This past Monday was the first day of the fall season and currently a cold front has arrived with strong gusty winds and forecasts of snow, rain and very cold weather. Prior to the current cold front we enjoyed warm summer like days which allowed for all day fishing conditions. The fall colors of the aspens are already apparent in the surrounding Sierra landscape. Awesome fall season views!
The lake water level has dropped well over ten feet and the weed beds are beginning to deteriorate and breakdown. The surface water temps are in the 60's throughout most fishing zones. There is algae floating in the deeper fishing depths and much clearer water as you move into shallower depths.
The overall bite has been good to very good to epic with the warmer days (high barometric pressure) at times slowing the bite. McGee Bay and the North Arm continue to be the area of fishing choice for most anglers. The fishing crowds are noticeably low during the week with increased angler numbers during the weekend. Wherever you fish on the lake you have the option of fishing deep, medium or shallow water. My latest choice has been the North Arm with good numbers of grabs up to 60 plus for two angler's in a half day guide trip session. Angler's on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II have also enjoyed increased hook-up battles with the trophy size biggs.
This past week while on a guide trip we had the biggest micro midge hatch I have ever seen in all the years I have been fishing Crowley. An incredible hatch that covered the boat deck and the surrounding water surface with the micros. Just an amazing hatch! With micro to regular size midge hatches, damsel, callibaetis, and some may fly hatches on occasion, the go to midge patterns continue to be the copper tigers, blood midges, zebras and other midges in grays, black, tans and olive colors. Your bigger fly presentation should include damsel, perch fry, callibaetis patterns, such as the Sierra Drifters Assassin (dark or light), bird's nest or flashback pheasant tails. Now that October is arriving your leech patterns should be in your rig line-up also.
We have just five weeks remaining in the 2019 season here at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp. I have open dates remaining for October 5, 6, 10, and 12 thru the 29th.
In Memorium: As of this report I was notified that Mr. Bill MacLearn who loved Crowley Lake and was a fixture here every season at campsite #7 has passed. Bill loved to fish Crowley with his friends while trolling from his boat. Bill took an interest in the fly fishing method and jumped on the original Trucha Fly Fishing Machine once a couple of years ago with his good friend Joe aka Mo-Jo. It was a fun day for sure! May you rest in peace Bill, fishing rods in hand!
Thanks for reading this report! Check out photos of angler's recently on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II.
Mr. David Winegar returned to Crowley and just had an epic time catching very good numbers and some trophy size hoggs! This cutthroat hit the tape at 22 inches.
83 years young and still displaying excellent fly fishing skills. What a pleasure to have Mr. Winegar on board! This bigg cutty measured at 23.5 inches. BOOM!
Here is David on another battle with one of Crowley's finest trout.
Ken Reed had some very good action and here he is with a sweet 23 inch cutty.
Ken and David Bradshaw with this nice double. Ken's fish hit the tape at 22 inches.
Ms. Christine Dearojoined her father Eric Kvamme fr her first time ever fly fishing experience. Christine did fantastic and caught some nice fish.
All smiles on a wonderful and special day!
Christine and her special Dad Eric. PRICELESS!
Fred Smalley had a great day and this was just one of many including four biggs in the 20 inch plus size.
The lake earlier this week before the low pressure weather system arrived yesterday Friday.
Fly fisherman Larry Blazer enjoyed his first ever trip on Crowley and was not disappointed. Here is just one of many he brought to the net.
Mr. Roger Bruland who is new to the fly fishing sport bested this hogg and is all smiles. High fives Roger!
The storm was approaching this morning from the mountains and provided some awesome rainbow views.
Posted on Sun, September 29, 2019
by David Carranza