Fly fishing on Crowley has been good in between wind events. John hit this nice bow at Big Hilton on a gillie.
Phil the trowtdude says Big Hilton, Sandy Pt., Layton Springs, & Crooked Creek are all hot spots now and the catching has been pretty good. 13-20 feet. The fish are holding deep this year so still water nymphing can be tough casting those long leaders. You will find a big mix of fish sizes this year and all three species can be caught-rainbows, browns, & cutthroats. The Sacramento Perch are also on their redds especially around Layton and Sandy Pt. The lake is currently dropping and is down a foot from its high point already-only up 9 feet from its low last October. There is some algae around now so keep those flies clean. Gillies, crystal emergers, & chironomid pupa patterns #18-20 are solid upper flies. Use crystal tigers & zebras as the lower #16-18. If you have some texture on the water I like the articulated broken back tiger midge patterns. The Crowley General Store and Deli (Shell gas station too) has a full Drifters fly box and Under-cators along with some great breakfast and lunch specialties. Watch out for those afternoon T-storms, they are in the forecast for a while.
Jenn with her first on a fly rod, father John helping out with the hold.
“First Light” Lance Geiger with an airborne rainbow off Sandy Pt.
Jason got this chunky brown in the breeze recently
My brother in law Larry Mohr and Strider had fun in Crooked Creek with big numbers of small browns. Note the waterline on the rocks-way down for May.
A saaaweeet Six Bays bow caught by Brian and Lexy while still water nymphing with us on Crowley
East Walker River
Flows are up to a perfect 150cfs. The calmer days have great mayfly and midge activity with surface opportunities in the tail outs and riffle water. PT’s, birds nest (assassins), broken back zebras & tigers, olive crystal caddis larva-#14-20 good for nymphing.
This is a big rig that crashed into the East Walker in Bridgeport. I took the shot shortly after it happened. No major pollution or fish kills, sadly the driver was killed.
Steve Yamani with a nice EW bow he got on a dry. Thanks to Brent Robinson for the picture.
The EW was good to Tom on his guide trip, nice fish!
Upper Owens River/McGee Creek
We saw above average numbers of 10-14 inch cutts and rainbows that migrated up from Crowley; however the spring migration is ending and the fish are moving back into the lake from the tribs. Nymphing with flashback PT’s, Assassins, olive zebras, SJ worms and egg patterns-will all get grabs. Flows are just right and running at 110cfs. If the wind is ripp’n use a streamer with a light sinking tip and the “dip & strip” method along the cut banks. Caddis activity picking up on the calmer/warmer days. A dry dropper bead head is always a good choice here when you have some snouts poking up. Stimulators #14-16 have great floatation and a close enough profile to adult caddis flies to get grabs.
Chris with a pretty UO cutty. Numbers are good for this size fish on the UO and McGee Creek.
John Ballotti sent me this creative shot of an Upper Owens cutt he caught-one of 35! been good on the tribs this spring.
Jeffery has pulled the boat docks at the marina due to low water. The RV Park & store remain open and is a great place to stay while in the area. Call them directly for fishing and boat launching options. Contact numbers are on the resources page.
Steve with a fat Bridge brownie. Thanks again to Brent Robinson for the pictures & the “Sheep Dip” secret to catching fish on Bridgeport Reservoir.
Dip your flies in this and get ready to go bendo! Can also be used as “aiming fluid” where regulations permit. LOL friends.
Middle Owens River
300 cfs. is not considered to be a blow out here, however it is on the high side for wading and access to the wild trout section. The Owens Valley has been very hot shutting down the bite by mid-morning. Fish the early mornings and late afternoons, Phil says it has been slow on recent trips here. Use adequate weight to get your rigs down-2 AB shot is possible in some pools and runs. I suggest plenty of flash in you nymph patterns also. Olive crystal zebra or caddis patterns work great this time of year as the point fly, #16-20. Heavy sink tips, Loebergs or #10-12 punk perch are best right now. Lots of sucker fry around.
As good as it will get this summer. Good caddis and mayfly activity with very good water conditions. Fish small midge or mayfly emerger patterns, soft hackles swung through the slots and across larger pockets can also be deadly. SJ worms & attractors will also fool finicky fish that have seen it all.
Road is now open to Reds Meadow, this is early and flows will be high but not blown out. Dry fly attractors like Stimulators, Sofa Pillows, Trudes, Royal Wolfes, Humpies-all good calls right now. Focus on the softer water and meadow sections. Look for a great July through early September.
Wild trout are absolutely beautiful on the San Joaquin River
Keep an eye out for those afternoon T-storms and gusty winds. The warm weather has improved fishing in all alpine regions. I suggest full sinking lines and streamers that have red or orange built in. 15 feet is a good depth to start along drop-offs and flow areas.
The Gorge/Pleasant Valley Reservoir
Flows continue to be higher than normal but have dropped from the middle turbine to PV powerhouse to 100cfs. 36cfs above the middle according to LADWP sources. Very fishable and a good option to escape crowds if you do not mind the hike. Dries can crush them this time of year, caddis and mayfly imitations #16-18. At 100 cfs some pools will require an indicator and weight to get those nymphs down. If it gets warm look out for snakes and stinging nettle. PV is also fishing well for tubers near the inlet when the powerhouse in generating. The inlet section is high but will be good when they shut down. Caddis, Mayflies, and chironomids all on the menu here.
I apologize for the lack of updates and new pictures on my report. I have been guiding Eagle Lake in Lassen County since late May and will not be returning until mid-July. Doug R. has a few days in mid-June open here, give us a call if you want to fish this incredible rainbow trout still water. I have guides open for all your favorite areas in the Eastern Sierra.
Thanks for reading my report, be the fly….Tom Loe, Sierra Drifters Guide Service
Tom Loe & Sierra Drifters is under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek and the San Joaquin River