Hello Fellow Anglers,

In three weeks summer officially arrives with the longest day of the year! The local weather looks like it will cool off a little this week after near record breaking heat last week. Temperatures are forecast this week to be near normal with highs in the upper 60s-70s for Crowley and Mammoth, with lows in the mid-30s to low 40s. Bishop will be in the upper 70s to mid-80s for highs and 40s and 50s for lows. Breezy afternoons and a slight chance for some thunderstorms exist mid-week. It is always a good idea to take a look at the forecast before heading out as the weather in the high country can change rapidly. A clear blue morning sky can give way to a severe thunderstorm and hail rain lightening and strong winds by late afternoon. There is no spring runoff to speak of as precipitation in the region was generally below normal. Snowpack in the Eastern Sierra was below normal around 65-70% in Northern/Southern Mono country and 60-70% in the Northern Inyo County and 80-90% in Southern Inyo County as the southern part of the state faired a little better from the March and April storms.

Currently two of the three major trans-sierra passes are open. Both Sonora Pass Hwy-108, and Monitor Pass Hwy-89 are open while Tioga Pass Hwy-120 remains closed at this time but should open soon. For current California Highway information call 1-800 GAS- ROAD or go to https://roads.dot.ca.gov/. The current fire restrictions are in place: NO CAMPFIRES, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of designated developed recreation sites and specifically posted campsites or areas. USFS campgrounds remain closed while some private campgrounds/RV parks have opened up. For the Latest Covid-19 update in Mono and Inyo Counties you can go to https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/ and https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19.     

The General trout season was delayed in Inyo and Mono counties due to the Covid 19 situation. The Great news all area lakes and streams have opened in both Inyo and Mono counties. Crowley Lake Fish Camp has opened and rental boats are now available.  Looking at local conditions most area streams will not be affected by runoff this season other than the West Walker River. Area reservoirs are in good shape despite below normal precipitation this season. All area streams are currently fishable and clear at this time. The road to the Lakes Basin is still closed. Overall fishing conditions are good and the outlook is even better as the water continues to warm up and the bug activity increases. The area is already seeing some decent hatches on the streams and lakes. Streams and lakes have been stocked and with the season being delayed there are plenty of opportunities.     

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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June 1st, 2020 –

The creek is running clear and stream flows are near normal. This winter had limited flushing flows and runoff will not be an issue. Sediment will give the weeds an opportunity to take hold as the summer progresses. Hatch-wise Caddis PMD, yellow sallies stoneflies Midges some Baetis. Fish-wise numbers have improved over the last three years. The fish are healthy mostly 12-14” Rainbows/Brown trout with some large brown trout. Nymphing wise target the areas that are slightly deeper and have some relief from the current. If the hatch is on look for the fish to move up on the flats and along the seams! Drag free drifts are a must as the fish here get educated. Smaller tippet sizes can be the determining factor as the season progresses.

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 1st, 2020 –

The road is closed and currently under review by the USFS due to Covid-19 and no shuttles will operate this season.

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June 1st, 2020 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Crowley Lake has opened! Good News is that with the current snow pack and 2019 above normal precipitation Crowley is near capacity at about 93% and holding steady. Current lake elevation is 6775 this means the low spot on Hilton point is underwater. Lake temps are in the upper 50s to low 60s. Good Midge hatch on the warm days. Best actions is on the east and north side of the lake Mid McGee bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are already biting in a pre/post-spawn mode. For the trout target the ledges and drop offs in 14-18ft of water with Leeches and Midges. Red, Gray and Black midges sizes 14-16 leeches brown, burgundy, purple size 14-12. Overall fishing has just started and there are plenty of trout to be caught. Prior to the opening day the weather pattern was quite warm, the water has warmed up and bug activity is strong.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND UNDER SPECIAL REGULATIONS

June 1st, 2020 –

Flows have been holding fairly steady for the last 7 days at 160cfs. Overall fishing conditions on the East Walker have been fairly good with flows making wading easy and clarity is as good as it gets on the tail water fishery. Water temps are on the rise and along with abundant bug activity at certain times of the day. Midges, Caddis, and mayflies are on the menu. There are some good opportunities with the dry fly but it’s not a mainstay on this fishery. Streamers and fishing under the indicator or Euro style nymph fishing are generally the best producers. Smaller flies catch big fish here! Any flow below 400 is fairly fishable but above 350 a wading staff would be advised. In general wading boots with cleats is advisable! The bottom in many places is pretty rocky and uneven. Weekends have been crowded on the upper sections but should mellow out with the other fisheries opening.

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June 1st, 2020 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are open. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. The area of Crooked Creek from the Gauging station on the west side of Highway 395 to Crowley Lake is closed year-round. Conditions on the creeks the water is presently clear and low as the meadows are being flood irrigated drawing water off the main channels on Convict and McGee Creeks. There are a few fish paired up leave them be is good etiquette! They are producing future generations of trout hopefully! Most of the Migratory fish this time of year are Lahontan Cutthroats and a fair number have already return back to Crowley Lake.

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June 1st, 2020 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin CLOSED

Look for a delayed opening of the road and campgrounds due to Covid-19. USFS has stated opening is more like mid to late June! Most of the lakes have open water with some snow around the edges. Fishing is open but you just need to hike up if you want to fish Lake Mary, Lake Mamie and Lake George.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

June 1st, 2020 –

Flows are very fishable currently flowing at 200 cfs. Overall the river and fish are in good shape. Temps in low Mid to low 80s last few days with a couple of near triple digit last week so wet wading may be the ticket. Fish are spread out; crowds have been mild now the fishing has opened up in our entire area. Hatch-wise a little of everything Midges early some Caddis a few Yellow Sally stone Caddis and a brief Baetis hatch around mid-morning. The swallows and little song birds will let you know the hatch is on as they swoop in or flutter out from the bushes and peck them off. Water clarity is good! Good to look where you walk as the rattlesnakes have been out and seen in the area.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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June 1st, 2020 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN

It is best to read the regulations and familiarize yourself with the land marks and seasons.

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place on the upper section of the river from the bridge up to Hwy-395. All sections are open and the lower section has been stocked. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries is currently at 73 CFS, below the lower Hot Creek tributary 140 CFS. Some Migratory Cutthroats along with a few Rainbows are still present. Some of the fish stocked down below have moved up. The Clarity is off-color. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating may start at any time on east side of the river so access could be limited as some areas can become muddy or flooded on the upper end entrances and getting stuck can be a possibility. Best to have 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a vehicle with some clearance, a tow truck will be a costly mistake and AAA isn’t free out there! Hatch-wise Midges mayflies and caddis are hatching both wild/planted fish are taking the flies off the surface. The bigger fish are mainly holding in the deeper holes and under the cut banks. The large fish in shallow water are most likely spawning this time of year. Please let the fish do their business if you see them paired up in the shallow water! Fishing under the indictor or pulling streamer would be recommended.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

The warm days of early November have faded to mid-winter like conditions. A fresh coat of white has finally blanketed the Eastern Sierras and the temperatures have quickly turned cold! Currently the forecast is calling for continued storminess into the first week of December and 20-30” has fallen on the Sierra Crest and 5-12” in the Long Valley area since Wednesday Nov 26th. Although the general trout season closed Nov 15th there are still some area streams and lakes open.  They provide excellent opportunities to fly fish in Mono and Inyo Counties. These include The East and West Walker rivers in Northern Mono County, Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River above the Benton Crossing Bridge and The Gorge in Mono and Inyo County along with Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Lower Owens River in Inyo County, near and below Bishop. Most of the trans-sierra passes have closed for the season with the recent snowstorms; included are SR 120, SR108 and SR 88 Monitor Pass. You must travel further north to cross the Sierras on HWY 50 or 80 which are open, but can close so it is always best to check weather and road conditions when traveling to the Eastern Sierras this time of year. A drive that might normally take 4-7 hours can be 10-12 hours if a winter storm impacts the 395 corridor both to the south and north.  You can encounter snow from the High Desert all the way up and down the Owens Valley. Make sure you carry chains, a shovel and the necessary provisions if you happen to get stuck when traveling to the area during the Fall, Winter and Spring months.

Looking at local fishing conditions on the area fisheries that remain open: Conditions have certainly changed in the last week and hatches and there durations will adjust to the more winter like conditions. Midges and Beatis will be more of the norm and Caddis will be present to only the warmest of days.  Anyone driving out to the upper Owens River should have 4 wheel drive and a shovel. If the Gate closes at Hot Creek one should be prepared to hike in.  Currently there isn’t enough snow yet but in the coming days that might be the case. Snowshoes could come in handy if the snow does continue. With the morning temps sliding well below the freezing mark fishing in Mono County may be left to the warmer days and afternoons as ice on the line and guides on your fly rod could be an issue. It will warm up again and the fishing will have its amazing moments. It is best to keep an eye on the forecast and plan outings when conditions are more favorable and tolerable. Currently there is snow from Bishop to Bridgeport anywhere from 2-12” and current stream flows throughout the area are at normal levels.        

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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December 1st, 2019 –

Flows are currently holding at 48 cfs and dropping slightly due to the colder temperature. The runoff from last spring has flushed the stream of all the silt for the most part. Hatch-wise: caddis, midges and baetis. The fish numbers are still slightly on the lean side but much improved from 3 years ago and they seem to pod up in certain sections of the stream now that flows have dropped to winter levels. The existing fish are very healthy, mostly 12-16” browns and rainbows with a smattering of larger specimens. If more snow falls and the berm gets formed at the end of the pavement you will have to hike in approximately ½ mile. This will most likely occur with another good snowstorm. Generally this takes place when 2ft of snow is on the ground. Both the section leading in and out of the reservoir can be great.

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December 1st, 2019 –

Closed until April 25, 2020

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December 1st, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Closed until April 25, 2020

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December 1st, 2019 –

The East Walker is currently flowing at 20 cfs it has been holding at this level since the 20th of November. The fish are holding in the deeper pools and icing could be an issue if overnight temperatures drop into the single digits. It might be best to wait until late winter or early spring to target this fishery.

