Bishop Fly Fishing: Lower Owens River – 8.12.10

Lower Owens Brown caught 8.11.10

Lower Owens Brown caught 8.11.10

The Lower Owens is back up to 500+ cfs and flowing hard. Needless to say the wild browns are still in there and the experienced fisherman can still extract brown trout from this river. Water temps are in the mid-fifties making the fish hungry and active. Any slower moving water or foam line will have fish. Caddis still come off in the evening making some dry fly fishing possible. Streamers fished deep in the column will also see action. Patterns that have been taking fish have not changed much and are: Ascending caddis pupa #14-16, Sparkle Pupa #14-16, T-Midge emergers #18-20, Tigers and Zebras (in dark greens and blacks) #16-20. For the evening hatch fish Elk Hair Caddis (olives and browns) #14-18, Adult Caddis (stallcup) #16, Para Caddis #14-16. During the day there is some action on midges in hoppers in certain areas. Nymphing the caddis and midges will get most fly fisherman into some nice fish.

Bridgeport Fly Fishing: East Walker River – 8.1.10

The East Walker went up and then back down in flow to a very fishable and steady 262cfs. A few bug species are seen throughout the day; PMD’s, Midges, Caddis and a few Tricos can be seen when one spends the entire day on the EWalk. Stellar dry fly action can be had in the late evening when almost all of the EW crowds leave. Some dry fly action can be seen in certain areas throughout the day. Midge emergers #18-20 seem to keep on picking up fish of all sizes! We have been using grays, browns and blacks with success. T-midges #18-20 and various sno-cone Midges and Zebra and Tiger Midges will also get eaten. WD-40’s and various small PT and Trico nymphs are also getting consumed by East Walker residents. Fish these all in #’s 18-22. Early starts with a break during the day- then returning in the evening can produce some great fishing here.

Mammoth Fly Fishing: Hot Creek – 8.1.10

Hot Creek Rainbow Trout

Hot Creek Trout

Hot Creek continues to be a dynamic place to practice the art of Fly Fishing! A few more weeds are finally coming up, but the flows are considerably higher for this time of year when compared to years past. Caddis are still the main food source but it is Trico time of year and they are starting to show during the morning hours. Mid-day the sun beats down and fishing slows a bit- try a hopper or a bugger during these times to mix it up. Ascending Caddis #16-18, Hot Creek Caddis fished wet #18-20, and BD diving caddis #16 will take fish. Very small Pheasant Tails and Trico nymphs and emergers will also produce fish when nymphed properly, try these in #’s 18-22. In the evening a great caddis hatch can come off and send the fish looking topside. A small Elk Hair Caddis will work great as well as; Para Caddis, Hot Creek Caddis, and CDC caddis all in #’s 18-20. Stay tuned as we see what Hot Creek has in store for us in the months to come.

Mammoth Fly Fishing Report: Local Area Creeks – 8.1.10

Eastern Sierra Stream Brown Trout

Taken on a Grasshopper imitation

Many small local area creeks can be found from Bishop to Bridgeport. Some of these creeks offer solitude with incredible fishing. The Main game right now is Hoppers! Hoppers are showing some of the thickest concentrations that local ranchers have seen in 50 years in some area stream meadows. Hoppers and small buggers can produce some unbelievable and unforgettable fishing action that one does not soon forget when fishing the local eastern sierra streams.
Eastern Sierra Hopper Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing w/ Grasshoppers

Mammoth Fly Fishing: Upper Owens River – 7.31.10

The Upper Owens has finally come to fulfill is reputation as a prime trout stream as we are finding many large brown and rainbows moving up the Upper O from the fish factory of Crowley Lake below. More rainbows are being caught as the larger browns in the system are showing themselves less frequently. Lots of trout are being caught all around with varous nymphs, dries and streamers working; SJ worms and bright midges are taking many fish as well as UV midges #18-20, Disco Midges #18-20, T-Midge Emergers #18-20 are all taking fish as well as well-ribbed zebras and tigers of the same sizes. Some hopper action is starting to angles that like to cover a lot of water as they fish. Some caddis are working as well; BH Ascending Caddis #14-18 and other sparkle pupas should also be in the Upper O anglers Fly Box. Buggers and Rabbit Streamers off all sorts are also catching fish. You can fish these off a floating of sinking line depending on your style. The Upper O will continue to get better as well roll on through summer into fall. Stay tuned for Pics.

