Hello fellow anglers,

Well this summer has been one for the record book. Visitation to the Mammoth Lakes area has been off the charts. The Western National Parks have also experienced visitation records. Records have been broken in the weather department too. NOAA recently released a statement that it was the warmest July on record. For our area visitors, we are entering one of the best times of the year to fish, camp, hike, and bike or simply enjoy the high country. Most schools are back in session, resulting in less pressure on area lakes, streams and trails. It will remain busy over the weekends, especially over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Those heading into the backcountry love this time of year as there are very few biting insects. Remember fire restrictions are in place!!! Fire danger is very high!

On the fishing front, the good news is the flows on the lower Owens below Pleasant Valley dam have started to drop and should continue to drop in the coming week. Flows are currently at 301 CFS, down from a high of 477CFS. This fishery has been out of commission for a majority of the summer due to the high volume of water being exported southward. I also heard a rumor that they (LADWP) might be letting some water out of the tunnel via Grant Lake on the upper Owens by the end of the month. Keep your fingers crossed, as this fishery needs the water. Most area waters are fishing fair. Crowley is producing some nice fish but it’s been hot and cold.

Weather-wise we ended a long dry spell and things have cooled off a bit for the time being with the monsoonal flow and afternoon thunderstorms. Hopefully temps will continue to cool off and we will have a chance at some precipitation for the rest of the month. It is that time of year where the temperature can swing 40 degrees with lows in the 30-40s and highs in the 70-80s in the Mammoth and Crowley area. Bishop can still have the big swing but lows in the 50-60s and highs in the 90-100s. Make sure you have sun screen, light weight clothing and plenty of water with you. Most area streams you can wet wade and be comfortable, with water temps in the 60s. The road to Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow is open and a mandatory shuttle is required if planning to drive down to the Reds Meadow area after 7 am. All major sierra passes are open 120, 108, 89. It is always a good idea to check their status before leaving on a trip as summer rainstorms or wildfires can cause closures. One last note, the rabbit brush is blooming. It is a yellow flowery shrub and if you’re affected by this allergen be prepared!

Safe & memorable adventures, Harry

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August 24th, 2016 –
The song remains the same! Low flows and prevalent weeds are choking out some areas, which is great for the fish and bad for the angler. There are about 8-10 stations to fish, what fish there are seem kegged up in those spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the weeds. Standard procedure 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. The caddis emergence in the mid afternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing. Side note: DFW will be electro shocking a few section of stream to compile data to make a determination on current fish numbers and hopefully get an ok to supplement the stream with small juvenile fish to help with coming years and bring the stream back to its glory!!!!

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August 24th, 2016 –
The road is open! An entrance fee and mandatory shuttle is required if you plan to fish down there. If you arrive before 7am or after 7pm you may drive your vehicle into the valley, but may still pay a fee. The last day for the 2016 shuttle season is expected to be Wednesday, September 7th. Flows are low and continue to drop and are much lower than normal for this time of year. We could get some relief as we get some rain. 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 17cfs. All campgrounds are currently open. The fishing has been fair to good but the water levels are a factor look for the bigger pools and slower water, log jams and overhanging bushes to hold the fish. 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 beadhead dropper will get the job done

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August 24th, 2016 –
Crowley has been hot and cold lately, some of the factor rapid draw down of the lake level, Algae bloom change in the weather. Seems the fish move around daily as one day they are in 13ft, the next 10ft next to the weed line or they’re way out in the 16-18ft range. Remember the Regulations changed on August 1 to artificial barbless flies or lures no bait and only 2 fish over 18 may be kept. Lake is higher than it has been in the last four years, for this time of year. Water temps holding around 66 to 70 degrees on the surface depending on what part of the lake you’re fishing. Target the areas from 9-18ft along the weed lines. Damsels still hatching and fish taking the nymphs, a few Callibaetis and perch fry present along with a sporadic midge hatch and some snails. Overall, Crowley remains the place if you want to target large trophy size trout. Focus on the areas near the weed lines and in the bays look for fish crashing the surface. There are plenty of freshly planted rainbows and browns both CADFW and High Desert Hatchery have be planting heft quantities of sub catchable fish for next season . It has been a mixed bag some days all browns next day cutthroat, and the rainbows always in the mix.

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

August 24th, 2016 –
The flows have fluctuated from 80 -120 cfs currently holding around 100 cfs. Better results below the bridge in the pocket water and deeper runs. Big fish are still present but not prevalent, you will need to work to reap the rewards on the river. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and Mayflies, Water Temps upper 60s low 70s. Pressure has been light for the most part. Best to fish early and late, if you plan an outing, the days are getting shorter and morning lows have fallen into the 40s helping to bring down the lake water temps that flow into the river. Bridgeport Reservoir is about 65% full. The Lake level is nearing lasts years high water mark. The only place you can launch a boat is the bath tub closer to the dam the public ramp is now high and dry.
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[toggle title=”Crowley Tributaries”]mcgeecreek[1]

August 24th, 2016 –
Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument to artificial Barbless flies or lures. Both Convict and McGee creeks currently running very low and gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky approach stream with some stealth.
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[toggle title=”Mammoth Lakes Basin”]lakes-basin14[1]

August 24th, 2016 –
All basin lakes other than Horseshoe continue to be planted. Look for a slight increase in fish planting just before the Labor Day weekend. There is some surface action early and late or if the wind isn’t blowing. There might be a few Callibaetis, mayfly hatching on Twin Lakes midmorning if so it’s sporadic still a few Damsel fly hatch daily nymphs migrating to the shallows to hatch. 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

August 24th, 2016 –
Good news, the flows have started to drop but still fairly high currently flowing at 320 look for flows to continue to drop about 30 cfs every other day. My guess is it will stabilize at 200cfs. I will keep you posted.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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August 24th, 2016 –
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 are very low, currently running well below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences about 50 cfs there might be some relief as I heard a rumor that some water might be diverted from Grant Lake via the east portal later this month. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. The area above the Bridge no algae problems for the area below the bridge stringy algae problems you will need to check your flies constantly. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations. The Bridge to private property and to 395 is under special regulations and from the monument to Crowley Lake. Best to read the regulations before wetting a line. Water is slow low and clear approach the bank slowly as the fish are now spooky. 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 clam. Water is low and warm enough, the fish key on the dry fly. If you cover enough water you will find pods of fish mostly planter some wild fish present.

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Welcome Fly Fishing Enthusiasts,
Wow! The weather in the Eastern Sierras lately has been unusually warm and dry. Still a great time to get out and enjoy the high country whether it be fishing, hiking or camping you just might want to avoid the middle part of the day!

The month of June was a warm one, and July continues the trend with heat and no moisture. Thunderstorms are possible in the coming days, but no major outbreak, and then it will dry out and cool off starting the first of August. If thunderstorms develop, take the necessary measures, as the wind can come up extremely fast from the out flow and down drafts along with lightening. With the current heat wave temperatures in the region will push well above normal by some 10-15 degrees. Along with the record setting temps the area is very dry so fire danger is extremely high make sure to follow and obey the fire restrictions that have been put in place by the USFS. If you’re not sure of the current fire restrictions, check the Inyo National Forest Service website. Although temperatures have been well above average, the nights are very pleasant and in some areas the temperatures have dipped into the upper 40s for a brief period in the early morning.

The fishing in the area has been fair in most locations with nothing really fishing over the top. Crowley Lake had a slow spell over the past 10 days, due to the full Moon and heavy algae, but seems to be making a return to more consistent fishing and the Regulations change on the lake as of August 1st. The middle Fork of the San Joaquin River by Red’s Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument has shaped up and there are plenty of smaller wild Rainbows and Brown trout to present the dry fly to, along with a few planted CADFW Rainbows! The Backcountry wildflowers have peaked and the bugs are on the wane! One side note the Owens River below Pleasant Valley dam is now flowing at 470CFS making it virtually unfishable as there isn’t much area to wade with the current flows along with the very warm temperature Bishop is experiencing. The Mono County Tourism Commission and Town of Mammoth Lakes have funded a private company (Desert Lakes Hatchery out of Oregon) to stock some of the area lakes from Mammoth to Bridgeport with trophy size fish, much like Tim Alpers did in the past, along with the Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife so you could have a fish story to tell if you’re lucky and persistent
All the major highway passes remain open. Always check the road conditions before planning a crossing, as weather can change the pass status. Dial 1-800-gas-road for updates before departing if you believe weather might be an issue or if a fire breaks out. Let’s keep our finger crossed we don’t have any major wild fires this season. One less spark=one less wildfire.

