August 16, 2014

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 8/15/2014

No rain in sight with seasonal temps coming our way. Crowley and the Upper Owens are fishing well!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Clear and cool

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: More of the same here this week.

Most of the fish are concentrated in 15-20 feet of water, but you can catch the occasional one in the shallows. Fish a full sink line and make sure you're getting it down there.

Probably don't need much more than an intermediate sinking line in upper twin or Mamie.

You can also fish under the indicator just like on Crowley and you'll see the occasional Callibaetis so don't be afraid to throw some dry flies before dark.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffiths Gnat 16-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, Stimulator #18, Yellow Humpy, Callibaetis Spinner #16

NYMPHS: Zebra midges 18-22, Tan and Olive Bird's Nests 14-16, Pheasant tails 14-16, Hare's Ear #16, Callibaetis Nymph, Copper Zebras

STREAMERS: Olive and black Twin Lakes Specials 10-12, Olive and black Wooly Buggers 10--12, Flashabou bugger black.

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 14CFS as of 8/15 Water is 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: Good

Despite the low flows and matted weeds, the fishing has been quite good if you can find open water to toss your flies into...

Fish between the weeds and in the deepest water you can find.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended body blue winged olive 18-22, CDC Caddis 18-22, Hot Creek caddis 18-20, parachute Caddis 18-20, parachute Adams 18-22, Elk Hair Caddis 16-20,

NYMPHS:Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #20, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #20, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #18, Buck Skin Caddis #20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Zebra midges 20-22, WD-40 20-22, Micro May Fly 18-22, Pheasant Tail 18-22, Grey Scud 16


Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 15cfs as of 8/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

With flows down to a trickle, concentrate on the deeper pools as the riffels are too shallow to bother for the most part.

Early in the morning and late in the evening are the best times when the water is coolest.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Parachute Adams #14-16 Yellow Humpy #14-16, Stimulator #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis #14-16, Chernobyl Mini #12-14, Fat Albert #14

Nymphs: Chartruse Copper John #14-16, Pheasant Tail #14-16, Prince Nymph #14-16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #14-16

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Lake down a few more inches this last week. 'Now at 6,760 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway.

Water temperature is way up there at 68° F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere that is at a fishable depth.

Water has cleared with the recent rains and cooled off significantly.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: McGee and the north arm are still producing, from 10ft to 14ft. Seems to be good one day, and then much slower the next. Also saw some fish in big and little Hilton.

Kent hopped in the tube the other day stripping perch patterns in close to the weeds and the word on the street is he did pretty well.

These fish have seen tons of flies so make sure you're using fluorocarbon tippet and size 18's and smaller!

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron early, switching to grey and black by late morning. Don't be afraid to try a copper tiger either... If you're stripping a punk perch, perfection perch or a hornberg will do the job nicely.

Some green flash in whatever fly you pick is a good idea in the deep, dark world below the algae.

Have seen some callibaetis so a flashback Pheasant Tail should also be on the list to try.

Guide's Hint: With water up to 68°F already, and soon to be pushing 70°F, reviving fish is critical. If you are going to hold them out of the water 30+ seconds for a picture, you might as well hit them over the head and put them on the stringer. They will slowly swim away for sure but quicky go into shock and die on the bottom. Photos in the net or lifted out of the water 2 seconds right in the net will save a bunch of lives.

'Good trick is to reach down and touch fish on the tail in the net. If it doesn't bolt (since it thinks it is about to be eaten) then it is not ready to release - swim it around until it swims away with gusto. -k

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 49CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 8/15

Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.

The lower you go, the more "green slime" you'll have to deal with. Pretty bad down in the bait section and below, almost non existant up above the bridge though.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Still seeing some good fish numbers above the bridge. They are rather spread out and hanging out in the deeper bends. They're eating mostly big attractors and larger Caddis patterns. Not seeing much in the way of rising fish except the tiny 3-4 inch fingerlings.

Some fish are making the move up and out of Crowley for clearer colder water. Above the bridge has been producing, and we're seeing a few bigger fish here and there.

That's not to say that there aren't any fish down low, the water is just cleaner up above the HC confluence.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: EC Caddis 16-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-18, Stimulator 14-18.

NYMPHS: Red Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Flashback Hare's Ear 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Red San Juan Worm 12, Fox's Caddis Poopah Green #16, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18

STREAMERS: Olive and black Wooly Bugger 10-12, Meat Whistle Olive and Black 2-1/0, Stump Buster Olive and Brown #8.

