The fall season is definitely upon the Eastern Sierra. The final month of the guiding season has arrived for Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service (TFFGS).
I have been scouting most all the fishing zones in the past week, including Hilton Bays, McGee, Stormy Flats, Sandy Point, Alligator Point, Leighton Springs, Six Bays, and even Crooked Creek. My preference to start the day is still the North Arm. I am fishing in 9 to 16 feet as the fish are spread out, with no significant concentrations. Most of my anchoring has been in 10 to 13 feet. Fish are also currently being caught at Alligator and Leighton Springs.
The water is cooling as the morning temps become colder. As of this report, the early morning temp at the boat docks was 31°. We currently have algae on the water surface in most fishing zones. It can be significant depending on the winds, but the algae is not in the deeper water column.
Most of the fish caught at the North Arm the past two days were rainbows and a few browns. The cutthroats moved out. Information from a trolling angler friend indicated big numbers of cutthroats in the deeper water, from Alligator west to the Sandy Point and Christmas Bay area. This angler was catching mostly cutthroats in double digit numbers that were in 30-35 foot depths suspended in 13 to 15 feet of water. The Cuttys were being caught on lures.
Midge imitations in all the usual patterns are getting grabs. I like to start with my blood midge patterns and/or copper tigers, then switch to my gray patterns when the bite slows on the bloods. The copper tiger can work most all day, as can the blood midges . My top fly is consistently bigger to imitate the perch fry. This is time to bring out the leech patterns in various colors such as brown, black, wine, and purple.
Fall is prime time for excellent action! We'll see if October 2016 lives up to it's past epic bite, otherwise known as "Rock-tober."
A lot of last minute guide trips are being booked for October. If you are thinking of booking a trip, it would be wise to book as soon as possible to lock in your desired date.
"TFFGS Tip of the Fish Report!" Don't get "locked" into hanging your bottom fly extremely close to the bottom (mud). Step outside of the depth setting box Anglers!
Thanks for reading this report! TFFGS, always "Keeping it Reel!"
Clients David and Hudson aka "The Hud Man" were back on board the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine and had an Epic Day! Both caught big numbers and Trophy size Biggs. Here is David with a 21 inch Bow.
The Hud Man with one of several Biggs he landed.
Mr. Brad R., and Mark S., also had very good bite action catching some nice brown and rainbow trout at the North Arm. Check out some of the Trophy Biggs caught by Brad.
Here is Mr. Mark with some of the Trophy Biggs he hooked, battled, and landed.
Icing on the trout cake. Another double Hook-up for the Mark and Brad Show! Epic fly fishing times!
Check out this Fall colored up beautiful 21 inch brown caught at Hilton while scouting Crowley waters for "hot spots." This hook jawed male had girth, size, and color.
Posted on Mon, October 3, 2016
by David Carranza