Pleasant Valley Reservoir Fish Report

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Tom Loe

Early winter is great here especially when the flows out of the power house drop. Freeze tubing is very good near the inlet section and you may see a trophy brown or two when it starts getting cold. Full sinks or heavy sink tips to get you down ten feet quickly. Loebergs, Punk Perch, and Spruce-A-Bu's for streamers.

Nymphing the river section at lower flows will get you big numbers. Dry dropper rigs with Broke Back tigers and Gillies, zebra midges, flashback PT's, and olive crystal caddis larva patterns. Stimulators are great uppers for your dry fly here and do a good job of representing hoppers or large caddis flies. BWO hatches will get the wild fish coming up during the early winter as well. You can fish the Stimmy as a point, or marker fly with the smaller BWO pattern 2-3 feet behind it for the target fly. The Stimmy stands out in most situations and will give you reference where your smaller target fly is.

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