August 31, 2017

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 8/26/2017

Looks like a great week of sunny warm weather ahead with plenty of fishing opportunities! Flows on the San Joaquin are perfect for dry fly fishing right now!

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

Some locations have recently been removed from our report as the updates to the locations were not frequent enough to justify having them in our report. We apologize if this is an inconvenience, but not listing these places is better than outdated information.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Clear and Cold

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Lakes are fishing well with the exception of Lake George. Otherwise it's hard to miss.

Recommended Flies:

Streamers: Doc's Twin Lake Special Black/Olive #10/12, Crystal Bugger Black/OIlive #10

Nymphs: Copper John #14, Prince Nymph #14, Zebra Midge #18, Hare's Ear #14

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 59CFS as of 8/26

Water is running clear and cold.

(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

Still plenty of hoppers everywhere. Should last another few weeks before it starts getting too cold at night. Otherwise fish midges and tricos in the early am before the sun hits the water. After that it's caddis city with a lot of hoppers snapping about.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Chernobyl Ant #8, Foam Beatle, Parachute Kicking Hopper, Chernobyl Grizzly, Fat Albert

NYMPHS: San Juan Worm Red #14, Western Coachman #14, Prince Nymph #14, Red Copper John #14, Nitro Caddis #14

STREAMERS: BH Docs in Black, Conehead double bunny white/olive, Dirty Hippy Rainbow, Slump Busters

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Flows are at 102cfs as of 8/26

Mandatory Shuttle runs from 7am-7pm.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Nothing really changing over last week. Flows are ever so slightly down, and the water temps are stable in the mid 50's.

Still seeing lots of drakes and BWOS around 11. They finally planted fish at the campgrounds if that's your thing. They're about 14in long but they'll really only eat nymphs.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Baby Boy Hopper, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Taylor's Fat Albert, Stream Bank Hopper, CDC Baetis Dun #14, Purple Parachute Adams #12-14, Yellow Humpy #14, Flav Dun #14

Nymphs:BH Copper John #16, Prince Nymph #16, Flashback Hare's Ear #16, Green Drake Nymph, Micro Mayfly #16

Guide's Hint: Don't head down there without some Shimizaki dry shake or the Liquid. These fish absolutely need to see the fly riding high and the regular silicone based stuff just doesn't hold a candle to these floatants.

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Clear

Temps on the bottom in the mid 60s mid day.

Just as the algae was getting bad, the surface temps crept up into the 70's and killed most of it off. Just a tinge of green for now.

The lake is at capacity, not sure if it's going to stay there or not.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Daphnea is still in full force especially up in the north arm, and in McGee. These fish clam up after gorging themselves on clouds of daphnea and will only eat the occasional midge. Hopefully this stuff dies off soon.

The fishing isn't that bad despite the daphnea. Still having double digit days for clients, and almost all quality fish at least.

Seeing fish in the McGee channel, and just outside of it in about 12-16ft of water. There are some guys out deep in 20+ft getting quality fish, but the frequency of grabs is just short of an eternity.

Seeing lots of mayflies hatching in McGee. Mainly tricos but there are a few callibaetis mixed in. Try some mayfly nymphs next time you're out there.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.

Nymphs: Bead Head Black Optimidge #18,Copper Tiger Small, Red Baron Small, Albino Small, Shaft Emerger Small

Streamers: Punk Perch Olive, Hare's Ear, Hula Damsel, Ditch Damsel.

Guide's Hint: If you're stripping perch fry, don't run 5x. Make sure you're using at least 3-4x. The fish DO NOT care about the size of your tippet when you're stripping. Also make sure you're running a loop knot for the best action.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 68cfs as of 8/26 Above the confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

There are still a bunch of small fish eating Caddis and hoppers on the surface up above the confluence. Not much going on down low with the exception of a few recently planted fish down by the bait fishing section.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Little elk hair caddis. Baby Boy Hopper, Fat Albert

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Double Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leech, Maribou Leech.

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 453cfs as of 8/26

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are to the point where you could fish the upper stretch where the river is wider with a ton of weight. Not sure if they're going down any further this summer though.

Recommended Flies:




Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows aare slightly down to 318cfs as of 8/26

Water temp is 63 mid-day and the water is your typical east walker "tea" color. Not a spec of algae either.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing has been good, but so have the crowds. Flows dropped below 400 and now everyone is headed there to grab a piece of the pie. Time to go exploring. Flows haven't been this high since 2011 so there is PLENTY of water to fish. Think outside the box as the miracle mile is being hit hard right now.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Chernobyl Ant #6-8

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Gould's Drowned Spinner #20, Buckskin Caddis #16

STREAMERS:Swing big and nasty stuff.

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

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Recommended Flies:

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