Big Browns and Rainbows are showing at Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Pleasant Valley Reservoir - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Tom Loe

Good things happening here as the flows have crashed and the powerhouse is no longer flooding the inlet section to the reservoir proper. Hit the slower moving inlet area using a dry/dropper bead head combo. Crystal tigers and zebras, broken back midges, birds nest and pheasant tails # 16-20 are money right now.

Some big browns and rainbows are also showing up here in addition to the numbers. The mayfly hatch goes off around noon give or take- depending on the morning lows each day. Have some Adams or BWO adults and a few para-midges for the emergences. Look for "pods" feeding in the suds or foam lines to position in a productive area from the service road above to save time before descending into the river channel. Tubing is also good form the launch ramp to the inlet. Full sinking lines and streamers in the #8-12 range are best. Stay along the drop-offs opposite the road side for more consistent action.

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