July 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 7/1/2016

Temps in the upper 80's through early next week with a shot at afternoon thunderstorms.

The fishing is still good just about everywhere!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: All the lakes have iced out.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Getting good reports on Mamie.

Grab your float tube or rent one from us to get on the most fish.

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: Great place to beat the heat.

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 44CFS as of 7/1

Water temps are in the low 70's mid day, so fish here early before it gets too hot!

Water is running pretty clear now.

(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

Lots of hoppers snapping about, but the fish aren't too interested. Concentrate on places that are weed free with a small ammount of weight and small caddis patterns.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Taylor's Fat Albert, Chernobyle Ant, Foam Hopper, Parachute Caddis #18, Mercer's Missing Link #18, Elk Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Clownshoe Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Flashback Scud #16, Tungsten Zebra Midge #20, Old School Caddis Emerger #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #18 Olive, Nitro Caddis Olive #18, Buckskin Caddis #18, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #18, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #18

STREAMERS: Water is back down, so streamer fishing is a bit challenging.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Flows at 167cfs as of 7/1

Runoff seems to have peaked and things should start to settle down here in a couple of days.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Plenty of small wild browns to be caught, but they are pretty selective when it comes to your drift. They won't grab just anything, your presentation has to be spot on, or they'll refuse it. Most of the fish are hanging out in slower moving water, but this will change as the water temps come up into the low 50's around mid day.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Mr. Rapidan, Yellow Humpy, Chernobyl Ant, Foam Hopper, Kaufman Stimulator, Royal Wulff

Nymphs: Copper John, Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail, Black Bead Bird's Nest, Zebra Midge

Guide's Hint: Use a longer leader and try running shorter drifts.

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

Lake levels are getting way up like we have not seen in years.

The water is still very clear with only small flecks of algae.

The weeds are going off and all water under 15 ft of depth is pretty much weeded out.

Water temps are on the rise and the fish are gravitating to cold water sources.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The McGee Miracle is in full swing with big fish spread across the bay and concentrated in a long stripe just outside the the old stream channel in 17 - 20 ft of water. The stripe moves east and west some each day depending on currents and being right on thecold water stripe will be very best fishing but it is good about everywhere in the bay.

Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats to 24+" and a bunch of new arrivals 13-14" recently planted by DFW.

Not too much to report elsewhere on the lake but some fish in the Hiltons and north arm just not wide open like McGee.

Recommended Flies:

Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern early, as usual, then Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge or Copper Tigersmid morning and Shaft Emerger or Flashback Dubbed Head Gray/Black Optimdge midday. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge when sun is overhead. Hang thin Damsel patterns half way down.

Strip Damsel patterns up very slowly up from the bottom possibly with midge trailer or any bright streamer fast for that aggression strike.

There are also some big fish chasing Tui Chub fry in the here and there even out to 19 ft in McGee for the float tube set.

Guide's Hint: Twitch that indicator a lot, especially before 9am.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 41cfs as of 7/1

Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not much going on here right now. Bunch of small fish picking off the occasional Caddis up top. A few larger fish remain in the system, but don't expect many.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Kaufman Stimulator #16, EC Caddis #16

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

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

Nettles are everywhere. Be careful, it's a long itchy walk back to the car.

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.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Not many recent reports since the opener.

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: The Lake has iced out and the road is open.

Flows are at 89cfs as of 7/1

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Flows are back down to what's considered fishable. Mostly planted fish down by the campgrounds. Hike up a bit to find some wild fish hitting on top.

Recommended Flies:

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

Guide's Hint: Another great place to beat the heat this week. Bring bug spray, plenty of mosquitos!

Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Flows are 136cfs above Grant, and 57cfs below as of 7/1

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Otis mentioned that there was "rock snot" or Didymo algae is all over the creek. If you wade here, please don't use the same gear in any of our other waters. Come rent some clean boots from us instead to prevent the spread of this nasty stuff.

No recent reports.

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 at 225cfs as of 7/1

Water is fairly clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The fishing is great, but you absolutely MUST have a good drift to get any looks at your flies. It's also REALLY hot, so make sure you bust out the wet wading gear.

They're keyed in on very small midges early, and then PMD's from mid morning on. Try anything yellow you've got in your box.

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: Perch patterns, buggers and big nymphs on the swing.

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Lake level is still pretty low, although better than years past.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No Reports.

Recommended Flies:




Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 232cfs as of 7/1

Water temps in the low 70's already mid-day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fishing is better the lower you go. If you go down far enough you will need a Nevada license which can be obtained at Ken's sporting goods in Bridgeport.

Seeing plenty of baetis hatching throughout the day but the fish are just very spread out. Give a spot 10 min and move on as there probably isn't a fish where you're running your drift. With the flows this high the fish just arent concentrated in the usual spots anymore.

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:Definitely, get creative! Big and meaty should work, considering the size of the fish being hooked here.

Guide's Hint: Make sure you bring that wading staff with you...

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions: No recent report

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

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