Safe & memorable adventures, Harry

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

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July 30, 2016 –
Flows are below seasonal norm and the water clarity is good. Weed growth is dense yet still fishable with limited areas due to vast aquatic vegetation; hatches are good with trico spinner fall mid-morning along with good caddis migrations. There is a decent midday hatch of mayflies and the caddis emergence in the midafternoon. Crowds have been light. Fish the areas of deeper water and places void of weeds as many areas are a carpet of green. There are about 10 stations to fish, well placed casts and good short drifts might get it done. The wind can be a factor in the afternoons. CADFW Biologists are assessing current fish numbers and the impact the drought and predation has had on the fish population. Hopefully they will take action in the near future to lend a helping hand in aiding a return to better fish counts. Fingers crossed, but there is a protocol to follow as it is deemed a wild trout fishery.

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July 30, 2016 –
The road is open and there is a mandatory shuttle required from 7am – 7pm! This gem of drive-in back country access is fishing well for small wild fish. There are some hatchery fish in the campground areas. River levels are dropping daily and becoming low. All campgrounds are open. You can find both dry fly and nymph taking fish, just look for the softer seams and pockets and near the trees lining the bank. Adams, Orange stimulators sizes 14-16 are getting action along with Bead head mayfly and stonefly nymphs sizes 14-16. Hatch wise there is a good gray drake hatch midmorning in the lower area and spinners in the evening. Caddis and small micro stones still a few large Golden stone buzzing around. Early morning, late afternoon and evening seem to be the best times!

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July 30, 2016 –
The fishing on Crowley took a little hit the past 10 days but seems to be taking a turn for the better as we have moved away from the full moon and the first major algae bloom is on the wane . The weather has been very hot, nearing mid 90s and both southwest and southeast wind in the afternoon, cleaning out the McGee Bay area of the green algae. Lake level is on the decline as LADWP has started exporting water southward but levels are still much higher than previous years at this time. Water temps are in the upper 60s to low 70s on the surface as of July 26, 2016. The Lake was stocked recently with a bunch of 11-14” Rainbows, so smaller fish are in the mix with plenty of large trout holding and feeding in 16 – 23 ft. of water. Midge hatch has been pretty weak. Good showing of Damsel flies this season with the nymphs migrating and swimming to hatch. Look on your anchor lines and tubes as they crawl up and hatch and dry their wings. Perch fry are in the millions as the weed beds are very prolific. Trout are keying on both Damsels and Perch Fry along with some Calibeatis. Look for the midge to increase in the coming weeks but the trout might say why eat chicken when you can dine on steak.

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

July 30, 2016 –
Flows have dropped below historical norms for this fishery. Currently flows are holding at 140cfs. The water is starting to get some color from algae in the lake . There are opportunities to catch very large fish, but you will need to put your time in and cover some water. Warm water temps are present and fishing mid-day should be avoided to decrease any unnecessary stress on the fish. Please fish only early morning and late evening, if at all, with the current heat wave. Insect wise midges, mayfly, caddis are hatching at different times of the day with some fish working the surface. The deeper runs and pockets are the areas to target with both nymphs and streamers getting action.
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July 30, 2016 –
Flows are near normal and clear but with nothing really to speak of at this time, other than a few stray Cutthroat and smaller wild fish on McGee or Convict Creek. Lake levels are up so the fish in the lake can make it up with ease so it might be interesting in the next month.
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July 30, 2016 –
All lakes continue to be planted in the Mammoth Lakes basin with the exception of Horseshoe as it is not stocked. Some lakes in the Basin have recently received trophy size fish along with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife plantings. This is a good place to get away for a few hours, especially if you want to float tube, try Mamie or upper Twin and lower Twin as these are smaller lakes with good habitat. Try a Type 2/3 sinking line and a leech pattern in the weed free areas. A Doc Twin Lake special is a good pattern to start with, or fish first and last light if the lake glasses off in the evening using a floating line and a dry fly. A small Adams or midge patterns like a Sierra bright dot will get action.

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July 30, 2016 –
currently Flowing at 477 cfs. Currently not worth fishing as temps in the valley are very, very hot, as high as 108 and flows are extremely high! The fishing areas are very limited and I would suggest going somewhere else.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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July 30, 2016 –
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 are low, currently at approximately 50 cfs, and clarity is slightly stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Mostly smaller wild fish along with planters. There are some opportunities, but fishing would be rated “fair”. Views are spectacular. Crowds are light. The area from the bridge to the private property is open year round and falls under special regulations. Make sure you read the regulations and know the sections before you cast a line. Check out CDFW’s new app for fishing regulations and avoid an expensive mistake.

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Hatchwise Caddis, Trico with the spinner fall early to mid-morning and some PMDS. There are no real issues with flood irrigating at this time. The roads are dry with no mud issues. It’s a good idea to carry some bug spray with you, especially if fishing above the Benton crossing bridge, as the mosquitoes can be out in force if the wind is not blowing. Best to fish the morning as it can be a windy area in the afternoon.

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Welcome Fly Fishing Enthusiasts,

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July holiday! Summer is now officially in full swing.

The month of June was a warm one, as most of the temperatures in the region pushed well above normal by some 10-15 degrees. Along with the record setting temps we received a couple good bouts of precipitation. Everything is pretty green right now and it looks like the month of July may be cooler and somewhat breezy for an extended period. The forecast is calling for low humidity and windy afternoons with little chance for precipitation the next 6-10 days. The forecast is ideal for camping and hiking or visiting your favorite lake or stream in the Eastern Sierras. Bishop area temperatures will be in the 60s for lows and in the mid to upper 90s for highs. The Long Valley and Crowley area will be in the 50s for lows and upper 70s to mid-80s for highs. The town of Mammoth Lakes and region will be in the 40s for lows and 70s for highs. Expect some wind in the coming days and breezy afternoons. The fire danger will be high so please obey and adhere to the fire restrictions while out and about. If you’re not sure of the current fire restrictions, check the Inyo National Forest Service website.
A brief look at fishing conditions in the Mammoth Lakes and Inyo/Mono counties is as follows. The runoff is done and gone. The West Walker River is still a little elevated and off color but should shape up in the next few weeks. All other area waters are at normal levels, although a few streams and lakes have levels below historical norms, like the Upper Owens and Grant Lake. The fishing has been fairly good and some locations are fishing very well. Crowley Lake has come alive in the last few weeks and plenty of hard fighting trophy size fish have come to the net for those who know the lake. The North Fork of the San Joaquin River by Red’s Meadow and the Devils Postpile National Monument is shaping up and there are plenty of smaller wild Rainbows and Brown trout to present the dry fly to. I haven’t seen any hatchery fish in the campground areas yet! The Backcountry is open and the hidden treasures of the high country are waiting! The Mono County Tourism Commission and town of Mammoth Lakes have funded a private company (Desert Lakes Hatchery out of Oregon) to stock some of the area lakes from Mammoth to Bridgeport with trophy size fish, much like Tim Alpers did in the past, along with the Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife so you could have a fish story to tell if you’re lucky and persistent
All the major highway passes remain open. Always check the road conditions before planning a crossing, as weather can change the pass status. Dial 1-800-gas-road for updates before departing if you believe weather might be an issue or if a fire breaks out, let’s keep our finger crossed we don’t have any major wild fires this season. One less spark=one less wildfire.

Safe & memorable adventures, Harry

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July 7, 2016 –
Flows are near seasonal norm and the water clarity is good. Weed growth is dense yet still very fishable with limited areas due to vast aquatic vegetation; hatches are good with trico spinner fall mid-morning along with good caddis migrations. There is a decent midday hatch of mayflies and the caddis emergence in the midafternoon. Crowds have been light. Fish the areas of deeper water and places void of weeds as many areas are a carpet of green. There are about 12 stations to fish, well placed casts and good short drifts will get it done. The wind will be factor in the afternoons.

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July 7, 2016 –
The road is open and there is a mandatory shuttle required from 7am – 7pm! This gem of drive-in back country access is fishing well for small wild fish. No planting of hatchery fish has occurred in the campground areas that I’m aware of. River levels are near normal for this time of year and water levels are dropping daily and should be perfect by the middle of the month. All campgrounds are open. Both dry flies and nymphs taking fish look for the softer seams and pockets and near the trees lining the bank. Adams, Orange stimulators sizes 14-16 getting action along with Bead head mayfly and stonefly nymphs sizes 14-16. Hatch wise there is a good gray drake hatch midafternoon and spinners in the evening. I witnessed some large Golden stone buzzing around also along with caddis so the fish are looking up. The afternoons and evenings seem to be the best!

