A Sierra Drifters Fish Report for 5/21/17

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 5/21/17

An extended week of warm weather and high pressure is in the forecast. Crowley lake is kicking out some big fish lately. Midge hatch in full swing now as chironomids are coming off in massive quantities. Bigger fish have moved into Sandy Pt., Christmas Bay, Sometimes Bay, Six Bays, Alligator Pt. and Stormy Flats. McGee creek starting to fill up with bigger cutthroat. Fish starting to pod up in the lower sections of the creek. Upper Owens river running at 92 cfs. above Hot Creek with some school sized rainbows ready to play. Hot Creek yielding some rainbows and browns from last winter’s stocking program along with some standout brown trout. Middle Owens flowing high at 728 cfs. PVR giving up some fish pulling streamers with full sink lines. Gorge fishing decent with dry dropper setups when the flows are stable.

The midge hatch has been exploding at Crowley Lake!

 These guys will soon sacrifice themselves to some hungry birds on the lake as they drop their eggs and die!

Crowley Lake 5/21/17

It’s been game on here. Larger fish are in the mix along with small and medium sized trout. All three species of trout are now on the chew in 14-20′. Hot spots have been Six Bays, Sandy Pt., Alligator Pt., Christmas Bay, Stormy Flats, Sometime’s Bay, and Big Hilton. The midge emergence has been starting around 10 am and going strong through the afternoons with the high pressure and warm weather recently. We have been hanging our bugs 1-3′ off the bottom and getting good results.

Manny Monsibais with a long and well marked cutthroat! Great job on landing this one Manny!

Gary Grumbles with a nice lookin’ brown! Great day out there with good company Gary.

Manny with another brown he caught during his trip!

Dan “the man” Williams with a fat rainbow that fell victim to a midge under an indicator! Dan you were on fire that day!

Tim Nykoluk fished with Two Bug Doug and scored this sweet ‘bow! Way to stick them Tim!

Dave Carranza took Dennis Woodin out for a day on Crowley and he did well! Here Dennis proudly displays one of his rainbows.

Tim Nykoluk with another nice fish. This time it’s a stellar cutthroat!

Brett Porter Jr. with a long 20″ cutthroat trout. So close to edging out your buddies Brett!

Lyn Woodward with a nice rainbow caught on one of our windiest days this week. Great job on that fish Lyn!


Jerry Gilpin took Rusty Stever out for a day and he tied into this nice cutthroat.

On the same trip with Jerry was Mark Voiselle diplaying a great rainbow trout!

George Beitner hit the lake with Phil Therrien and nailed this blimp of a rainbow!

Dave Doran had a great morning with “Two Bug” Doug Dolan. One hell of a rainbow there!

David Anderson is all smiles after battling this super rainbow! He fished with Doug Dolan that day.

Marty Thouvenelle also got into some good ones with Doug D. The lake has been kicking out some beauties lately!

Upper Owens River 5/21/17

River has now risen to 92 cfs and 81 cfs at Hot Creek. Water pretty high and off color below Hot Creek. River looks ok above. Some school sized fish being caught on midges, SJ worms, Pt’s and egg patterns. Roads still muddy so use caution when driving in. 

Access road leading to the river!

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.

Middle Owens River/PVR/Wild Trout section (Bishop Area) 5/21/17


 Flows now at 727 cfs. River still not fishable yet and will remain high for most of the season this year. Flooding still along the banks and areas that haven’t seen water in years now completely covered.  Gorge best bet down here.


 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 5/21/17


Some of the diploid fish that were planted are biting along various sections of the creek. Some larger browns showing up in specific areas too. Try dry/dropper setups with midge larva and mayfly patterns. Crystal egg patterns also working well. Creek will get high and off color as warm weather continues to bring in added snow melt.



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 5/21/17

Bite can be good here. Getting up to the higher reaches of the river is  producing. Caddis and Mayfly dry/dropper set ups with light weight rods are fun. Wild fish are eager to bite when the flows are stable. Lengthen those leaders when the flows drop. Some double digit days on wild fish can be had.

Season open year around

 East Walker River 5/21/17

Blown out at 800 cfs. Down from last week some. Look elswhere for fishing. Stop off and see Jeffrey at the marina at Bridgeport Reservoir. He will give you the latest info on fishing conditions on the Reservoir.


This fishery is open year around below the Bridgeport Reservoir dam to Nevada State line. Open year around in Nevada also.


Jurassic Pond 5/21/17

Ken Harada got what every angler comes for at “J” Pond. Big browns! That is a beautiful specimen Ken!

Ken also hooked and landed this epic Jurassic Pond rainbow. A torpedo with rosey red cheeks is more like it!

We are now taking bookings for the 2017 season to fish the legendary waters of Jurassic Pond. Located on beautiful McGee Creek, & overlooking Crowley Lake, this is exclusively private water which is home to the largest rainbows, and browns located in the Sierra. There is no equal anywhere in this region for the size, & number of gigantic fish you will find here. This is a fly fishing, catch & release sanctuary that requires a Sierra Drifters Guide to assist you in landing that once in a lifetime trout. Please contact us for openings, and information about a trip to Jurassic Pond.

We use a variety of fly fishing techniques to fool the monsters on Jurassic. These are wild trout that thrive in the cold, snow fed waters of this monster trout sanctuary. This behemoth rainbow caught by Robbie Souza went over thirty inches, and twenty pounds. This fish has even larger cousins!

This exceptional German Brown is one of many wild trout that lurk in the crystal clear waters of Jurassic Pond. Vic Davis was able to fool “bad Leroy Brown” on a streamer pattern.

***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. 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. Some sizes are not available due to back orders on jig hooks, & are only available online at this time. I will add more sizes on some patterns as we get shipments in. 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.

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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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