Updated:
May 09, 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 5/7/2016

Despite bleak weather forecasts, the rain has been only here and there and has not really affected the fishing much.

Warmer weather and sunny skies start Monday with temps in the 70's.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Twin Lakes is open but all of the Lakes above (Lake Mary, Mamie,and George) are still frozen over for the time being and from what we were told the road is currently closed at the gate above Twin lakes.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Road is now closed. USFS says it will open May 10.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

NYMPHS:

STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 18 CFS as of 5/7

(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

Go ahead and lift up some rocks, when the flows are up, scuds get flushed out from under the rocks.

This is about as technical as it gets here. You have to run very short drifts in order to hook fish instead of weeds.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #18-22, OGrey RS2 18-#20, Parachute Caddis #18-20, Parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS: Olive Flashy WD-40 20-22, Zebra Midge #18-22 (black, silver) Flashback Black Beauty #22, Miracle Nymph #20-22, Tungsten Black Beauty #22, Grey or Olive Scud #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low and too weedy to bother.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Open for fishing...Pending when Mammoth Mountain will plow the road.

Recommended Flies:

Dries:

Nymphs:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

The lake is not full but a lot higher than the last few years. There is a defined subsurface channel in the north end and McGee Bay

Bottom water temps are from 53°F to 54°F and crystal clear.

Minimal if any weeds going yet.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fish are pretty spread out as usual for this time of year.

Sandy Point has been the most consistant all along the subsurface bank in 13ft to 18ft of water with a few fish inside.

There are fish along Greeen Banks but don't tread too close to shore or the Spin Guys may sling some hardware at you.

McGee has fish west of the bathroom in 13-14 ft of water but pretty spread out.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron early then Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge mid morning. It has been pretty gray skies so subtle colors like gray and olive have not produced too much even midday.

You might try other bright pattrens like Copper John and Flasback Pheasant Tail trimmed to look like a Chironimid.

Guide's Hint: Try a purple leech half way down the water column.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Improving

Flows are at 41cfs as of 5/7

Water running clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing well, more consitancy than quality, but still some very good looking fish in there. Check under the cuts and banks of the the river, those fish are out there!.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

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, Anything big and furry!

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good, Clear

Flow is a constant 45 cfs year round per DWP.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Dry dropper is going to work best at these flows.

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. Water levels are rising.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Now that the water levels are up, the fish are holding deep where the food is.

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: Still a lot of snow in the upper lakes but Rock Creek lake is thawing out nicely.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

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

Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Clear and flowing strong.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

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: Good

Flows are up to 294cfs as of 5/7

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

It slows down for a while before the baetis start popping which is sometime around noon. Once that happens the fish are a little more inclined to eat your flies.

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: Flows and water temps aren't the best for streamers.

Guide's Hint: Birds Nest is always a staple in the Lower owens.

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Report coming soon.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

NYMPH:

STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows have been racheting up and are now at 210 cfs.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing is actually the most consistant it's been all winter with the temps in the mid 50's.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:Yellow Stimulator, Parachuet Adams

NYMPHS: Zebra midges, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails- all #16-20

STREAMERS:?

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions: 47.5 degrees & very clear and cold

Fishing has been very good when there is some wind & clouds and a little slower on the bluebird calm days. Had two days last week that two clients had 45-50 fish days and two days later two clients had over 50 to 8lbs.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Midnight Cowboy & Olive Buggers, Albino Winos, Orange Crush and Chewy Tui's have been getting most of the grabs.

We have been fishing the drop offs with shooting heads.

Recommended Flies:

STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint: The report came from Chris Wharton. I met Chris for the first time last year at Pyramid and he was super helpful in getting my game on. I think you could not do better than getting the same treatment before you try your hand at Pyramid. He even has ladders for his clients. -kent

 
 
 
 
 
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