Updated:
November 16, 2013

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 11/16/2013

All fishing is now closed in Mono County except catch-and-release fishing on the Upper Owens, Hot Creek and the East Walker River. The Lower Owens, the Gorge and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are all open in Inyo county as well.

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions: Closed for the season

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Flows at 4cfs as of 11/13

clear

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

With the weeds dying off nymphing is a little easier. Dry fly action will be good early morning and evening. Don't forget, the mayflies are back!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, cfo ant, realistic ants, stimulators, royal wulff, extended body bwo, bwo dun, light cahill, small elk hair caddis, skittering midge, griffith gnats, hatch matcher

NYMPHS:prince nymph, copper johns, wd40, western coachmen, rainbow warrior, rs2, micro may, pheasant tail, miracle nymph, batwing bwo emerger, little brown bug, Fox's poopah, Nori's caddis, sprout midge, disco midge, variety of midges, nitro caddis, deep six caddis, little weedy caddis,

STREAMERS: ...weeds are high & water is to low to pull streamer

Guide's Hint: OPEN YEAR ROUND!

San Joaquin River

Water Conditions: Closed for the season

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Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Closed for the season

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Upper Owens

Water Conditions: 68cfs as of 11/13

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Upper Owens is fishing well, and with fall upon us, hooking big crowley fish in the river is a definite possibility. Nymphing has been good just above the lake, try attractors like copper johns and prince nymphs. Dead drifting or stripping a streamer with an attractor nymph for a dropper will find bigger fish. Dry fly opportunity is best above the bridge right now, with spatterings of caddis and mayflies throughout the day as it warms up. Terrestrials like ants and hoppers have been getting looks also... try a dry/ dropper set up. Remember the Upper Owens is closed from the bridge down to the monument, and no bait is allowed.

fyi-bring some cold weather gear cause the temps have dropped!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: chernobyl, cfo ant, griffith gnat, foam hopper, elk hair caddis, henryville special, parachute caddis emerger, outrigger caddis, mini mouse, humpy, royal wulff, stimulators, parachute adams

NYMPHS: western coachmen, lighting bug, copper johns, rubber leg copper johns, prince nymphs, san juans, rainbow warrior, hare's ear soft hackle, green beetle, glo bug, flashback hares ear, birds nest, flashback pheasant tail, s&m nymph, tungsten psycho, bh little weedy caddi, caddistrophic, nitro caddis,

STREAMERS: crystal bugger, carey bugger, doc twin specials, marabou leech, matuka, hornbergs, punk perch, slump buster, rickard's emeger bugger

Guide's Hint: BELOW THE BENTON BRIDGE IS NOW CLOSED. ABOVE THE BRIDGE IS OPEN YEAR ROUND. check DFG website for regs and rules.

Owens River Gorge

Water Conditions: Great

35cfs as of 11/13

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

alright

DWP are doing some maintenance so water level can increase in a short period of time.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: parachute adams, sierra brite dot, elk hair caddis, yellow sally, extended body bwo, cdc baetis dun, parachute caddis, stimulator,

NYMPHS: sulphur may, copper johns, prince nymphs, hares ear, birds nest, ap emerger, wd40, variety of midges,

STREAMERS: Matuka, Goat Leech, Crystal Bugger, hornbergs

Guide's Hint: OPEN YEAR ROUND!

Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Water Conditions: good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: since the lake is high most of the fish have moved into the stream section of the lake.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator, rubber leg stimulator, chernobyl, cdc ants, sierra brite dots, renegade, parachute adams, mini hot yellow Garcia's,

NYMPHS: variety of midges, copper johns,#18 black beauty, #18 prince nymph, #18 micro stone, #18 western coachmen, wd40, disco midge, #20 micro may,

STREAMERS: Docs Twin Lakes Special, Olive Matuka #10, Flahabou Buggers Olive, Rickards Seal Bugger, Big and Black Streamers

Guide's Hint: OPEN YEAR ROUND!

Rock Creek

Water Conditions: Closed for the season

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Rush Creek

Water Conditions: Closed for the season

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Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Good.

Flows are at 80 cfs as of 11/13

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Flows being so low, fishing has been great. Lot of surface action through out the day. Nymphing is perferred if targeting for mr.Hog Johnson!

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: visa dun pmd, hatch match pmd, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, royal wulff, outrigger yellow sally, elk hair caddis, missing link, parachute caddis emerger, griffith gnat, cfo ant, foam hopper

NYMPH: micro stone, salvation, scud, wd40, medallion midge, nori's caddis, nitro caddis, birds nest, black bead birds nest, prince nymph, san juan, sparkle pupa, caddistrophic, bird of prey, barr's flashback bwo, epoxy bwo wingcase, juju baetis, hare's ear, flashy pheasant tail, tungsten psycho, rubber leg copper johns, western coachmen

STREAMERS: Wounded Sculpin, Matuka, BH Carey Bugger, Crystal Bugger, BH Pop's Bugger, slumpbuster, dead drift crawdad, hornberg, perfection perch, rickard's emerger bugger

Guide's Hint: OPEN YEAR ROUND!

Bridgeport Reservoir

Water Conditions: Closed for the season

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East Walker River

Water Conditions: Flows up to 26cfs as of 11/13

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Alright

Mornings and evenings are good. You'll be able to get some on the dries. Nymphing is perferred.

Since the flows have been low all summer, lot of tui-chub, white fish, suckers, etc have taken up residency. Especially in the "mile"

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, royal wulffs, sierra brite dots, ants, terrestrials, small caddis,

NYMPHS: copper johns, rs2, pheasant tails, flashback Pheasant tails, hares ear, tungsten psycho, wd40, variety of midges, small stoneflies, cold turkey baetis, rainbow warriors, lighting bug

STREAMERS: punk perch, leeches, belly ache minnow

Guide's Hint: OPEN YEAR ROUND!

 
 
 
 
 
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