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July 7, 2016 –
The fishing has been pretty darn good in the northwest end of the lake. The weather has become much more stable with a good southwest wind in the afternoon cleaning out the McGee Bay area of the green algae. Lake level is much higher than previous years at this time. Water temps are in the 70s on the surface as of July 4th but it should cool off with the windy conditions. The Lake was stocked recently with a bunch of 11-14” Rainbows, so smaller fish are starting to get in the mix with plenty of large trout holding and feeding in 16 – 23 ft. of water. Water is fairly clear with the first algae bloom in progress more of the pea shape variety. Midge hatch is pretty solid starting in some areas in the morning migrating out to the deeper water in the afternoon. Fish are in great shape and hard fighting! Both Black and Gray flies have been effective midge wise! Midge sizes have been on the smaller side. Good showing of Damsel flies with the nymphs migrating and swimming to hatch. Look on your anchor lines and tubes as they crawl up and hatch and dry their wings.

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

July 7, 2016 –
Flows remain near historical norms for this fishery. Currently flows are holding at 200cfs. The water is clear and there are opportunities to catch very large fish, but you will need to put your time in and cover some water. Insect wise midges, mayfly, caddis are hatching at different times of the day with some fish working the surface. The deeper runs and pockets are the areas to target with both nymphs and streamers getting action. Best results are occurring in the morning and evening.

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

July 7, 2016 –
Flows are near normal and clear but with nothing really to speak of at this time, other than a few stray Cutthroat and smaller wild fish, on McGee or Convict Creek. Lake levels are up so the fish in the lake can make it up with ease so it might be interesting in the next month.

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July 7, 2016 –
All lakes have been planted in the Mammoth Lakes basin with the exception of Horseshoe as it is not stocked. Some lakes in the Basin have been receiving trophy size fish along with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife plantings. This is a good place to get away, especially if you want to float tube, try Mamie or upper Twin and lower Twin as these are smaller lakes with good habitat. Try a Type 2/3 sinking line and a leech pattern in the weed free areas. A Doc Twin Lake special is a good pattern to start with or fish first and last light if the lake glasses off in the evening using a floating line and a dry fly. A small Adams or midge patterns like a Sierra bright dot will get action.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

July 7, 2016 –
Currently flowing at 225 CFS and the hatches are fairly consistent. Female tricos and spinner fall in the early morning, caddis in the mix along with some PMDs. The swallows will let you know the hatch is happening, or the small song birds. If the swallows are down on the water there’s most likely a hatch or if you see the small song birds flying over the stream and darting back to a branch, the hatch is on. Fish are spread out and in pods in some areas, so you need to cover water. Once you locate the areas, you will be amazed by how many fish are in a small area. You will find fish in both the fast riffles and the seams and slack zones, depending on time of day and location. There is some good dry fly action during the hatch if you find the right area. Weather has been hot in Bishop so wet wading may be the way to go! It a good idea to have a wading staff at the current water levels.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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July 7, 2016 –
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 are low, currently at approximately 60 cfs, and clarity is slightly stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Mostly smaller fish, some planters, there some opportunities but fishing would be rated a fair. Views are spectacular. Crowds are light. The area from the bridge to the private property is open year round and falls under special regulations. Make sure you read the regulations and know the sections before you cast a line. Check out CDFW’s new app for fishing regulations and avoid an expensive mistake. https://map.dfg.ca.gov/sportfishingregs/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CApuresend&utm_campaign=CAangerupdate_062016&utm_content=newtoolbutton

Hatch wise Caddis Trico with the spinner fall early to mid-morning and some PMDS. There are no real issues with flood irrigating at this time. The roads are dry with no mud issues. It’s a good idea to carry some bug spray with you, especially if fishing above the Benton crossing bridge, as the mosquitoes can be out in force if the wind is not blowing. Best to fish the morning as it can be a windy area in the afternoon with the forecast calling for windy conditions.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

A quick look ahead for the Eastern Sierra weather and fishing forecast: After a pretty wet weekend it looks like we will dry out and warm up again with some gusty afternoon winds forecasted for most of the wind prone areas. Over the weekend the Mammoth area and vicinity received a nice dose of rain with 1-2” of precipitation for most of the area near the mountains less as you moved east a nice break from the unseasonably warm weather we had been experiencing for the past 10 days. Fishing wise for the Mammoth region it has been fair to good depending on location. Some streams on the eastern slope are experiencing runoff like Hot Creek, McGee Creek, Convict, Rock Creek, Rush Creek and Lee Vining Creek are at or near there seasonal normal flow. This is a great thing as it hasn’t happened in quite some time. We should see stream flows slowly decrease as the runoff peaked last weekend with the rain and very warm weather. The snowpack for the 15/16 seasons in the Mono county area (Mammoth northward) was about normal this season with close to 400” of snow total at Mammoth Mountain. The LADWP snow pack sensors peaked at Mammoth Pass with 38” of water in the snowpack as of April 1s. This will have area lakes and streams in much better shape throughout the summer in the surrounding area and backcountry. All but the highest lakes have iced out or are partially open , the major Sierra passes are all opened (Hwy 89 Monitor Pass) 108 (Sonora Pass) and the 120 (Tioga Pass). They may close if the threat of weather warrants. It is always a good idea to check before departing (1 800-Gas –Road) as the weather can change this time of year and the passes can closes. The high country is opening up and the Devils Postpile should be opening next weekend on June 17th. Don’t forget there is a mandatory shuttle bus that operates 7 days a week until mid-September!

Fishing wise: things should start to improve as the weather stabilizes, streams flows recede and the water temps begins to warmup. Most of the Lahontan Cutthroats spawning in the Crowley Tributaries have returned back to Crowley lake, The East Walker river flows are up and some large fish have been caught but it’s not a numbers game you will need to put your time in and cover a fair amount of area to be rewarded, Crowley lake the world class fishery has been very tough for over 2 weeks hopefully things will improve and the daphnia hatch will end and the midges and damsel flies will start to hatch in numbers. There are plenty of fish in Crowley they just haven’t wanted to play lately! The Lower Owens river has been fair to good with numerous wild brown trout 8-14” spread out throughout the catch and release area. Current flows on out of Pleasant Valley Reservoir are holding at 200 CFS. Hatch wise on the Lower Owens River near the wild trout section Trico’s, Beatis, and Caddis emerging at certain times of the day. The Upper Owens River has been only fair with Ca DFW stocking the lower sections of river from the bridge to the monument with some smaller wild fish in the area above the bridge to the private property. The crowds have mellowed on the upper section as there are no more large spawning Cutthroats in the system to draw in the masses. The Mammoth Lakes Basin has been stocked and will receive both state and private stocking throughout the summer with some trophy size fish already have been planted in Mary and Twin Lakes. The Middle fork of the San Joaquin River should open by next weekend flows will be a little high so use cautions as all the runoff and snow melt had the river flowing at 450 CFS or higher. Remember to use good fishing etiquette and give your fellow anglers some room. A good saying: if in doubt spread out. Don’t “high hole” or “low hole” your fellow angler. Communicating with your fellow angler is key (find out where they are going) will go a long way!

Safe & memorable adventures, Harry

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

hot-creek18[1]

June 14, 2016 –
Hot Creek is experiencing run off conditions currently with flows near or at seasonal norms. This is the best water levels in the last 3 years. There are more stations to fish and the general health of the stream is better we just need some fish; the fish that are left from 4 years of drought have been concentrated in the deeper locations of the streams. With the increase water levels some may start to spread out into the riffles and pockets between the weeds. Look for those areas with structure or pockets behind the boulders. Standard procedure: good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as trout don’t like any slime or salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Midges, Scuds, SJ worms, Beatis, Caddis hatching in the PM. Migrating on the windless morning. Make sure to keep the fish in the water not many left of what was once an 11K-13K per mile fishery. The fishery needs all the help it can get!

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 14, 2016 –
The road remains closed. Should open on the weekend of June 18th Check with USFS. For the latest update. Water levels have been high from the resent rains and late snow melt!

