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    • May 30, 2020 Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report
      Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

      Jim Stimson Reports on 5/30/2020

      After months of social isolation I would like to welcome everybody back to the world of trout fishing. As I write this report, the CDFW has reopened Mono County for fishing except for Crowley Lake, though you can fish from shore, float tube, or kayak, just no motorized watercraft. And if their regulations were not confusing enough, the fishing has opened in Mono County but remains closed in Inyo County (except for the Lower Owens River — a year round stream). The rules and regulations are changing by the minute. I would expect all fishing to be open in Mono and Inyo Counties along with restrictions lifted on Crowley Lake by this weekend. Keep in mind, the motels and campgrounds are still struggling to open with the mandates set in place by the State. The private, concession based campgrounds are opening this week, at least in Inyo County. You can still disperse camp on public lands but BLM and USFS campgrounds are not expected to open until the end of June. Some of the campgrounds may not reopen at all because of issues with trash and sewage. It is disheartening to see the amount of trash, toilet paper, sewage, illegal open and often unattended campfires. Really?! 

       

      If you plan on coming over anytime soon, be prepared to travel completely self-contained.  And please, when you camp and fish, honor the old adage, “Leave no trace.” Respect the fishery, the nice place you are visiting, and each other. Let’s all pitch in and leave our waters in better shape than you found them. Carry a trash bag and pick up some trash even if it is not yours. Come on over, do some fishing, practice social distancing, and be prepared to wear a mask if you are grocery shopping or visit a retail store. We are sailing on uncharted waters. A little courtesy and patience goes a long ways. We will get thru this pandemic.

      Sonora and Monitor Passes are currently open, I have not heard of any rumors concerning a projected opening of Tioga…. Hang in there! Stay safe and healthy.

       

      East Walker

      The flows on the East Walker are at 150 cfs. Keep your eye on the USGS site as I would expect the irrigation district to start releasing more water as the snow from the high country starts making its way to the valley below. The river at this level is perfect. The trout love the extra cold water and are free to move around throughout the river system. These flows are easy for wading as well. The fish have moved for the most part out of the deeper buckets and into the moving water. This is a combo of several factors; oxygen needs and the caddis / stonefly nymphs are tumbling out of the riffles into the mouths of hungry fish. Black zebra midges and WD-40’s work well in the morning but as the day heats up, watch for BWO’s, stoneflies, and caddis. I generally use a stonefly nymph as an attractor with a beatis dropper. The combo has been money. 

      West Walker

      The flows are over 1000 cfs with the spring runoff as a heat wave settles in over the Sierra. if you insist on fishing here, tighten your waist belt, use a staff, and keep your wading conservative. Try using big, flashy, and bright attractor patterns in this fast, off-color water.

      San Joaquin

      The road to the Postpile and the San Joaquin is currently closed.

      Hot Creek

      The creek is flowing through the canyon at roughly 50 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the weeds and rocks, plus the overhanging grasses along the margins. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis above and a midge or small mayfly below. Hot Creek is always a fun place to fish. The canyon is home to not only some nice trout, but deer, osprey, and the occasional bald eagle. Enjoy!

      Upper Owens River

      The flows sit at about 66 cfs high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to 120 cfs. The river is very clear so fish with some stealth. There are still some massive sized cutthroats spread throughout the caldera. Please avoid the temptation to cast onto the spawning fish. Choose where you wade carefully as you do not want to destroy their redds. Just a plain ‘ole pheasant tail works wonders. Thanks.

      Lower Owens River

      The river is cruising steady at roughly 200 cfs and is fishing well with all of the traditional patterns; PT’s, Hare’s Ears, midges, Frenchies…. If you enjoy hucking dry flies, this is the place. Around lunchtime, watch for BWO’s to start coming off the water and be ready. The first thing you will notice is the bird activity along the river. You will see swallows, fly catchers, and sparrows flitting around the surrounding brush and diving at the river surface. Look for rises along the foam lines as fish snouts start poking up through the surface film. This BWO carnage only lasts about an hour. If you get finicky trout snubbing your dry flies, change your bug. Usually a sized 16-18 adams will get grabs, but often the trout are looking for a mayfly that is sitting lower in the surface film. An adams rides high so try a comparadun or a hackle stacker, they sit more within the film. Sometimes that is all you need to get back into the game.

