A Guides point of view on Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

January 15th Fishing Report




























Wow, another year in the books!  I hope everyone is having a great start to the new decade! Thanks again to all of the amazing people I was able to spend time on the water with last year! Memories were made that will last a lifetime!

After a winter break chasing the elusive coastal steelhead, I will be heading back to Pyramid Lake & The Eastern Sierras, February 1st. 


I am looking forward to getting back to my home waters and continue creating memories with new and existing clients! 


I will resume Guided trips on Pyramid Lake & The Upper - Lower Owens river on February 5th. I will also be watching the East Walker river flows and will begin trips here when flows permit.

If you have any questions or would like to book a date to get out on the water give me a call or email me!  


Lets get out on the water and have some fun!!!




February 6th-29th

March- Booked 

April 3-30th



Pyramid Lake, Nevada


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


I will be returning to Pyramid February 1st, and will be out on my boat the following day weather permitting. I will have a detailed report several days following that. It was a great start to the my first season guiding the lake, with many life long memories and new personal biggest trout accomplished for many clients!. I am looking forward to getting back to Pyramid and searching for the leviathan Cutthroat that inhabit this lake. 


Lets get out on the Lake and Search for your next Giant!

If you would like to come out and experience this World Class Fishery, or have any questions regarding Trip Details or Accommodations Contact me by Phone at (951) 764-7146



















































Upper Owens River

Flows: 73 CFS Above HC Confluence

             107 CFS Below HC Confluence

Dries: Parachute Midge, Mercers Missing Link, Comparadun

Nymphs: Psycho Prince , Fusion Nymph,  Rainbow Warrior , Hares-ear, San juan worm, Egg-patterns

Streamers: Sam's Baitfish, Bunny Leech, Seal Buggers, Olive Zonker, Simi-Seal leeches

The Upper O has had a great run of Winter Rainbows, and I am looking forward to getting back in the beautiful sierras and hunting their usual holding areas. If you would like to chase these beautiful lake-run rainbows, I will be back guiding this fishery February 5th, and will have a more detailed report at that time.










Lower Owens River

Flows: 151 cfs

Dries: Comparadun, Baetis Sparkle Dun, Sprout Baetis, Griffiths Gnat, Parachute Midge

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

    These are great flows for fishing the lower o. I have not been out since the high flows of summer. I will be back fishing this waterway in the coming weeks and will have a detailed report for you. 



















Hot Creek

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

Flows: 4 CFS


Dries:  Barr's Hopper, Parachute Hopper, 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 flows have receded and the winter fishing is starting to kick in. There has still been some insect activity, most are small midges. However the euro-nymping has still been proving some great days in the tight lanes the creek has to offer. The fishing should remain good through the winter, however access will be decided by the snowfall. Lets hope for another good winter!!!



















East Walker River


Flows: 18 CFS Outflow from Bridgeport Reservoir






The Flows have came down to a trickle, I highly recommend fishing elsewhere when flows are this low. The trout are already struggling to find oxygenated water, and fighting them in these conditions can be detrimental to their health. This Fishery has made a great comeback in the past 4 years, lets continue to help it.
















Crowley Lake 


Closed for the 2019 Season.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made it another Great Season on Crowley Lake, I am looking forward to the 2020 season!

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Mammoth Lakes, California

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