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Hello Fellow Anglers,

Three weeks until summer officially arrives and the longest day of the year! The local weather looks like it will cool off a little this week with an outside chance of some afternoon clouds over the crest of the Sierras and possibly a slight chance of a stray showers. Temperatures are forecast this week to be near normal with highs in the upper 60s-70s for Crowley and Mammoth, with lows in the mid-30s to low 40s. Bishop will be in the upper 70s to mid-80s for highs and 40s and 50s for lows. Spring runoff is in full swing for area streams. Most streams are at bank full capacity, some approaching breaching their banks or already have. Area reservoirs still continue to control large releases of water to make room for the runoff and some are rising rapidly. Many parts of California have set precipitation records including Inyo and Mono Counties. Snowpack in most places is still at well above historic averages for this time of year. Mammoth Pass is closing in on over a 100” of water since October. LADWP snow sensors currently on Mammoth Pass are still reporting 60-70” of water in the snow pack. Mammoth Mountain has received 616 inches of snow. Reservoirs like Crowley Lake and Bridgeport continue releasing large volumes of water. Road openings like Hwy 120 Tioga Pass, SR 108 Sonora Pass, Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile will be delayed this year, possibly opening late June or early July. The abundance of water will jump start fisheries that have been plagued by 5 years of drought. It sounds like some help is on its way after speaking with Roger Bloom from Ca Department of Fish and Wildlife Heritage and Wild Trout Program. Conditions should improve on many of the area lakes and streams; it may not happen overnight but the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife will be putting more resources forward in an effort to improve conditions and general fishing in a region that may have been neglected during the drought and faced state cutbacks during the economic down turn. The 395 corridor is greener than ever from all the precipitation this season. For current Californian Highway information call 1-800 GAS- ROAD. .

Looking at local conditions, most area streams are approaching near peak runoff conditions due to well above normal temps over the last 8 days and the abundant snowpack above 9500 ft,. The Memorial holiday weekend weather was near perfect with only light afternoon breezes. With the warm weather and the larger area streams like the West and East forks of the Walker River and Lower Owens River at peak flows a slip or fall could have life threating consequence. Use extreme caution as these streams are deep and currents are swift with very cold water temps which means hypothermia can set in in a matter of minutes. These streams should be avoided until flows subside. The Crowley Tributaries change daily depending on overnight temps and day time highs, All have seen the spring migration of Cutthroat and Rainbows and a few stray brown trout moving up looking for a free loose egg falling of the redds. Many of these fish have returned back to the lake and those that remain are much tougher to catch due the high water conditions. Area lakes below 8500 feet are completely thawed open and ice free including Convict, June Lake loop, Twin Lakes Bridgeport. The Mammoth Lakes are still under considerable snow and ice, although Twins Lakes Mammoth is thawing and has a majority of open water, but still plenty of snow surrounds the shoreline. The road to the lakes basin remains closed. Fishing in the area overall is fair to good with the lakes being your best opportunity. Crowley is producing as the water warms up and the windy conditions have subsided for the time being. This will definitely be a season to target and improve your lake skills as the streams are in their runoff mode and much more difficult to fish.
Note***** With the abundance of water the mosquitoes have become a factor so don’t leave home without good proven repellent as the first major hatch has occurred on both the upper/lower Owens River and adjacent areas. Best to wear long pants or waders and long sleeves shirts with tightly woven material or they will bite right through your clothing.

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

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June 1, 2017 –

The creek is running high but still fairly clear. This winter had several healthy flushing flows and runoff has been pulsing flows scourging the bottom and cleansing the gravel and removing the sediment and vegetation built up over the last 5 years of drought. Hatch wise not much. Fish wise numbers are still on the lean side but very healthy mostly 15-17” brown trout. The fish planted last season are nowhere to be seen at this time let’s hope they moved up Mammoth Creek and will return when runoff is over. Plenty of scuds! I would suggest using 3/4X tippet and some lead to get your flies close to the bottom. Target the areas that are deeper and have some relief from the current. Short drag free drifts.
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[toggle title=”San Joaquin”]san-joaquin2[1]

June 1, 2017 –
The road is closed and currently under 10-15 feet of snow! Look for the road to open just before 4th of July or later best guess and there has been no official date given. Late 2016 October rains pushed the flows over 2000cfs so the fishery could look a little different current flow are at 1500 cfs. Late July/August into September will be prime time for the Crown Jewel of the Sierras with backcountry drive in access!!!
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June 1, 2017 –

