Updated:
December 04, 2018

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 11/30/2018

Winter is FINALLY here! There is some snow on the ground and the fishing is better than ever!

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

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The road to Lakes basin is CLOSED for the winter season.

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Hot Creek

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 29 cfs as of 11/30

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Flows are up in hot creek thanks to the recent so storms. With the snow starting to melt the water is fairly dirty. due to the current water conditions it is a good idea to switch to patterns with a bit more flash, and or, up the size of your pattern to help your offering get spotted. BWO's and midges are hatching on and off throughout the day, and the water is loaded with scuds. So any of these imitations should put you on fish.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Parachute Adams #16-20, Grifith's Gnat #18-20, #16-22, #16-18, high vis Hatchmatcher #18-20, Brooks Sprout Baetis #18-22, Parachute Extended Body BWO #18-22

NYMPHS: Flash back Tungsten Black Beauty #18-22, Tailwater Tiny Olive #18-20, Micro Mayfly Olive #20-24,Tungsten Psycho #16-20, Radiation Baetis 18-22, Olive Scuds #16-18

STREAMERS: Slumpbuster Olive, Crystal Bugger, Olive Bopp leech.

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San Joaquin River - Road is Closed

Water Conditions:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: San Joaquin river is closed

Recommended Flies:

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Crowley Lake

Water Conditions: Crowley is closed

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Recommended Flies:

Guide's Hint:

Upper Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are at 88 cfs as of 11/30.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair to good

The Upper Owens is stained due to the recent snowmelt. Low visibility in the water has been somewhat of a double edged sword. You don't have to sneak up on the fish quite as much as the week prior, but low visibility also means that it can be harder to fish to find your offering. swinging streamers has been a good way to cover water and move those bigger fish lurking in deeper holes and runs. otherwise Nymphing has been a surefire way to get into get a few fish under the belt. we haven't seen much going on the surface but have been receiving reports of fish caught on top with small mayfly imitations such as a Parachute Adams.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16, Extended Body BWO #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-20

NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Anderson's Bird of Prey #14-16, Olive birds nest #14-16, zebra midge #18-22, Juju baetis #18-22, Splitcase BWO #18-22, Olive WD-40 (standard or flashy) #18-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle, D's Hoover Mover, Tan Sculpzilla, Olive or Black Woolly Bugger, Olive Slumpbuster, Olive baby gonga, Olive Double Gonga. A sink tip or full sink type 3 is recommended, otherwise add some splitshot to help your bug get down in the water columne.

Guide's Hint:

Lower Owens River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 100cfs as of 11/30

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Flows are around 100 cfs and fishing has been good, however, with the weather and water getting colder the hatches could change soon. loads of midges have been hatching with a few baetis in the mix. The fish are not the most selective right now so your favorite attractor followed up by a small midge or mayfly is a good way to have a productive day on the water.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #20, Extended Body BWO #20-22, Para Adams #18-20, Elk Hair Caddis #16-20, Parachute Caddis #16-18, Brooks sproutbaetis #18-22, Yellow and tan Stimulators #14-16

NYMPH: Zebra Midge #18-20, Baetis B/H #18-20, Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16, Tungsten Caddis #14-18, Birds Nest Olive or Natural #12-16 Stonefly nymphs #14-16, Barr's flashback BWO #18-22, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18-22

STREAMERS: Big and ugly! serously.. pick your favorite large streamer and huck it everywhere. you will catch fewer fish but theres a chance to catch much larger fish this way.

Guide's Hint:

East Walker River

Water Conditions: Fair

Flows are down to 26 cfs as of 11/30.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: OK

Flows are very low and very slow. Fish are starting to concentrate in deep holes and slow water so fish these areas thoroughly. Some fish have been taken on streamers, but nymphing seems to have been the most productive for the past week or so. We haven't seen much happening on the surface.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Big flies to get fish to come up and eat them. Stimulator #8, Parawolf Purple #10, Chernobyl Ant #6-16, #20-22 dark mayfly patterns

NYMPHS: Copper Zebra #16-22, BH Prince Nymphs #12-16, Olive Birds Nest #10-16, Caddis Larva #10-18,Stonefly Nymphs #6-10, Hogan's S&M #16-20, Pocket Water Baetis #18-20, black Two-bit Hooker #18-20, Kingrey's Cold Turkey Baetis #18-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle #2, D's Hoover Mover Rust #4, Hornbergs #10-12,White Wooly buggers #10-14, Orange Jawbreaker #10

Guide's Hint:

Pyramid Lake, NV

Water Conditions:

Water will be in the mid 60's area, and is normally gin clear this time of year.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

The fly guys are getting fish in the 10-30' range from the tubes. Alot of fish are in the 5-6lb. range and pulling hard. As the water starts to get into the 57-58 degree range in Nov. the larger fish will start to move into the shallower water and be accessible from the shore. This is my personal favorite time from about Nov. 5th. until mid Dec. if you want to target trophy fish, we landed fish to 18lbs last year during this time frame.

Recommended Flies:

Best patterns for the fall fishing include, weighted Wooly Buggers in Olives and Whites. And Tui Chub baitfish patterns which acct. for 90% of the Cutts. food chain here. We have a specialized imitation that accounts for many large fish and numbers as well.

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