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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report
Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

 

Jim Stimson reports on 6.14.19

Summer has arrived. Overnight the daytime temperatures have risen into the 80’s in the Long Valley area. The creeks are swollen with high country runoff and there is so much more snow left to melt. Be careful out there! Get yourself a wading staff and cinch up that belt around your waist. River hydraulics are powerful. Err on the side of caution while fishing and wading during this time of year. All off 

East Walker

After a week of perfect river conditions, the irrigation district has bumped up the flows. Unless we get a cold snap again, I am guessing the water levels will only keep going up before they drop down again. The flows are at about 760 cfs. The trout are moving around and settling into their new habitats. With the high amount of water coming out of the reservoir, the angling options get reduced. Most of the best fishing will be in the Miracle Mile. You will find most of the trout stacked along the river margins, hanging in the softer water. Fishing is decent now. Try stonefly patterns in the buckets below the riffles, along with BWO’s and caddis. There are a potpourri of bugs out there now. With the higher water I tend to fish a lot of attractor patterns. With the swift water the trout only have an instant to see and commit to your bugs floating by, make it as obvious as possible for them. I often pull out my trout spey rod for these conditions. I like being able to stand in the safe water along the edges and cast down and across, swinging my bugs into the juicy looking areas under the willows and cottonwoods. It is fun but be careful out there.

West Walker

Yeehaw! The river is ripping thru the canyon at about 2660 cfs. Try patterns like San Juans or Prince Nymphs, big attractors, and fish the margins. Do not even think about wading too deep.

San Joaquin

The road to the river and the Devil’s Postpile area remains closed at the Ski Area. I cannot imagine access until late June or early July. The river is starting to get juiced up at about 1200 cfs.

 

Hot Creek

The creek is flowing through the canyon at 160 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the grasses and rocks. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis or mayfly pattern above and a midge or scud below.

Upper Owens River

Hmmm…. interesting. The flows have been bumped up to 140 cfs but these are readings taken high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to over 300 cfs. More and more trout are spreading out throughout the river system. The cutthroats are in the river now for their spawn so be careful where you wade and fish. If you see spawning beds AND more importantly trout sitting on their redds, please avoid the temptation of hooking into spawning fish. Leave the spawning trout alone, they are stressed out enough and can die easily during this important time of the year. Cast into the deeper buckets… there are a lot of fish following the spawn feeding on eggs being washed downstream from the cutthroats.

Lower Owens River

The Lower Owens flows have dropped (finally) to 330 cfs. This is still on the high side for this section of the river so exercise some caution when you fish. You can easily go for am impromptu swim and end up flushed downstream if you are not careful. Most trout are in that 10-12” range but if you poke around and get lucky, you can hook into some browns in the 15-16” category. There are some healthy midge and mayfly hatches throughout the day. I caught fish on everything from green caddis worms to black midges. 

Jim Stimson Fly Fishing
142 Larkspur Lane
Crowley Lake, CA 93546
760.209.4300 (cell)
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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report
Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Runoff…… spring weather……….. and lots of water coming out of the mountains. The weather has finally turned warm. We’ve had some great afternoon buildup and thunder showers. The lighting has been spectacular and the fishing has not been too bad either. Keep your eyes on the USGS water gauges; it is fun watching the fluctuation of the freestone rivers this time of year. Most of the rivers are swelling with runoff from the high country. There is a massive amount of water yet to come out of the mountains. Sonora Pass just opened for the season and I would expect that Tioga Pass thru Yosemite to open any day now.

Be careful out there! Get yourself a wading staff and cinch up that belt around your waist. River hydraulics are powerful. Err on the side of caution while fishing and wading during this time of year.

East Walker

After a week of perfect river conditions, the irrigation district is beginning to bump up the flows. Unless we get a cold snap again, I am guessing the water levels will only keep going up before they drop down again. The flows are at about 360 cfs. The trout are moving around and settling into their new habitats. Fishing is decent now. There are a lot of hogs in all the good places. Try stonefly patterns in the buckets below the riffles, along with BWO’s and caddis. There are a potpourri of bugs out there now. With the higher water I tend to fish a lot of attractor patterns. With the swift water the trout only have an instant to see and commit to your bugs floating by, make it as obvious as possible for them. 

West Walker

Yeehaw! The river is ripping thru the canyon at about 2500 cfs. Try patterns like San Juans or Prince Nymphs, big attractors, and fish the margins. Do not even think about wading too deep.

San Joaquin

The road to the river and the Devil’s Postpile area remains closed at the Ski Area. I cannot imagine access until late June or early July. The river is starting to get juiced up at about 1200 cfs.

Hot Creek

The creek is flowing through the canyon at 102 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the grasses and rocks. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis or mayfly pattern above and a midge or scud below.

Upper Owens River

Hmmm…. interesting. The flows have been bumped up to 114 cfs but these are readings taken high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to over 200 cfs. More and more trout are spreading out throughout the river system. The cutthroats are in the river now for their spawn so be careful where you wade and fish. If you see spawning beds AND more importantly trout sitting on their redds, please avoid the temptation of hooking into spawning fish. Leave the spawning trout alone, they are stressed out enough and can die easily during this important time of the year. Cast into the deeper buckets… there are a lot of fish following the spawn feeding on eggs being washed downstream from the cutthroats.

Lower Owens River

The Lower Owens flows have dropped (finally) to 380 cfs. This is still on the high side for this section of the river so exercise some caution when you fish. You can easily go for am impromptu swim and end up flushed downstream if you are not careful. Most trout are in that 10-12” range but if you poke around and get lucky, you can hook into some browns in the 15-16” category. There are some healthy midge and mayfly hatches throughout the day. I caught fish on everything from green caddis worms to black midges. 


