A Sierra Drifters Fish Report for 11/12/17

Guided fly fishing trips for Crowley Lake, Grant & Silver Lakes, the San Joaquin, Upper and Middle Owens Rivers, East Walker River, McGee Creek, 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 11/12/17

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An early season cold front moved through the area but did not drop much precipitation. East Walker River has been fishing really good. Lots of medium sized fish with some real big ones in the mix. Bridgeport Reservoir remains open for a few more days and we are available to guide here with our flats boats and on Crowley Lake from shore or by float tube until November 15th. Upper Owens River good for some big rainbows and browns below the bridge and above. Some smaller school sized fish have moved into the upper river portions as well. Middle Owens flowing high. We have run some trips here with a few fish being caught and it will improve here once flows drop. Same story for the Wild Trout section. 

Greg Roznowski with a stunning and large brown trout! He fished with Doug Dolan!


** Malibu Fish’n Tackle is now under new ownership. Stop in and say hello to Tom Trainer. He can point you to our great selection of Sierra Drifters flies for you to use on your next trip up here or other waters you may be fishing. Tell him Sierra Drifters sent you. **

   Upper Owens River 11/12/17

77 cfs here now. Mornings have been cold with most of the frost melting off the grass by 9:30 – 10 am. Egg patterns have been getting the job done. The big rainbows and browns that are currently in the river have been holding in various areas. The fish are on the move so if you find them one day, they may be in a new location a few days later. The deepest pools have been best, with fish also holding under the cut banks that offer deeper water. Crowds have been heavy, especially on the weekends. The section from the fishing monument down to Crowley Lake will remain open until 11/15. 


Check out some of our clients’ recent catches here:

Bobby Deluna fished with Two Bug Doug and scored this nice rainbow!

Bobby with another healthy one!

Randy Mikuriya fished with Tom Loe and bested this stellar rainbow!

Jeff Hammond also spent a day out with Tom and caught this fat ‘bow!

Jeff decided he wanted to add a little or maybe a lot of brown into his photos!

Randy with a nice fall brownie from the river!

Kevin Botsford scored this healthy ‘bow while fishing with Tom Loe!

Jeff Hudson fished with Tom and scored a nice male rainbow!

The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year around with special regulations. Seasonal closures, and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section.

Crowley Lake 11/12/17

It was a great season to say the least on the lake this year. The lake fished differently this year with the high water, and depending on who was doing the reporting on the fishing conditions, the reports seemed to differ. We can say that knowing where the fish were holding this year and what they were feeding on made all the difference between having a successful day and a poor day of fishing. Having the “right stuff” (flies) was also and still is the key to getting bites. We experienced many days where high winds gave up the best bites of the day. 


Check out some recent catches from our clients here:


Erin Thompson tried her hand at fly fishing and did very well!

Erin with a great brown trout!

Randy Sinner fished with Tom Loe and displays a beautiful brown trout!

Randy’s dad Wally with a fat rainbow!

Wally got another nice one!

And another one for Wally!

Randy with a nice fat late season brown!

And another for Randy!




Middle Owens River (Bishop Area) 11/12/17


River flows now at 557 cfs. They have increased since last report, but we are still getting some fish. We have been fishing in the upper sections where the water is a bit easier to access and fish. Going deep with our “dip and strip” method has been the way to go.

Phil Therrien took Ron Kent out for the day and put him on this nice rainbow!

 This fishery remains open year around. Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.

Hot Creek 11/12/17


Flows now at 17 cfs. Water conditions are very good for this time of year. No snow or ice present at this time.  Smaller nymphs like Assassins and FB PT’s still working with small indicators or dry flies (high vis BWO’s) used as attractors/indicators. Solid BWO hatches will come off throughout the winter. CDFW planted thousands of juvenille trout recently. Hopefully these fish will survive the winter, and we will see a large increase in fish counts for next summer. There are some really beautiful fish holding in the deeper pools and runs; but don’t expect a huge numbers day on the holdover fish.


This is a year around fishery with special regs in place.

*Tom Loe, Doug Rodricks, and Doug Dolan are under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek.

The Gorge 11/12/17

Flows have dropped here. Now at 35 cfs. Try nymphing the deeper sections and fish dry dropper setups along the edges and foam lines.

Season open year around

 East Walker River 11/12/17

Another big drop in flows here at 61 cfs. It has been very good fishing here with multiple big fish days. Some areas are holding large quantities of trout. Target the deepest sections of the river you can find and be sure to explore any pockets of water with your flies. They may be holding that fish of a lifetime.  Book your trip here.

Check out some recent catches from our clients:

Randy Mikuriya with a nice rainbow while fishing with Tom!

Jeff Hudson and Randy Mikuriya with their double hook up!

Randy with another big one from the EW!

Jeff displaying a nice fat rainbow!

Serhi Kolsin with a killer rainbow while fishing with Tom Loe!

Hugh Adams tight to a nice one!

Serhi with another fat rainbow!




This is a year around fishery with special regulations. Check regulations before fishing here.


Bridgeport Reservoir 11/12/17

Some good fishing here with trout of mixed sizes. Fish seem to be spread throughout the lake with some bigger models moving into the creek channels. We will be running trips here until November 15th.

Mitch and Madison Kelly fished with Tom Loe and scored some real beasts!




Jurassic Pond 11/12/17


The bigs, or should I say, the behemoths are continuing to bite here. These are wild fish with some of the best colors you can imagine on a trout. We are coming to a close on the pond for guide trips for this season, but we may be able to do a last trip or two before the season ends.

Check out some of the recent fish we’ve had the pleasure of netting:


Mitch Kelly is back. Here he is with Tom Loe sporting a huge rainbow!

Here’s Mitch’s daughter Madison with an even bigger one! She always gets ’em!

Scott Beyer got a heavy bellied one with his lab Bodie!

Scott with a beautiful rainbow!




***New for 2017! I have limited quantities of some new patterns that will guarantee advantage in your quest for trophy trout. Balanced patterns are the new rage for nymphing, & streamer fishing. Parallel Punk Perch has been the hottest fly on Crowley Lake recently.  We have been guide testing these patterns for several years, & I can honestly say they are the most significant improvement in fly design in over a decade. They are truly superior to conventional fly designs. The flies ride “parallel”; or “level” to the bottom giving them a far more realistic profile. The jig style hook becomes more effective as it seldom gets snagged on the bottom, & sets efficiently in the fishes mouth. These flies are intended to fish as your bottom fly in a multi fly; or tandem rig. They are deadly fished solo as a streamer. Add these patterns to your quiver for all fisheries that you still water nymph; or cast streamers.   Click on “fly sales” on the nav bar above, hit “menu” first from a mobile device to access the nav bar.

You can pick up our 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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Thank you for visiting our website and checking out our report. Be the Fly…. Doug Rodricks, Sierra Drifters Guide Service.



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