November 04, 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 10/28/2016

Rain through this afternoon clearing tonight into tomorrow before the next round of much colder weather gets here Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Seasonal temps and drier weather move in by Wednesday.

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides on the water daily , Bishop to Bridgeport.

Some locations have recently been removed from our report as the updates to the locations were not frequent enough to justify having them in our report. We apologize if this is an inconvenience, but not listing these places is better than outdated information.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Clear and Cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fall colors are past peak and if it snows like they say it's going to snow Sunday, the road up here might close for the season. Get it while you can!

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 19CFS as of 10/28

Water temps are on the decline.

Water is running mostly 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

DFG has planted several thousand fish all in the sub catchable size range into hot creek from the lower parking lot all the way up throughout the ranch. These are not sterile fish and will be able to reproduce once they reach a certain size. A lot of people are on the fence about whether or not this was appropriate for a "wild zero limit" fishery. Keep in mind that the fish that were in hot creek were only there because they were planted a long time ago. Overall, this should help but it's going to take some time for these recently planted fish to shore up the numbers.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #20, Elk Hair Caddis #20, EC Caddis #20, Extended Body BWO #22, CDC Baetis DUN #20

NYMPHS: Zebra Mide #22, Copper Zebra #22, Yankee Buzzer #22, WD-40 Black #22, WD-40 Olive #22, T-Midge Black #22, JuJu Baetis #22, Split Case Baetis #20, Olive Scud #16,

STREAMERS: Don't Bother.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Road closed due to mudslides.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Fair

DWP is dropping the water level pretty fast now.

The water temps are starting to come down and the algae is getting a little annoying but nothing like it was this time last year.

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Plenty of fish off alligator and Layton. Good mix of sizes, some fish are pretty small recent plants, and some are just toads. You never know what you're going to get so make sure you're watching that indicator.

Also seeing some fish off Sandy once again but not in the numbers we're seeing over in Layton.

The Perch fry are pretty much over and done with.Stripping has been pretty slow compared to fishing under the indicator. If you're going to strip in the tube, big buggers and leech patterns are best right now.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern has been the go to early morning. Later go to Red/Black bead 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 bead head Olive or gray Optimidge when sun is overhead. Don't forget about leeches! This is the time of year the fish forget about the perch fry and start keying in on leech patterns. If you're going to strip from the tube make sure it's deep, dark and slow!

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: Good

Flows are up slightly to 101cfs as of 10/24

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Seeing the occasional bigger fish, but man are they spooky. Keep your distance if you want to pick up any of these bigger crowley fish.

The fishing here is starting to pick up. The water is very clear up high, and the fish can see you coming, but that doesn't stop them from eating basic attractor patterns. There aren't many fish, but there are a couple in each bend. Make sure to give it a few casts and move on.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Not seeing much in the way of hatches. The fish aren't interested in the hoppers I still see falling into the water. They're ignoring them completely.

NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen San Juan Worms, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS:The water is certainly high enough, be creative as the fish haven't seen too many. Not sure it makes too much of a difference.

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.

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 79cfs as of 10/24

Think that's about it for higher flows on the lower until next spring. These flows are typical for the wintertime and they honestly open up so much more of the river to wading.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Supposed to be nice down here all week, and with the flows where they are you can walk and wade the entire river with relative ease. This should spread everybody out too!

Tricos are pretty much done with, and the caddis petered out a while back. That leaves us with mostly very small midges early morning with sporadic PMDs hatching throughout the mornings and into the early afternoon.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: Birds Nest Olive #20, T-Midge #22, Copper Tiger #18, Surface Emerger #18, Split Case BWO #18,Copper Zebra Midge #18-22, Olive WD 40 #18-20, Micro May #18-20, RS2 #18-20, Juju Baetis,Pheasant Tail #18-20, Tungsten Psycho #18

STREAMERS: Swing small streamers or soft hackles right now.

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are up to 106cfs as of 10/28

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.

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:

Weeds are starting to break up on the bottom due to water temp, but are not hindering any fishing.

Water temp. is 61 degrees & dropping.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Most fish being landed are in 15-25' of water out of the tubes, we are also starting to get fish from shore at times. The best bite has been from 6:30-12:00. Most of the big fish are in 50-60' of water still waiting for the water temps to get into the 50's before they start moving into the shallows to hammer the bait balls of Tui Chubs.

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS: Balance Leeches ( Chewy Tui's & Black Mambas ) Bunny Buggers or Wooly Buggers in black & olives.

Guide's Hint: Nov. is coming up & it is a favorite time to target trophy fish until about Xmas time. These fish literally feel like they are on steroids during this time frame.

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