September 20, 2016

Mammoth Lakes Area

Weather Report

Don't forget your water bottles and sunscreen as you hit the lakes, rivers and creeks. The water's reflection seems to like to help the sun in its constant attempts to turn us all bright red and leave us sadly remembering the trip. Don't forget life jackets for the kids if you are fishing from a boat!

REPORT AS OF 9/15/2016

It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn. Couple of frosty nights to start off September!

Nature turned down the heat for the time being, but the fishing is anything but cold!

We only report first-hand info from our sixteen guides on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Clear and Cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

This is a great place to fish right now because the water is cold and there are plenty of fish up here. Good place to learn how to float tube if you've never done it before. Can't get yourself into too much trouble!

Some stockers being caught in Mamie and Mary, with the occasional bruiser planted by Mono County from up in Oregon since they stopped getting fish from Alpers.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis Dries, Parachute Adams, Stimulators

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge, Copper John, Prince Nymph

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lake Special in Black or Olive, Crystal Bugger Black

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 16CFS as of 9/15

Water temps are on the decline.

Water is running clear.

(Note flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon)

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

So many weeds, it's almost not worth even going down here until the fall. If you can get a fly through the weeds then you deserve any fish you catch because it's not easy!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Taylor's Fat Albert, Chernobyle Ant, Foam Hopper, Parachute Caddis #18, Mercer's Missing Link #18, Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Clownshoe Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Flashback Scud #16, Tungsten Zebra Midge #20, Old School Caddis Emerger #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #18 Olive, Nitro Caddis Olive #18, Buckskin Caddis #18, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #18, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #18

STREAMERS: Water is back down, so streamer fishing is a bit challenging.

Guide's Hint: Downsize tippet to 6x. The water is super clear!

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Flows bottoming out at 6cfs as of 9/15

Water is very clear and temps top out in the low 60's by mid day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Well, it had to end at some point. If you don't mind boney water and mending over rocks, you can probably still score a few fish down here.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Mr. Rapidan, Yellow Humpy, Chernobyl Ant, Foam Hopper, Kaufman Stimulator, Royal Wulff

Nymphs: Copper John, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail, Black Bead Bird's Nest, Zebra Midge

Guide's Hint: Use a longer leader and try running shorter drifts with smaller tippet.

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

DWP is dropping the water level pretty fast now.

The water temps are starting to come down and the algae is holding steady - fairly clear for the most part.

The weeds are finally dying off and should continue to decline through the rest of the season.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The north arm continues fishing just about as good as it gets. There are very few fish anywhere else.

Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats to 24+" and a bunch of new arrivals 13-14" recently planted by DFW. 'Throw in a few Perch and Tui Chub and the full-five Grand Slam, Rainbow, Brown Cutthroat, Perch and Tui Chub have been managed by several in the last week.

McGee is pretty much done for the time being. Occasional fish in close to the weeds but the few fish there are very spread out

Some fish still in the Hiltons and Crooked, but not in big numbers.

The Perch fry are subsiding and stripping has been pretty slow compared to fishing under the indicator.

Recommended Flies:

Hanging Perch fry imitations under the indicator might scratch up a couple of grabs before 8 am but Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern has been better. Later go to Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and maybe Shaft Emerger if the red/black slows down. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge when sun is overhead.

Strip perch imitations right along defined weed lines. Perfection Perch, Hornbergs, Stillwater Hares.

Guide's Hint: When you are fishing in a fleet of boats and/or tubes, always try and get a spot on the perimeter. When it is tough go to a single fly and go small. Look at it from the fish's point of view. Every time you bite one of those two size 16-18 flies 16" apart, not wiggling, and not swimming up, they never taste good at a minimum and sometimes they take you for a lip ride. Oh, a nice little single #20 . . . I'll give it a try.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are up to 93cfs as of 9/15

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The flows are more than double what they were a few days ago. The water won't exactly be clean for at least a couple days so make sure the bugs you're running are big and bright!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Kaufman Stimulator #16, EC Caddis #16, Foam Hoppers, Chernobyl Ants, Fat Alberts.

NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen, #16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, San Juan Worms (red), Fox's Poopah Olive #16, Zebra Midge #18

STREAMERS:Doc's Twin Lake Special, Wolly Buggers Olive #10-14

Guide's Hint: If you're headed to long ears, leave the orange colored shirt in the suitcase and get something light blue or brown.

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good, Clear

Flow is a constant 45 cfs year round per DWP.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Nettles are everywhere. Be careful, it's a long itchy walk back to the car.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Yellow Humpy, Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, Kaufman Stimulator

NYMPHS: Flashy PT, MicroMay, Copper John #16-20, Soft Hackle Hares Ear, Zebra/Tiger Midges Tungsten Drowned Ant, San Juan Worms

STREAMERS: Water is too low to bother right now.

Guide's Hint:

Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Was down here the other day, depending on whether or not they're generating power can radically change the fishing down here. One day good by the mouth, next day awful. Way too inconsistent right now.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Kaufman Stimulator, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge #18-22, Tiger Midge #18-20, Copper Johns, Hares Ear, Birds Nest, Lightning Bugs, Soft Hackle

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Hornbergs, Big and Black Streamers

Guide's Hint:

Rock Creek

Water Conditions:

Flows are at 29cfs as of 9/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing here is better if you go for a hike up a little bit. The further you go from the trail head, the less people you will see, and the more fish you will see.

Recommended Flies:

Red Copper John #14-18, Hares Ear #16-18, Zebra Midges #14-18

Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions:

Flows are 9cfs above Grant, and 40cfs below as of 9/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Otis mentioned that there was "rock snot" or Didymo algae is all over the creek. If you wade here, please don't use the same gear in any of our other waters. Come rent some clean boots from us instead to prevent the spread of this nasty stuff.

None of us have been spending much time up here this year.

Recommended Flies:

Red Copper John #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18(Purple), Wooly Buggers #10-16 (Olive, black)

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows up to 163cfs as of 9/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows just jumped up this afternoon by about 30cfs. This shouldn't shake things up too much especially since the water is finally starting to cool down. Seeing mayflies around 11am still, just not as many as weeks past. The high flows and hot weather seems to have had some effect on the bugs down here this summer for sure.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPH: Birds Nest, Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Copper Johns #16-18,Hares Ear #14-18, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Perch patterns, buggers and big nymphs on the swing.

Guide's Hint:

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Lake level is still pretty low, although better than years past.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No Reports.

Recommended Flies:




Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 88cfs as of 9/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Thanks to some very cold night time temps, the river is starting to cool off, and the fishing is improving.

Stay tuned for a more detailed report as this is the time of year this place starts to get going.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Baetis Dries - #14-16

NYMPHS: Baetis Dries - #14-16

NYMPHS: Zebra midges #16-18, Pocket Water Baetis #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16, Tungsten Psycho #16

STREAMERS:Ditch the sink tip and stick to flies with some big bead heads. Flows are too low for that kind of fun now.

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV - Opens October 1st

Water Conditions:

Gin Clear but weedy on the bottom out to 23'.

Surface temp is 67 Degrees.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The Oct 1st Opener and weeks after has been epic the last couple of seasons. Many large fish have been landed to 15-20lbs at this time, fishing deep and stripping or deep water break away indicator fishing is the ticket. You would swear these fish are on steroids this time of year as they will pull your socks off!

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Tui Chub Minnows, Balance Leeches, Chewy Tui's, Black or Olive buggers.

Guide's Hint:

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