Crowley LakeOPEN

Good News Crowley Lake levels have stopped dropping at the rapid decline of the last 8 weeks. The lake is still very low! LADWP will continue to maintain the lake at low capacity until more snow melts and the hydrographer calculations feel they can then retain the rest of the historic snow pack and runoff, currently there is approximately over 500 cfs coming into the lake and 500 cfs going out of the lake. The islands north of Pelican Point only exposed the last few seasons are about 6 inches exposed use cautions if boating on Crowley Lake as conditions are more like October levels and heading to McGee Bay from the marina could be costly due to the shallow shoals that are marked with buoys. The lake level should rise some 16-20 ft rapidly, just shy of the spillway if the water calculations are correct. LADWP will not put water over the spillway unless it is an absolute emergency due to critical Tui Chub habitat below the Long Valley Dam in the Upper Gorge. Lake temps are in the upper 50s to low 60s on the surface depending on weather and wind conditions. Good Midge hatch occurring daily in many areas of the lake on the warm days beginning around 9am. Best actions is on the east and north side of the lake Mid-McGee Bay south to Sandy Point and up toward Leighton Springs and North Landing. Perch are already biting in a pre-spawn mode or full spawning mode. For the trout target the ledges and drop offs or on the long flats in 12-16 ft of water with midges, Gray and Black midge patterns sizes 14-12 seem to work the best. Current bite seems to be from 7-11am the wind has come up out of the south at noon the last few days then laying down around 3pm but this pattern should change.

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

June 1st, 2017 –

Currently flowing very high nearing 800 cfs. Best to fish somewhere else until flows fall below 450 cfs.

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May 10th, 2017 –

Crowley TribsOPEN

All are open. It is best to read the regulations before wetting a line. The area of Crooked Creek from the Gaging station on the west side of Highway 395 to Crowley Lake is closed year-round. The fishing conditions and water conditions change rapidly due to runoff flood irrigation and weir cleaning. Some migratory fish are present so please handle these fish with care. Look for the heavy runoff to continue for some time unless we have a major cold spell! Have a proven mosquito repellent handy. The first hatch of a long season of the pesky insects has occurred!!!

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

June 1st, 2017 –

Mammoth Lakes BasinOPEN

Look for a delayed opening of the road and campground due to the current snowpack, more like late June! Open water on the upper lakes may not occur until mid-June. A robust snow covers the Lakes Basin with some areas still exceeding 10-12 feet. On some of the upper lakes the snow and ice was so thick ice fisherman could not make it through with their augers. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes Mammoth have open water with substantial snow covering the shoreline so use caution.

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

June 1st, 2017 –

Flows are extremely high!!!! Currently flows holding at 730-750 CFS. LADWP is discouraging any activities around the river. Signs are posted throughout the area warning of the dangers of high water. Best to fish elsewhere, like the Gorge if you’re in the area.

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[toggle title=”Upper Owens”]Section ABOVE Bridge OPEN YEAR ROUND
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June 1st, 2017 –

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

Make sure you read the regulations before you wet a line as special regulations are in place on the area above the Benton crossing bridge to Highway 395. Stream flows above the Hot Creek tributaries is currently at or near 130CFS below the lower Hot Creek tributary 250-280 CFS. Some migratory Cutthroats along with a few Rainbows still present and a smattering of resident fish. The clarity is off color. Tea stained below the Hot Creek tributaries. Flood irrigating is in progress on the east side of the river so access is limited and some areas are very muddy and getting stuck is a possibility if you make a wrong decision. Might want to carry a shovel if you challenge the mud! A tow truck will be a costly mistake. Watch where you wade as fish have spawned this spring and new arrivals could be spawning. Handle fish with care as they are producing the next generations of wild trout. Please let the fish do their business! If you fish here beware the Mosquitoes are out in full force make sure you have a good proven repellent or you will be sorry!!!!! The worst times are mid-morning and early evening so it might be best to fish out there midday when it’s windy, if it’s not they will be out in force and you will kick them up every time you walk through the grass. I suggest long sleeved shirts and pants and waders or they will eat you up!

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

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

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

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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