Guided fly fishing trips for Crowley Lake, Grant & Silver Lakes, the San Joaquin, Upper and Middle Owens Rivers, Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Hot Creek, & the Gorge located near Mammoth and Bishop Ca. will give you opportunities to catch trophy rainbows and browns while being guided by expert fly fishing pros. Sierra Drifters guides utilize top of the line center console bay boats, drift boats, float tubes, and high quality fly fishing tackle to guide you on these blue ribbon trout waters.
Quick look fish report 6/24/16
Crowley Lake is the place to be. McGee Bay providing steady action with quality trout. East Walker flows are running at 230cfs. with some big browns being fooled by those who are using heavily weighted nymph rigs. Bridgeport Reservoir fishing well for numbers of planted rainbows. Marina providing boat rentals, operating launch ramp. Road into the San Joaquin and Reds Meadow now open. The SJ is running very high from run-off, hit the slower water in the meadow sections. Hot Creek run-off is peaking. Fishing remains on the slow side. Use attractor patterns for nymphing, caddis adults for surface action. Owens Valley is hot. Middle Owens flows are steady at 225cfs. Best bite occurs during cooler/low light periods. Caddis hatch is consistent. Plenty of damsel & dragon flies around also. Large nymphs can work well this time of year. Alpine Lakes enjoying some fantastic weather. Oregon stockers spicing up the pot. Streamers best with full sinking lines. Upper Owens flows remain steady, with good water conditions. Surface action fair for smaller fish using caddis adults. Skeeters are present in most fisheries, bring along repellant. McGee Creek running high, some smaller fish around in the softer water. Freestone creeks like the West Walker are at very high flows and difficult to fish.
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Crowley Lake 6/24/16
The migration of trout towards cooler, more oxygenated sections of the lake has begun. McGee Bay, Hilton Bay, and the Upper Owens inlet are now fishing very well as large numbers of trout move into these areas to feed on the consistent chironomid hatches. The damsel nymph emergence is also triggering aggressive feeding behavior as the trout follow the nymphs towards the submerged aquatic weed lines. Drifters guides are logging some 50 fish days currently, with 100 grabs for a full day trip possible. 13-18 feet, hang your flies above a clean mud bottom in close proximity to a hard weed line and you should get consistent action. Gillies, broken back midges, crystal zebra, or tiger midges, and damsel nymphs are all good calls while fishing below an Under-cator.
Steve Miller rocked McGee Bay with Doug Dolan. We are seeing the best bite of the year going off on Crowley currently.
Young gun Tyler Solomon hit some great fish on his first fly fishing outing with guide Phil Therrien. Good job buddy!
We have been taking pictures of Art Salveson holding nice fish for nearly twenty years! Doug Dolan put him on this chunky cutthroat in McGee Bay.
Long time Drifter Herb Mathieson nailed a huge cutty on Doug Dolans Ranger boat.
Taylor O’Neil got this sweet cutthroat in McGee Bay while still water nymphing with Jerry Gilpin.
Clark Hyman and Erik Nelson all smiles with this nice double on Jerry Gilpins fish magnet.
Sam Condurso got into some really nice fish while being guided by Jerry Gilpin.
Joe Condurso got this knot headed rainbow with Jerry Gilpin in McGee Bay.
Upper Owens River 6/24/16
Water conditions remain good here as flows remain stable. Fish will be planted around the campground for the summer. Special regs remain in place above the bridge. As summer rolls on look for the smaller resident fish, and those that will get planted to provide action along the UO. Small dark caddis, & micro midges are triggering feeding activity from the resident trout on the warmer days. Attractor patterns will get you looks from what is left of the bigs. SJ worms, crystal Vanderleeches, crystal soft eggs, Assassins, and Agent Orange patterns have got us into them while nymphing below an Under-cator. Size 16/18 adult Blue Winged Olive patterns, & small parachute midges will replicate the hatches. Flashback pheasant tails, & Assassins are spot on replicas for the nymph stage of this cold water mayfly. Use #18-22 gillies, crystal chironomid pupa, broken back midges, crystal tiger, & zebra midges for nymphs that imitate midge larva or emergers. Caddis larva are present on the stream bed pumice rocks now. Olive crystal caddis imitations can be a good call for the resident fish grubbing the bottom. Parachute adult midges will get you looks when the fish are feeding on the “clusters” late afternoons. I have seen a good number of trout fry along the banks, and in the slack water. Small Punk Perch, & crystal leeches fished below an Under-Cator can get some nice bows to hit these “strymph” patterns as they hunt for the tiny meals.