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December 1st, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -CLOSED

Closed until April 25, 2020

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December 1st, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin CLOSED

Closed until April 25, 2020

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

December 1st, 2019 –
Flows above the Pleasant Valley Reservoir can be subject to change depending on the time of day and season, generally the winter months are fairly stable but keep that in mind if you are fishing that section as there is no warning when the flow might come up from the power plant.
Flows have dropped to winter levels. The current flows being released from Pleasant Valley Reservoir are holding at 148 cfs. The fishing has been good and the weather can be much different than it is in the high country and generally some 10-20 degrees warmer. There is snow currently on the ground in the area but it should melt off as the sun comes out in the coming days. The Brown Trout are in spawning mode and there is a smattering of rainbows mixed in. Fish are keying in on Midges and Baetis patterns. Many areas are fishable at these flows if you want to get away from the crowds. This is one of the best fisheries in the state during the winter time if you are targeting trout and want a beautiful back drop and surrounding with plenty of opportunities to catch wild brown trout on the fly.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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December 1st, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – CLOSED
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – CLOSED

The fishing here can have some amazing moments. It can also be crowded; Social media has pros and cons! The snow and colder weather could change the number people fishing in the area. Both large Rainbows and Browns from out of Crowley Lake are present along with some holdover planters and juvenile residents. You will need to cover ground to find the fish. Nymphing or pulling streamer is your best tactic. There is some dry fly action but mostly limited to the smaller resident fish. Current flows below the East Portal to Hot Creek is 111 CFS below Hot Creek to the Bridge is at approximately 160 CFS .Use caution as snow is on the road paralleling the river so 4-wheel drive is recommended and you should always carry a shovel.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well, it appears that summer is fading into fall. The last busy holiday has passed and most of the kids have returned to school. You can see the change as the crowds have subsided mid-week. It is what the locals call “the shoulder season”. For most this is the best time of year to enjoy the high-country as the days are relatively warm and the nights have a slight chill. The first signs of fall will begin to show in the coming weeks as the leaves in the highest elevations will start to change. The early season bird migration is under way and the weather has begun to cool off with what may be the last of the monsoon season

On the fishing front, there is good news as flows on the East Walker have dropped recently. For the past two months they had been holding in the mid-300s, Flows dropped on September 4th to 270 CFS, which is still above what is considered normal for this time of year. LADWP is letting some water out of the tunnel via Grant Lake on the Upper Owens (about 50 CFS) so the Upper Owens river is in great shape. Flows above Hot Creek are running at 110 CFS and slightly higher below the tributaries and the hopper action continues above the Benton Crossing bridge. Crowley is starting to fish better, nothing is off the charts, but it has improved from the recent two weeks. The fish on Crowley Lake have been ranging from 12- 25” with lots of new additions added recently!  I watched a couple of CADFW trucks plant the junior size rainbows on Wednesday Sept 4th  and they looked to be about 5-7”.  There were also truckloads of Cutthroats and Browns planted about a month ago!. Most of the areas’ moving waters are in great shape and most area lakes were planted for the Labor Day weekend.  

Weather-wise a cool down will began this week with rain fading away and cooler breezier weather is in store leading into the new work week!  As we look ahead in the weather forecast will we see-saw back and forth as we transition into Fall. Fall arrives Monday Sept 23 and the length of the days will equal the nights. Look for lows in the Long Valley area in the low 40s to mid-30s and highs 70s low 80s this week and for the Bishop area 40-and 50s for lows and highs in the 80s and 90s.  One last note, the rabbit brush is blooming. It is a yellow flowery shrub and if you’re affected by this allergen be prepared!  It’s also a good idea to check the road conditions if you plan in driving the 120, 108 or 89. This time of year the roads can be subject to closures if weather or fire pose a threat! Let’s hope it isn’t due to wildfires.  

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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September 9th, 2019 –

No real changes here! Flows continue to drop currently holding at 65 CFS still slightly above normal for this time of year. The weeds have become more prevalent which is great for the fish and no so good for the angler There are still plenty of stations to fish. The crowds vary day to day. Standard procedure good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Remember no wading please! Hatch-wise, Trico’s Spinner fall females in the morning and males in the evening. The caddis emergence is in the midafternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing in the morning. Hoppers are still around but starting to fade as temperatures fall. It may still worth casting hoppers, but by now the trout have seen every variation and imitation there is! Maybe you have the one they will crush?

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September 9th, 2019 –

The road is open! An entrance fee is required, and the shuttle service has ended so you can drive your vehicle into the valley. Flows have dropped and the river is in great shape for this time of year with flows currently holding about 56CFS. Defiantly worth an outing to wet a line. California Department of Fish and Wildlife has planted fish in some of the campgrounds. If you want wild fish, hike away from the campground. The areas from lower Rainbow Falls to the Upper Rainbow Falls and above the upper fall to Devils Postpile and above Agnew Meadows hold plenty of wild fish. Small to medium size dry flies like 14-16 Adams, Humpies, and Stimulators with a small bead head dropper will get the job done.

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September 9th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Crowley has been better the last week as water temps have started to drop and bug activity has increased, and the perch fry are in their prime size for the trout to gorge themselves. The drawdown of the lake has started, and the weed lines are starting to become defined the lake is still pretty darn high. The water temps on the surface are currently holding in the mid to upper 60s depending on what area of the lake you’re fishing . Remember the Regulations changed on August 1 to artificial barbless flies or lures, no bait and only 2 fish over 18 may be kept. Target the areas from 6-25ft along the weed lines and out on the long flats. The fish seem to move in and out on a daily pattern. A few Damsels are still hatching and fish are taking the nymphs, some Callibaetis and Tricos in the mix and the perch fry are present along with sporadic midge hatch. . Overall, Crowley remains a place to target for the trophy size trout. There are plenty of freshly planted rainbows and browns both CADFW and High Desert Hatchery have been planting hefty quantities of sub catchable fish for next season. It has been a mixed bag lately with the majority of larger fish being Cutthroat and Browns. The fish seem to be spread out throughout the lake, but the west side still seems better than the north end. I’m sure that will change here soon! The Still Water Classic Fly Fishing Competition is this weekend so be prepared for it to be busier out there.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

September 9th, 2019 –

The flows have dropped to 270 cfs currently from 315 cfs and the water temps should start to fall as the weather cools and the nights get longer. It seems better results are below the bridge in the pocket water and deeper runs. Big fish are still present but super prevalent in the Miracle mile. You will need to work to reap the rewards on the river. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and trico Mayflies, Water Temps mid-60s upper 60s. Pressure has been light for the most part. Best to fish early and late, if you plan an outing in the coming week. Bridgeport Reservoir is at about 90% with both boat ramps still operating without issues.

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September 9th, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

Remember to read the regulations when fishing these streams. Crooked Creek has a section that is closed and is artificial Barbless when it is open. The others will change as we move into October. Both Convict and McGee Creeks are currently running well and are gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky so approach streams with some stealth. There are some larger fish present. Can be a good place to hike and get away. You never know what you will encounter; sometimes it’s worth the hike other times it’s a bust.

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September 9th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

All basin lakes other than Horseshoe Lake continue to be planted. There are plenty of hold-over fish from the summer plantings and the crowds have thinned. Look for some Brookies and Browns to start to heading for the inlets and outlets as we get into the fall. There is some surface action early and late or if the wind isn’t blowing. Try a dry fly dropper in the morning and late evening. Try stripping streamer midday with a type 3 sinking line. Target the inlets and outlets or near the springs as the trout will migrate near these areas.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

September 9th, 2019 –

The flows have dropped a little lately currently flowing at 450cfs cfs still high but not unfishable. The super-hot weather has cooled in the Bishop area in the last three days but it is still fairly warm down there! Bug wise some mayflies both early and midday hatching Trico’s and Beatis, along with Midges and caddis. The Browns will start their pre-pawn gorging in the next month, moving into more spawning behavior in the later fall. Their colors will start to darken as we approach October. Remember the regulations will change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections as we move into the fall season make sure you check before wetting a line.
As part of their obligation to improve the quality and quantity of habitat, LADWP will release substantially higher-than-normal flows down the Owens River Gorge for a channel maintenance peak flow starting on September 9 through September 17, 2019. During this time there will be no public access allowed within the Owens River Gorge from Long Valley Dam to Control Gorge Power Plant. For more information or to make a report please contact: (760) 873-0256.

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September 9th, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Flows are near perfect, currently running slightly above normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 160 cfs. The flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are running at 110 cfs. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations and will change Oct 1. The Bridge to private property and to Hwy 395 is under special regulations and from the Monument to Crowley Lake. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument to Crowley Lake and artificial Barbless flies or lures must be used. California Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting on a regular schedule on some sections of the river below the bridge. Midges, Mayflies and Caddis activity in the mornings and evenings if winds are calm. Lots of hopper in the grass and in areas the fish are keying on them but the fish have seen about every hopper imaginable! Maybe you have the one they can’t refuse? Catch the hopper action while it lasts.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

The busy summer season should begin to wane as many schools have begun or will start shortly. Many consider the late summer and fall to be the best time of the year to fish the area. Good news on the waterfront as area streams are all at fishable levels, with one exception, the Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir it is currently elevated running at 450Cfs. Flows will gradually increase in the coming days or week as Crowley Lake is nearing its maximum capacity and inspections on the plumbing infrastructure at the base of the dam and tunnel for exporting water southward has been completed!  The weather and temperature forecast for this week is calling for dry conditions and temperatures will be 5-7 degrees above normal until the weekend.  It’s been a relatively dry and breezy summer with temperatures running close to normal for most of the area. Thus far we have only had two episodes of thunderstorms resulting in some precipitation and lightening, so the monsoon season has been weak, and the moisture has been directed much further to the east this year.  Bishop will be in the 100s and Mammoth in the high 70s to low 80s with lows in Bishop in the upper 60s and Mammoth will in the upper 40s/50s. Great camping weather! Grant Lake, Crowley Lake, and Bridgeport Reservoir are at capacity or nearing peak capacity. A healthy snowpack still exists above 10,000 feet for this time of year and backpackers are having difficult navigating some high-country trails. Caution and good judgement are necessary as a slip could result in life threating consequences. All trans-sierra passes are currently open (Tioga Pass 120, Carson Pass 88, Sonora Pass108 and Monitor Pass 89) however, keep an eye if any wildfires start up on the west side as road closures could be a possibility. Call 1-800-GAS- ROAD for the latest on road closures and construction.        

