July 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 7/23/2015

Looks like another great weekend on the way! Crowley and the Lower Owens are hot!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Clear and Cool.

Temps in the low 60's mid-day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Definitely better in the AM. Not so great mid-day. Fish are deep. Definitely need a float tube or a boat to get to the best fishing.

Mamie and Mary have been fishing the best. George is hit or miss.

Twin lakes is choked with weeds right now.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis in the evenings right before it starts to get dark.

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #14, Chartreuse Copper John #14, Zebra Midge #16, Callibaetis Nymph, Damsel Flies

STREAMERS:Don't complicate it. Go back to the old school patterns. Black or Olive Wooly buggers, or Doc's twin lake specials. There's a reason we recommend that fly so much.

Guide's Hint: Try a dry dropper in the evenings just before it gets dark.

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 14 CFS as of 7/23

(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 really weedy. But there are few open spots that you'll definitely want to focus on if you want to have any hope of hooking a fish.

Plenty of Caddis from mid-day on. Midges early, with tricos really early! like still dark early! Legal fishing time is the way to go, after that it gets warm fast.

Don't forget to try some terrestrials along the far banks. Couldn't hurt to throw a small dropper on there too.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Grasshopper, Fat Albert, Chernobyl Ant, Chernobyl Grizzly,Parachute Caddis #18-20, Parachute Caddis Emerger #18-20, Parachute Adams 20, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18-20.

NYMPHS: Nori's Caddis Pupa #18, Fox's Caddis Poopah #18, Buck Skin Caddis #18, Grey RS2 18-#20, Zebra midge 20-22, WD-40 20-22, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22

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

Guide's Hint:

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are slightly up to 20cfs as of 7/23

Slight shot in the arm from recent rains, but it won't last.

Water temps are in the mid 60's by mid-day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Not seeing too much in the way of bug activity. Flows are just about bottomed out. The fish are really spooky and aren't too interested in your dry fly. We've been catching fish on small nymphs under a big dry or a small indicator with almost no weight.

The flows are down way low, so try to put some distance between you and the fish so you don't spook too many of them.

Dry dropper or hopper dropper is the way to go. Most of the deep pools aren't even deep anymore, and a foot to two feet of distance between your top fly and your nymph should do the trick for the most part except for a few select places.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Parachute Adams #22, Chernobyl Ant #12-14, Beatle, Fat Albert, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Royal Wulff #16, Rubber Leg Stimulator, Yellow Humpy

Nymphs: Prince Nymph #20, Flashback Pheasant tail #20 Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Glass Bead Olive Micromayfly #20, Hare's Ear, Olive Bird's Nest #20

Guide's Hint: If you're using flies without bead, try using a bit of tungsten putty to get your flies down below your indicator. Split shot is only so small, with the putty you can really customize the size of your weight and get it dialed in.

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

Water levels are rising ever so slightly every week. Present elevation is 6,764.2 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

The water temps are starting to rocket and but still only a hint of algae. Water is still crystal clear. Uncanny year.

Second Crowley Cam at the Fish Camp with streaming video is online.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The hot water has moved all the fish into the areas around the inlets, namely McGee Bay and Hilton. (Haven't looked at Crooked lately)

Get out the bottom thermometers and see if you can find a stripe of cool water any colder than 68.2° F, the prevailing bottom temperature everywhere.

If so, throw the anchor over . . . they will be there.

Recommended Flies:

Nymphs: Albino Baron, Disco Baron early then Copper Tiger, Dubbed Head Flashback Gray/Black Optimidge later in the AM.

Try Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge brightest part of day and you might stick a real monster.

Hang a Damsel up above your midges - the alternative meal. Also put it one on the bottom if you see 10 crawling up your anchor rope.

Streamers: AP Emerger, Damsel Fly nymph patterns, Slow strip midge trailers.

Guide's Hint: With water rising in temperature fish will cling to the bottom and the residual slightly colder temp of the mud. Try 4" off the bottom and you might be surprised.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 40cfs as of 7/23

Water running clear above Hot Creek confluence and a bit of color below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Hearing there are some big fish holding in the bait section below the bridge.

