Crowley Lake Fly Fishing Report, June 29, 2014:
The past couple of weeks has been real tough in regards to numbers of fish to the net. Numerous factors have contributed that would include high pressure affecting the barometer, numerous days of high winds, and fish keying in on the daphnia in the water as their current primary food source. There is a lot of surface activity due to the damsel nymphs swimming in the higher water column. It is not uncommon to see aggressive takes close to the water surface, or good size fish tailing on the water seeking a the damsel nymph meal (see pic of a Crowley damsel nymph). It is a good time to tie on some damsel nymph imitations and fish 2 to 3 feet from the surface. The usual midge patterns that will get you grabs are Copper tigers, blood midge and gray patterns, anywhere between 1 to 2 feet from the bottom. Once in a while you may want to fish below 1 foot and up to 3 feet from the bottom. Anglers, it is just a matter of time for the Crowley lake bite to turn on. That’s when we will get this Trucha party started.
For those of you interested in fishing for the Sacramento perch in Crowley lake waters, the hook-up action has been good to very good to “en fuego”. The perch are still on their spawning beds and can be caught anywhere between 7 to 14 feet. A productive location in the past two plus weeks has been in the McGee Bay area south of the bathroom. These fish make great fish tacos, and great ceviche. I have my own recipe I named “David Carranza’s Crowley Lake Perch Ceviche”. It has been a hit with those who have tried it!
I had the pleasure of guiding first time anglers on a fly rod over the Father’s Day weekend, and returning Crowley Lake addicts and former Double Haul in the Fall participants, who were on a ten year hiatus from Crowley Lake. Check out the pics. Reminder that Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service (TFFGS) headquarters is set-up at Crowley Lake with an “eyeball” on the lake everyday, ready to book your trip anytime, 7 days a week, up through the end of October. Contact me anytime, let me get you on a fly rod, and get hooked up on some Trucha! TFFGS….Always Keepin it Reel!
First time on Crowley Lake, Father's Day weekend, Tom Jr.'s first experience with a fly rod. Way to go and great job on the ABC's of the fly rod mechanics!
Tom Sr. also caught on quickly with the fly rod. Awesome day for this father and son guide trip! It was a great pleasure gentleman!
In the bucket, way to go Tom Sr. and Son Tom Jr.
After a 10 year hiatus, former Double Haul in The Fall participants Jerry and son Scotty returned to Crowley Lake Father's Day weekend. Way to shake the rust off my brothers. Look forward to seeing you participate in the 2014 Stillwater Classic!
A June Damsel Fly nymph.
Bob W. with this big Crowley Lake Sacramento Perch he caught while trolling. The perch weighed 2 lbs. 5 ozs 14.5 inches long, and was entered in the Crowley Lake Perch Derby. Way to go Bobby, pop your collar buddy!
Posted on Thu, June 26, 2014
by David Carranza