Sierra Drifters Guide Service
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.
Fish’N Conditions 11/12/18
Sierra Drifters thanks all the veterans for their service to our country and hopes everyone had a great weekend. Nighttime temperatures have dropped to single digits and teens on most nights and have still been warming up to beautiful conditions during the late morning and afternoons. The forecast looks pretty dry for the following week, although there is some talk of the possibility of some minor storms, but as of now they look to be targeting southern California. As most of our rivers and creeks start to settle into winter flow rates and the leaves have all dropped from the trees, most fall spawn fish have locked into spawning mode. East Walker River giving up decent numbers and some real monsters. Trout have been holding in the deepest water available. Upper Owens River has fish in the slower water with good dry fly activity for anglers mid-day. Hot Creek good for dry fly, dry-dropper, and nymphing on most days. Warmer weather has the aquatic life very active throughout the day. Middle Owens River holding steady and streamer fishing has been good. Good mid-day hatches starting to come off in the afternoons.
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Middle Owens River (Bishop Area) 11/12/18
Flows have been holding steady as they have come down to fall and winter levels. Current cfs is 222. We are fishing in all our usual sections of the river and enjoying pulling streamers to the resident trout here. Our bigger trout have been coming on small to medium streamers with many takes happening toward the end of the retrieve. Fishing the transition zones has been the hot ticket to fooling these fish during this time. These are fun trips and often times we float all day down the river and seldom see another angler. We have been using moderate sink tips and pulling #10 Loebergs and #8 Spruce-a-bu’s back to the boat with good results. The fishing will only improve as we move along into the coming winter months too. We can fish up to 3 anglers per boat and offer half day trips (4.5 – 5 hours) or full day trips (7 hours) to meet your needs.
Thomas Quick “El Rapido” diplays a great rainbow! Two Bug Doug was his guide.
Here’s Tom hooked tight to a standard Middle Owens ‘bow!
Will Harrison also got into a few while fishing with Thomas!
Nicole Shugarts was still in shock after landing this nice rainbow! Devin Preston was her guide on the oars!
Upper Owens River 11/12/18
Some larger fish have found their way into the river this month. With the continuation of cold nights, this will keep the fish in the river as they move upstream to choose their spawning locations. They are spread out currently and the real large numbers of migratory fish will show up once the water temperatures get cold enough. Solid midge and mayfly hatches have been taking place in the afternoons. The section from the Benton Crossing Bridge down to the fishing monument is now closed. Flows are now at 89 cfs. The cooler water has prompted the fish to feed in the deeper runs now and target nymphs and egg imitations. Look for rising fish in the late-morning and afternoons as the daytime temperatures climb. They will be found in the slower eddys around the bends in the river.
The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year-round with special regulations. Seasonal closures and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section. We walk and wade guide here. During winter we will access the UO with snowmobiles.
Hot Creek 11/12/18
Flows now at 14 cfs. As the morning sun warms the surface water and air temperatures, the aquatic insects begin to emerge. Midges, mayflies, and a few caddis have been showing up daily. The newly planted fish have been taking advantage of the micro midge hatch all day. Larger size trout have been keying in more on nymphs, strymphs, and worm and egg patterns. It can get crowded here while the weather is mild so finding a good spot on the creek can pay off. #18 mayflies, #18-22 midges, #20 Brassies, and egg and SD worm patterns have been getting some serious looks and takes from the resident trout.
This is a year around fishery with special regs in place. We walk and wade guide here.*Tom Loe, Doug Rodricks, Doug Dolan, and Hans Grotewold are under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek.
Thomas Kelly displays a stellar egg eating rainbow as his dad Mitch displays a proud smile!
Jeff Hudson got into some all day action on the creek. He is all smiles and so is the fish!
Dean Kramer flew out from Wisconsin to get a taste of the eastern sierra!
East Walker River 11/12/18
Flows now at 24 cfs. It has become fall/winter time here now for the resident trout. Some behemoth trout have been pulled out of some really small holding areas. This time of year, be sure to cover any water that looks deep enough to be holding a fish as it could be a fish of a lifetime. Lots of juvenile perch have been washing through the pipe and stacking up below the dam area. A good mixed bag of fish sizes are biting on properly presented flies. Target the deepest pools and runs and you can be rewarded with some real beauties. #18 Copper Tiger Midges, #14-16 Parallel Perch, #14-16 Level Leeches, and Assassins dark and light both Parallel and normal have been great patterns to hang. #18 flashback hare’s ears, #18wd 40’s, and SJ worms also working well.
Ron Ortiz stuck a more than beefy rainbow early in the morning on the EW! His mission was to catch that fish of a lifetime. Mission accomplished!
The EW at its current flow!
A view from the dam!
David Domico got into some good ones while fishing with Two Bug!
Here’s a nice healthy EW brown he got as well!
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.
Thank you for visiting our website and checking out our report. Be the Fly…. Tom Loe, Sierra Drifters Guide Service
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