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June 14, 2016 –
Resent bouts of very warm weather then rain and lightening have hamper fishing a bit over the last 10 days. Sounds like it might be a breezy week ahead looking at the forecast but that might be what the lake needs to change the current fishing situation. The lake level is on the rise as LADWP is retaining water with the influx of runoff over the last two weeks, looks like about a 1” rise in the lake level every two days. The lake is around 80-85% about 15 ft from general high water mark. The surface water temperatures are in the low 60s. Clarity is still good, looks like first signs of algae growth starting in a few locations just the little green dots nothing to worry about. Fishing has been pretty poor throughout the lake for the fly guys over the last 10 days seems like the guys trolling lures have done the best lately. The larger concentrations of fish are in depths greater than 20-30ft some fish moving on the ledges and weed lines when their feeding from 13-18ft of water. It is defiantly worth moving around to try and find some active fish. Hatch wise, the Midges have been pretty weak since the Memorial weekend, Lake has been plagued with the dreaded Daphnia hatch the little multiple cell organism that can swarm the water by the billions and the fish will feed on the swarming colonies of microorganisms. Fish size has been very good and the fish haven’t missed many meals over the course of the winter months. Things can only improve from this point!

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

June 14, 2016 –
The flows on the East Walker River are still holding at or near 240cfs about normal for this time of year. The great news is the levels on the Bridgeport Reservoir are still rising currently the level is creeping up towards the end of the airport runway still a ways to go but higher than it has been in 3 years. The general health of the stream has dramatically improved with the increased water. The river is in better shape but the effects of the last 4 years are still apparent in the overall trout populations. There are still some great opportunities, just don’t set your standards to how it fished pre-drought. 1 to 4 fish are about average but some very nice Brown trout still live there. With the reservoir much higher than in recent years the fish will have a much better chance over the summer months and hopefully CADFW will supplement the stream in the near future. Best results will be fishing small nymphs in the deeper slots, hole and pockets wading is defiantly more difficult at these flow a wading staff is recommended. Midges and Mayflies plus some caddis are in the mix. What’s hatching depends on time of day and location. The river has less slime as you get past the bridge. It’s defiantly worth dragging some streamers to cover water in search of one of those large carnivorous fish.

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

June 14, 2016 –
Flows have increased dramatically on both Convict and McGee Creeks, Most if not all the migrating spawning Lahontan Cutthroat that had been holding in the tributaries have returned to the lake so the crowds have vanished, It will be awhile before the conditions would warrant a walk down to the lower reaches of the creeks. Hopefully those fish that laid their eggs will produce the next generation of Cutthroats. They defiantly got hammered while trying to do their thing.

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

June 14, 2016 –
The Twin lakes, Lake Mary, Lake George are now ice free. There is still some snow around George. Some nice fish are being caught both the Mono County and CADFW are making routine scheduled plantings throughout the summer months in George, Mary, Mamie and Twin Lakes fishing should greatly improve as the water warms up and more fish are planted along with the bugs starting to hatch. Try a type III sinking line with a streamer sizes 14 -12 black and green in color and add a trailing smaller nymph, these should be effective. Make sure if you float tube you dress in layers as the water is still pretty chilly.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

June 14, 2016 –
The fishing in the Pleasant Valley area on the Owens River throughout the wild trout sections remains good. There has been consistent action for the wild Brown trout from 8-14. Look for the ledges, slower seams and riffles with some structure are the best areas to target. Flows are holding at a very fishable level (currently at 200cfs being released at the base of Pleasant Valley Reservoir), flows are near prefect for some sections still it a little difficult to move in the faster and deeper sections. Weather has been mild for the last few days but the forecast is calling for warmer temps getting back to the upper 80-and mid-90 in the coming days you can wet wade if you want. Use Midges and Mayflies in the morning to midafternoon, then some Caddis in the later afternoon hours. The patterns to focus on, should have a little flash in the fly, start with Midge patterns moving to Mayfly patterns around midday with your best results being nymph patterns. No sign of Yellow sallies or PMDs yet. The water is a little of color but still pretty clear Water temps have warmed up now holding in 60s as the weather was in the upper 90s for two weeks in the Bishop area and the water coming from the bottom of Crowley Lake has subsided for now, Most of the water coming into the Pleasant Valley Reservoir is run off from Pine and Rock creeks. Best action starting around 11am on word. A wading staff will come in handy with the current flows if you’re a little uncertain of your wading abilities. Make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen if the weather returns hot in the valley.

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

June 14, 2016 –
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 on the Upper Owens River are up below the Hot Creek tributaries as the increase flow from come down Mammoth Creek from resent rains and snow melt. The water is off color from the Hot Creek tributaries to the mouth of Crowley Lake. The area above the Hot Creek Tributaries is clearer and cleaner. The lower section has a lot of loose moss floating and if your fly touches the bottom it will be cover in the green slime. The migrating Cutthroats have all returned to Crowley Lake so for the time being it’s a mixture of smaller wild fish and planted Rainbow that the state provides. Crowds have been fairly light now the big spawners are no longer present in the upper river. For three weeks in early May it was a junk show 10 cars at one parking area! The section below the Benton Crossing bridge is on a stocking schedule and can have some pools kegged up with fish but once the word goes out they get pounded. Weather has been wet the last few days and some flood irrigating has been occurring so use cautions if it looks wet in areas the mud can be nasty. With recent rains and flood irrigating and the warmer weather the Mosquitoes will be out it’s a good idea to have your bug spray with you. It is still best to carry a shovel in your vehicle just in case your encounter some mud. The overall fishing conditions should improve as the stocking will enhance the number and the fish start to move up in to the pools looking for some sanctuary from the bait section on the lower river.

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Greetings Fellow Anglers,

A look ahead for your Memorial Day holiday weekend: Weather is meant to improve leading into the weekend with only a slight chance of thunderstorms around 20% depending on your location. No major or wide spread precipitation forecast at this time. Most area waters are now open with a few exceptions, as some a fall under special regulations, so read up or you will pay up. CADFW wardens have been out in force since the general fishing opener. Fishing has been fair to good depending on location. Some streams to our north are experiencing runoff right now something that didn’t real happen in last 3 seasons. If the weather warms up you may see an increase in flows on some area streams but the recent cool spell has subsided the snow melt for the moment. The snowpack in the Mono county area (Mammoth northward) was about normal this season with close to 400” of snow total at Mammoth Mountain. The LADWP snow pack sensors have peaked around 38” of water in the snowpack at Mammoth Pass area as of April 1st. The Mammoth Pass latest reading from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on May 24th measured 17” of water still in the snowpack on Mammoth Pass. Lakes and streams will be in better shape this summer in the Mammoth area northward slightly less as you travel south of Mammoth. Lakes above 9500 feet still have ice and snow so use extreme caution. All of the major Sierra passes opened (Hwy 89 Monitor Pass) 108 (Sonora Pass) and the 120 (Tioga Pass). They may close if the threat of weather and snow warrants. It is a good idea to check before departing (1 800-Gas –Road) as the weather can change this time of year and the passes can closes if it snows. The views are spectacular with the wild flowers in bloom at 6500ft middle third of the Sherwin Grade outside Bishop plus everything is turning green. Don’t forget your Camera! Remember to use good fishing etiquette and give your fellow anglers some room. Something I have witnessed not to be the case in recent outings. A good saying: if in doubt spread out. Don’t “high hole” or “low hole” your fellow angler. Communication with your fellow angler is key (find out where they are going) and will go a long way.
Safe & fun adventures, Harry

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

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May 27, 2016 –
Run off had begun but the resent cold spell has slowed things down a bit. Stream flows still below historic data but much better than last season. The flows will increase as it warms up and the high country starts to thaw out and more water comes down out of the lakes basin via Mammoth Creek. There more stations to fish as the weeds have died back; the fish have been concentrated in the deeper locations on the streams. With the increase water some may start to spread out into the riffles. Look for those areas and the structure or pockets behind the boulders. Standard procedure: good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as trout don’t like any slime or salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Midges, Scuds, SJ worms, Beatis, a few Caddis on the warmer days. Make sure to keep the fish in the water.

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

May 27, 2016 –
The road remains closed. Check with USFS. For the latest update.

