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

February 23rd Fishing Report    






















Winter conditions continue through the sierras, creating a great snowpack for the upcoming season! Pyramid lake has been fishing great and we are moving into one of the best months of the season! Lower O flows are up to 300cfs, which makes the river un-wadable. Still feet of snow along the upper owen's and hot creek requiring snowshoes or snowmobile to access. 

The improvements I have done to the boat are working out great and I am excited to have you onboard. I have open dates on Pyramid for February, March & April. These are all fantastic months to fish the lake, let's 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 lake has continued to fish well during the month of February. The weather has been all over the place, from winter conditions one day to mid 50's and spring like conditions the next. The numbers have picked up this month, as we are beginning to see the fish congregate in large schools. Having the ability to move with these schools of fish has lead to great success. The boat gives us the advantage of following the large pods of cutthroats, instead of waiting for them to come to us on a ladder. March is one of the best months of the year on the lake for indicator fishing, these fish tend to focus their forage on smaller chironomids, and baitfish. The surface water temperature is between 43-46 degrees, as this increases the trout's metabolism will also and we should have some great days ahead.  Varying patterns sizes and fishing depths for daily conditions has been a huge factor as of late. I have dates open for March and April, let's get out on the water and have some fun.



























Lower Owens River

Flows: 300 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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