Looking at local fishing conditions throughout the area, most area streams have dropped substantially from their peak flows in June and continue to recede daily with some just coming into their prime. There has been some good hopper fishing on a few of the area streams though I think the fish have seen about every variation of hopper pattern resulting in the fish becoming very selective and wary of the patterns. Crowley Lake has been more difficult lately but still some nice fish being landed. Both damsel flies and perch patterns have been effective lately. Most of the area lakes have been stocked by CADFW and by the Mono County Enhancement Program via the Desert Springs, Oregon fish hatchery providing trophy trout to select area waters. The middle fork of the San Joaquin, the crown jewel of drive-in backcountry fishing is nearing favorable fishing conditions.  A mandatory shuttle is in place from 7-7 daily. This is in an effort to limit vehicular traffic on the mountain road. Overall the fishing in the Eastern Sierras has been fair to good; the areas fishing well have had a fair amount of pressure.

Note***** With the abundance of water this year some areas the mosquitoes have are a factor so don’t leave home without a good proven repellent, as the first major hatch has occurred on both the upper/lower Owens River and adjacent areas. Best to wear long pants or waders and long sleeve shirts with tightly woven material or they will bite right through your clothing.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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August 17th, 2019 –

Flows are currently holding at 70 cfs and dropping slightly daily. This runoff year has flushed the stream of all the silt and aquatic vegetation for the most part. The aquatic vegetation is starting to return in some sections giving the fish a place to hide under. Hatch-wise caddis, hoppers, tricos are the main stay and a few baetis. The crowds have been a factor; some days it’s super busy. The fish numbers are still slightly on the lean side but much improved from 3 years ago and they seem to pod up in certain sections of the stream. The existing fish are very healthy mostly 12-16” browns and rainbows with a smattering of larger specimens. I think the fish have seen about every hopper pattern there is! so switch sizes and colors until you get some looks, they know what a real hopper is! A good drag free drift tight to the bank will get the best results!

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

August 17th, 2019 –

A shuttle bus is mandatory between the hours of 7-7 until after Labor Day. Stream levels are approaching their prime, River levels are dropping daily currently holding at 100 cfs measured down near the Devils Postpile . The stream seems to be fishing differently in the campground areas with fewer fish and the stocking has been less than routine if nonexistent so any fish caught might end up on some camper griddle  It is best to seek the less traveled places for the better results. The afternoon is best as the water is warmest and the hatches are strongest. Have your insect repellent with you as some areas the mosquitoes and deerflies are still an issue but should improve from this point onward.

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August 17th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Remember the lake has entered the special regulation season with only artificial flies and lures allowed and your hooks’ barbs must be pinched and smooth. Best to read the regulations before wetting a line! The lake level is nearing capacity. Fishing was outstanding from the middle of July but the last week it seems to have slowed with more action from the clone variety fish up near the marina as recently planted brown, cutthroat and rainbow are congregated up near the marina section of the lake but starting to disperse and venture out . A variety of food sources are available. Midges, Perch fry ranging in size from, .25-1“ in length and plenty of Damsel fly nymphs along with some Calibeatis nymphs and snails. The moon phase is full and daphnia are again present this could be contributing to some of the weaker bite of late. Water temps on the surface ranging from the high to upper 60s to low 70s bottoms temps in the 60s. The algae bloom hasn’t been a real factor and moves around with the prevailing wind along with the floating weed rafts. The McGee Bay end of the lake is taking the bulk of the pressure right now from 18-27ft’ of water. It has been crowded on the weekends in the McGee end of the lake. The fish seem to be spreading out and hugging the weed lines and stream channels hunting down the schools of perch fry and damsels fly larvae migrating to hatch. You might break from the crowd and find better results. There is plenty of habitat for the fish as the lakes is close to peak capacity not at 2007 levels but close.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

August 17th, 2019 –

The East Walker is currently flowing at 330 it has been holding at this level since the 20th of July so still running a little high or above the average for this time of year but vary fishable. The weather is warm in the Bridgeport area highs in the 90s lows in the upper 40s the water quality is good just slightly stained and water temps seem to be staying in the mid to upper 60s. The fishing is best early and late and midday it might be a little tough with the current weather. Hatch wise midges, caddis, tricos damselflies, crayfish and some baitfish. These patterns all stimulating some action. The mosquitoes are still a factor in areas so it is best to carry some repellent and be safe than sorry. I would suggest a wading staff if your fishing any of the faster pocket water.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

August 17th, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are open. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line as some fall under special regulations at certain times of the year or are closed year-round. The area of Crooked Creek from the gauging station on the west side of Highway 395 to Crowley Lake is closed year-round as is the Rock Creek diversion ditch! Water levels continue to drop. Lots of hoppers, no millions of hoppers present in some of the fields adjacent to some of the tributaries another year of the hopper.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

August 17th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

All lakes in the basin excluding Horseshoe have been stocked and there are reports of some good size fish being caught. Remember it’s best to fish early and late as parking can be an issue and the lakes are busy with lots of other water activities on the weekends until after Labor Day. Plenty of great float tubing in the lakes basin and the views are outstanding. There is some surface action generally early and late, mid-day it is best to use a sinking line and a streamer or small bead head PT or Hares Ear and strip or troll. Streamers black, brown and olive are generally good colors to fish sizes 12-8s. Nymph wise sizes 16s-14s trailing your streamer about 15-18” apart.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

August 17th, 2019 –

Flows would be considered high! Currently flows holding at 450 cfs. I would expect the flows to come up to the 500 cfs range later in the month it is still fishable but difficult. It wouldn’t be my first choice after 10am as the weather is hot in Bishop and wading is difficult at this level. Best to fish if flows retreat to below 400 cfs! The late fall, winter and spring are best time to target this fishery.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

August 17th, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Flows are good! The Flows above the Hot Creek tributaries are 100 cfs and below the bridge holding at 160 cfs. A mix of small juvenile fish and a few larger resident and migratory browns and rainbow in the upper reaches along with some planted hatchery fish that migrate up from below the Benton Crossing bridge. River bottom has been scoured out nicely creating plenty of good habitat for the insects. The East Portal tunnel devirting water from the Mono lake Basin is adding 50cfs to the system currently! Conditions have improved and there are plenty of Hopper around but like Hot Creek the fish have seen about every Hopper pattern so make the takes count as you might not get a second chance. Hatches: hoppers, caddis and mayflies. The fish will have an easy time migrating up out of the lake this season as it is flooded up to the last fence on the lower river currently. A reminder that the Monument to the lake falls under special regulations, so it is best to read the regulations before wetting a line and know where the monument is! .
Use caution if flood irrigating is in progress as the ground can be soft and getting stuck is a possibility. Make sure you have insect repellent as the mosquitoes can be bad in the upper river.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

The weather has warmed up considerably. Most area campgrounds are now open including the Mammoth Lakes Basin and the Reds Meadow Devils Postpile area. The major trans-sierra state routes are now all open: Tioga Pass (Hwy 120), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), and Monitor Pass (Hwy 89). The “High Country” is coming into its’ prime in the coming weeks.

Runoff is subsiding at a respectable pace; the “stream scene” continues improving and prime time is approaching as the hatches increase and the terrestrial hoppers start to take wing. Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir are nearing lake level capacity and both are providing good opportunities on the fly rod for those that like still-water nymphing. The weather has been near perfect in the High Country and hot in the Owens Valley and Bishop vicinity. Bishop and the Owens Valley temperatures hit the century mark last week. It feels summer-like and the forecast is calling for more of the same with some fairly breezy afternoons. Although no real thunderstorm activity is in the forecast, it always best to be prepared as they can be isolated and form quickly this time of year.

Current stream flows:  Hot Creek  125 CFS USGS site,  McGee Creek at the LADWP gaging weir 110 CFS, the Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley Reservoir  401CFS, the East Walker River 390 CFS USGS  down from 445, the Upper Owens at the East Portal Weir 100 CFS, the San Joaquin at Devils Postpile 450 CFS.  

Currently fishing in the area rates 7 out of 10 and crowds are light to moderate mid-week and increase on the weekends.  Hot Creek, Upper and Lower Owens and the East Walker have some good opportunities The Flows on the East Walker have dropped to 390 which is  the lowest the flows have been for the past 5 weeks.  The Lower Owens is still fishable at this time but flows remain on the high side just hovering right around 400 CFS. Best to keep an eye on the flows down there as it won’t be long before they bump up over 500cfs as Crowley Lake is approaching its capacity and LADWP will start exporting water southward. I have seen LADWP employees working on the diving platform they use to inspect the piping infrastructure at the bottom of Crowley Lake Dam. That tends to be a sign they’re getting ready to export water at a more consistent and considerable rate; best guess the end of the month. 

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

July 17th, 2019 –

Flows are holding near 125 CFS which is still well above the season average but not as high as 2017. There are still bugs hatching; some action on the surface mid-morning and some large pale morning infrequent Mayflies hatching along with the morning Caddis migration and later morning the small Yellow Sally Stoneflies. Hoppers are starting to fly and bounce around in the grass. There has been a good window of dry-fly fishing starting with some Trico and Caddis in the early part of the morning then moving to the PMDs. It’s a mixed bag size-wise, but for the most part 10”- 14” and some larger but less frequent. Those skilled in the art of fishing subsurface have been doing well also. The water clarity is good. Peak water temps are near midafternoon now that the majority of (snow melt) water is coming down Mammoth Creek. Mammoth Creek is still slightly over its’ bank near Hwy. 395 but dropping each day. One note to those fishing the gear restricted water of Hot Creek, CA Fish and Wildlife Officers have been making almost daily checks and citing those who aren’t abiding or obeying the regulations. You must have your license in your possession, pinched barbs and the correct equipment as it is fly fishing only. Having the officers around is a good thing, as there are numerous times bait and lure anglers have been seen fishing down there!