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May 27, 2016 –
Resent bouts of wind and rain have hamper fishing a bit but looks like conditions should improve over the weekend. Lake still remains around 80-85% about 15 ft from general high water mark. The surface water temperatures are in the mid 50s. Clarity is good, looks like first signs of algae growth starting in a few locations just the little green dots nothing to worry about. Fishing has been hit and miss generally the same places for early season are holding fish. Leighton, Sandy point, Big Hilton, Green Banks, Windy Beach. The larger concentrations of fish are in the 20-30ft depth moving on the ledges when their feeding from 14-19ft of water. It is defiantly worth moving around to find some active fish if it’s slow in the area you are fishing. Hatch wise, the Midges are pretty good, size 14 some 12s. Black and Gray with variations of bead and wire color getting the job done. Fish size has been very good and the fish didn’t miss many meals over the course of the winter months.

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

May 27, 2016 –
Flows are still holding at or near 175 cfs from 200cfs. The flows dropped in the last couple of days. Some of the Miracle Mile sections has improved with the increased flows and have the river in better shape but the effects of the last 4 years are still apparent in the overall trout populations. There are still some great opportunities, just don’t set your standards to how it fished pre-drought. 1 to 4 fish are about average but some very nice Brown trout still live there. The good news is the reservoir is much higher than in recent years and currently still filling above the upper marina. Best results will be fishing small nymphs in the deeper slots, hole and pockets. Midges and Mayflies plus some caddis are in the mix. What’s hatching depends on time of day and location. The river has less slime as you get past the bridge.

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

May 27, 2016 –
Open and under special regulations. Water is clear and running below normal for this time of year from historic data. Migrating spawning cutthroat now present please keep them in the water and avoid stressing them. If they are in the shallows and paired up leave them be!!! Hopefully those fish will produce the next generation. Also avoid wading in the shallow riffles as this is where the eggs are resting and developing.

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

May 27, 2016 –
Twin Lakes is free of ice, all other lakes still covered with snow and ice. Some nice fish are being caught mostly holdovers from last season. Try a type III sinking line with a streamer sizes 14 -12 black and green in color and add a trailing smaller nymph, these should be effective. CADFW has planted in the last week in upper and lower twin lakes. The road to the upper basin is scheduled to open sometime in late May or early June. Ice is present on upper lakes, please use extreme caution. Walking out on the lakes is not advisable as the weather has been warm and the ice is rotten. The Road is open to Lake Mary and they have received a good stocking of trophy sized trout in the last week!

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 27, 2016 –
Fishing remains good an steady. There has been consistent action through the wild trout area. Look for the ledges, slower seams and deeper pools as the best areas to target. Flows are holding at a fishable level (currently at 256cfs at the base of Pleasant Valley Reservoir), but they are higher for this time of year than it has been in recent years. Weather has been mildly warm in the upper 60s to low 70s. Use Midges and Mayflies in the morning to mid-afternoon, then some Caddis in the later afternoon hours. The patterns to focus on, with a little flash in the fly, start with Midge patterns moving to Mayfly patterns around midday with your best results being nymph patterns. No sign of Yellow sallies or PMDs yet. The water is still fairly cold as its come off the bottom of Crowley exported south as it moving through Pleasant Valley Water temp Mid 50s. Best action starting around 12pm. Use caution as wading at these flows can be a little more difficult even for an experienced wader. A wading staff will come in handy.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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May 27, 2016 –
Section ABOVE Bridge to Private property: OPEN YEAR ROUND Under special regulations
Section below the Bridge to the Monument: CLOSED but will OPEN over the Memorial Day Weekend
Flows are currently running below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 70 cfs. Larger migrating Cutthroat are present. The concentrations of Cutthroat are waning as they head back to the lake pretty beat up from the relentless pounding as they have been very visible in the shallows trying to spawn. Weather has been variable in the Long Valley area. Roads are currently dry and mud is not an issue. No flood irrigating in progress at this time. It is still best to carry a shovel in your vehicle. Please keep the fish in the water! Avoid wading in the shallows as this is where the future generations are laid and developing. If you see fish in the shallows, please let them be as they are trying to spawn. Go seek out the fish in the deeper holes! The lower section of river should see a planting of fish sometime soon.

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

The weather outlook: Well Mother Nature can’t really make up her mind. A few days of very warm weather then back to cooler breezy weather, and that’s why they call it spring. A few t-storms are possible (10-40% chance) the next 5 days depending on your location and slightly cooler temps than average. No major or wide spread precipitation forecast at this time. Most area waters are now open with a few exceptions, as some are under special regulations, so read up or you will pay up. CADFW have been out in force for the last 2 weeks. Overall fishing conditions are much better than they have been over the last 4 years. Some streams are experiencing runoff right now something that didn’t real happen in last 3 seasons. Snowpack in the Mono county area (Mammoth northward) is near normal with close to 400” total at Mammoth Mountain. The LADWP snow pack sensors have peaked around 38” of water in the snowpack at Mammoth Pass area. Lakes and streams will be in better shape this summer. Overall snowpack in the Sierras is around average; slightly less as you go south of Mammoth and slightly above as you travel north. Lakes above 9500 feet still have ice and snow so use extreme caution. All of the major Sierra passes are fully open Now (Hwy 89 Monitor Pass) 108 (Sonora Pass) and the 120 (Tioga Pass). It is a good idea to check before departing (1 800-Gas –Road) as the weather can change this time of year and the passes can closes if it snows. The views are spectacular and the crowds from opening day have thinned. Remember to use good fishing etiquette and give your fellow anglers some room. Something I have witnessed not to be the case in recent outings. A good saying: if in doubt spread out. Don’t “high hole” or “low hole” your fellow angler. Communication with your fellow angler is key (find out where they are going) and will go a long way.

Safe & fun adventures, Harry

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

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May 18, 2016 –
Run off has begun currently the water is off color for the time being nothing unusual but something that is beneficial to the stream. Flows still below historic data but much better than last season and we should start to see the flows increase further as the high country starts to thaw out and more water comes down out of the lakes basin via Mammoth Creek. There are a few more stations to fish as the weeds have died back; fish are concentrated in the deeper spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the boulders. Standard procedure: good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as trout don’t like any slime or salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Midges, scuds, SJ worms, Beatis, a few Caddis on the warmer days. Make sure to keep the fish in the water.

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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

May 18, 2016 –
he road is closed until mid to late May. Check with USFS. Best guess for opening is right around Memorial Day.

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May 18, 2016 –
Lake is around 85% about 15 ft from general high water mark. The surface water temperatures are in the mid 50s. Clarity is good, looks like first signs of algae growth starting in a few locations just the little green dots nothing to worry about. Fishing has been hit and miss generally the same places for early season are holding fish. Leighton, Sandy, Big Hilton, The larger concentrations of fish are in the 20-30ft depth moving on the ledges when their feeding from 14-19ft of water. It is defiantly worth moving around to find some active fish if it’s slow in the area you are fishing. Hatch wise, the Midges are pretty good, size 16 some 14s. Black and Gray with variations of bead and wire color getting the job done. Weather has been kind an issue as the wind has been coming up around 11am and is steady in the pm.

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

May 18, 2016 –
Flows are currently holding at 200 CFS. Some of the Miracle Mile sections has improved with the increased flows and have the river in better shape but the effects of the last 4 years are still apparent in the overall trout populations. There are still some great opportunities, just don’t set your standards to how it fished pre-drought. The good news is the reservoir is much higher than in recent years and currently still filling above the upper marina. Best results will be fishing small nymphs in the deeper slots, hole and pockets. Midges and Mayflies plus some caddis are in the mix. What’s hatching depends on time of day and location. The river has less slime as you get past the bridge.

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

May 18, 2016 –
Open and under special regulations. Water is clear and running below normal for this time of year from historic data. Migrating spawning cutthroat now present please keep them in the water and avoid stressing them. If they are in the shallows and paired up leave them be!!! Hopefully those fish will produce the next generation. Also avoid wading in the shallow riffles as this is where the eggs are resting and developing.

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

May 18, 2016 –
Twin Lakes is free of ice, all other lakes still covered with snow and ice. Some nice fish are being caught mostly holdovers from last season. Try a type III sinking line with a streamer sizes 14 -12 black and green in color and add a trailing smaller nymph, these should be effective. CADFW has planted in the last week in upper and lower twin lakes. The road to the upper basin is scheduled to open sometime in late May or early June. Ice is present on upper lakes, please use extreme caution. Walking out on the lakes is not advisable as the weather has been warm and the ice is rotten.

