August 26, 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 8/25/2016

Looks like another week of great weather on the way! Highs in the mid 70's with a slight chance for aternoon storms through the weekend.

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 17CFS as of 8/25

Water temps are in the low 70's mid day, so fish here early before it gets too hot!

Water is running pretty clear now.

(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.

Things have slowed down at the creek, mainly because of water temps. Fish early or late for the best shot at fish. Mostly Caddis unless you're here at the crack of dawn, then use the smallest midges in your box. I'm taking 24s if you have them!

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 13cfs as of 8/25

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 slowley dropping the water level but the lake is still nice and full.

Algae is a non issue right now. Small specks here and there, but very clear.

The weeds are going off and all water under 14ft of depth is pretty much weeded out.

Fish are now concentrated anywhere that there is cold water entering the lake or over springs.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Daphnea have arrived, and the last fish I pumped in McGee was absolutely chocked full of it. Pay attention to what you see on your fish finder, if they're suspended, fish a few feet off the bottom. If the fish you see are on the bottom, they're more than likely not chowing on daphnea for the time being. Definitely a good time to hang that perch fry high up on your indicator rig.

The North Arm went off a few days back, and it's pretty evident based upon the fact that there were close to 30 boats up there! The fishing is good early in 15-17ft of water til around 11.

The Stillwater Classic contest went off without a hitch and lots of new faces on the podium this year with the folks that fished the north end prevailing especially those on the edge of the fleet at the southerly end of the armada.

The fish in McGee are spread out but still concentrated right outside the weed line and in a long stripe just outside the the old stream channel in 14 - 20 ft of water.

The stripe moves east and west some each day depending on currents and being right on the cold water stripe will be the very best fishing but it is good about everywhere in the bay.

Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats to 24+" and a bunch of new arrivals 13-14" recently planted by DFW.

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

The fish are really getting after the Perch fry so time to get in those float tubes and strip streamers. Get your arm straighten out when they whack your fly at speed - the best of all Crowley fishing!

Recommended Flies:

Hang a small Perfection Perch right on the bottombefore 8 am, then Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern early, as usual, then Red/Black Bead Head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and Shaft Emerger or Flashback Bead Head Gray/Black Optimdge midday. 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 the bottom where they hide and 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 at 42cfs as of 8/25

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

It's definitely the time to fish hoppers! They're everywhere and they're a variety of colors. Mostly yellow, but I've seen a fair ammount of tan ones as well. Don't walk straight up to the bank, keep back a ways and watch the water for a while, if you don't see anything rising, toss your hopper up there, if you don't get a grab after a few drifts, it's time to dredge the bottom with some big attractors and san juan worms. Mostly stockers right now unless you go up super high, and then it's a game of stealth.

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

No Reports. (Been too hot down in Bishop, anyway)

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: Dark streamers (black/purple)

Rock Creek

Water Conditions:

Flows are at 31cfs as of 8/25

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: Another great place to beat the heat this week. Bring bug spray, plenty of mosquitos!

Rush Creek

Water Conditions:

Flows are 17cfs above Grant, and 52cfs below as of 8/25

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. If you would like to contribute to this report shoot us an email and we'd be happy to post it here.

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 holding around 250cfs as of 8/25

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are now down to a very reasonable 250cfs as of Thursday the 25th. They're still dropping, about 25cfs a day. Not sure how low it'll go, but the fish will probably need a few days after the flows become more stable to adjust. I'll be down there today, full report coming soon.

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.

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 slightly up to 84cfs as of 8/25

Water temps are still pretty high mid-day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Water is warming to the point where it's not good for the fish if you're there after 11am.

The fishing is better the lower you go. If you go down far enough you will need a Nevada license which can be obtained at Ken's sporting goods in Bridgeport.

Seeing plenty of baetis hatching throughout the day but the fish are just very spread out. Give a spot 10 min and move on as there probably isn't a fish where you're running your drift. With the flows this high the fish just arent concentrated in the usual spots anymore.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: 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

Water Conditions: No recent report

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

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