October 06, 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 10/1/2014

Summer weather continues with high of 80°F forecast for Long Valley and Crowley Lake this weekend, 70's in Mammoth and pushing 90°F in Bishop. Crowley, Upper and Lower Owens are all fishing great.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Good -- Clear and cool

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good -- Nothing new and notable going on here. The days are getting shorter so the fishing is good at all hours of the day. Stick to the float tube for now either stripping with sink line or under the indicator.

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: Don't just fish one fly, tie a smaller nymph trailer off your streamer. You'll get a lot more grabs that way.

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 13CFS as of 10/1 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 still causing problems. Water temps have come down, but it hasn't had any effect on the weed growth. Stick to dries and emergers for the best results. If you can find any water that isn't choked with weeds you can fish a dry dropper. Fish heavier tippet than normal as well, as the first thing these fish will do is bolt to the weeds and try to break you off.

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


Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 8cfs as of 10/1

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor

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 continue dropping. 'Now at 6,755.9 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway. The islands just outside the marina have finally popped out - be careful and give them a wide berth.

Water temperature is slowly dropping at 58°F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere on the lake.

Water is very clear about everywhere - just a tinge of algae moving around.

Weeds across the lake are dying leaving single stalks for the fish to work.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: The fish that moved back into McGee Bay have spread out and are moving daily in deeper water 15 to 20 ft. Everything from 6 inchers just off the truck to the 20" plus ones eating the recent arrivals.

North end off Green Banks and green Banks Bay has slowed. Fish have moved south off Six Bays even right out in the middle, which is only about 15 ft deep.

Six Bays has taken off with most fish in about 13-15 ft of water mostly towards the south most bay.

Fishing from shore is good if you do not want to join the fleet of boats and tubes.

Recommended Flies:

Bright red larvae patterns or Albino Baron early then swap then Red/Black Optimdge or Copper Tiger as the sun gets overhead. 'Time to get out the leech patterns both for stripping and hanging under the indicator

Fewer hits but bigger fish for those who want to try a Dubbed-head Olive Oprimidge in size 18 or a Shaft Emerger midday. Really big fish rarely go for the flashy colors in crystal clear water.

Stripping has picked up for the tubing set. Try a stillwater hare or trail a small PT or Hares Ear behind the usual Perch fry imitations - Hornberg's, Perfection Perch and Punk Perch.

Be sure and just twitch it up slowley the last 10-15 ft just like a Midge or Callibaetis acending.

Guide's Hint: Watch out for islands now sticking up just outside of the marina on your way to McGee. Go around them on the east side.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows at 49CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 10/1

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: Good

The section between the bridge and the fishing monument is now closed to all fishing until next season.

Starting to see some lake fish in the mix now. Picked up a few Crowley rainbows today before the wind picked up.

Water below the HC confluence is still fairly dirty and loaded with grass. Makes for some harder fishing as you have to clean your flies off on a regular basis.

Up high is a different story, the water is very clear making it somewhat difficult. These fish can see you coming for sure so fish way below your fish and try not to cast a shadow with your rod.

Not seeing much in the way of rising fish still 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, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14.

STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Red or Wine leeches. Black conehead wooly bugger.

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

No recent reports.

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. This place should start to go off soon as soon as the temps start to drop.

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: Fair.

Flows stable at 35CFS as of 10/1. Creek is clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Nothing new to report here.

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. That is if you can find water deep enough to hold any fish.

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: Poor

Flows above Grant Lake are up to 26CFS and 39CFS below as of 10/1

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

A few friends on standup paddleboards informed us that there were quite a few fish at the mouth of the creek at Grant lake. Might be worth a try.

Although the flows have come up a bit, it's not enough to make much of a difference. The fall colors in June should peak soon and should make for quite a pleasant backdrop while fishing.

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 bouncing around but are at 185CFS as of 10/1

Water is tinted green.

Water temps have come down a bit in the past couple of weeks.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are on the decline once again. The fish are spread out. Seeing plenty of them in the deeper pools as well as the fast water and riffles. They are eating mainly mayflies but will occasionally grab a Caddis or two.

They are still messing with the flows, seems to be on the downswing

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, 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

Guide's Hint:

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Very Low Water -- Maximum depth around 15ft.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: No recent reports.

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 steady at 22 CFS as of 10/1

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: 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.

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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