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[toggle title=”Lower Owens”]OPEN YEAR ROUND

May 18, 2016 –
Fishing remains steady. There has been consistent action through the wild trout area. Look for the ledges, slower seams and deeper pools as the best areas to target. Flows are holding at a fishable level (currently at 256cfs at the base of Pleasant Valley Reservoir), but they are higher for this time of year than it has been in recent years. Weather has been mildly warm in the mid 70s. Use Midges and Mayflies in the morning to midafternoon, then some Caddis in the later afternoon hours. The patterns to focus on, with a little flash in the fly, start with Midge patterns moving to Mayfly patterns around midday with your best results being nymph patterns. Use caution as wading at these follows can be a little more difficult even for an experienced wader. A staff will come in handy.

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

May 18, 2016 –
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: Open
Flows are currently running below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 70 cfs. Larger migrating Cutthroat are present in large concentration. Weather has been variable in the Long Valley area. Roads are currently dry and mud is not an issue. No flood irrigating in progress at this time. It is still best to carry a shovel in your vehicle. Keep the fish in the water! Avoid wading in the shallows as this is where the future generations are laid and developing. If you see fish in the shallows, please let them be as they are trying to spawn. Go seek out the fish in the deeper holes!

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

The weather outlook is calling for increasing chances of rain or snow depending on what elevation you are located. If you are planning a fishing trip, keep an eye on the forecast and be prepared for winter conditions over the next 5 days as the weather can change rapidly. Chains, a shovel and extra clothing should be with you if you are planning an adventure to the high country. Fishing-wise, the general trout opener has come and gone. Most area waters are now open with a few exceptions, as some are under special regulations, so read up or you will pay up. CADFW have been out in force. Overall fishing conditions are better than they have been over the last 4 years. Snowpack in the Mono county area (Mammoth northward) is near normal with close to 400” total at Mammoth Mountain. The LADWP snow pack sensors have around 38” of water in the snowpack at Mammoth Pass area lakes and stream will be in better shape this summer. Overall snowpack in the Sierras is around average; slightly less as you go south of Mammoth and slightly above as you travel north. Lakes above 9500 feet still have ice and snow so use extreme caution All Major Passes are currently closed. Road crews are clearing snow and other debris so the passes should be open later in May or early June if the weather allows. The views are spectacular and the crowds from opening day have thinned. Remember to use good fishing etiquette and give your fellow anglers some room. Something I have witnessed not to be the case in recent outings. A good saying: if in doubt spread out. Don’t “high hole” or “low hole” your fellow angler. Communication with your fellow angler is key (find out where they are going) and will go a long way.

Safe & fun adventures, Harry

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

hot-creek18[1]

May 3rd, 2016 –
The song remains the same! Low flows. There are a few more stations to fish as the weeds have died back; fish are concentrated in the deeper spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the boulders. Standard procedure: good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as trout don’t like any slime or salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Midges, scuds, SJ worms, Beatis, a few Caddis on the warmer days. Make sure to keep the fish in the water.

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May 3rd, 2016 –
The road is closed until mid to late May. Check with USFS.

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May 3rd, 2016 –
Opening day was a little inclement and Monday and Tuesday have been the best weather days so far. Lake is around 85% and best guess on water temperatures in the low 50s. I will have a better report in the coming days if the weather allows.

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May 3rd, 2016 –
Flows are currently holding at 69 cfs. The river is in better shape but the effects of the last 4 years are still apparent in the overall health of the river and trout populations. There are still some great opportunities, just don’t set your standards to how it fished pre-drought. The good news is the reservoir is much higher than in recent years and currently still filling above the upper marina. Best results will be fishing small nymphs in the deeper slots, hole and pockets. Midges and Mayflies are hatching depending on time of day and location. The river has less slime as you get past the bridge.

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May 3rd, 2016 –
Open and under special regulations. Water is clear and running below normal for this time of year. A few fish migrating out of Crowley but pretty lean.

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May 3rd, 2016 –
Twin Lakes is free of ice, all other lakes still covered with snow and ice

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May 3rd, 2016 –
Fishing remains steady. There has been consistent action through the wild trout area. Look for the ledges, slower seams and deeper pools as the best areas to target. Flows are holding at a fishable level (currently at 300cfs at the base of Pleasant Valley Reservoir), but they are higher for this time of year than it has been in recent years. Weather has been mildly warm in the mid 70s. Use Midges and Mayflies in the morning to midafternoon, then some Caddis in the later afternoon hours. The patterns to focus on, with a little flash in the fly, start with Midge patterns moving to Mayfly patterns around midday with your best results being nymph patterns. Use caution as wading at these follows can be a little more difficult even for an experienced wader. A staff will come in handy.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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May 3rd, 2016 –
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: Open.
Flows are currently running below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences are about 49 cfs. If you cover enough water, you will find some fish. Some larger migrating Rainbows or Cutthroat are present but not in any large concentration. Use Midges some Mayflies and then Caddis in the midafternoon. Weather has been variable in the Long Valley area. Roads are currently dry and mud is not a big issue, but if it rains, you will want to use caution as it gets slick. It is best to carry a shovel in your vehicle. Keep the fish in the water! Please let the fish spawn!!! Please keep off the redds, as those are critical for spawning.

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Happy Holidays Hello fellow anglers,

Well the Eastern Sierras are receiving snow on regular bases and more precipitations is predicted in the coming week. We are looking much better than the last three seasons. Still a long way to go before anyone can declare the drought is over. The weather pattern is looking much more favorable for continued precipitation. This week looks pretty chilly with lows in some areas plummeting to near zero and highs in the 20s for the Long Valley area but will moderate as we get into the first week of Dec. If you’re planning on fishing keep and eye on the forecast and be prepared for winter conditions as it can change rapidly. Chains a shovel and extra clothing should be with you if you’re planning an adventure. Fishing wise there are some great opportunities but nothing at current that would be called off the charts. The views are spectacular and the crowds have thinned. Remember to apply good fishing etiquette give your fellow angler some room. Something I’ve witnessed not to be the case in recent outings. A good saying if in doubt spread out. Don’t high hole or low hole you’re fellow angler. Communications is key and will go a long way.

Safe & fun adventures, Harry

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

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November 27, 2015 –
The song remains the same! Low flows . There are about 6-8 stations to fish, fish are concentrated in those spots. Look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the boulders. Standard procedure good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as they don’t like any slime or salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Midges, scuds, SJ worms, Beatis. Make sure to keep the fish in the water.

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November 27, 2015 –
Closed Until April 30th 2016

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November 27, 2015 –
Closed Until April 30th 2016

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November 27, 2015 –
Flow at minimum level holding at or near 20 cfs Very cold temps occurring right now. Might be best to wait until the weather warms up a little!

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November 27, 2015 –
Closed until April 30, 2016

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November 27, 2015 –
Closed until April 30, 2016

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November 27, 2015 –
Fishing remains steady. Brown trout in pre spawn mode. There has been consistent action through the wild trout area. Look for the ledges and slower seems and deeper pools to be the best areas to target .Flows holding at a winter levels below 100cfs very common for this time of year! Weather has been cold in the morning warming up near midday into the 40 you will need to dress in layers. Midges and Mayflies and the patterns to focus on a little flash in the fly will help. Use caution as the Brown trout have or will be starting their spawning so watch wading in the shallow riffles.

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November 27, 2015 –
Flows are currently running below normal for this time of year. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences about 45 cfs. If you cover enough water you will find pods of fish. Some larger migrating Browns/Rainbow fish present not in any large concentration. Midges some Mayflies in the mid afternoon. Weather has been pretty cold in the long valley area morning lows could be near 0 warming to the 20s Dress in layers have a set of extra clothes with you. Line icing is a problem. Keep the fish in the water! Please let the fish spawn keep off the redd’s.