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

July 17th, 2019 –

The Road to Devils Postpile is open along with most of the campgrounds. There are travel restrictions for day-use as a mandatory shuttle is in place from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week until mid-September. The river is running high but is fishable in areas. Current flow is at 450 CfS at the Devils Postpile gaging site. Currently, it is best to fish in the afternoon when the water is warmer and the hatches come off. Use caution as flows are still high and getting around in some areas is very difficult; a wading staff is recommended and cleats on your wading boots are strongly advised. Take your bug repellent with you as some areas the mosquitoes and deer flies can be bad. Try larger dry flies, Stimulators, Cahills, Adams are a good start! If your fishing under the indictor then try bead-head PT, Hares ears, Copper Johns!

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July 17th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Lake level continues rising; the inflow is decreasing. Water temps are on the rise with the warmer weather they start in the mid to upper 60s midmorning rising to near 70 on the surface by midafternoon depending on where you’re fishing. The algae bloom has started but as yet not bad enough to affect the fishing. The algae is noticeable in places and is on the increase in the form of pea soup and gets moved around by the prevailing winds. The wind has been a factor coming up out of the south in the later morning then swinging around out of the southwest in the later afternoon. It looks like the wind will be more southwest as we start the new week. The fish have started migrating towards the cooler areas and feeding on the upper water column. The Daphnia hatch has passed for the time being and the fish are keying primarily on midges and damsel flies. The recent fish that have been planted are spreading all over the lake but mostly concentrated up near the Marina and Hilton and Crooked Creek Bays. Lake level still rising about 1” a day; it should peak about the end of the month. Fishing-wise the bulk of the fish are still holding pretty deep around 15-25ft and the weeds are still playing catch up with the rising lake level but it will not be long before they start hitting the surface.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

July 17th, 2019 –

The flows have continued to recede, currently holding at 390 CFS from a peak of just less than 800 cfs three weeks ago. The reservoir is holding water past the airport runway and well above the private upper boat ramp for those that like launching there; the lake level is still rising. The runoff in the tributaries continues to subside and the lake is nearing capacity. Water releases can vary below the dam, even if the runoff subsides, as downstream irrigation needs play a role on the flows. The good news is the river is at a very fishable flow right now. The fishing on the East Walker is rewarding for those who are persistent but flows over 500cfs make it much more difficult to get around and land a fish so best to check before embarking on an adventure to this fishery. The water temperature continues to warm but is still on the cooler side for this time of year. The fish are spread out. The water clarity is good with minimal weed growth. There is some algae on the rocks in the slower water. Hatch-wise there are Midges, a few Mayflies and more Caddis. A few fish rise but very sporadically and inconsistently for the most part during the day, it is better in the evening when the sun retreats off the water. The bait fish are now present up near the dam, small perch and chubs. The number of crayfish has increased. The river is still holding true trophies. Those trophy fish might tangle with you and landing them might be a different story, but if you are willing to put in the time the story will be a good one. Generally the fish range from 14” -17” (and some much bigger) with both Rainbow and Browns. Wading at the current flows is manageable and a wading stick is recommended in the more boulder filled run. Cleats on your wading boots are recommended. There are a few opportunities to take a fish on the surface, but the nymph and streamer seem to be more productive methods! Nymphing is still the 1# method; nothing new for those who fish the Walker regularly. Second method would be stripping or swinging streamers. I would recommend using the appropriate tippet, 5x isn’t going to cut it a lot of times especially if you hook a trophy size fish!

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

June 21st, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

Flows are still a little high but decreasing weekly. Currently fishing is a little more difficult with the current flows, so it is a roll of the dice as to whether to make the trek. There are a few Caddis and some Mayflies. The hoppers are prolific in some areas and starting to fly and bounce around in the grass. It looks to be another epic season of hopper fishing. It is probably best to wait until the flows drop a little more before make the journey.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

July 17th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

The Road is open and most facilities are now open. The Lakes Basin has been stocked and is producing some nice fish for those who enjoy the alpine setting. The weather has been great in the mornings and pretty breezy in the afternoons, best to plan accordingly. You can take fish on the dry fly and floating line or dry dropper setup and Adams is a good fly for the surface and dragging streamers is generally the most productive method on those lakes using a type 3-4 sinking line with a 9ft 4x leader with a Woolly Bugger patterns Greens, Blacks, and Brown colors tend to be the go to size 10-12s.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

July 17th, 2019 –

The temperatures are hot down in the Bishop area by late morning so best to get an early start if you’re targeting the Pleasant Valley area. Fishable flows should hold for a little bit longer but I expect them to change sometime soon as Crowley Lake is nearing capacity and both Rock Creek and Pine Creek runoff are subsiding. Hatch wise: Midges Caddis, Mayflies, Crane Flies and little Yellow Sally Stoneflies will start to appear as the weather warms up. Flows have remained stable for nearly 2 months and there are opportunities on the surface generally near the bank and in areas of relief from the current, mostly in the shallower water. Subsurface look for the fish to hold where there is some relief from the current or on the ledges and drop-offs. It will take a fair amount of weight to get your fly down and a little more distance from your fly to your indicator. Always best to check the flows before you embark on your journey to the Lower Owens. Once flows reach over 450 CFS you might want to reconsider your options. Also read your regulations as there are different sections that fall under special regulations i.e. the wild trout section falls under barbless artificial flies or lures no bait.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

July 17th, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Open upstream from the bridge to the private property. This section is open year round and falls under special regulations and Ca Fish and Wildlife officers are checking. Read your regulations and understand them as a ticket can be very costly. Basically it artificial barbless flies or lures; No Bait! Above the Benton Crossing Bridge, up 395, and the area from the Monument to Crowley Lake fall under special regulations during certain times of the year. From below the bridge to the Monument is now open. Water levels are on the decrease; flows below the Hot Creek tributaries near 225 CFS and flows above near 100 CFS. About 12 CFS coming out of the tunnel (East portal) and water clarity is good below the Hot Creek tributaries and even clearer above. The lower reaches of the river below the Benton Crossing have been planted, as is done on a regular basis. Hatch wise: Midges, Caddis and PMDs some Tricos along with Hoppers in some areas. Fish are rising. There are a few migratory fish hold-overs and some strays moving up out of the lake as lake levels are high. Seeing mostly resident Browns and Rainbow; the spring Rainbow and Cutthroat spawners have exited the system. Beware some of the areas roads on the Eastside of the river can be flooded and the ground is soft due to flood irrigating. 4-wheel drive is recommended if you’re fishing above the bridge. Getting stuck will be very costly and triple AAA doesn’t work out there! Take your mosquito repellent with you; they are present if the wind is not blowing.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the official start to summer!  This year, we went from winter weather to summer weather with no real spring-time. Warm temps have arrived in the high country over the past two weeks. The three major trans-sierra roads are open. Both the 89 (Monitor Pass) and 108 (Sonora Pass) are currently open with no restrictions. Yosemite National Park announces there will be limited access to the 120 (Tioga Pass) for visitors interested in crossing the Sierras. All passes are subject to closures during bad weather; checking road conditions before traveling is always recommended.

“Tioga Road will be open to all vehicles, including bicycles, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. No parking will be allowed on Tioga Road and day use recreation is not permitted. There is no visitor parking available at either end of the road closure. There are no visitor services available along Tioga Road. The Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, Wilderness Center, and the Tuolumne Meadows Campground remain closed. Opening dates for the 2019 season have not been determined. Restroom facilities will be available 5 miles east of Crane Flat Junction and at Tioga Pass.  Visitors are encouraged to plan their trips over Tioga Road in advance and to prepare for the restricted access and no access to visitor services. The road will remain closed outside of these times to allow for continued roadwork and snow clearing.”

The runoff has started in earnest. The major reservoirs in the area have started rising. Some 30 inches of water still remains locked up in the high country above 9000ft. Mammoth Mountain will be open for skiing until August! It was an unusually cold and wet May and snowpack percentages for this time of year are around 200% above normal. You can expect runoff likely into the first few weeks of July. Runoff conditions can change daily as temperatures fluctuate. Lately, night time lows are still hovering in the mid to upper 30s in the higher elevation.  Most of the streams in the area are “bank full” if not over their banks for a brief period for at least 3-4 weeks. This will surely make stream fishing more difficult and wading difficult. At some point it might be time to hone up your still-water tactics and skills as there may be a period where there will still be some limited stream fishing and the clarity may be off color. It was a significant winter by standards but much less than 2017 (some 16 plus inches less of water) which was the wettest in recent times. Best to keep an eye on the forecast and remember to check the stream flows before embarking on your adventures as release can change overnight.  LADWP and USGS have most of the streams and reservoirs in our area graphed charted and monitored.     

Currently fishing in the area rates 5 out of 10 and crowds are light to moderate mid-week and obviously increase on the weekends.  Hot Creek, Upper and Lower Owens all have opportunities and the East Walker flows might drop back into shape; Flows are still a little high holding just under 600 cfs but that could change if recent trends continue.  The Lower Owens is fishable at this time but flows remain on the high side under 400 CFS and the water is dirty coming out of Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Crowley Lake has been hit and miss, but hopefully things will become more consistent on the big lake as we near July. Bridgeport Reservoir has been producing big trout.  

The weather is calling for a little cool down leading into the weekend then a warming trend leading into the new week. Thunderstorms and lightening are always possible this time of year, so if you’re boating or out in the open and you hear the roar, get off the lake and seek shelter. Strong out flow winds can accompany these storms so be prepared to move if you see one in the distance. It is best to seek a cove or move to the leeward side but don’t challenge the lake when it has been whipped up and white capping from a thunderstorm.  If it looks suspect, move before it is too late or be prepared to ride it out!  The wind can come up and surprise you on the area lakes. It can be life threating in a smaller boat, canoe, float tube, kayak or stand up paddle board. Use good judgement as water temps are cold and hypothermia is a great concern this time of year.  

