A Guides point of view on Eastern Sierras Hot Spots

May 1st Fishing Report    























It's been a great first week back on the water in the beautiful eastern sierras. The weather started off the week in opening day fashion and brought treacherous lake conditions. Fortunately the rivers still fished well and had minimal angling pressure. Mid-week greeted us with a high pressure system that brought outstanding weather with 70 degree temperatures and consistent action on Crowley. We have been seeing signs of small amounts of runoff during the warmer days, however it has not had an impact on fishing. May is shaping up to be a great month to come enjoy a wonderful day, fishing the eastern sierras.












Crowley Lake 

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

Streamers: Pheasent Rump Bugger, Black Leeches, Olive Twin Lakes Special 



The boats are back in the water and we have been having a blast with the Crowley fish the past week!  Opening weekend brought stormy conditions, that made the lake almost un-fishable. Tuesday we had a high-pressure system move in that stabilized the weather. This brought the first good midge hatch of the season for us anglers, providing launching rainbows and diving browns. The water clarity on the lake is unbelievable right now, and has around 7-8ft of visibility. The surface water temps have been ranging from 48-54 degrees, and the trout are pulling line as hard as they ever do. The best water depths around the lake have been in the 10-14ft range. There has been a few congregations of fish and boats, just because there is 20 boats there doesn't mean thats the best spot or the only spot to catch fish on the lake, its probably just the easiest.  Anglers that search for fish away from the crowds will have large congregations of fish to themselves instead of competing with 20 boats, making the experience much more satisfying. 






















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: 35 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

Due to the low flows on the river system, we have been fishing other waters awaiting for a bump in flows. Once flows are over 60cfs we will be guiding this fishery once again. This is to help prolong the life of the fishery and the wild trout that call it home.





















Lower Owens River

Flows: 260 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


We saw a bump in the flows on the lower the past week. The 60 cfs bump added some color to the water for the first several days, but now the clarity is back to great. The fishing continues to be good with solid hatches and active trout. 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: 56 CFS Above HC Confluence

             65 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: 9 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. 



















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.