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Hello fellow anglers,

The summer season is flying by only a month away and it will be fall. There are plenty of great fishing opportunities in the Eastern Sierras both in Inyo and Mono county area’s contrary to many people’s belief as California has received plenty of bad press regarding the drought with daily pictures on the national news. It was a wetter than normal May/June and beginning of July in the area so some relief to the area from the super dry winter of 2014/15 now its late summer and were in a dry southwest flow and no thunder storm activity is in the forecast. The yellow rabbit brush is blooming in the high desert for those with allergies you might want to avoid hiking through the flowery shrub. The views leading up to the mountains are contrasts of brown and green went it not obscured by the haze of wildfire smoke from the western slope of the sierras about 80 miles to the south west from the Rough fire burning in or near Kings Canyon. Considering all the factors the fishing remains pretty darn good. As California and the west in general we remain in the grips of a fourth year of drought and now the weather has turned very warm and breezy and all the grasses and shrubs that grew extensively during the wet late spring and early summer have dried and the fire danger has become critical! Use extreme caution and care if camping as fires are only permitted in designated campgrounds there is no backcountry camp fires permitted only camp stoves to cook with. The truth some areas in California are having huge wildland fires and recreations is nonexistent in those areas. In Mono and Inyo County we have been lucky and only affected by some smoke and haze and a medium size fire to the north of Mammoth between June Lake and Lee Vining called the Walker fire and no structures have been lost and containment is progressing daily and recreation in the area has only been limited to a few campground closures near Lee Vining.All things considered we are doing quite well. As throughout the west coast there are huge wild land fires burning. In Oregon you most stop fishing at 2pm for trout, salmon or steelhead due to the high water temps and stress on the fish on most of Oregon streams there are some rivers and streams exempt. Washington State has streams that are closed due to low water and high temps and their having an extremely catastrophic wildfire season. A big Thank You to all the fire fighter throughout the west battling to protect the people, communities, structures and our national forests in this difficult and severer fire season. Let’s hope Mother Nature provides them with some much needed relief soon!

It is that time of year where the temperature can swing 30-40 degrees with lows in the upper 30s/40s and highs in the 70-80s in the Mammoth and Crowley area. Bishop can still have the big swing but lows in the 50-60 highs in the 90-100s. Make sure you have sun screen and light weight clothing plenty of water with you. Most of the area streams you can wet wade and be comfortable. Water temps in the mid to upper 60s. Road to the Devils Postpile and Reds Meadow now open and a mandatory shuttle is required if planning to drive down to the red’s Meadow area after 7 am. All major sierra passes are currently open 120, 108, 89. It is always a good idea to check before leaving on a trip. Last week The 120 closed for a few days due to the Walker fire south of Lee Vinning. Theses highway passes can be impacted by summer rainstorms early/late season snow storms or wildfires and will close without warning for the public’s safety.

All area stream flows are well below their historic seasonal averages for this time of year. All streams are fishable some flowing in their late fall conditions already. The rains helped early but it has been dry and windy for the last 3 weeks. There is plenty of chat about El Nino and all the indicators are looking good but it’s no slam dunk and El Niño is not a forecast but a ocean and atmospheric phenomenon in the eastern pacific near the equator with a shift in the trade winds and a warming of the seas surface temperatures that can have both positive and negative effects on the west coasts weather patterns and by no means a guarantee we will have a wet winter. All we can do for now is continue conserving water and wait and see what Fall/Winter brings.

If you plan to fish the area, Crowley Lake has started to wake up after an abnormally slow mid July and first week of August. Remember the regulations changed as of August 1, No bait fishing on Crowley through Nov 15th only artificial flies and lure and the barbs must be pinched. The Lower Owens below Pleasant Valley Reservoir continues to fish well and has the best water conditions in general with flows holding at 100 cfs this could change at any time as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power could increase the out flow from Crowley lake and Pleasant Valley Dams but for now it’s a great flow to enjoy the fishery especially this time of year almost unheard of. One thing you will need to deal with if you fish down there will be the heat by midday it can be hitting the century mark but it feels fantastic to wet wade with light weight pants and neoprene socks and your wading shoes.

Hatch Wise: Trico’s, Pmds, Caddis and some smaller stoneflies on the San Joaquin. Crowley Lake the larger Lake midges starting to make a return and the Damsel nymph continue to migrating to hatch. The perch fry are swimming in and along the weed beds at Crowley Lake. Hot Creek and the Upper/Lower Owens both May flies, Caddis most days Trico spinner fall in the morning, PMDs mid day, caddis in the afternoon into the evening along with male Trico’s duns. Still not a bad idea to have some bug repellent with you as some places the mosquitoes are still around mostly in the evening. Its and awesome time of year too be in the high country as kids return to school and the area becomes less busy and the weather is still great for camping!

All the major highway passes are open . Always check the road conditions before planning a crossing, as weather can change the pass status this time of year. Dial 1-800-gas-road for updates before departing if you believe weather might be an issue.

Check out the photo gallery Video of the week YouTube, also facebook Mammoth fly fishing adventures!

Safe Adventures, Harry

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August 21, 2015 –
The song remains the same! Low flows and the weeds are prevalent choking out some areas great for the fish bad for the angler. On some days it’s a little crowded due to limited spots to fish with the current condition. There are about 10 -12 stations to fish, fish are kegged up in those spots look for the deeper lies and areas that have some structure or pockets behind the weeds. Standard procedure good short drifts, lighter tippet and smaller flies get the job done. Make sure and check your fly as they don’t like any salad. Remember no wading please! Hatch wise: Trico’s Spinner fall mid morning, PMDs Midday. Caddis emergence in the mid to late afternoon into the evening, migrating caddis and egg laying caddis when the wind is not blowing generally best to see them is early/mid morning and late evening.

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August 21, 2015 –
The road is open! Entrance fee required and a Mandatory shuttle is required if you plan to fish down there after 7am to 7pm before or after you can drive your vehicle down to the area. Flows are low and continue to drop and much lower than normal for this time of year. We could get some relief is we get some rain. Current flows are very low for this time of year best to fish the area towards the Rainbow Falls and Lower Falls. All campgrounds are currently open. The fishing has been fair to good but the water levels are a factor look for the bigger pools and slower water, log jams and overhanging bushes to hold the fish. CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife has planted fish in some of the Camp grounds if you want wild fish hike away from the campground the area from lower Rainbow fall to the Upper Rainbow falls and above the upper fall to Devils Postpile these areas hold plenty of wild fish. Medium/small size dry flies like 14/20s Adams, Humpies, and Stimulators with a small beadhead dropper will generally get the job done.

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August, 21 2015 –
Crowley has awakened the fishing is good in areas the two end of the lake but with that it will also be crowded make sure and use good fishing and boat etiquette if you’re not in the spot don’t crowded the guy that is or if your leaving and area don’t leave a wake until your well clear of other anglers. Regulations Changed on August 1 to artificial barbless flies or lures no Bait and only 2 fish over 18 may be kept. Lake is higher than its been in the last four year for this time of year. Water temps holding around 66 to 70 depending on what part of the lake your fishing on the surface. Target the areas from 12-20 feet deep and along the weed lines. Damsel flies showing fish taking the nymphs, a few Callibaetis and perch fry present and a sporadic midge hatch. Overall Crowley is the place if you want to catch large trophy size trout. Target the areas near the weeds lines and in the bays look for fish crashing the surface. Some freshly planted rainbows for next season have recently been stocked and some massive trophy size Rainbows to 10lbs planted last months. It’s a mixed bag some days all Browns next day Cutts and Rainbows always in the mix.

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August 21, 2015 –
Continued low flows. The flows can fluctuate from 25-40 cfs currently holding around 27 cfs . Fish concentrated in the deeper pools and lies. Better results below the bridge in the pocket water. Insect wise Midges, Caddis and Mayflies, Water Temps upper 60s low 70s. Pressure has been light for the most part. Best to fish early and late if you plan an outing. The water temps can be dangerously high by trout standards this time of year and the fish are stressed during high water temps might be a good idea to fish elsewhere during hot days. Relief should start in the coming weeks as the days are getting sorter and morning lows will fall into the upper 30-40s. Bridgeport Reservoir is very low. It has been awhile since the reservoir has been this low. The only place you can launch a boat is the bath tub closer to the dam and that might not be possible now. Best if you fish up there to take a float tube if you’re fishing the reservoir.

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August 21, 2015 –
Regulations have changed on the lower portions of the Owens below the monument. Both Convict and McGee creeks currently running very low and gin clear. Try a Hopper and dropper if you give it a shot. Fish are spooky approach stream with some stealth.

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August 21, 2015 –
All basin lakes other than Horseshoe have been planted. There is some surface action early and late or if the wind isn’t blowing, The.Callibaetis.mayfly hatch on Twin Lakes midmorning is sporadic to nonexistent. Damsel flies hatching daily nymphs migrating to the shallows to hatch. Try a dry fly dropper in the morning and late evening. Try stripping streamer midday with a type 3 sinking line in the open water areas of Twin Lakes the Middle lake is pretty choked with weeds. Target the inlets and outlets or near the springs and deeper parts of the lake as the trout will migrate near theses areas during the warm months of summer. At Lake Mary try back near the stumps where the water goes from shallow to deep Middle to left if you’re looking at the boat dock on the back of the lake this if a good place to start. I went kayaking up there the other day and witnessed some nice fish working the surface.