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

June 21st, 2019 –

Flows are holding near 180 CFS which is well above the season average but not as high as 2017.There are still bugs hatching; some action on the surface mid-morning and some large pale infrequent Mayflies hatching along with the morning Caddis migration and later morning the small Yellow Sally Stoneflies. Hoppers are starting to bounce around in the grass. The best results are still coming to those fishing the nymph. It’s a mixed bag size-wise, but for the most part 10”- 14” and some larger. Those skilled in the art of fishing subsurface have been doing well with Scuds, worm patterns and nymphs with a little flash working best. The clarity is slightly off but not bad and can change throughout the day. Peak water temps are later in the day now that the majority of (snow melt) water is coming down Mammoth Creek. Mammoth Creek is up and over its’ bank near Hwy. 395 and flowing into the secondary channel up by where Hwy. 395 crosses near the off ramp leading into Mammoth. Keep an eye on it. As you see it increase, you will know the flows have increased below in the canyon section or if you see it decrease you know the flows have dropped.

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 21st, 2019 –

The Road to Devils Postpile is closed; no changes here. There has been no real firm word from the USFS on when they plan to open the road. It will really depend on Mother Nature and how much work will be necessary to make repairs. Between the “normal” heavy winter and the spring runoff it is possible this has negatively impacted the roads integrity. There could also be downed trees. “The Reds Meadow Road remains closed due to deep snow. Access to Devils Postpile National Monument depends on snowmelt and road conditions. An opening date is unlikely before early-mid July.”

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June 21st, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Lake level is rising rapidly due to the heavy runoff; there is about 700 cfs entering the lake from all the different tributaries and little to none being exported at this time. Water temps are in the upper 60s on the surface depending on where you’re fishing. The fish are spread out and feeding on the upper water column. The Daphnia hatch is on and the fish seem to be keying on them. The trout filter feed through the massive swarms. The midge hatch has subsided from the abundant early spring bonanza. Fish are spread all over the lake and the recently planted fish are up by the Marina and Hilton Bays making their way towards McGee. The current lake elevation is 6772.1. On the 7th of June it was at 6768 elevation so it is up 4ft and rising 2-3” a day. Water levels continue to rise rapidly in June. Best guess, it will come up another 6-9 ft. by mid-July. Fly-wise try placing them in the mid column. Try hanging a leech or Damsel fly pattern also. Fish holding in a variety of depths from 8-25’ and remember the lake is rising daily.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

June 21st, 2019 –

The flows have bounced up peaking just less than 800 cfs but have fallen just below 600 cfs in the last week. The reservoir is holding water to just shy of the airport runway and well above the private upper boat ramp for those that like launching there; the lake level is rising fast. The runoff will surely fill the lake to capacity and a larger release may be necessary later in the month and into July. The fishing on the East Walker is rewarding for those who are persistent but flows over 500 cfs make it much more difficult to get around. The water temperature continues to warm but is still on the cooler side for this time of year. The fish are spread out after being held captive during the low flows of winter where it was 30CFS and is now running more than 20x times greater than the winter flow. The water clarity is good with minimal weed growth. There is some algae on the rocks in the slower water. Hatch-wise there are Midges and Mayflies and more Caddis and the little Yellow Sally Stoneflies. A few fish rise but very sporadically and inconsistently for the most part. Haven’t seen many bait fish up near the dam yet, but I’m sure that will change. The number of crayfish isn’t like two years ago but there’s evidence they’re around. The river is still holding true trophies. Those trophy fish might tangle with you and landing them might be a different story, but if you are willing to put in the time the story will be a good one. Generally the fish range from 14” -17” (and some much bigger) with both Rainbow and Browns. Wading at the current flows is considerably much more difficult and a wading stick is recommended in the more boulder filled runs. There are a few opportunities to take a fish on the surface but the nymph and streamer seem to be more productive methods! Nymphing is still the 1# method; nothing new for those who fish the Walker regularly. Second method would be stripping or swinging streamers. I would recommend using the appropriate tippet, size 5x isn’t going to cut it!

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June 21st, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

Flows are very high and currently fishing has become difficult so it is a roll of the dice to make the trek. There are a few Caddis and Mayflies. Hoppers are starting to bounce around in the grass and it looks like it will be another epic season of hopper fishing. It is probably best to wait until the flows drop before making it a spot to fish.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

June 21st, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

The campgrounds will be closed during the July fourth holiday and the road may also remain closed. It will be quite some time before it is worth an outing up in the Lakes Basin, as there is considerable snow and ice on the upper lakes. Walking on the snow and ice is highly discouraged and can be life threatening. Use good judgement. Best to wait until the lakes are thawed out and the road opens!

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

June 21st, 2019 –

Not much new to report; water temps should be falling as Rock Creek and Pine Creek are running cold and high leading into the Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Flows out of the Pleasant Valley Reservoir remain at 350 CFS. This flow is fishable but wading is challenging. Clarity has change as Rock Creek and Pine Creek will dirty up and the reservoir water will be a little off color. Currently the clarity is colored coming out of the reservoir. Flows should hold for a while as the aqueduct system to the South is taking water in from runoff and Crowley Lake still hasn’t started retaining water with limited outflow. Hatch wise: Midges Caddis, Mayflies, Crane Flies and little Yellow Sally Stoneflies will start to appear as the weather warms up. As flows have dropped you might have some opportunities on the surface during the peak of the hatch on the quiet seams. Look for the fish to hold where there is some relief from the current or on the ledges and drop-offs. It will take a fair amount of weight to get your fly down and a little more distance from your fly to your indicator. Always best to check the flows before you embark on your journey. Once flows reach over 400 CFS you might want to reconsider your options. Also read your regulations as there are different sections that fall under special regulations i.e. the wild trout section falls under barbless artificial flies or lures no bait.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

June 21st, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Open upstream from the bridge to the private property. This section is open year round and falls under special regulations. Read your regulations and understand them as a ticket can be very costly. Basically it artificial barbless flies or lures; No Bait! The area from the Monument to Crowley Lake falls under special regulations also. From below the bridge to the Monument is now open. Water levels are on the increase; flows below the Hot Creek tributaries near 200 CFS and flows above near 140 CFS. About 12 CFS coming out of the tunnel (East portal) and water clarity decreased below the Hot Creek Tributaries and clearer above. Below the Hot Creek Tributaries it is tea stained. Hatch wise: a few Midges, Caddis and Baetis. Some fish are rising, but as flows increase and the water temperatures retreat, the fish will feed subsurface primarily. There are migratory fish, with both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout. Beware some of the areas roads on the eastside of the river are flooded and the ground is soft due to flood irrigating. 4-wheel drive is recommended. If you’re fishing above the bridge and get stuck, a tow truck call will be very costly!

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well, more late spring early summer-like weather has finally arrived in the high country this week. Two of the three major trans-sierra roads are open. Both 89 and 108 are currently open; Tioga Pass State Route 120 remains closed, most likely until late June or near the July 4th weekend before it opens. Good news, warmer weather in general is in the forecast leading into the new week. Bad news the runoff has started in earnest. Those planning outdoor activities should be prepared with the proper clothing as thunderstorms are possible again by the middle of next week. Runoff conditions are definitely on the increase and have started to impact the area streams. The major reservoirs in the area should start to rise with the run off commencing. Some 40-50 inches of water still remains locked up in the high country above 9000ft. it was an unusually cold and wet May and snowpack percentages for this time of year in the area are around 200% above normal so expect runoff likely into July. Runoff conditions can change daily as temperatures fluctuate. Night time lows still hovering in the mid to upper 30s lately in the higher elevations, most of the streams in the area will be more “bank full” if not over their banks for a brief period for at least 3-4 weeks. This will surely make stream fishing more difficult and wading difficult. At some point it might be time to hone up your still water tactics and skills as there may be a period where there will still be some limited stream fishing and the clarity may be off color. It was a significant winter by standards but much less than 2017 (some 16 plus inches less of water) which was the wettest in recent times. Best to keep an eye on the forecast and remember to check the stream flows before embarking on your adventures as release can change overnight. LADWP and USGS have most of the streams and reservoirs in our area graphed charted and monitored.

Currently fishing in the area rates 5 out of 10 and crowds are light to moderate mid-week and obviously increase on the weekends. Hot Creek, Upper and Lower Owens all have opportunities and the East Walker is still fishable but limited with current flows. The lower Owens is fishable at this time but flows remain on the high side just under 400 CFS, down from 650 CFS 4 weeks ago. Crowley has been hit and miss with weather being the issue on some days. When the weather conditions allow, it is fishing well! Bridgeport Reservoir has been producing big trout. Conditions for the lakes should improve weather-wise but the water levels should change rapidly in the coming weeks.

The weather is calling for a few breezy days then a warming trend leading into the new week with the possibility of thunderstorms returning by the middle of the week. You might want to keep that rain gear with you Wednesday and Thursday. Lightening is always possible this time of year with thunderstorms, so if you’re boating and you hear the roar, get off the lake and seek shelter. Strong out flow winds can accompany these storms so be prepared to move if you see one in the distance. It is best to seek a cove or move to the leeward side but don’t challenge the lake when it’s been whipped up and white capping from a thunderstorm. If it looks suspect, move before it’s too late or be prepared to ride it out! The wind can come up and surprise you on the area lakes. It can be life threating in a smaller boat, canoe, float tube, kayak or stand up paddle board. Use good judgement as water temps are cold and hypothermia is a great concern this time of year.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

June 7th, 2019 –

Flows are on the steady increase and the clarity is off. Still bugs hatching, but not a lot of action on the surface. The best results are those fishing the nymph. It’s a mixed bag size-wise, but for the most part 10”- 14”. Those skilled in the art of fishing subsurface have been doing well. Scuds, worm patterns and nymphs with a little flash working best. The clarity can change throughout the day and peak water temps are later in the day now that more water is come down Mammoth Creek. Mammoth Creek is up and starting to flow in the secondary channel up by where the 395 crosses near the off ramp leading into Mammoth. Keep an eye on it. As you see it increase, you will know the flows have increased below in the canyon section.

