July 25, 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 7/24/2014

Warm dry weather through the weekend. Next best shot for moisture starts Monday with afternoon thunderstorms forecasted throughout the week.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Water is clear and starting to warm some making for more active fish.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Most of the fish are concentrated in 15-20 feet of water, but you can catch the occasional one in the shallows. 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

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

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 16CFS as of 7/24 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: Fair

The weeds are matting on the surface of the water making it very difficult to fish most areas of the creek.

Good news is a lot of terrestrials tend to get washed into the river during thunderstorms. Make sure you try a hopper or an ant pattern.

At this point with the water as low as it is, we prefer a dry dropper or hopper dropper setup with one beaded fly in between the weeds.

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: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


Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are continuing to drop and are down to 25cfs as of 7/24.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The fish in the campgrounds have their heads down as they've been hit hard in the past weeks. Stay away from the campground areas for any shots at fish. Early in the morning and late in the evening are the best times.

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 down a few more inches this last week. 'Now at 6,762 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway.

Water temperature is way up there at 68° F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere that is at a fishable depth.

Algae is bretty bad becoming a problem in many places.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Big and Little Hilton continue to have some fish and up against the weed line in McGee has some fish as well, but no real concentration.

The super high water temps have the bulk of the fish in the lake at depths of 35 to 40 ft.

Hatches have been weak but as soon as that comes around. as it will, and especially with the recent hard rains in the PM cooling off the shallows, the big fish will start moving in to feed for several hours every day.

Recommended Flies:

Bright red larvae patterns and Albino Barons the best before 9am. Go to red/black later and maybe gray/black midday but it is getting to be more and more green down there so brighter will usually get seen better. Purple Zebra is usually a good call this time of year.

Some green flash in whatever fly you pick is a good idea in the deep, dark world below the algae.

Have seen some callibaetis so a flashback Pheasant Tail should also be on the list to try.

Guide's Hint: With water up to 68°F already, and soon to be pushing 70°F, reviving fish is critical. If you are going to hold them out of the water 30+ seconds for a picture, you might as well hit them over the head and put them on the stringer. They will slowly swim away for sure but quicky go into shock and die on the bottom. Photos in the net or lifted out of the water 2 seconds right in the net will save a bunch of lives.

Good trick is to reach down and touch fish on the tail in the net. If it doesn' bolt (since it thinks it is about to be eaten) then it is not ready to release - swim it around until it swims away with gusto. -k

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows holding steady at 53CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 7/24

Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color 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: Fair

Water is still tinted brown below the confluence with plenty of the nasty green stuff. The fish are spread out, most of them hiding under the banks and under big weed beds. If you find a fish out in the open you stand a good chance of catching it.

Probably best to stick to the water above the confluence where its a few degrees colder (and cleaner).

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: Olive and black Wooly Bugger 10-12, Meat Whistle Olive and Black 2-1/0, Stump Buster Olive and Brown #8.

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Call the shop for information.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Daytime temps are well into the triple digits. A few brave friends went down there and stuck a few fish, probably not the best place to go right now.

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 at 29CFS as of 7/24

Creek is clear and cold

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Campground areas are going to have the best concentration of fish. Otherwise you're hunting for holdovers and wild fish which are rather spread out right now.

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.

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 38CFS and 34CFS below as of 7/24

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Stick to attractor patterns and foam ants and hoppers in the riffels. Drop a prince nymph or copper john off your dry fly.

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: Good

Flows at 223CFS as of 7/24.

Water is tinted green. Flows are still bouncing around but only by about 5-10cfs. Hasn't affected the fishing very much though.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Lots of Tricos if you're willing to wake up at 5am. Hearing of some serious surface action at sunrise. The good news is you're home by the time if starts to heat up!

Really hot down here. Best to fish in the morning as the water doesn't have much of a chance to cool off in the evenings yet this time of year.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: 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 down to 68 CFS as of 7/24

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Water temps have come down a couple of degrees.

Fishing is still best early in the morning before the sun hits the water.

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.

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