Eastern Sierra and Crowley Lake currently at it's fall season best!
Beautiful blue skies, cooler mornings, calm warm days, very low fish crowds, consecutive "all day fishing days" and a very good to excellent fish bite throughout most of the lake. It is just awesome and can't get any better. The fall season is here and we are seeing those beautiful fall colors transform from one of my favorite trees here in the Eastern Sierra, the Aspens. Eastern Sierra provides the best show of glowing golden-orange-crimson fall colors in the western United States. From the valleys near Bishop, the canyons around Rock Creek and Convict Lake, to the beautiful June Lake Loop, fall is one of the best times to visit the Eastern Sierra. You can then cap off your visit with a guided fly fishing trip on Crowley Lake. Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service is available at your beckon call to book your trip!
We are catching biggs and numbers most of the time these days. Plenty of fishing zones to choose from including McGee, Sandy Point, Leighton Springs, North Arm, and Crooked Creek. With this many choices there isn't much time to check out other potential productive fishing zones we all are familiar with such as the Hilton Bays, Six Bays, North Landing, etc.
The water is starting to cool with surface temps in the low 60's. There is a thin algae film in most fishing spots currently but it is not impairing the bite action. A large amount of the weed beds have died down opening up a lot of fishing water. There will be periods where the bite shuts off, but if you remain patient, the fish will roll through again and chow down on your bug imitations. Most of the fishing is taking place anywhere from 5 feet to 15 feet these days making the length of our rig leaders a joy to fish and manage. The go to flies continue to be the familiar midges like the copper tigers, blood midges, gray body patterns black body, brown, tan, etc., in larvae and emerger imitations. The perch fry, callibaetis like the Assassins, and leech patterns are definitely a must in your fishing line-up. Stripping those wet flies from a float tube or a boat will also get you some exciting action. Presenting those flies from 6 inches to 2 or 3 feet from bottom is key. You have to figure out where that happy eating zone level is at.
The lake level has dropped noticeably in the past month but with water levels maintained very high most of this season Crowley still has plenty of water volume. This should make for very good fall fly fishing with hope of reaching "Rocktober" type success days.
Speaking of water levels, water conservation use is always a great practice and necessary. Water is a precious resource folks and consumption should never be taken for granted! Just check your summer utility water bills... right!
So the joy of fly fishing Crowley continues with only five weeks remaining before the Crowley Lake fish camp closes it's gate for the 2018 season on October 31, 2018. Hope to see you out here!
Check out these happy anglers on the newest Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II. This is the formerly owned fish magnet of Mr. Tom Loe, Sierra Drifters Guide Service. I am receiving many client compliments on this awesome Ranger 24 foot bay boat. A very unique and comfortable boat to say the least. There is plenty of deck space to tangle with Crowley's trophy class trout.
Brady Jones landed this 23 inch Hogg while on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II at McGee Bay. This was one of those Oregon hatchery planted trophy size I refer to as the "Oregonian Trout."
From the "805", Gordo Stolla Jr., aka Gordito happily displaying one of many he brought to the Trucha net.
Young Tillman Cummings aka TJ got my vote for awesome young fly fishing angler. TJ was super quick on the draw when that indicator moved. Check this trophy bow TJ landed.
TJ's Mom Debra also got into the fish and happily displayed one of many she also landed.
The other "805" crew Bro Jake Holt holding one of many Biggs he landed. Beautiful brown buck with a hooked jaw.
Have you ever seen a football shaped beauty Cutthroat like this. Mrs. Lady Trucha doing the honors of landing this awesome trout.
Here we have a good example of a trout preparing for another blast out of the water.
A trophy bow approaching the Trucha net with a Trucha fly in mouth.
Here we have a fine example of a mid size Crowley brown with a healthy filled stomach. Ms. Gelli doing the honors on this brown beauty.
Bert Young landed this 23 inch trophy cutthroat. This was Bert's first fly fishing experience ever. High five's Bert! Flat out epic!
Jake Holt with another trophy...Hogg heaven baby!
Another great pic of an athletic Crowley bow blasting out of the water. Catch the excitement and thrill. Let it be you holding the fly rod on one of these athletic trout!
Issac Dominguez aka Iko aka Ice Man, was able to return after four years of busy High School education and sports. Still lightening quick on the rod set Iko enjoyed a nice week of rippin lips. Here is one of many brought to the net.
Posted on Wed, September 26, 2018
by David Carranza