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 7th, 2019 –

The Road to Devils Postpile is closed; no changes here! The road leading up and down is still covered in a deep blanket of snow that is slowly melting. There has been no real firm word from the USFS on when they plan to open the road. It will really depend on Mother Nature and how much work will be necessary to make repairs. Between the “normal” heavy winter and the spring runoff it is possible this has negatively impacted the roads integrity. There could also be downed trees. My best guess is the road will open just before the 4th of July.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Lake”]

June 7th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Fishing is good if the weather cooperates and better weather is in the forecast! Water temps are in the upper 50s-and low 60s surface depending on where you’re fishing. The fish are spread out and feeding up on the shelves and flats. Look in McGee Bay East shore up to Sandy, Green Banks, Christmas Bay, Leighton Springs, and Alligator Point in 16 -10Ft of water. Level seems to be steady for the meantime, holding at 6768 elevation. Water levels should rise rapidly in June. Best guess, it will come up 12 to 14 ft. Very strong Midge hatch and some large ones like size 12s so try larvae and pupa patterns; try hanging a leech pattern also. The Perch are on the grab!

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

June 7th, 2019 –

The flows have bounced up in the last few days currently flowing at 460 CFS five days ago the flow was 256 CFS with Bridgeport Reservoir making some room for storage and the on set of runoff from all the tributaries The reservoir is. holding water to just shy of the airport runway well above the private upper boat ramp for those that like launching there. The runoff will surely fill the lake to capacity and a larger release will most likely be necessary down the road later in the month of June. The fishing on the East Walker is rewarding for those who are persistent, and have the skills to make the drift in the higher flows, as you need to cover more water. The water temperature continues to warm but is still on the cooler side. The fish are spread out after being held captive during the low flows of winter where it was 30CFS and is now running more than 10x times greater than the winter flow. The water clarity is good with minimal weed growth. There is some algae on the rocks in the slower water. Hatch-wise there are midges and mayflies and more caddis. A few fish rise but very sporadically and inconsistently for the most part. Haven’t seen many bait fish up near the dam yet, but I’m sure that will change. The number of crayfish isn’t like two years ago but there’s evidence they’re around. The river is still holding true trophies. Those trophy fish might tangle with you and landing them might be a different story, but if you are willing to put in the time the story will be a good one. Generally the fish range from 14” -17” (and some much bigger) with both Rainbow and Browns. Wading at the current flows is considerably more difficult and a wading stick is recommended in the more boulder filled runs. There are a few opportunities to take a fish on the surface but the nymph and streamer seem to be more productive methods! Nymphing is still the 1# method; nothing new for those who fish the Walker regularly. Second method would be stripping or swinging streamers. I would recommend using the appropriate tippet, size 5x isn’t going to cut it!

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

June 7th, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are still at fishable flows with both resident and migratory fish present. Flows will change and fishing will become difficult so it’s a roll of the dice to make the trek. There are a few caddis and mayflies. It’s way too early for the hopper thing but hopefully it will be another epic season of hopper fishing. Flows will start to increase in the coming days and clarity will decrease a little but still fishable unless it rains then all bets are off. There are migratory fish both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

June 7th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

It will still be some time before it is worth an outing up in the Lakes Basin, as there is considerable snow and ice on the upper lakes. Walking on the snow and ice is highly discouraged and can be life threatening. Use good judgement. Best to wait until the lakes are thawed out!

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

June 7th, 2019 –

Same report water temps should be falling as Rock Creek and Pine Creek are running cold and high leading into the Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Flows out of the Pleasant Valley Reservoir remain at 380 CFS. This flow is fishable but wading is challenging. Clarity will change as Rock Creek and Pine Creek will dirty up and the reservoir water will be a little off color. But currently the clarity is good coming out of the reservoir. Flows should hold for a while as the aqueduct system to the South is taking water in from runoff and Crowley Lake still hasn’t started retaining water with limited outflow. Hatch wise: Midge’s caddis, mayflies, craneflies and little yellow sally stone flies will start to appear as the weather warms up. As flows have dropped you might have some opportunities on the surface during the peak of the hatch on the quiet seams. Look for the fish to hold where there is some relief from the current or on the ledges and drop offs. It will take a fair amount of weight to get your fly down and a little more distance from your fly to your indicator. Always best to check the flows before you embark on your journey. Once flows reach over 400 CFS you might want to reconsider your options. Also read your regulations as there are different sections that fall under special regulations i.e. the wild trout section falls under barbless artificial flies or lures no bait.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

June 7th, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – CLOSED TILL MEMORIAL WEEKEND
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Open upstream from the bridge to the private property. This section is open year round and falls under special regulations. Read your regulations and understand them as a ticket can be very costly. Basically it artificial barbless flies or lures; No Bait! The area from the Monument to Crowley Lake falls under special regulations also. From below the bridge to the Monument is now open. Water levels are on the increase; flows below the Hot Creek tributaries near 200 CFS and flows above near 100 CFS. About 12 CFS coming out of the tunnel (East portal) and water clarity decreased below the Hot Creek Tributaries and clearer above. Below the Hot Creek Tributaries it is tea stained Hatch wise: a few midges, caddis and beatis. Some fish are rising, but as flows increase and the water temperatures retreat, the fish will feed subsurface primarily. There are migratory fish, with both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout. Beware some of the areas roads on the eastside of the river could be flooded and the ground is soft due to flood irrigating. 4-wheel drive is recommended. If you’re fishing above the bridge and get stuck, a tow truck call will be very costly!

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well the winter of 2019 hasn’t completely relinquished its grip on the area yet, as a series of weather systems continues to affect the area including wind, rain, and snow depending on the elevation. I would keep an eye on the forecast as it looks inclement leading into the holiday weekend and beyond. Those planning outdoor activities should be prepared with the proper clothing as the weather can change rapidly this time of year. Runoff conditions are creeping up but haven’t really impacted the area streams negatively YET, and the major reservoirs in the area continue to making room for the above average snow pack still left in the high country. Some 40-50 inches of water still remains locked up in the high country above 9000ft. Runoff conditions will change as we near the end of the month or once the weather pattern changes. Sometimes the runoff starts early in May, but when you get a hard freeze it takes a few days to start melting again. By late May we should see the streams in the area become more “bank full” for at least 3-4 weeks. This will surely make stream fishing more difficult. It would be wise to get your stream fishing in now; then it will be time to hone up your still water tactics and skills as there may be a period where it’s the only real game. It was a significant winter by standards but much less than 2017 (some 20 plus inches less of water) which was the wettest winter in recent times where some streams were in runoff flows well into late July or early August. This year runoff will not be as severe, but will impact most of the western states: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, and parts of Montana. Remember to check the stream flows before embarking on your adventures as release can change overnight. LADWP and USGS have most of the stream and reservoirs in our area graphed charted and monitored.

Currently fishing in the area rates 6 out of 10 and crowds are light to moderate mid-week and obviously increase on the weekends. Hot Creek, Upper and Lower Owens all have opportunities and the East Walker is still fishable for those willing to put the time in to figure out the puzzle; some very large fish have been produced. The lower Owens is fishable at this time but flows remain on the high side just under 400 CFS, down from 650 CFS 3 weeks. Crowley has been hit and miss with weather being the issue some days but when the weather conditions allow it is fishing well! Bridgeport Reservoir has been producing big trout.

The weather is calling for an increasing chance of thunderstorms leading into the weekend so one should be prepared with rain gear. Lightening is possible, so if you’re boating and you hear the roar get off the lake and seek shelter. Strong out flow winds can accompany these storms so be prepared to move if you see one in the distance. It is best to seek a cove or move to the leeward side but don’t challenge the lake when it’s been whipped up and white capping from a thunderstorm. If it looks suspect move before it’s too late or be prepared to ride it out! The wind can come up and surprise you on the area lakes. It can be life threating in a smaller boat, canoe, float tube, kayak or stand up paddle board. Use good judgement as water temps are cold and hypothermia is a great concern this time of year.

Check us out on Facebook at Mammoth Fly Fishing Adventures!

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

May 22nd, 2019 –

Flows are inching up and the clarity is off. Still bugs hatching, but not a lot of action on the surface. The best results are those fishing the nymph. It’s a mixed bag size-wise, but for the most part 10”- 14”. Those skilled in the art of fishing subsurface have been doing well. Scuds, worm patterns and nymphs with a little flash working best. The clarity can change throughout the day and peak water temps are later in the day now that more water is come down Mammoth Creek. Mammoth Creek is up and starting to flow in the secondary channel up by where the 395 crosses near the off ramp leading into Mammoth. Keep an eye on it. As you see it increase, you will know the flows have increased below in the canyon section.

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

May 22nd, 2019 –

The Road to Devils Postpile is closed! The road leading up and down is still covered in a deep blanket of snow that is slowly melting. There has been no real firm word from the USFS on when they plan to open the road. It will really depend on Mother Nature and how much work will be necessary to make repairs. Between the “normal” heavy winter and the spring runoff it is possible this has negatively impacted the roads integrity. There could also be downed trees. My best guess is the road will open just before the 4th of July.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Lake”]

May 22nd, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Fishing is good if the weather cooperates! The fish are spread out and feeding up on the shelves and flats. Look in McGee Bay East shore up to Sandy, Green Banks, Christmas Bay, Leighton Springs, and Alligator Point in 16 -10Ft of water. Water temps are on the rise. Level seems to be steady for the meantime, holding at 6767.9 elevation with maybe a slight decline or increase of an inch every 4 days. This will change rapidly once the runoff starts; look for the lake to rise rapidly late May through June. Best guess it will come up 12 to 14 ft. Very strong Midge hatch and some large ones like size 12s so try larvae and pupa patterns; try hanging a leech pattern also. The Perch are on the grab!

