Eastern Sierra River Fishing Reports
<P>This October Brock’s will be offering our first annual “CAST AND COOK” seminar. The dates for this special 3-day seminar are October 20-, 21 and 22, Friday through Sunday. It will include our regular 2-day flyfishing seminar with an added kicker of a 1-day hands-on cooking class. The flyfishing portion will be conducted on Friday and Sunday, with the cooking class being held on Saturday. The cooking class will be taught by two young chefs, experts in the art of French and Asian Fusion cuisines. They will combine their passion for flyfishing with their culinary expertise. These life-long friends are developing the menu where the class will prepare a main course, a vegetable, and dessert for all to share at dinner. There is an 8 person minimum to hold the class. The cost for this special seminar is $500 per person, which includes all materials for the flyfishing and cooking classes, lunch each day, and, most importantly, the fruits of our labor for dinner on Saturday. We are still working on the particulars for this event, however, if you are interested in participating please, call, send, or email me your name and address so that you can be on the invitation list for Brock’s Flyfishing Annual “CAST AND COOK” seminar. We are now accepting deposits for the CAST and COOK seminar for any of you that are interested.
Lower Owens River Wild Trout Section 9-Aug-06 The river has been dropped to 450 cfs. This is low compared to what it was. I don’t know how long it stay at this flow but it definitely makes the evening caddis fishing a bit easier. The best times to fish hear are early morning or late evening. Concentrate on the back eddies both in the morning and evening. Generally the fish are rising to midges in the morning and caddis in the evening. Lately there has been a good hatch of caddis in the evening and the fish have been rising to them in the slower water
Owens River Gorge 9-Aug-06 This is a great alternative we all of the other waters are high. The flows are constant at 40 cfs. Most of the browns are eager to take any fly size 16 and smaller. Try using caddis and baetis patterns on top with a midge or pheasant tail as a dropper. Most of the fish here are between 8-10 inches. If you like to fish were there are no crowds, this is the place. It is hot so bring plenty of water.
East Walker River 9-Aug-06 The flows are 450. Despite the high flows the fishing has been good. Nymphing with caddis larva, hare’s ear, tiger midges and pheasant tails in sizes 16-20 have been working the best. There has even been a little surface action with larger flies, such as stimulators and madam X’s. The meadow area has provided the best action.
Crowley Lake 9-Aug-06 McGee Bay is the place. Get there early or you will have to pick a number. The fish are hanging in the 8-12 foot range. For those of you that are midging it would be a good idea to adjust the indicator so that the fly is anywhere form 1-5 feet off the bottom. As conditions change, readjust. For those of you stripping streamers try using damsel nymphs, hornbergs, matukas or woolly buggers.
Pleasant Valley Reservoir (Float Tubing) 9-Aug-06 The inlet has been pretty good for tubers using sinking lines or sink tips. Matukas, woolly buggers and hornbergs in sizes 8-10 have been working the best.
Hot Creek 9-Aug-06 The flows are still on the high side but clear and the fishing is good. Nymphing with small bugs should do the trick. WD 40s, pheasant tails, scuds and brassies, RS -2's, san juan worms are just a few to try. In the afternoon try using a yellow stimulator with a little nymph trailing it and concentrate near the banks. From late afternoon till dark, caddis is the ticket.
Upper Owens River 9-Aug-06 The flows here are about 100 cfs and clear. No surface action to speak of, so nymphing or streamers are in order. San Juan worm, tiger midges, black woolly buggers and hornbergs are just a few that have been working well. With this flow a “BB” size split shot is in order, to get the fly down. The fishing here has been good as of late. There have been many rainbows landed in the 12-14 inch range on a consistent basis. Maybe the closing of the “Gauntlet” earlier in the season has cased the upper section to improve or better water quality for the past 2 years due to more water. Or, it could be both. At any rate it’s nice to se some quality fishing there again. There is a rumor that DFG may try to get the reg’s changed again. I will keep you posted as I find out more. If you go up from the campground, take plenty of bug repellant.
San Joaquin (Reds Meadow) 9-Aug-06 The river is still a bit high but fishable. Pick your favorite fly and have fun.
About The Author: Captain Gary Gunsolley
Company: Brosk's Flyfishing Specialists
Area Reporting: Eastern Sierras
Bio: Gary has owned Brock's Flyfishing Specialist, Bishop’s only year-round fly shop, since 1989. He has been fishing the Eastern Sierras for over 40 years and has been guiding and teaching since 1991. Through his efforts, the catch and release area of the Lower Owens River Wild Trout Area was expanded to encompass over 10 miles of river. Working with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, he was able to get them to open Pleasant Valley Reservoir to float tubing. He is a licensed guide providing both wade and drift trips and considered an expert on the Lower Owens River. He is a FFF certified fly casting instructor and is a member of the Inyo-Mono Fish and Game Advisory Commission.