Water below the confluence is flirting with 70 degrees lately so we haven't been fishing here very much this summer. Try up high early in the morning where the water is cooler for the best shot at fish.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: EC Caddis #16-20, Stimulator #16-18, Hackle Stacker #18-20, Bi Visible Dun #18-20, Grasshoppers, Chernobyl Ant, Fat Albert

NYMPHS: Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, #16 Prince Nymph, Western Coachmen, Flashy Midges #14-16, RS2 #18 -20, Bird of Prey #16-18, Pheasant Tail #18-20 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18

STREAMERS: Wolly Buggers Olive #8-12, Meat Whistle #6-8, Slump Buster #8-10, Muddler Minnow #8-12

Guide's Hint: Bring a stream thermometer with you and check the temperature. If it's above 70, it's probably time to go somewhere else.

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good, clear

Water temps are good, but not many fish to be found.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Nettles might be a problem. Same goes for snakes.

Not much water running through here. DWP is doing repairs on the power generation station.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams, Extended Body BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators

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 on the decline.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Almost down to river level. Not much of a lake to fish at the moment.

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: Flows are at 39cfs as of 7/23

Clear and cold.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Still running dry droppers with just basic attractors on top. Don't over complicate it and try to match the hatch. The fish here just aren't that picky.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Chernobyl Ant, Kaufman Stimulator, Foam Beatles, Yellow Humpy, Rubber Leg Stimulator, Parachute Adams

Nymphs: Pheasant Tails #18-20, Birds Nest #16-18, MicroMay #16-18, Hogans S&M nymphs, WD 40 Olive #16-20, Tungsten Psycho #16-18, Pocket water Baetis #16-20


Guide's Hint:

Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Flows are at 21cfs as of 7/23

Water temps in the mid 60's with clear water.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Seems most of the fish are up high, by the campgrounds. Not much going on down lower. Few small fish here and there...

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Adams and Parachute Adams #16-20 Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Stimulator #10-18 Griffiths Gnat #18-22

NYMPH: Pheasant Tail #14-18, Copper John #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18, MicroMay #14-20, Zebra Midge #18-22

STREAMERS: Too low to bother.

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 94cfs as of 7/23

Water temps hovering around 65 by mid day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Really good early if you can get down here before the sun comes up. Lots of Tricos, if you get here late the fish are still eating the spinners. Otherwise caddis pupa are working well until lunchtime.

Flows are perfect, (at least for fishing anyway.) You can fish pretty much the entire river at these flows. Unfortunately the weeds are starting to get pretty bad down below the wild trout section so that limits some of the places that we would normally be fishing.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: High Vis Trico #22, Bi Vis Dun #18-20 Extended Body BWO #18-22, EC Caddis #18-20, Hackle Stacker

NYMPH: Drowned Trico #22, Zebra Midges #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: Wooly Buggers #10-12, Muddler Minnows #10-12 Sculpin #10-12

Guide's Hint: The fish are keyed in on very small patterns (22-24) Anything bigger will likely get ignored. Time to start fishing this place like hot creek.

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Extremely low. The creeks feeding it are also very low.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: None of us have been fishing here, so we're not going to make something up. If you've fished here, give us a call and let us know how it was so we can spread the word. -Jim

Recommended Flies:




Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 38cfs as of 7/23

Water temps upwards of 74 degrees.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: ?

Haven't had any reports. Last we heard most of the fish moved downstream. It's anybody's guess now. Give us a call for the latest information.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: CDC Baetis Duns #16-18, Hackle Stacker #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18

NYMPHS: Zebra Midges #14-18, WD 40 in both Olive and Brown, MicroMay #16-20, Pheasant Tails FB #16-18, Tungsten Psycho #16-18, Hogans S&M Nymph, Pocketwater Baetis #16-18 Rainbow Warriors, Birds Nest and Hares Ears #14-16

STREAMERS: Dead Drift Crayfish, Sculpins, Meat Whistles

Guide's Hint:

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