November 08, 2017

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 11/5/2017

This last storm missed us by a lot leaving only a dusting of snow.

Sunny and seasonal temps for the next week.

We only report first-hand info from our 16 guides on the water daily, Bishop to Bridgeport.

Some locations have recently been removed from our report as the updates to the locations were not frequent enough to justify having them in our report. We apologize if this is an inconvenience, but not listing these places is better than outdated information.

Mammoth Lakes Basin - Road closed for winter as of 11/4

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Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Good

Flows at 27CFS as of 11/5

Water is running clear and cold.

(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 creek was recently planted on Friday with lots of small browns and rainbows in the 6-12" range. Still some bigger fish being caught if your fly has a chance to drift past the thousands of fresh plants.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Hair Caddis #18, Brook's Hot Creek Caddis #18, Parachute Caddis #18

NYMPHS: Drifting Little Weedy #18, Nitro Caddis #14, Zebra Midge #20-22, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #16, Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive#16-18

STREAMERS: Flows are down to the point where it's not worth swinging streamers, besides there are too many weeds anyway.

Guide's Hint: Use a smaller indicator to see the grab, or ditch it all together and tight line.

San Joaquin River - Road closed for the season as of 10/19

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Guide's Hint:

Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Clear

Temps on the bottom in the low 50s mid day.

Algae is drifting around, definitely not a concern at the moment. Some of the weeds are starting to die and drift around as well.

The lake is down about 5ft from it's high point this season.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Crowley is not fishing particularly well right now. The last couple weather systems that blew through here really slowed things down. If you caught any fish, you're doing well compared to most of the crowd. Most people I've spoken to in the shop haven't had anything good to say. Most come in telling me they fished all day and caught one, or didn't catch anything at all. It's rough out there, so if you plan on going be aware that you might not get that many grabs.

These fish are definitely in pre-spawn mode already. So changing flies is a must right now. You'll get a couple grabs and then nothing until you switch again. This works pretty well until you run out of different patterns, then you'll have to move, and repeat the process.

Recommended Flies:

Dries: Nope.

Nymphs: Bead Head Black Optimidge #18,Copper Tiger Small, Albino Small, Shaft Emerger Small, Hare's Ear #14, Purple GB Optimidge #16

Streamers: Leeches, Hare's Ear, Hornbergs

Guide's Hint: If you're stripping anything on crowley, don't run 5x. Make sure you're using at least 3-4x. The fish DO NOT care about the size of your tippet when you're stripping. Also make sure you're running a loop knot for the best action.

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Closed to all fishing between Benton Crossing and the Fishing Monument downstream.

Flows are at 78cfs as of 11/5 Above the Confluence.

Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

The fishing here is definitely starting to get better. Lots of stockers and small resident fish. There is the occasional crowley fish in the mix, but they're few and far between. Caddis still hatching around 1, but it's not what it was a few weeks ago. If you go up high above the confluence, be aware that the fish are very spooky. So be mindful of where your shadow is and try to move slow and be light on your feet. If you can see the fish, chances are he already saw you.

If you're looking for big browns, they're not here yet. Have been seeing a few larger rainbows but the browns are still in the lake. Maybe another week or so. Keep in mind that Browns don't need to spawn in the river and can spawn in the lake.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Little elk hair caddis, Mercer's missing link caddis #16, EC Caddis #16, stimulator #16

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.

STREAMERS: Double Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leech, Maribou Leech.

Guide's Hint: Ditch the bright colored shirt and avoid getting into the water unless you're crossing.

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are up to 549cfs as of 11/5

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Flows are back up again so any fishing done down here should be done with care.

Recommended Flies:




Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 61cfs as of 11/5

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Not hearing anything good about the walker right now. Flows have dropped even lower too.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Not seeing much surface activity.

NYMPHS: Micro Mayfly #16, Shot Glass Baetis #16, Buckskin caddis #16, Bottom Roller #14, Radiation Baetis #16, Copper Zebra #16, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18

STREAMERS:Type 3 sink tip just about anywhere with bright colored streamers.

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions: With the cold nights the water temp. has been right around 60 degrees. The lake has cleared of the small amount of algae that had formed and is gin clear.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: The fishing as usual has depended on the weather, it is tougher on the bluebird calm days and we are getting more grabs when we have some clouds and breeze. Use the tubes if they are not inshore for the day and it will put some fish on the line. As the temps start to get into the 55-57 degree range the larger fish will start prying the shallows more looking for baitfish. If you want to have a sore wrist from fighting Cutts. then Nov. until mid Dec. is the time of year to target the big guys out here.They are very strong

Recommended Flies: Olive and white baitfish imitations, dark Wollies in black and purples during the low light and Balance Leeches in the deeper water when you have some good chop.

Guide's Hint: If you aren't getting fish then experiment, don't just keep casting in the same spot. Go to the tube in deeper water or put on a indicator and fish the drop offs etc.

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