      Get out there! You cannot catch fish if your line isn’t in the water.

    • May 28, 2020 California Surf Fly Fishing Report

      Evan Praskin Reports on 5.28.20

      What’s up all my surf fishing people! Hope you all are hanging in there through these crazy times. Wanted to get out a quick surf update and let you all know some of the low down for the Monterey Bay beaches. Unfortunately during the last few months rules and regulations were changing back and forth with some false or misleading info mixed in as well. First let’s talk about the fish! The stripers are here and have been for some time, of course during the same time the SIP was ordered. Along with the bass, there has been some very good perch action to fill in the slower days. In general we have had some beautiful weather with very fishable conditions. Typical clouser patterns 4-6” are working for both perch and bass(Chartreuse over white/ blue over white), of course your smaller sand crab imitations are catching fish as well(fish them both!) 

      Now let’s talk about access.... This is all information from what I have researched and gathered, but I have heard mixed stories of tickets still being issued so please use common sense and make safe choices while venturing out. So as of right now there is a beach activity restriction in the Santa Cruz/ Watsonville coastline from 11am-5pm. It states that you may exercise and participate in water activities, but no lounging or group gatherings. The major factor right now for the entire Monterey bay is beach access via parking. Most all state lots are locked with very limited parking along the streets, this is where it can get tricky. Please do yourself a favor and look before you commit to a spot. Take a look around and look at signage, people have been removing signs and opening up taped off areas to park. Be sure to do your own due diligence to avoid an accidental ticket. Lastly please be aware that car break ins along our beaches have bee on the rise! Do not leave anything of value in your vehicles. If you must, hide them well and double check you locked your doors. My guiding has been on hold for the last few months, but I am planning on starting up again come June. Hope you all stay safe and healthy, we’ll see you on the beach! 
    • May 28, 2020 Northern California Fly Fishing Report
      Northern California Fly Fishing Report
      Dave Neal Reports on 5.28.20
      Drop everything and go fishing right now. Throw a dart at the map of NorCal and hit the closest blue line. Everything is fishing well!!
      I’ve been mostly fishing the Lower Sac - hard to get away from this river right now. Flows are at 9k and the PMD’s, little yellow stones and caddis hatches are driving the late morning - afternoon fishing. The evenings are also turning on.... the pm sessions should only continue to get better as we enter summer time. Dry fly fishing during caddis events can change the way you look at this river. 
      Also of note, the Upper Sac, Pit and McCloud River are all fishing well and flows are perfect post runoff. Goldens, salmonfly and the usual suspects of mayflies, midges, small caddis are on the menu. Epic dry fly fishing in the evenings can happen this time year. Get on it soon!!
    • May 28, 2020 Northern California Fly Fishing Report
      Northern California Fly Fishing Report
      Aaron Gabriel Reports on 5.28.20

      Lower Sacramento River

      One word: Troutopia. We have been lucky enough to get them on streamers, dry flies, nymphs and swung soft hackels. If you're lucky enough to be here on a rainy day the fishing will likely be phenomenal. Get out and fish this place. June traditionally is an extremely good month to be on the river. Come social distance with us. Size 8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs Brown and Black, Size 12-16 tan poopahs, peaches and cream, size 16-18 black micro Caddis, various May fly patterns. On top the Mercer’s missing link in black size 16 has been great.

      The Small Water

      It’s small stream time. I have to say that I’ve had better fishing so far this spring than the last few years.  It’s been a blast poking around the off the beaten path places getting bit by great fish. There should be a couple more weeks of the no hold bar bite, so get out there and explore. This time of year a large stimulators or other stone fly dry with a dropper 24-48” below is the ticket to cover water quickly and get big bites. Contact us for a guided trip to learn the tricks and tactics of small free stones.

      Shasta Lake

      Shasta is at the tail end of the consistent big bass bit. It will fish well the rest of summer but bigger fish will get harder to find on the fly.  Some of the river mouths are stacked with trout so it a great time to hit the lake and get a mixed bag.  Shasta is kicking out some 30” browns right now for the guys that are in to working for one big bite.

      Pit River

      This pocket water dream is fishing as good as it gets, so if you like to wade and bleed let’s go.  This place is so worth the effort and we would love to bleed with you.  Black flies, rubber legs, copper johns, caddis.... it all works and after a day of slipping and sliding around the Pit we recommend Beer and Ibuprofen