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Hello Fellow Anglers,

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

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

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

hot-creek18[1]

May 9th, 2019 –

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

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

May 9th, 2019 –

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

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May 9th, 2019 –

Crowley Lake -OPEN

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

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

May 9th, 2019 –

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

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

May 9th, 2019 –

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

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

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

May 9th, 2019 –

Mammoth Lakes Basin -Partially Open

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

Tight lines and successful outings!

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

May 9th, 2019 –

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

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

May 9th, 2019 –

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

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

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Hello Fellow Anglers,

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

hot-creek18[1]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
owens-river41[1]

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

November 27, 2015 –
Closed Until April 30th 2016

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November 27, 2015 –
Closed Until April 30th 2016

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

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

November 27, 2015 –
Closed until April 30, 2016

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

November 27, 2015 –
Closed until April 30, 2016

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

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

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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LONG VALLEY OVERVIEW – NORTHERN OWENS VALLEY OVERVIEW

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Welcome Fly Fishing Enthusiast,

The weather has been unsettled over the last 2 weeks and will remain that way leading in to the Holiday weekend with below normal temps and chance for precipitation over the next 7 days. The recent storms providing some much need relief from the dry winter. Talk is out there that it may continue into the summer as sea surface temp continue to be elevated out near the equator and make be changing the over weather pattern. There is an accu-cast, for each of the areas, to see the current conditions and outlook.

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 on the warmer days. No snow on the ground below 9000 ft just some inconvenient weather conditions here and there and will take it after a dry winter, 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 fishable and flows remain low throughout the area with a melt happening in the higher elevations so some streams will start to rise 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 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. Migratorty Lahontan Cutthroat present in the Upper Owens please handle them with care!

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 nest October. Anyone have a crystal ball? In the meantime, get out and CATCH the spring of 2015. 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.

Some of the major passes are closed due to the unsettled weather 108 (Sonora Pass), 89 (Monitor Pass) and 120 can reopen only to close overnight if it snows. 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