A Guides point of view on Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

May 17th Fishing Report    






















Eastern Sierra Update

It's go time in the Sierras, the season has started off with some excellent days. Hard pulling fish with cold clear water has attributed to great Stillwater fishing on Crowley to start the season. The River/Stream fishing has picked up as well with an increase in flows in many of our fisheries. Look for this to be a short window, with the next few weeks being best, due to low snowpack. We are seeing a more stable weather pattern for the coming weeks with some beautiful days ahead. Now is prime-time spring fishing, come enjoy it before the summer crowds arrive.













Crowley Lake 

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

Streamers: Perch Fry, Balanced perch, yellow hornberg


The first few weeks have provided some great fishing, and the pattern should continue for sometime. The opening day crowds have came and gone, leaving minimal pressure this time of the year. The water clarity around the lake is between 8-10ft which is the best it will be all season. The water temps are also at the coolest they will be for the season, with surface temps in the low 50's in the morning and rising during the day. These are optimal conditions for the Crowley Lake trout to not only feed aggressively, but also give you their full power during the fight. The midge hatches have been abundant throughout the entire lake, with the peak of the hatch coming between 9-11am. Fish have been being caught from as shallow as 7ft out to as deep as 25ft. Our prime focus has been in the 13-15ft range during the peak of the hatch and sliding out to 17-19ft during off times. Now is the time of the season that the larger rainbows are putting on aerial shows and showing anglers their backing quite often. With good numbers of hard pulling large fish, it's hard to beat Crowley this time of the year. 






















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: 110 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

With the flow increase, now is go-time for the east walker. The flows have bumped up to fishable levels and we will now be operating trips on this fishery, while conditions allow. Due to the lower flows so far this spring, the river hasn't seen much pressure and is still holding some real trophy fish. It's going to be a short window of good flows and water temps this season. Spring will be prime time for this fishery, and we would love to spend a day(s) with you on this gem of a river while conditions allow.

















Lower Owens River

Flows: 174 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 flows have bumped up making the fishing a bit more technical. more weight is needed to allow your flies to get down to the rivers substate. 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. 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. 


















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 flows have came up and the fishing has improved. Nymphs, dries and streamers can all bring success at these flows. Presentation is key to being successful on hot creek as these fish have about everything. Scud patterns have been providing great success in the deeper holes and riffles. 

















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


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


Th 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.