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September Fishing Report

All is good in the mountains. Fishing is truly amazing right now, for many reasons. The crowds are gone, the mosquitos are dead, and the water is gin clear and perfect. If you were to ask any seasoned fly angler, I think all would say September is the best month to fish The Eastern Sierras. Crowley Lake , The East Walker, The Upper Owens, and Hot Creek are about as good as it gets. The San Joaquin is still awesome as well. The water is still flowing ideal on the SJ. The fish are eating throughout the day, but the evenings are something special. A size 18 stimulator or Adams Parachute is all you need to throw to some hungry freestone trout ( and maybe a great guide). The East Walker flows are perfect for fishing the entire river. I have been guiding it with some great clients in the mornings with really good success. Nymphing with small mayflies as well as dead drifting small perch imitations has been a blast. The evening caddis emergence has been happening like clock work starting about 4:30 each afternoon and fish are eating until dark. Hot Creek has been great as usual. The afternoons have been fishing much better than the mornings. The daily caddis emergence is starting at 3 each day. It’s amazing how many more fish that can be spotted in the afternoon than the mornings. The big natives are still eating beetles and hoppers like crazy. Guides tip: fish much heavier tippet (4X) when you fish terrestrials. Don’t worry about perfect drifts, the fish will eat those without hesitation. The Upper Owens is starting to see some nice lake fish working up the river. I had a great day guiding down toward the lake last week. Streamer fishing has been about the best methos lately. The fishing and weather should stay perfect for the rest of the month. See you on the river!! Nathan

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  1. hi, going to be in the area around the 20th of sept.
    where to you suggest we start fishing. we do both fly , lure and fly on a bubble.
    my wife likes to use worms as well.

    September 16, 2011

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