for the season, it will re-open last Saturday in April. The eastern sierra snowpack has started of great this winter, let's hope it continues!




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