May 2016 Fishing Report
Howdy all. All apologies for my site being down but we are back up and good to go. All is well up here in The Sierras! We have finally had an average winter and the fishing is on. The last few weeks have been extra cold so I have been guiding The Lower Owens quite a bit. The great news is that the cold is really holding onto the snowpack up here. Our snowpack is so important this year and will have a huge impact on fly fishing around here this season. The biggest impact that we have had on our local moving waters is the fact that the last four years we have had little or no melt. The annual melt (or lack of) is the rivers chance to clean out the sediment and silt each season. It’s so important for this cycle to happen to insure the health of the river, which obviously impacts the trout and acquatic insects. When this doesn’t happen the silt can take over. This does a few detrimental things, the biggest downside being the over deposited silt. This decreases where the trout thrive which is habitat. Less habitat, less bugs, less feeding lanes, less trout. The amazing news, and my point, is that on most of our local waters the crap sediment will be gone!! Exactly what we needed. This should make for an awesome and long summer for fly fishing this year. The past few seasons most waters were stressed and too low to fish late summer and early fall. Not this year. Fishing in September and October will be as good as June and July.
Like I mentioned, I have been on The Lower Owens quite a bit. Fishing and guiding have been great down there. Some really fun days of both dry and indicator fishing. Flows were around 300cfs and have been slowly dropping. Flows are hovering around 250cfs now (perfect) I have also been guiding Hot Creek and a bit on The Upper Owens. The cat is out of the bag and most everyone knows the cutthroats are in The Crowley tributaries. I have given up on trying to hope the fly anglers would realize those are the fish of the future and vital to our local waters. I can’t expect people to not fish for them. However, what I can teach my clients is that under no circumstance do we get into the water near the redds. That is the gravel areas where the fish are spawning. It is imperative that we get more knowledge out to ensure those fragile beds and eggs are not disturbed. Sorry about the soapbox, but I can’t look at another photo on social media of another guide or angler chasing a fish in the river. The banks are friendly and doesn’t kill fish! It’s going to be a perfect and long season out there, and The San Joaquin will be open soon!