Updated:
August 30, 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 8/29/2014

Looks like some awesome weather in store for us this coming week. Just in time for the holiday weekend!

The fishing has really started to pick up too with the colder nights. Crowley, the Upper and Lower Owens are very good right now!

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: With temps in the 40's at night, it's done wonders for the fishing up here. Water has cooled down and we're getting reports of some rather large fish being caught here.

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. 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:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 13CFS as of 8/29 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

Getting good reports from the shop guys who have been fishing it. Hearing there is a nice baetis hatch around 11, but getting a decent drift is difficult because of the weeds.

Still a struggle with the weeds. Water temps have been stable in the mid to upper 60's. Which is prime temperature for weed growth. Should be that way until we get a couple of good hard freezes which shoul happen in about a month.

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

STREAMERS: Nope

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 10cfs as of 8/29

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

With the flows as low as they are, there isn't much in the way of moving water. Pretty much slow water moving between standing pools at this point. If you can find fishable water, there's probably a couple of fish in there.

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 levels are slowly dropping. 'Now at 6,759 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway. We still have a ways to go as the islands just outside the marina have not yet popped out but getting close.

Water temperature has finally started droping some at 64°F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere on the lake.

Water is almost crystal clear everywhere - zero algae.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fishing remains excellent everywhere on the lake with a few weeds and some slightly cooler water (inlets, springs)

McGee Bay and North end in 8 to 14 ft of water but seems best along weed lines.

Multiple 18" fish are common place for most anglers.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron early then Copper Tiger as the sun gets overhead. Fewer hits but some 22"+ fish for those who want to try a Dubbed-head Olive Oprimidge in size 18. Really big fish rearely go for the flashy colors in crystal clear water.

Stripping has been great using the usual Perch fry imitations - Hornberg's, Perfection Perch and Punk Perch.

Guide's Hint: Watch out for islands now only 1-2 ft from emerging just outside of the marina on your way to McGee. Marker buoys are small and totally impossible to see when it is white caps on your way in.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 49CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 8/29. Station appears to be broken at the moment, but the flows are definitely stable.

Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, rust colored 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

Seems to be getting better everyday. Starting to see some Crowley fish in my travels and they're pretty hungry! Nymphing under the indicator or stripping with a sink tip is working best.

Starting to see more concentrations of fish down below the bridge too. Mostly planters, but they seem fo be hungry with plenty of energy. Eating the usual large attractors patterns under the indicator.

Not seeing much in the way of rising fish except the tiny 3-4 inch fingerlings.

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: Perfection Perch, Red or Wine leeches.

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Ryan was down here above PVR and said the fishing was quite good. Mostly under the indicator as it's almost too brushy to cast a dry fly in that section. They're down deep too.

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 stable at 30CFS as of 8/29

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.

Same thing goes for Ruby lake up a bit higher, lots of brookies up there that will eat just about any fly you throw at them!

The creek isn't fishing bad either, the water is really clear and the fish can see you coming a mile away though, so stay low and keep your shadow off the water.

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 20FS and 36CFS below as of 8/29

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports from any of the fly guys.

The water is very low, so keeping your shadow off the water you're trying to fish and wearing muted colors will go a long way towards not scaring away the fish you're trying to catch.

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 back up to 231CFS as of 8/29

Water is tinted green.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

More of the same, earlier is still better than later. They're eating mostly green caddis patterns and smaller mayfly patterns under the indicator. Also hearing of some top water activity with just an elk hair caddis.

Flows back down to a much more wadable level. At this flow you can pretty much fish the entire river again. Daytime highs are still hovering close to 90 so fishing early is still a must. They're eating small mayfly patterns early and caddis mid morning and early afternoon.

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 at 45 CFS as of 8/29

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: There is a river cleanup effort here on Monday starting at 9am with food and beverages to those who participate.

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.

Guide's Hint:

 
 
 
 
 
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