August 28, 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 8/27/2015

Weather is great right now! Warm temps and clear skies through the weekend.

Some days are smokey, some aren't, depends on the wind direction.

Crowley has improved dramatically in the last week.

The Lower Owens has been fishing well too.

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:

The days are definitely getting shorter. It's cooling the water a bit, but the fish are still fairly deep. Fishing from shore is almost a possibility, but you really need to be out in the tube for the best results.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Callibaetis, stimulators, foam hoppers, royal wulff.

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #14, Red Copper John #14, Zebra Midge #16, Callibaetis Nymph, Damsel nymphs

STREAMERS:Black or Olive Wooly bugger, seal buggers,

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows at 10 CFS as of 8/27

Appears the flows from Mammoth Creek have dropped below 1cfs. Hot creek has virtually NO water coming in from Mammoth Creek now. It's strictly spring flows now.

(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 fishing on the creek has slowed some. It is also fairly technical. You have to run very short drifts in order to hook fish instead of weeds. This is the lowest the water has been in a very long time. With that being said don't be afraid to take off that indicator or to throw that hopper at that hole in the weeds on the far bank. Goes without saying that the caddis are plentiful still.

Definitely hopper city lately. You can hear them snapping all around you. You'll want to try either a big chernobyl or some kind of a grasshopper pattern. Some big slab might come out from the weeds and grab it!

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 down to 5cfs as of 8/27

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Not much of a point to fish it at 5cfs. We're all hoping for a big winter here.

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:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions:

Water levels are dropping slowly. Present elevation is 6,764.3 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.

Temps are on the rise again, low 70's on top and upper 60's on the bottom yet again.

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

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Seeing a good amount of fish in the north arm along green banks and six bays. Anywhere from 14 to 23ft of water. Seeing a few fish here and there in Layton and off Sandy. McGee is pretty much the dead sea right now.

They're on the perch bite now, seeing plenty of guys in the tube hooking up. Definitely going to want to hang one under your indicator for the occasional grab.

Wind has mellowed out and is coming up much later now than it was this time last week.

Recommended Flies:

Nymphs: Red/Black Optimidge Early, Copper Tiger, Dubbed Head Flashback Gray/Black Optimidge later in the AM.

Streamers: Punk Perch, Perfection Perch, Hare's Ear, AP Emerger, Damsel Fly nymph patterns,

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 40cfs as of 8/27

Water running clear above and below the confluence.

Temps in the low 60's at the confluence.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

There are a few fish in just about every bend above the bridge. Nothing big, mostly recent plants that moved up from the bait section. The water has cooled some and is fairly clear. Seeing plenty of big caddis on the water early before the winds come up. The further up you go the better right now.

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:

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Good, clear

New Gauging Station! Flows are at 20cfs as of 8/27

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Dry dropper is going to work best at these flows.

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: Gauge is broken, flows estimated to be at 35cfs~

Flows at cfs as of 8/27

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

Still fishing well up high. Definitely check out the inlets and outlets of the lakes. More than likely ther are going to be a bunch of hungry brookies waiting up there.

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 now at 18cfs as of 8/27

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

With flows down to a trickle stealth is key if you're going to fish here.

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 99cfs as of 8/27

Water is stained green from algae.

Water temps around 62 by mid day.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Definitely good early morning til about 8, slowing down til around noon time. From noon to one it's excellent. Mostly keyed on small mayflies still. In the evenings the Caddis get going right as the sun goes down.

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: 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: Pretty weedy in most of the deeper water, not recommended.

Guide's Hint: It's time to start fishing this place like Hot Creek. It's pretty technical now with the lower water and abundant weeds. Smaller bugs will prevail and make sure your drift is perfect.

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

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Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Poor

Flows are at 20cfs as of 8/27

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:




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