(Please note, this fish report is a week late due to website difficulties encountered. Expect the next report week of June 27.)
The 2016 fly fishing season is in full throttle for Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service (TFFGS). The weather since TFFGS Headquarters was set up on May 30th has been very hot. As of this report, a cold weather front rolled in bringing thunder and lighting, significant rain, and a nice dusting of snow on the surrounding sierra mountains. El Nino-esque.
Crowley water levels are up and clarity is very good where you can see at least 8 to 10 feet down. Weed beds are growing starting at about 13 feet and shallower. The fishing action has been very slow overall since I have been here. There was a significant Daphnia hatch throughout the lake like I have never seen. Daphnia is a crustacean that looks like a microscopic flea. There were clouds of Daphnia throughout the lake. The trout key in on the Daphnia when there is a bloom, preferring the crustaceans over midges. Every once in a while, trout will slurp a midge, but when there is little to no midge hatches, and Daphnia presence, your end result is a slow to dead bite. I have attached a very nice picture of Daphnia I scooped out of the water. I know many of you are wondering, what about matching the hatch. That mindset is always in the works anglers.
All that said, clients on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine have had some fun times hooking into some nice Trophy Crowley trout. We have been hanging our two fly tandems anywhere between 6 inches, up to 1 to 4 feet off the bottom. The producers have been flashback pheasant tails or leech patterns for top fly's, and the typical black, gray, blood patterns for bottom in the larvae and emerger stage. Productive zones have been the North Arm, and as of this report, McGee, in 16 to 21 feet. Fishing in these deeper depths, you will need a sliding indicator set-up.
The Sacramento Perch bite is on right now! I have truly taken a liking to these fish the past several years, and when the trout bite slows, I am out fishing for these fish. I offer what I call my "P/T Guide Trip." We start out in pursuit of Perch then chase the trout to finish your booked guide trip. Right now, Perch are being caught in the McGee zone just north of the floating bathroom, West along the 395 shore in 10 to 13 feet in the weed beds. Some pretty good numbers are being caught from one day to another with some slow bite days in between. Check the attached pic showing a very nice Perch slab caught recently.
I have some guide trip openings for remainder of June and into July, so call to plan and book your guide trip. If you need information on lodging and dining, contact me and I will do my best to steer you into a comfortable and enjoyable stay here in our California Eastern Sierras. Hope to see you soon. For more regular fish reports, follow me on my TFFGS Facebook business page. I also publish my monthly Newsletter which you can sign up for via this website, or email, text or phone call. Fish reports will be on my website bi-weekly.
Veteran Angler Larry G., and his lady sweetheart Ana on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine with some nice Trophy Trout!
Carl Rhodes and his lovely wife Anne enjoying their first time ever on the fly rod, and at Crowley Lake. Anne posing with a nice 20 inch Bow.
Carl landed this nice 22 inch Cutthroat for his first ever on a fly rod. Awesome time and angling!
Mr. Fred and Eric K. came to Crowley to experience fly fishing for the first time. They got some nice fish including these. Fred is posing with a nice 20 inch brown
Eric caught this nice thick Bow that hit the tape at 18 inches.
Trucha Fly Girl Margarita displaying a nice sample of Crowley's resident Perch
Check out this sample of Daphnia scooped out of the water recently. The trout key in on these crustaceans when there is a hatch (full bloom).
Posted on Tue, June 21, 2016
by David Carranza