The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year around, down from the bridge is now closed to ALL angling. Special regs are in place here year around.
Middle Owens River (Bishop area) 6/24/16
Conditions are good here with stable flows. 225cfs. is very fishable for late June. Hit the river during low light periods and cooler times of the day. The hot summer air temps common in the Owens Valley during summer drive the fish under the cut banks as the water temps warm with the mid-day sun. Caddis activity is consistent, with large numbers of damsel flies around also. Midges will also be on the trouts menu, I like parachute patterns when the spinners cluster on the surface. Under-Cator nymphing with Assassins, Flash back PT’s, olive crystal caddis larva, crystal olive zebra, & damsel fly nymphs will get you grabs. Caddis adults, & hi-vis caddis; or Stimulators are good calls for surface action. Guided drift boat trips are a whoot, and can be very productive using streamers with sinking tip lines.
This fishery remains open year around. Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.
Stewart Epstein had a good drift with veteran guide Phil Therrien. The “dip & strip” method of fishing streamers is the best technique during higher flow periods.
Dave Ingram did well for his first drift trip down the MO. Dave used a Spruce-A-Bu streamer most of the day to get some nice rainbows like this.
Hot Creek 6/24/16
We are finally getting some flushing flows on the “crick”. Fishing has been slower with the increased flows. Water levels are running the highest in a few years thanks to the snow melting into Mammoth Creek. The pesky aquatic weeds are still an issue; but not as bad was last fall for sure. Some trout are moving into the larger riffles thanks to additional water on the warmer days. Think about swinging some Punk Perch, or Loeberg streamers when the water levels are high after run-off; or rain. Midges, scuds, & attractor patterns are best during cooler periods; although you will see solid blue winged olive hatches throughout April on the warmer days. #20/22 midges, #20 pheasant tails, #18 Assassins, & bird’s nest patterns are best for nymphs. Small parachute midge; or mayfly adult patterns used with a 10 foot leader are best for surface presentations when the fish are on the adult BWO’s, midges/or clusters.
This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.
*Tom Loe is under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek.
Pleasant Valley Reservoir 6/24/16
Warm air temps and hydro power generation have slowed down the bite here. Fish the low light periods around the inlet/transition section if the flows are low. The small river section can be fun if the turbine is not ramped up. Dry/dropper bead head combos are the best rigs here. Hi-vis caddis, Stimulators, or hi-vis mayfly adults with a tiger midge, Assassin, FB PT, or crystal olive larva nymph as the dropper.
This fishery is open year around.
The Gorge 6/24/16
It can get down right hot this time of year, bring along plenty of water if you hike into more remote sections. This fishery is not prone to water increases during the spring, and can be a good call when flows are trending upwards in other areas. Flows are around 50cfs. You will see solid mayfly and caddis hatches on the warmer days here. Fishing can be quite good if you do some hiking and get away from the sections that get pounded. The Gorge could be classified as the true “tailwater” from Crowley Lake. The fish here are all wild browns with a large one going 16 inches. Moderate/difficult hiking is required to access the more secluded sections. Rock hopping and bush whacking can be expected. Dry/dropper bead head nymph combos work well in the deeper pools. Use PT’s, Assassin birds nest, broken back midges, tiger midges, & crystal olive larva patterns as the nymphs. Hi-vis para BWO’s, Stimulators, parachute midge adults, & elk caddis, & hi-vis caddis are good choices for your dry fly. Pack in water, have cleated wading boots and a stout staff. 2-4wt. rods are perfect for this water.
