Updated:
November 24, 2015

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 11/20/2015

MONO COUNTY - CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

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STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 13 CFS as of 11/20

(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

Flows are up from recent snow melt. Yes you read that right! Dirty water calls for brighter flies, so don't run the usual fare. Don't forget about scuds. When the flows are up, those little buggers get flushed out from under the rocks.

This is about as technical as it gets here. You have to run very short drifts in order to hook fish instead of weeds.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #20-22, OGrey RS2 18-#20, Parachute Caddis #18-20, Parachute Adams 20

NYMPHS: Flashback Black Beauty #22, Miracle Nymph #20-22, Tungsten Black Beauty #22, Black Flashy WD-40 20-22, Grey or Olive Scud #16

STREAMERS: Water is too low and too weedy to bother.

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

Recommended Flies:

Dries:

Nymphs:

Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

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Nymphs:

Streamers:

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 40cfs as of 11/20

Water running clear above and off color below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The section from the bridge down to the monument is closed as of 10/1

We've been seeing some larger fish in the water more consistantly than in previous weeks, it's about time!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Not much in the way of hatches right now.

NYMPHS:Black Bead Bird's Nest, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, #16 Prince Nymph, Western Coachmen, Bird of Prey #16, Pheasant Tail #16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, San Juan Worms, Fox's Poopah Olive #16, Zebra Midge #18

STREAMERS:Doc's Twin Lake Special, Wolly Buggers Olive #10-14, Anything big and furry!

Guide's Hint:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good, Clear

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

This is a great place to hide when the temperatures drop as it usually stays a few degrees warmer down in the canyon.

Dry dropper is going to work best at these flows

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Mr. Rapidian, 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: Clear and cold

Water levels are rising.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Heard they planted a bunch of brood stock here recently. The consistancy is begining to pick up finally.

Also, remember that the water levels were very low for most of the summer, and now that they're up the fish are holding deep where the food is.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Kaufman Stimulator, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator

NYMPHS: Zebra Midge, Tiger Midge, 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:

Rock Creek

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

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Dries:

Nymphs:

Streamers:

Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

Recommended Flies:

DRIES:

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STREAMERS:

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are down to 80cfs as of 11/5

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Still fishing well. Water temps are hovering around 50 degrees right now and warming up a bit.

Flows are now returning to what would be considered "normal" for this time of year. This opens the lower section of the river to wading once again and should allow everybody to spread out.

Plenty of midges flying around early with the occasional trico. It slows down for a while before the baetis start popping which is sometime around noon. Once that happens the fish are a little more inclined to eat your flies.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22, CDC Baetis DUN, CDC Baetis Emerger

NYMPHS: Black Zebra Midge, 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 #20

STREAMERS: Flows and water temps aren't the best for streamers.

Guide's Hint:

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL APRIL 30, 2016

Recommended Flies:

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Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 22cfs as of 11/5

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: ?

Recommended Flies:

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