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Call the shop for information.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Too hot to bother.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, extended body bwo, cdc baetis dun, stimulator

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph, Flashy PT, prince nymphs, hares ear, birds nest, wd40, zebra midge, disco midge

STREAMERS: Matuka, Goat Leech, Crystal Bugger, hornbergs

Guide's Hint:

Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Water Conditions: Water levels are dropping.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, Parachute Adams, Groffith's Gnat

NYMPHS: Red BH Optimidge, Mickey's Red Baron, Copper Johns, #18 Black Beauty, WD40, Disco Midge, Zebra Midge #18-#20,

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Flahabou Buggers Olive, Rickards Seal Bugger, Big and Black Streamers

Guide's Hint:

Rock Creek

Water Conditions: Flows at 30CFS as of 8/15

Creek is clear

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Hike in a bit and fish the lakes along the trail. Chickenfoot and long lake usually hold fish in the shallow waters at the edges and outlets if you're willing to walk a bit.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Parachute Adams #16-18, Hi-Vis Blue Wing Olives #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators, Parachute Kicking Hopper, Fat Albert, Chernobyl Ant.

Nymphs: Crystal Hunchback Baetis #18-22, Tungsten Psycho #18-20, Split Wingcase BWO #16-20, Zebra Midges #18-20, Pheasant Tails #18-22, Hares Ear #16-18.

Streamers: Olive or black Wooly Buggers #10-12.

Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Flows above Grant Lake are at 11FS and 35CFS below as of 8/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: With flows down to a trickle the fish have become very wary of any shadows overhead. A stealthy approach is mandatory.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis 14-18. Stimulator 14-18.

NYMPH: Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymphs 14-18, Micro May Fly 16-20, Micros Stome 10-16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Pheasnt tail 14-20, Bird of Prey, Tan #16, Hare's Ear 14-18.

STREAMERS: Wounded Sculpin, Matuka, BH Carey Bugger, Crystal Bugger, BH Pop's Bugger, Rickard's emerger bugger

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows up to 298CFS as of 8/15

Water is tinted green.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

With the flows hovering around 300cfs we're somewhat limited as to where we can wade. Make sure you're fishing with enough weight at these flows. You should be hanging up on the bottom every 5 or 6 drifts, otherwise your flies are drifting right over their heads!

Unless you're here at sun up fishing with tricos, your best bet is to be fishing midges before 9, and Caddis after. I did see some PMD's today along with a small mayfly hatch around 11. Grey and tiny like an RS2 should do the trick.

Really hot down here. Best to fish in the morning as the water doesn't have much of a chance to cool off in the evenings yet this time of year. Temps by noon were hovering around 70 degrees.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis DUN, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, griffith gnat, CDC Trico emerger.

NYMPH: Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #18, Anderson's Bird of Prey Green #18,Zebra midge #20, Tungsten Black Beauty #20-22, Copper John #18, Micro mayfly #16-18, olive birds nest, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18, hare's ear, tungsten psycho #18-20

STREAMERS: Muddler Minnow 6-10, Olive and Black Wooly Bigger 10-12, Mini Sculpin 6-10

Guide's Hint: Make sure you're wearing some bug spray, the ticks are everywhere!

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Very Low Water

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Hearing the deeper water by the dam is producing.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis by the inlets.

NYMPH: Zebra Midges16-20, Shaft Emerger #16, No Name damsel #12, Bird's Nest Olive 14-16, Jensen's Callibaetis 14-16, Richards AP Emerger 12 -16, BH Sparkle Ex-Leech 10-12.

STREAMERS: Twin Lakes Special #12. Hornberg 6-10, Matuka 10-12, Wooly Buggers, Olive and brown, 10-12, Hale Bopp Leeech 10-12, Punk Perch 10-14.

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows down to 61 CFS as of 8/15

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Not many of us have made the trek up here recently but what we have heard hasn't been very good. Call the shop and we'll see if we can get a current report if you're interested in fishing here.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #14-18, Hi-Vis BWO #14-18, Griffiths Gnat #18-22, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Stimulators.

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge 18-22, Barr's Flashback BWO 18-20, Nori's Caddis Pupa 18-20, Z Caddis 16-20, Buckskin Caddis 14-20, Nitro Caddis Pupa 16-18 WD-40 18-22 Olive, Rainbow Warriors 18-22, Tungsten Psycho, Crystal Hunchback Baetis, Micro May Fly 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-20, Split Case BWO 18-22, Two-bit Hooker 18-20.

STREAMERS: Black or Olive Wooly Buggers #8-12, Matuka #8-12, Punk Perch 10-14, Hornberg 6-10.

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