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August 21, 2015 –
Fishing remains steady. There has been some good action through the wild trout area. Decent hatches starting with Trico spinner fall around 7:30 – 8:30 PMDs Mayflies midday from 11 to 1 and some caddis emerging in the afternoon into the evening along with the male Trico duns at dark! Look for the shallower rifles and ledges and slower seems to be the best areas to target.. Flows holding at a fishable level 100cfs very uncommon for this time of year! Weather has been very warm lately high temps in the 100s. Morning lows 60s. Water temps on the rise holding near the mid to upper 60s if you walk through the Tule’s makes sure to be aware of ticks and if you have your dog with you better have them treated or inspected as they will be covered with them.

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August 21, 2015 –
Flows are low currently running below normal for this time of year. The high flows that occurred during the spring were caused due to efforts to drop water levels on Grant Lake to makes some repairs to aqueduct system at the dam and upgrade the spillway. Current flows at present below Hot Creek confluences about 45 cfs don’t look for it to change anytime soon unless it rains a bunch. The area above the Bridge no algae problems for the area below the bridge stringy algae problems you will need to check your flies constantly. The Bridge to Crowley Lake is open under general trout regulations. The Bridge to private property and to 395 under special regulations. Water is slow low and clear approach the bank slowly as the fish are now spooky. CA dept fish & wildlife is planting on a regular schedule on some section of the river. Some Midges more Mayflies and Caddis activity mid-morning into the afternoon if the winds are clam. Water is low and warm enough the fish key on the dry fly. If you cover enough water you will find pods of fish mostly planter some wild fish present some larger fish moving out of Crowley.

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Welcome Fly Fishing Enthusiast,

Weather wise we are now in a much more stable pattern unlike May and the first 10 days of June which turned out to be quite wet and unsettled. Current outlook weather wise dry with breezy/windy afternoons. Near normal possibly slight warmer than normal temps for the area 70-80 for the Mammoth/ Crowley area and mid 90s for the Bishop area. There is only an outside chance of a stray thunderstorm mostly to the east. The area is pretty green from the recent rains and there is still snow holding in higher elevations. The White Mountains’ to the east received abundant precipitation in the last six weeks. There is an accu-cast on each of the area fishing report to get current conditions and outlook on each of the areas.

Fishing continues to provide great action in many locations. There is no spring runoff to deal with that can occur during the late spring and early summer other than the West Walker River is a little elevated and off color. No snow on the ground below 10,000 ft, stream levels throughout the area remain low but stable. Some streams have flows well below historical norms like the East Walker, Hot Creek, Upper Owens River, McGee Creek, Rock Creek, Convict Creek Mammoth Creek, Rush Creek all very fishable. The warmer winter and spring has increased the insect activity and warmed the water temperatures. This is the good news, as it is increasing the trout’s metabolism and feeding behavior. The downfall is the continuation of the southwest drought with well below normal snow pack. What does it mean for the area? Don’t panic and run around saying the sky is falling, but it will be increasingly concerned. One thing for sure, it will remain out of anyone’s control. The best we can do is conserve water and look to the skies for some relief from Mother Nature. Right now streams are very fishable and flows remain low throughout the area. Last week’s rains increased flows on most streams and increased what little snow melt there was and some have risen a little. This is nothing to get excited about but it will provide some better habitat for the time being. Area lake conditions will depend on which one you fish but most are in good conditions with the exception of Grant in the June lake area and Bridgeport reservoir in the northern Mono County area. Bridgeport is low but still very fishable at this time, with the lake level about the same as last year at this time. You can still launch a boat at a makeshift ramp on the north end of the Bridgeport reservoir. Crowley is slightly higher than last year at this time and had an added 50K more fish stocked than last year Great news! CADFW has stocked most area lakes, and will continue to stock throughout the season, although the frequency and size may not be the same as last year, but still with a healthy planting schedule. The Mono County Tourism Commission has funded a private company (Desert Lakes Hatchery out of Oregon) and certain lakes will receive stock of trophy-size fish through September. The Tail Water Fishery of the Lower Owens is at a very fishable level and should remain that way for the bulk of the summer. Upper Owens River flows have returned to winter level above Hot Creek.

Only time will tell how this story turns out. We could have a wet and cooler summer with increased monsoonal moisture keeping the high country moist winter could make it appearance next October. Anyone have a crystal ball? In the meantime, get out and CATCH the great weather summer is here in the high country. We have plenty of quality fly-fishing at your disposal. You can look at the fishing in one of two ways, half-empty or half-full.

All the major highway passes are open . Always check the road conditions before planning a crossing, as weather can change the pass status this time of year. Dial 1-800-gas-road for updates before departing if you believe weather might be an issue.

Check out the photo gallery Video of the week YouTube, also facebook Mammoth fly fishing adventures!

Best regards, Harry

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June 16th, 2015 –
Flows are up a little. Water is clear and well below historical norms. Still fishable with limited areas to drift due to water levels and aquatic vegetation, midday hatch of mayflies’ midges in the morning you will see the caddis migrating the hatch is in the mid afternoon. Crowds vary from day to day. The short well placed drifts will be reward. Fish keying on the Tricos and Migrating caddis in the mornings, Beatis mid-day better when its cloudy and the caddis emergence mid afternoon. Size 20-24.dry flies.

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June 17th, 2015 –
Road open! The gem of drive in back country access is fishing well. River levels are normal nearing prefect. The campgrounds are open! Both dry flies and nymph’s taking fish.

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June 17th, 2015 –
The weather has become much more stable. Fishing has been hit and miss with larger than average size fish and lots of Brown trout in the catches. Lake level is slightly higher than last year at this time. Water temp 60 on the surface on 6-15 Lake was stocked with 50K extra pounds of fish than the previous season. Water is clear and the fish are spread out holding from 15-22 ft of water and the bulk slightly deeper. Midge hatch is pretty solid starting in some areas around 11am and running to the early pm. Areas to target are the drops of Stormy Beach or flats, north east side of McGee Bay, Sandy Point, Hilton Bays, Green Banks, Alligator and Leighton Springs. Fish are the most active from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Fish are in great shape and hard fighting! Black then move to gray for fly colors midge wise! Midges have been pretty big!

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June 17th, 2015 –
Flows remain well below historical norms for this fishery. Currently at around 100cfs, the flows were bumped up. Water is clear and there are opportunities to catch fish, but nothing near its’ heyday so you will need to cover water. Midges and mayfly hatching midday with some fish working the surface. The deeper runs and pockets are the areas to target, limited water but very few people!

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June 16th, 2015 –
Flows are low and clear nothing really to speak of at this time on McGee or Convict Creek. A few Cutthroat but the spawners are nearing the end and most have return back to the lake.

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June 17th, 2015 –
Road and lakes are open most have been planted some in the late fall with brood stock in the late fall. This is a good place to get away, especially if you want to float tube try Mamie or upper Twin and lower Twin little smaller lakes with good habitat. Type 3 sinking line and a leech pattern.

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June 17th, 2015 –
Currently flowing at 100 CFS, crowds have been moderate. Hatches are good. Mayfly hatch strong around 11:30 to 2:00 caddis now in the mix along with the tricos. The Swallows will let you know it happening or the small song birds. Fish are in pods in some areas, so you need to cover water. Once you locate the areas, you will be amazed by how many fish are in a small area. But you can hook fish in both the fast riffles and the seams and slack zones, depending on time of day and location. There is some good dry fly action during the hatch if you find the right area.

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June 17th, 2015 –
Flows are low, currently at approximately 60 cfs, clarity is slightly stained below the hot Creek tributaries .Mostly resident fish and planters the cutthroats have returned to the lake. Please don’t wade the shallow riffles areas as there are thousands of eggs in the gravel from the spawning cutthroat. Views are spectacular. Crowds have thinned. Area from the bridge to the private property is open year round and falls under special regulations depending on the time of year. Make sure you read the regulations and know the sections before you cast a line. It could be an expensive mistake. Hatching currently is some caddis, a few mayflies, and a few midges. There are no real issues with flood irrigating at this time. There is not much water to pull from so it may not be an issue most of the season. The roads are dry and no mud issues at this time.

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