The fall season has settled in here in the Eastern Sierra. Another cold front and strong gusty winds expected today. The forecast is calling for calmer winds and colder temperatures for the remainder of the week. The air quality and sky clarity is smoke filled currently due to another fire near Yosemite National Park. The fire blaze dubbed as the Briceburg fire swelled to 1200 acres by afternoon yesterday Tuesday.
The most recent cold weather snap two weeks ago quickly changed the water temps in the lake going from the low to mid 60's currently into the low 50's. An active bite picked up this weekend at Leighton Springs and Green Banks in the 15 to 18 foot depths. The North Arm channel had been very good up until the cold snap which subsequently shut off an active bite. The water is very clear and cold in the channel and the fish are still acclamating to the sudden change in colder temperature. The weed beds in the deeper lake zones like Green Banks are at the tail end of breakdown so surface algae is present. You need to check your fly presentations on occasion to make sure the hooks are clean.
I took clients into the North Arm channel again yesterday anticipating an active bite but even with all the fish cruising through the bite did not go off. After 1.5 hours in the channel I took the clients into 18 feet at Green Banks. The bite went off and was "En Fuego" the remainder time of the guide trip with multiple double hook-ups (nine) and double digit fish to the net for all three anglers. It was a wide open bite for many anglers in this zone.
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 perch fry, callibaetis patterns, such as the Sierra Drifters Assassin (dark or light), bird's nest or leech imitations.
Only 22 more days remain in this 2019 season. I have open dates remaining as follows: October 13 thru the 18th and 20 thru the 30th. I hope you get an opportunity to fish Crowley Lake before the Fish Camp closes its gate on October 31st. You will still be able to fish Crowley on a walk in basis until November 15th when the Eastern Sierra trout season ends.
Thanks for reading this report! Check out photos of angler's recently on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II. "TFFGS, always keepin it reel!"
Larry Frede tangled with this trophy size bow and brought the colorful trout to the net.
Ben Mercier, a member of the Project Healing Waters for military veterans also caught some nice Crowley trophy size bows. High fives Ben!
John Blake enjoyed an epic bite yesterday in the Green Banks.
Steve White also enjoyed an epic bite while fishing on the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II.
Cheri Mohney joined her lady friend anglers for a half day guide trip and these three just flat out had an exciting time!
Here is Chris Allensworth with her trophy size catch. This was the first time these ladies had ever fished Crowley.
Another long skinny for Cheri.
Side profile pic of this colorful cutty brought to the net by Cheri.
An enthusiastic trio of lady anglers that rocked the North Arm channel. Left to right are Lori, Chris and Cheri. Awesome and fun day ladies!
Deborah Donovan joined her husband Bill for only her second fly fishing experience ever. She flat out loved it and picked up quickly on the Stillwater fishing technique.
Bill Donovan on the fly with his special wife. Fun time Bill!
Yesterday afternoon smoke fallout coming over Crowley Lake from the Briceburg fire.