Crowley lake fly fishing on a guided trip is unforgettable. Crowley is known as one of the finest fly fishing still-water fisheries in the western United States. While fly fishing Crowley Lake the angler realizes that Crowley lake is nothing short of a fish producing factory. With four streams and rivers constantly filling Crowley with clean Sierra water, this alkali still-water fishery has an unbelievable bug population which leads to a great population of fat and healthy; Rainbows, Brown Trout and Cutthroat Trout, as well as large Sacramento Perch. Sometimes on our fly fishing guide trips we get all three trout species in a day which is a “Crowley Slam.” Ranging from around 14″ – 25″ these trout will test your fish fighting ability from the hook-set, to the long reel singing runs, and getting them into the net.
When we are on a guided fly fishing tour on the boat we will usually be still-water midging most of the year, although throughout August when the Perch Fry are around we can be striping large and small streamers, as well as casting dry fly patterns such as Damsel and Mayflies flies to fish that have the will to take them off the surface. Crowley Lake is open and fishes well from the last Saturday in April until the close of the season on November 15th weather and conditions permitting. This amazing lake fishes well pretty much throughout the season. We will normally be in a 19 ft Lowe boat with a 115 hp four stroke motor to fish for these trout with quick access to the best fly fishing holes with comfort. Depending on conditions and to get a different presentation down to the trout we might deploy small fly fishing rafts as well. These allow us to stay under the wind and approach the trout of Crowley Lake in a different manner.