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 22nd, 2019 –

The flows jumped up to 450CFS and dropped back to 340 in the last few days as Bridgeport Reservoir making some room for storage. The reservoir is holding water to just shy of the airport runway well above the private upper boat ramp for those that like launching there. The runoff will surely fill the lake to capacity and larger releases will most likely be necessary down the road later in the month. The fishing on the East Walker is rewarding for those who are persistent, and have the skills to make the drift in the higher flows, as you need to cover more water. The water temperature continues to warm but is still on the cooler side. The fish are spread out after being held captive during the low flows of winter where it was 30CFS and is now running more than 10x times greater than the winter flow. The water clarity is good with minimal weed growth. There is some algae on the rocks in the slower water. Hatch-wise there are midges and mayflies and a few caddis but predominately it seems to be the mayflies. A few fish rise but very sporadically and inconsistently for the most part. Haven’t seen many bait fish up near the dam yet, but I’m sure that will change. The number of crayfish isn’t like two years ago but there’s evidence they’re around. The river is still holding true trophies. Those trophy fish might tangle with you and landing them might be a different story, but if you are willing to put in the time the story will be a good one. Generally the fish range from 14” -17” (and some much bigger) with both Rainbow and Browns. Wading at the current flows is considerably more difficult and a wading stick is recommended in the more boulder filled runs. There are a few opportunities to take a fish on the surface but the nymph and streamer seem to be more productive methods! Nymphing is still the 1# method; nothing new for those who fish the Walker regularly. Second method would be stripping or swinging streamers. I would recommend using the appropriate tippet size 5x isn’t going to cut it!

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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

May 22nd, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are at fishable flows with both resident and migratory fish present. There are a few caddis and mayflies. It’s way too early for the hopper thing but hopefully it will be another epic season of hopper fishing. Flows will start to increase in the coming days and clarity will decrease a little but still fishable unless it rains then all bets are off. There are migratory fish both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout.

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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

May 22nd, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

It will still be some time before it is worth an outing up in the Lakes Basin,as there is considerable snow and ice on the upper lakes. Walking on the snow and ice is highly discouraged and can be life threating. Use good judgement. Best to wait until the lakes are thawed out!

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

May 22nd, 2019 –

Flows out of the Pleasant Valley Reservoir are currently holding at 380 CFS. This flow is fishable but wading is challenging. Clarity will change as Rock Creek and Pine Creek will dirty up and the reservoir water will be a little off color. But currently the clarity is good coming out of the reservoir. Flows should hold for a while as the aqueduct system to the South is taking water in from runoff and Crowley Lake still hasn’t started retaining water with limited outflow. Hatch wise midges caddis, mayflies, and little yellow sally stone flies just start to appear as the weather warms up as we get towards June. As flows have dropped you might have some opportunities on the surface during the peak of the hatch on the quite seams. Look for the fish to hold where there is some relief from the current or on the ledges and drop offs. It will take a fair amount of weight to get your fly down and a little more distance from your fly to your indicator. Always best to check the flows before you embark on your journey. Once flows reach over 400 CFS you might want to reconsider your options. Also read your regulations as there are different sections that fall under special regulations i.e. the wild trout section falls under barbless artificial flies or lures no bait.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
owens-river41[1]

May 22nd, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – CLOSED TILL MEMORIAL WEEKEND
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Open upstream from the bridge to the private property. This section is open year round and falls under special regulations. Read your regulations and understand them as a ticket can be very costly. Basically it artificial barbless flies or lures; No Bait! The area from the Monument to Crowley Lake falls under special regulations also. From below the bridge to the Monument remains closed until Memorial weekend. Water levels are on the increase; flows below the Hot Creek tributaries near 160 CFS and flows above near 80 CFS. About 12 CFS coming out of the tunnel (East portal) and water clarity decreased below the Hot Creek Tributaries and clearer above. Below the Hot Creek Tributaries it is tea stained Hatch wise: a few midges, caddis and beatis. Some fish are rising, but as flows increase and the water temperatures retreat the fish will feed subsurface primarily. There are migratory fish, with both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout. Beware some of the areas roads on the eastside of the river are flooded and the ground is soft. 4-wheel drive is recommended. If you’re fishing above the bridge and get stuck, a tow truck call will be very costly!

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

For those wondering how conditions are in the Eastern Sierras, the runoff hasn’t affected the area streams negatively YET and the major reservoirs in the area are making room for the above average snow pack. Some 50 inches of water still remains locked up in the high country. Runoff conditions should change around the middle to third week in May when the sun angle and night time low retreat above freezing for longer periods, or if there is any rain the real runoff will begin. Sometimes the runoff starts early in May, but when you get a hard freeze it takes a few days to start melting again. This is what happened 5 days ago. By late May we will see the streams in the area become more “bank full” for at least 3-4 weeks. Some may become much tougher to fish, while others will still be fishable but not like they are now. It would be wise to get your stream fishing in now for a few weeks; then it might be time to hit the lakes and do a little still water fishing as there may be a period where it’s the only real game. It was a big winter by standards but much less than 2017, which was the wettest in recent times where some streams were in runoff flows well into late July or early August. This year runoff will not be as severe, but will impact most of the western states: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, and parts of Montana. Remember it is best to check the stream flows before embarking on your adventures as flows can change overnight. LADWP and USGS have most of the stream and reservoirs in the area graphed charted and monitored.

Currently fishing in the area rates 5.5 out of 10 and crowds remain relatively light mid-week and obviously increase on the weekends. Hot Creek and the Crowley tributaries all have opportunities and the East Walker is fishing for those willing to put the time in to figure out the puzzle; some very large fish have been produced. The lower Owens is fishable at this time but flows remain on the high side at 372 CFS, down from 650 CFS 10 days ago. Crowley has been hit and miss with weather being the issue some days. Bridgeport Reservoir has been producing big trout.
The weather is calling for an increasing chance of thunderstorms leading into next week so one should be prepared with rain gear. Lightening is possible, so if you’re boating and you hear the roar get off the lake and seek shelter. Strong out flow winds can accompany these storm so be prepared to move if you see one in the distance. Bring you rain gear, sun screen, and bug repellent as the mosquitoes season is about to start or is in progress depending on the elevation.

Check us out on Facebook at Mammoth Fly Fishing Adventures!

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

hot-creek18[1]

May 9th, 2019 –

Flows are inching up and the clarity is off. Still bugs hatching, but not a lot of action on the surface. The best results are those fishing the nymph. It’s a mixed bag size-wise, but for the most part 10”- 14”. Those skilled in the art of fishing subsurface have been doing well. Scuds, worm patterns and nymphs with a little flash working best. The clarity can change throughout the day and peak water temps are later in the day now that more water is come down Mammoth Creek. Best times to target 10-2pm it has been busy down there on weekends. Remember to you good fishing etiquette.

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[toggle title=”Middle Fork of San Joaquin, Devils Postpile, Reds Meadow Area”]san-joaquin2[1]

May 9th, 2019 –

The Road to Devils Postpile is closed! The road leading up and down is still covered in a deep blanket of snow that is slowly melting. There has been no real firm word from the USFS on when they plan to open the road. It will really depend on Mother Nature and how much work will be necessary to make repairs. Between the “normal” heavy winter and the spring runoff it is possible this has negatively impacted the roads integrity. There could also be downed trees. My best guess is the road will open just before the 4th of July.

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[toggle title=”Crowley Lake”]

May 9th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Fishing remains spotty for the most part! One day it’s on and the next day it’s slow. The fish are spread out and feeding up on the shelves, then they retreat and move on. Look in McGee Bay East shore up to Sandy, Green Banks, Christmas Bay, Leighton Springs, and Alligator Point in 15 -20Ft of water. Water temps are on the rise. Lake Level seems to be steady for the meantime, holding at 6767.9 elevation with maybe a slight decline of an inch every 4 days. This will change rapidly once the runoff starts; look for the lake to rise rapidly late May through June. Best guess it will come up 12 to 14 ft. Midges are hatching so try larvae and pupa patterns; try hanging a leech pattern also. The Perch are on the grab!

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 9th, 2019 –

The flows remain steady for the time being, holding at just over 300 CFS with Bridgeport Reservoir making some room for storage. The reservoir is holding water to the airport runway well above the private upper boat ramp for those that like launching there. The runoff will surely fill the lake to capacity and a larger release will most likely be necessary down the road later in the month. The fishing on the East Walker is rewarding for those who are persistent, and have the skills to make the drift in the higher flows, as you need to cover more water. The water temperature continues to warm but is still on the cooler side. The fish are spread out after being held captive during the low flows of winter where it was 30CFS and is now running 10 times the winter flow. The water clarity is good with minimal weed growth. There is some algae on the rocks in the slower water. Hatch-wise there are midges and mayflies and a few caddis but predominately it seems to be the mayflies. A few fish rise but very sporadically and inconsistently for the most part. Haven’t seen many bait fish up near the dam yet, but I’m sure that will change. The number of crayfish isn’t like two years ago but there’s evidence they’re around. The river is still holding true trophies. Those trophy fish might tangle with you and landing them might be a different story, but if you are willing to put in the time the story will be a good one. Generally the fish range from 14” -17” (and some much bigger) with both Rainbow and Browns. Wading at the current flows is still manageable but a wading stick will help in the more boulder filled runs. There are a few opportunities to take a fish on the surface but the nymph and streamer seem to be more productive methods! Nymphing is still the 1# method; nothing new for those who fish the Walker regularly. Currently, there is still the opportunity to fish both the California side and the Nevada side if you choose. Flows on the Nevada side in the Rosachi section are still doable. You can get your Nevada license on line at https://nevada.licensing.kalkomey.com/

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May 9th, 2019 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

All are at fishable flows with both resident and migratory fish present. There are a few caddis and mayflies. It’s way too early for the hopper thing but hopefully it will be another epic season of hopper fishing. Flows will start to increase in the coming days and clarity will decrease a little but still fishable unless it rains then all bets are off. There are migratory fish both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout.

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May 9th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

Road is open up to Twin Lakes and Tamarack lodge. It closed beyond that. Twin Lakes is breaking up and has a fair amount of open water but not yet completely free of ice. Upper lakes have open water at the inlet and outlet but still snow and ice covered and will be sometime before they are completely thawed out. My best guess near Memorial day before anything happen up that way. Road still isn’t plowed past the gate leading up to Lake Mary.

Tight lines and successful outings!

