Fred Rowe fly fishing report for the period 5-13-22

Sierra Bright Dot Flight Fishing Report 05-13-2022

Sierra Bright Dot Fly Fishing Guide Service

We have fresh snow on the White Mountains and the Sierras and cooler temperatures in the 90s ensued. Welcome to spring in the Eastern Sierra. Winds continue to hamper fly hunters in the eastern Sierra. When the wind is not blowing, fishing was fun. Thugs in tributaries of Crawley Lake. Remember that the Owens River is the only tributary open for fishing. Other tributaries open on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Blue-winged olive flies, crane flies, midges, morning fading flies, and caddis caddisflies hatch and feed on trout.

Lower Owens River:

Wild trout section:

Stabilized flows and purified water. The nymphs were the best productive though seeing jack flies, mayflies, and caddis. European nymphs were more productive than pointer nymphs. On the Euro platform, olive quilldigons, stone nymphs, and Butano nymphs were the most productive. Under a pointer, the bead head flashed back a golden ribbed rabbit ear, the bead head flashed back a pheasant’s tail, and the stone nymph was producing wild brown trout up to 14 inches. The blue-winged olive grouse and dull morning dunes were choppy as swallows eat more than trout. Not all waters are created equal when it comes to finding trout to mayflies. Move to find paths or holes where trout selectively feed on these insects.

Hot Creek:

Explanatory website:

Spring storms blow and explode making it difficult to catch fish in Hot Creek. The trout remain at the bottom feeding on the nymphs when the wind blows. Fishing with nymphs and pupae in zebra or tiger tail colors, and pheasant tail nymphs that light up the bead head results in a few fish. This is the time to work the streamer into deep holes and run dead or trampled. I love hunting size 6 olive woolly buggers. Balanced brush patterns also work.

Hot Creek:

Valley section:

This section is more tolerant of fly hunters. There is some dry fly activity, but most flycatchers are fishing nymphs. With low water in the creek, dry and dropper fishing is more effective than using a commercial pointer. The olive feather and bead head flashes the pheasant’s tail in sizes 18 and 20 and produces wild brown trout and rainbow trout up to 18 inches tall. When the wind isn’t blowing and the hatch is in full swing, a 20-size blue canopy wing olive will fool the surface-feeding trout.

Upper Owens River:

Over the Benton Crossing Bridge:

The thugs are in order and are moving downstream. The run began at the bottom of the upper Owens River in the memorial area. Now thugs are over the Benton Crossing Bridge. The Longyears area at the top of the Owens River has quite a few thugs. Fly catchers need to move around and find where the cup breakers are. The thugs take the nymphs and streamers. I hunt with stone nymphs and green/golden prince nymphs. Small gray and white Meyer leashes work well. Woolly flies, hornberg flies, and fir flies prey on trout.

It is connected to Crawley Lake with a ridge system in 12 to 14 feet of water at Sandy Point.

Crawley Lake:

When the wind isn’t howling, Crawley Lake produces trout for fishermen who burrow into 12 to 20 feet of water. Sandy Point, Six Bays, and McGee Bay are places where guides as well as everyone else fish are. The leopard midges and zebra were the favorite fly. Make sure to move the flies every few minutes. After giving the line a slight pull, be ready to catch it as this action attracts the fish to your midges. A few fly hunters were getting rainbows, browns, squash, perch, and chub on midges.

Bishop Creek Channel:

Behind the Ford dealer:

Wild brown trout provides activity for flycatchers. This is a great place for beginners to learn how to fish. The bead head catches with a flashing rear pheasant tail or the bead head flashing back a golden ribbed rabbit ear under a pointer produces brown trout to 16 inches. There is no break from the wind when the fishing is flying in the channel. When the wind blows, fly fishing was good.


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