Updated:
November 24, 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 11/22/2014

Looks like nice weather for the week, with a possibility of a wet weekend.

The Upper and Lower Owens are fishing great!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 14CFS as of 11/22 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

The weeds are slowly dying off. The river is clogged with sediment and dead weeds. We definitely need a good flush, but that probably won't happen until spring. Aside from that, the fish are eating mostly baetis on top and under the indicator.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended body blue winged olive 18-22, parachute Adams 18-22,CDC Baetis Emerger #20-22, CDC Baetis DUN #18-20, Hatch Matcher BWO

NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Zebra midge 20-22, WD-40 20-22, JuJu Baetis #20, Micro May Fly 18-22, Pheasant Tail 18-22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22

STREAMERS: Nope

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San Joaquin River - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Crowley Lake - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 48CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 11/22

Water is clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The river is now closed below the bridge until next season.

Getting crowded up here. Especially up high by long ears. Saw at least 2-3 cars per gate this past weekend. Seemed slightly less crowded down just above the bridge. Bigger fish are spattered all over right now. Finding them in the slower water, and they're deep too. They're not eating anything special. As long as it's big and buggy looking the fish don't seem to care all that much.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: 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, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.

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Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

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Lots of small fish, and they're not picky about your fly at all. Bring your 3 weight.

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: Water is too low to bother right now.

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Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Water Conditions: Water levels are dropping.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis patterns, Griffith'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

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Rock Creek - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Rush Creek -Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows down to 83CFS as of 11/22lows down to 90CFS as of 11/8

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Excellent

With good fishing come the crowds. The further down you go the less people you see. Seems to be wide open one day, and kind of off the next. If you happen to catch it on the wide open day, there is plenty of top water action as well as under the indicator. Mostly mayflies, with the occasional Caddis, but they're small. These fish have been hit hard, and are fairly choosy about their diet and your drift.

Recommended Flies:

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

NYMPH: RS2 Grey #18, Black Flashy WD 40 #20, Copper Zebra midge #20, Tungsten Black Beauty #20-22, Micro mayfly Olive #18, Olive birds nest #18, Flashback Hare's Ear #18, Tungsten Psycho #18-20

STREAMERS: Muddler Minnow 6-10, Olive and Black Wooly Bigger 10-12, Mini Sculpin 6-10

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Bridgeport Reservoir - Closed to all fishing until April 25, 2015

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East Walker River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows steady at 20 CFS as of 11/22

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

With the flows around 20cfs we definitely feel for the fish at this point as the flows usually don't drop this low until wintertime. Hopefully we'll get a big snow year and this fishery will bounce back.

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