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

May 9th, 2019 –

Flows out of the Pleasant Valley Reservoir are currently holding at 372 CFS. This flow is fishable but wading is challenging. Clarity will change as Rock Creek and Pine Creek will dirty up and the reservoir water will be a little off color. Flows should hold for a while as the aqueduct system to the South is taking water in from runoff and Crowley Lake will start retaining water with limited outflow. Hatch wise caddis, mayflies, and little yellow sally stone flies will match the hatch! As flows have dropped you might have some opportunities on the surface. Look for the fish to hold where there is some relief from the current or on the ledges and drop offs. It will take a fair amount of weight to get you fly down and a little more distance from your fly to your indicator. Always best to check the flows before you embark on your journey. Once flows reach over 400 CFS you might want to reconsider you options. Also read your regulations as there are different sections that fall under special regulations i.e. the wild trout section falls under barbless artificial flies or lures no bait.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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May 9th, 2019 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under Special Regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – CLOSED TILL MEMORIAL WEEKEND
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN Under Special Regulations

Open upstream from the bridge to the private property. This section is open year round and falls under special regulations. Read your regulations and understand them as a ticket can be very costly. Basically it artificial barbless flies or lures; No Bait! The area from the Monument to Crowley Lake falls under special regulations also. From below the bridge to the Monument remains closed until Memorial weekend. Water levels are on the increase; flows below the Hot Creek tributaries near 160 CFS and flows above near 80 CFS. About 10 CFS coming out of the tunnel (East portal) and water clarity decreased below the Hot Creek Tributaries and clearer above. Hatch wise: a few midges, caddis and beatis. Some fish are rising, but as flows increase and the water temperatures retreat the fish will feed subsurface primarily. There are migratory fish, with both Rainbow and Cutthroat entering and exiting the system. Be careful where you wade as the wild fish have spawned or are spawning. In the shallow depressions in the riffles are the trout nests or (Redds). If you see fish paired up, please leave them be and let them create future generations of wild trout. You might want to carry some bug repellent as the mosquitoes are already hatching.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Well the hot temperatures for most of the summer have moderated to more seasonal norms for this time of year! I’m sure after all the information is compiled, it will be another record breaking summer for temperatures throughout the West. The cool down comes just in time for the holiday weekend. The hazy and smoke that’s plagued the area for the last two months has faded as the fire crews have gotten the upper hand on most of the fires for now. Send out a thank you to the fire fighters for all their efforts this relentless, hot and dry fire season. Crossing our fingers the worst is past us. Make sure your fire aware, safe and compliant. One more busy weekend and then we head into the shoulder season. For many, this is the best time of year to enjoy the high country. The first signs of fall are showing as the leaves in the higher elevations have begun to change, the early season bird migration is under way, and the weather has begun to cool off with some of the wind protected areas seeing morning lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.

On the fishing front there is good news as the water temps are starting to fall; flows on the Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley dam have dropped and are holding stable at 275 CFS. Flows on the Upper Owens have been steady for about a month holding a 124 CFS above the Hot Creek confluence. On the upper Owens below the confluence the flows are holding at 160cfs. The Lower Owens fishery below PV Dam was out shape for the last 5-6 weeks due to the high volume of water being exported southward. Crowley Lake is producing some very nice fish and the trophy season has begun. The fish on Crowley Lake have been ranging from 12- 25”. Most other fisheries are fishing fair, look for the conditions to improve throughout the area as the weather cools off and water temps fall.

The rabbit brush is blooming; It is a yellow flowery shrub and if you’re affected by this allergen be prepared!

It’s always a good idea to check the road conditions if you’re using 120, 108 or 89 this time of year, as the roads can be subject to closures if weather or wild fires pose a threat (1-800-Gas- Road).

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.

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[toggle title=”Hot Creek”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

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September 1st, 2018 –

No real changes here! Low flows and prevalent weeds are choking out some of the areas, which is great for the fish and bad for the angler. Flows are holding near 40 cfs which is near normal for this time of year. There are still stations to fish, short areas in the deeper pools and behind many are the floating rafts of weeds. Standard procedure is good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as they don’t like the salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise, Trico’s Spinner fall females in the morning and Males in the evening. The caddis emergence is in the midafternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing in the morning. Hoppers still around but starting to fade as temperatures fall.

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September 1st, 2018 –

The road is open! An entrance fee is required. The shuttles will run through the weekend and holiday. Flows are pretty low. The best water to fish is the area towards the falls and the deeper runs and pools. The current flow at the measuring station is near 20cfs. Some campgrounds will close as we move into fall. Check with the Visitors Center for latest update on campsites. The fishing has been fair but the water levels are a factor, look for the bigger pools and slower water, log jams and overhanging bushes to hold them. If you want wild fish, hike away from the campground. The areas from lower Rainbow Falls to the Upper Rainbow Falls and above the upper fall to Devils Postpile and above Agnew Meadows hold plenty of wild fish. Small to medium size dry flies like 14-16 Adams, Humpies, and Stimulators with a small beadhead dropper will get the job done! Better hatches in the late afternoon and evening. Side note: This year the road to Devils Postpile will close early. USFS will close the road for the season at noon on Oct 9th to make much needed repairs to the road!

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September 1st, 2018 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

Crowley has been good the past few weeks. The water temps have started falling lately as the nights have cooled off and the midge activity has been increasing. Plenty of perch fry in the mix! Most of the action is still confined to the inlets and channels. The rapid draw down of the lake level should stabilize in the coming weeks. The water temps on the surface are currently holding near the upper 60s to low 70s depending on your location. Remember the Regulations changed on August 1 to artificial barbless flies or lures, no bait and only 2 fish over 18” may be kept. The lake is still pretty full but has dropped 4-5 ft. in the last 6 weeks. The Weed lines are becoming fairly well defined. Target the areas from 8-15ft along the weed lines and Channels; Fish moving in and out on a daily pattern. A few Damsels are still hatching and fish are taking the nymphs, there are still some Callibaetis in the mix and perch fry present along with a much stronger midge hatch. Overall, Crowley remains the place if you want to target large trophy size trout. There are plenty of freshly planted rainbows and browns and Cutthroat by CADFW. The Crowley Lake Fish Camp has also raised some money and purchased a healthy number of brown trout to add to the lake. Larger fish in the 20-24” range being hooked daily if you’re dialed in! During the heat and stress of summer water temps rose dangerously high and air temps where in the 90s playing a fish for an extended period and then holding it out of the water for a photo greatly increases the chance of mortality; best to keep the fish in the water and release it immediately. You may see the fish swim off strongly but they soon lie on their side trying to regain their strength in the warm water and some don’t make it! There’s never any evidence as the pelicans make short order of even the largest of trout floating on the surface. Best to hold the fish over the water in the net, snap the photo and call it good. Many fish flop out of the hand of good intention but end up flopping around on hot boat bottom this is never a good thing. Next time you’re in the sauna at 110 degrees try doing sit ups at a rapid pace then hold your breath. See how long it takes you to gasp for air more or less I’m sure this is how the fish feel.

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[toggle title=”East Walker”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND

September 1st, 2018 –

The flows have fluctuated just a little but still remain above the seasonal norm currently holding at 190 cfs flows should drop in the middle of Sept as the farmers in Nevada will start cutting alfalfa and the watering season draws to a close. Most of the water is used for downstream irrigation. Fishing wise there seems to be better results below the bridge in the pocket water and deeper runs where the water has more dissolved oxygen. Big fish are still present but not super prevalent. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and Mayflies, Water Temps mid-60s to 70 depending on the weather and should start to fall as the nights are getting cooler and longer. Pressure has been light for the most part but will increase this weekend. Best to fish early and late, if you plan an outing, as water temps are more suitable during those hours. Bridgeport Reservoir is about 75% full. No problem launching a boat.

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September 1st, 2018 –

Crowley Tribs, Convict, McGee, Hilton and Crooked Creeks -OPEN

Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument to artificial barbless flies or lures. Remember to take a look at regulations as they will change as we move into October. Both Convict and McGee creeks are currently running very low and gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky, so approach the stream with some stealth and you will find some larger fish present. Can be a good place to hike and get away. You never know what you will encounter, sometimes it’s worth the hike, other times it’s a bust.

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September 1st, 2018 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

All basin lakes other than Horseshoe continue to be planted. There are plenty of hold-over fish from the summer planting and the crowds will start to thin after this weekend. Look for some fish to start to head for the inlets and outlets; Brookies and Browns as we move into fall. There is some surface action early and late or if the wind isn’t blowing. Try a dry fly dropper in the morning and late evening. Try stripping streamer midday with a type 3 sinking line. Target the inlets and outlets or near the springs as the trout will migrate near these areas during the warm months of summer.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”] -OPEN YEAR ROUND + Some sections fall under special regulations

September 1st, 2018 –

Good news, flows have dropped in the last few days currently holding at 275 CFS this is a major improvement from a week ago where flows were in the low 500 CFS. It will take a few days for the fish and bugs to adjust to the flows. With the weather cooling in the Bishop area it’s worth an outing down there. Bug wise some mayflies both early and midday hatching Trico’s and Baetis, along with Midges and caddis. The Browns will start their pre spawn gorging in the next month, moving into more spawning behavior in the later fall. Their colors will darken as we approach Oct. Remember the regulations will change from the Pleasant Valley Dam to the wild trout sections as we move into the fall season, so make sure you check before wetting a line.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge – OPEN YEAR ROUND
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July 10, 2018 –

Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: – OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: – OPEN
From the Monument to Crowley Lake: – OPEN

Flows have been fairly steady now running more normal for this time of year Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences about 160 CFS. above the confluences 124 CFS. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations and will change Oct 1. The Bridge to private property and to 395 is under special regulations and from the monument to Crowley Lake. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. Some lake fish present but no major concentration California Department of Fish and Wildlife is planting on a regular schedule on some sections of the river. Some Midges more Mayflies and Caddis activity mid-morning into the afternoon, if the winds are calm Water temps are on the cooler side above the Hot Creek and warmer below. The fish key on the Trico spinner in the morning dry fly. If you cover enough water you will find pods of fish, mostly planter, still a fair number of hopper in the grass and in areas the fish have been keying on them.

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