Jim Stimson Fly Fishing
142 Larkspur Lane
Crowley Lake, CA 93546
760.209.4300 (cell)
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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 5.30.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Could there be a break in the weather? In other words, is Spring just around the corner? I fished the East Walker yesterday in chilly, blustery conditions (fishing was very good), then today I hit the Nevada side of the Truckee River with a guide buddy from Reno. The temps were in the low 70’s and it felt like a heat wave, It was wonderful and I managed to scratch up some nice fish before having to blast back down to Carson City to visit with my dermatologist. Warning: It is not too late to wear gobs of sunscreen. 

East Walker

The flows have been dropped down to about 250 cfs and the water temps are coming up stimulating some nice insect hatches, in particular BWO’s. The trout are moving around and settling into their new habitats. Fishing is good now. There are a lot of hogs in all the good places. Try skwala and baetis patterns. These flows are perfect!

Hot Creek

The creek is flowing through the canyon at 64 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the grasses and rocks. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis or mayfly pattern above and a midge or scud below.

Upper Owens River

The flows are at 71 cfs but these are readings taken high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to about 130 cfs. More and more trout are spreading out throughout the river system. The cutthroats are in the river now for their spawn so be careful where you wade and fish. If you see spawning beds AND more importantly trout sitting on their redds, please avoid the temptation of hooking into spawning fish. Leave the spawning trout alone, they are stressed out enough and can die easily during this important time of the year. Cast into the deeper buckets… there are a lot of fish following the spawn feeding on eggs being washed downstream from the cutthroats.

Lower Owens River

The Lower Owens flows have dropped (finally) to 380 cfs. This is still on the high side for this section of the river so exercise some caution when you fish. You can easily go for am impromptu swim and end up flushed downstream if you are not careful. Most trout are in that 10-12” range but if you poke around and get lucky, you can hook into some browns in the 15-16” category. There are some healthy midge and mayfly hatches throughout the day. I caught fish on everything from green caddis worms to black midges. 

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report
Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Arrrggggh! I will not sugar this up, what gives with this weather?!? As I write this weeks report, not only is it snowing outside, BUT, it is sticking on the ground AND starting to pile up. Winter has a stranglehold on spring. Fishing? Get out there and enjoy the Sierra but keep your eye on the forecasts. The next ten-day long range forecast looks to be cold, unsettled, and damp. Oh well….. hang in there and dress warmly.


East Walker

The Reservoir is brimming with water and poised for spring runoff. The flows have been hanging steady at 340 and the water temps are coming up stimulating some nice insect hatches, in particular BWO’s. The trout are moving around and settling into their new habitats. Fishing is good now. There are a lot of hogs in all the good places. Try skwala and baetis patterns.

Hot Creek

The creek is flowing through the canyon at 80 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the grasses and rocks. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis or mayfly pattern above and a midge or scud below.

Upper Owens River

The flows are at 75 cfs but these are readings taken high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to about 150 cfs. More and more trout are spreading out throughout the river system. The cutthroats are in the river now for their spawn so be careful where you wade and fish. If you see spawning beds AND more importantly trout sitting on their redds, please avoid the temptation of hooking into spawning fish. Leave the spawning trout alone, they are stressed out enough and can die easily during this important time of the year. Cast into the deeper buckets… there are a lot of fish following the spawn feeding on eggs being washed downstream from the cutthroats.

Lower Owens River

The Lower Owens flows have dropped (finally) to 380 cfs. This is still on the high side for this section of the river so exercise some caution when you fish. You can easily go for am impromptu swim and end up flushed downstream if you are not careful. Most trout are in that 10-12” range but if you poke around and get lucky, you can hook into some browns in the 15-16” category. There are some healthy midge and mayfly hatches throughout the day. I caught fish on everything from green caddis worms to black midges. 

 
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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 5.9.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

The weather is still on the cool side with morning temps often in the low 30’s. Once the sun climbs higher in the sky, things start happening. On just about any stream on the east side, look for a nice BWO hatch around lunch time. Wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere. Look for showy displays of desert peach and balsam root on...

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 4.25.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Well? Hordes of anglers will start making their way into the Eastern Sierra over the next couple of days for the big opener for the trout season. Crowley is ice free and it looks like the weather will actually be cooperative. Some of the higher, shady lakes such as Convict are still frozen solid.The snow is melting quickly, but it is...

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 4.23.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

I guess the big news is that Crowley is ice-free, there will be plenty of water for the big Trout Opener. Some of the higher, shady lakes such as Convict are still frozen solid. The snow is melting quickly, but it is still very winter-like with chilly morning temperatures, frost, and occasional snow showers. You can always count on...

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 4.11.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Although the snow is melting quickly, it is still very winter-like with chilly morning temperatures, frost, and occasional snow showers. Crowley Lake is still frozen but there is open water along the margins and some pressure ridges running through the lake. With a big wind storm, I am sure the lake will be ice free for the general...

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 4.4.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Although the snow is melting quickly, it is still very winter-like with chilly morning temperatures, frost, and occasional snow showers. You can always count on midges and BWO’s to hatch no matter what, with an occasional caddis and skwala cruising through. Once the weather turns warm, the trout will be gorging themselves on a long...

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

Jim Stimson reports on 3.14.19

Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report

The weather on the eastside has stabilized. It is a relief waking up to clear blue skies, albeit frigid temperatures, and not having to shovel out the driveway to get down to the road. The Sierra, in general, is running about 150% of normal for the season. I look forward to summer and a plethora of water and healthy fisheries.

If you...

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