Mammoth Fly Fishing Adventures

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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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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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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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
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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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