Updated:
November 12, 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 11/8/2014

Looks like endless summer for the next 10 days. Sunny with daytime temps in the upper 60's. Last licks for Crowley this week. It's still going strong! The Owens River has been producing as well.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Good -- Clear and cool

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The road to the lakes basin is now closed.

The days are getting shorter and the best time to fish is mid-day. Don't bother getting here at first light. Mamie is fishing well by the outlet.

Twin lakes is choked with weeds, so head up to either Mary or Mamie instead.

Stick to the float tube for now either stripping with sink line or under the indicator.

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. Copper Tiger, Red Copper John #16.

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

Guide's Hint: Don't just fish one fly, tie a smaller nymph trailer off your streamer. You'll get a lot more grabs that way.

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 13CFS as of 10/8 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

Hot creek is as it's best right now despite the low flows and weeds. The fish are active and the water temps are prime. If you can work around the weeds, definitely check it out.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended body blue winged olive 18-22, CDC Caddis 18-22, Brooks' 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

STREAMERS: Nope

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Road closed for the season.

Water Conditions:

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Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Lake levels have stopped dropping. 'Now at 6,756 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway.

Water temperature is slowly dropping at 57°F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere on the lake.

Colder water has all but elimiated the algae.

Weeds across the lake are almost gone. If you find some you will find fish most likely.

The marina is closed for the rest of the season.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: McGee Bay is pretty dead. Hearing the same for the north arm now too.

Looks like most of the fish have made their way into the tributaries. The ones that got lost are currently hanging out in Hilton, Whiskey, and Crooked right now. Doesn't seem to get going until late in the morning under the indicator, so if that's your thing don't bother getting here early.

Recommended Flies:

Start with larvae patterns and then to natural color pupae midday in the clear water. 'Time to get out the leech patterns both for stripping and hanging under the indicator

Fewer hits but bigger fish for those who want to try a Dubbed-head Olive Optimidge in size 18 midday. Try a dubbed head black optimidge too...

Stripping has been on and off for the tubing set. If you are serious then this is the time of the year to stick a monster Brown in the north end but you need to use big streamers at o'dark thirty - legal fishing time.

Yes, there will be ice in your guides and you better wear some articwear but like I said, if you are serious, this is your best chance of catching fish in the 25"+ category all year long.

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 48CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 11/8

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The section between the bridge and the fishing monument is now closed to all fishing until next season.

The fish have made their push and can now be found above the bridge as well as down low below the monument.

The bigger fish have spread out, with quite a few of the smaller planted fish mixed in. These bigger fish have been hit hard this fall, so try something different like pulling streamers with a sink tip through the deeper holes instead of just nymphing for them...

The water up above the HC confluence is very clear and these fish can see you coming for sure so fish way below your fish and try not to cast a shadow with your rod.

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, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.

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

The road to rock creek lake has closed for the season.

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Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows above Grant Lake are up to 51CFS and 39CFS below as of 11/8

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Larger fish are spread out. They're on the move from Grant upwards ,and right below the dam at Silver. Water is clear, and the flows are up slightly from last week which will make things a little easier. Most of the bigger fish can be found in the deep slow water. Swinging streamers or nymphing with plenty of weight under the indicator should produce.

Recommended Flies:

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

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

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: Good

Flows down to 90CFS as of 11/8

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Excellent

The flows have dropped even lower, and are expected to drop to about 80cfs for the winter. At these flows almost the entire river is wadable. Good baetis hatch that starts fairly early, around 9 and starts to taper off after lunchtime.

Most of the fish are stacked up in the deeper water still. Been seeing some rising fish every now and then too in the slower water so don't be afraid to throw some smaller mayfly dries or emergers in the morning.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: RS2 Grey #18, Black Flashy WD 40 #20, Copper Zebra midge #20, Tungsten Black Beauty #20-22, Micro mayfly Olive #18, Olive birds nest #18, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20

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

Guide's Hint:

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Very Low Water -- Maximum depth around 15ft.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports.

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: Poor

Flows steady at 20 CFS as of 11/8

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

With the flows around 20cfs we definitely feel for the fish at this point as the flows usually don't drop this low until wintertime. Hopefully we'll get a big snow year and this fishery will bounce back.

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