A compromise/ final settlement has been reached between the LADWP & CDFW for the re-watering and enhancement of the middle & lower sections of the Gorge. The Upper section will now be managed as a Tui-Chub” sanctuary for perpetuity- with no additional water, or trout enhancement allowed. The Middle & lower sections will begin to see immediate improvements in flows, fish access ladders, and management as a wild trout fishery. Final Draft of Owens Gorge Stipulation11 20 14 Special thanks to Crowley local James Parker for keeping us informed on this complicated situation.
Season open year around
Bridgeport Reservoir 6/24/16
Fishing has picked up, and the lake is in the best shape in a couple seasons. Here is the opportunity of a lifetime! Contact Jeffery Wenger at the marina if you are interested in buying potentially one of the best recreational facilities in the Eastern Sierra. 760-932-7001.
The Bridgeport Marina has enough water for launching, and boat rentals.
East Walker River 6/24/16
Reports are good for big fish here. Heavily weighted nymph rigs, and aggressive wading in fast water are needed to get into some quality fish. Numbers remain low. Strong caddis, midge, mayfly, & damsel fly hatches are going off. Water conditions are fine, with clarity and weeds not an issue. Try larger Assassins, FB PT’s. and damsel nymphs. Hi-vis caddis, and parachute mayfly patterns good for surface action. Lob some damsel nymph streamers for a shot at bad LeRoy brown during low light periods. Flows are moderate at 230cfs.
Been a while since we have seen flows like this on the EW. There is still plenty of water to fish even at moderate release rates.
Blown out. We will see some high water levels here through June. Several larger freestone creeks will become high, & off color as the snow begins to melt at elevation.
San Joaquin River 6/24/16
The SJ is a tough place to fish during run-off periods. Look for the slower water in the meadow sections for better conditions. Dry/dropper rigs are always good calls here in the rifle water. Hi-vis mayfly, or caddis adults will get looks on the surface. Bring along repellent, the mosquitoes are out this summer.
Jurassic Pond 6/15/16
Beautiful Jurassic Pond is a private trophy trout fishery that is exclusively guided by Sierra Drifters pros. It is situated near McGee Creek, and overlooks Crowley Lake. We fish with streamers, nymphs, & dry flies during warmer periods. You will not find larger trout anywhere in the Eastern Sierra. If you want a dance with a twenty pound rainbow, or double digit brown-this is the best private fishery in the region. Contact us for availability please.
There is only one place in the Sierra you can get a monster trout like this on a dry fly. Scott Campbell bested this gigantic rainbow on a #18 black caddis after a ten minute tug of war.
Mike Biggins, got a bunch of bigs for his session on Jurassic.
Parker Brakebill showing off a giant rainbow that took him into backing, and did a few laps around the perimeter of Jurassic Pond. Great rod work buddy!
Jerry Brakebill used an Assassin nymph to fool some amazing browns on Jurassic Pond. Nice job buddy, great fish!
Jerry with another huge brown.
Alpine Lakes 6/24/16
Blue skies and warm temps will get the trout on the chew. Tubers trolling streamers with full sinking lines can get into some fish while targeting drop-offs, inlets, & structure. Agent Orange, Crystal Leeches, Loebergs, Spruce-A-Bu’s, and Punk Perch patterns are good calls to use along drop-offs, structures like submerged stumps, and near inlets.
You can pick up my flies & Under-cators at Reagan’s Sports in Bishop, the Crowley General Store (not at the lake), Ricks Sport Center in Mammoth (limited selection), Bridgeport Reservoir RV Park (currently closed for winter), Stroud’s Tackle in San Diego, & Malibu Fish’n Tackle in Thousand Oaks.
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