Bishop Fly Fishing: Lower Owens River – 7.31.10

Lower Owens Caddis Hatch Brown Trout

Lower Owens Caddis Hatch

Since my last report the Lower Owens has gone down to 300cfs and back up to a higher flow of 400cfs. At 300cfs we managed to sneak in a few driftboat and guide trips with great results. At 400cfs it is a bit tough, but the concentration of the caddis and midges keeps the trout feeding and accessable to anglers willing to navigate the Lower Owens at these healthy higher flows. Some patterns that have been taking fish are: Ascending caddis pupa #14-16, Sparkle Pupa #14-16, T-Midge emergers #18-20, Tigers and Zebras (in dark greens and blacks) #16-20. Come evening time the caddis hatch is well on the way and a good fly anger in the right place can catch as many wild browns as time will allow. Elk Hair Caddis (olives and browns) #14-18, Adult Caddis (stallcup) #16, Para Caddis #14-16. During the day there is some action on midges in hoppers in certain areas. Nymphing the caddis and midges will get most fly fisherman into some nice fish. Vegetation is in full growth on the Lower O with many trails being eaten by the new foliage. Bugs of all sorts are out but not too awful bad most of the time. Brings some insect deterent of some sort to be on the safe side. The Caddis hatch late evening is highly recommended.
Successful Client on the Lower Owens

Lower Owens Brown Trout

Bishop Fly Fishing: Bishop Creek Drainage (Sabrina, North and South Lake Creeks) 7.31.10

Creek entrance of the Lake

Fishing the Mouth of the Creeks in the Lake

Bishop Creek continues to produce a strong, yet clear and healthy fishing flow of clear sierra water. Lots of anglers are float tubing the intakes with good results. Going away from stocking points usually results in being able to fish to more wild browns in this system. Large stonefly type flies such as; rubber leg golden stone patterns #10-14, Prince nymphs #12-16, Pheasant Tails #12-16 and various other larger nymphs patterns are taking trout. On the surface large and small attractor patterns of all types are getting eaten by the resident trout of the stream. #12-16 hopper patters of all sorts (leggy) Fuzzy Wuzzy #12-14, Royal, orange or any well tied Stimulator #12-16 and other large attractor patterns of your choice fished correctly will get attention. Buggers are always a welcome food when tugged through a trouts domain in Bishop Creek. Some caddis are seen in the evening with fish reponding in the large pools and intakes.. Elk Hair Caddis #14-16 does the trick here.

Bridgeport Fly Fishing Report: East Walker River – 7.5.10

Big Walker Brown Trout

Big Walker Brown Trout


The East Walker is at a nice and clear fishable flow of 265cfs and continues to give out is healthy trout to deserving fly fisherman. Some days a great PMD hatch comes off around 11:30 and most of the trout in the river respond very well. Midges continue to be present most of the day with fish eating many midge and midge emerger patterns underneath. PMD emergers also get some attention at the right times. The upper section can be crowded starting mid-morning but later on people thin out. The hatch is strongest near the dam with the most fish responding. Some of the larger trout seem to have found their homes further downstream on the East Walker. Streamers are getting some attention when fished deep or when the sun is off the water. PMD’s dries (extended body, thorax) in sizes #14-16 will take fish off the surface during the hatch. T-Midges, Poly wing Midges, Biot midges, and disco midges will all take fish on the EW in #’s 18-22. Hoppers could also be a major food source very soon! Stay tuned on this one…
Agressive East Walker Brown Trout

Agressive East Walker Brown

Mammoth Fly Fishing Report: Hot Creek – 7.5.10

Wild Hot Creek Rainbow

Wild Hot Creek Rainbow

Hot Creek continues to sustain high and clear flows which are very fishable. The high flow is cool runoff water that inhibits the growth of weeds that warmer water temps bring and Hot Creek is known for. Not only is there less weed growth, there is more fishable water to see; more lines, riffles and runs exist at these flows and fish are more than adjusted to the new water level and temperature. Caddis are really starting to make an appearance here, while the adults are not on the water the caddis pupa/emergers are getting devoured below the surface as well as baetis nymphs and emergers and midge emergers. Various caddis pupa in sizes #16-18 (stallcup ascending caddis, sparkle pupa, ect.) are a must have in the Fly Box for Hot Creek. Midge emergers (T-Midge, Poly Wing Emerger) in #’s 18-22 are a great choice for the bottom fly on a nymph system. Bubbleback emergers and baetis patterns in #’s 18-22 have also taken fish in the last few outings. The strongest caddis emergence happens in the evening after sundown. Fish are on the surface and the serious dry fly enthusiast can leave reality for a few hours into a world of nonstop top-water action when the hatch is strong and fish are responding which has been most nights as of late.

Mammoth Fly Fishing Report: Upper Owens River – 7.5.10

The upper Owens is steadily fishing better and better as the early summer progresses. Flows have not gone out of control and water remains clear, especially above the Hot Creek confluence. Hoppers are setting up to be a major food source for the trout of the Upper Owens this summer and fall. With the numbers of hoppers I have seen in some of the fields around the Upper O recently it is a good indicator that the trout will put on some poundage this year feasting on these large terrestrials. Spotty hatches of caddis and baetis can be found here and there pleasing the dry fly angler, but nothing too consistent. Nymphing consistently takes fish here: Purple Princes #14-18, Robo PT’s #16-18, Bright Midge patterns such as; UV pearl midges, Disco midges, T-Midge Emergers and serendipities and in sizes #16-20 will take fish. A handful of anglers are getting into some big fish on streamers and nymphs.

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