THE FISH REPORT

August 6th 2020

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The popular waters are crowded and the small streams are getting skinny. Forecast for next week, dry and hot , no help at all.

On another note, ETIQUETTE, I'm not sure where to go with this. It seems like a broken record but for all of us, local or visitor, guide or angler I think it's time to stop and reassess why we are out on the water. Isn't it about a chance to relax and enjoy what we have here? Communicate with people that are already there and give others plenty of space.

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THE FISH REPORT - August 6th 2020

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Mammoth Lakes Basin

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Warming

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

It's been so crowded I'm not get to many reports from fly fisherman. Horseshoe Lake early and late with midge and attractor patterns. Lake George along the drop-off to the left over to the big rock with small Woolly Buggers. Lake Mary along the drop-off and around the stumps with midge patterns early and late, also Damsel fly nymphs midday.

Recommended Flies

Nothing yet.

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Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Fair to Good, showing 6cfs as of 7/30

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches Good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

I keep waiting for the PMDs to disappear, it's long overdue but they are still going strong from about 10-12. The Tiny BWO has started to emerge, starting about noon until 1 and the egg laying starts about 2.  The Hoppers are still around, not like the Owens but still plentiful. First thing it's Midges, Tricos and Caddis followed by PMDs. The Tricos are definitely taking center stage with the female emergence around 8 and the spinner fall 1-2 hours later. With the increase in Hoppers early afternoon has been getting better. Late afternoon into evening has been good especially if the wind stays down. Caddis migration starts about 8 with the emergence starting late afternoon.  The Caddis can range from a #14 to a #22 so don't be afraid to experiment, including "skating" the bigger ones. Also, male Tricos emerging from about 7 until dark.

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22 | Stillborn Midge #20-22 | Extended Body PMD #16-18 | Para Caddis #16-22 | Thunder Thighs Hopper #10-14 | Elk hair Caddis #14-!8 | Spring Creek Hopper #12-14 | Spider Variant #18-20 | Sparkle Flag Black #18-20 | Hi-Vis Baetis #20-24

NYMPHS:  Bottom Roller Phsyco Rycho #10-14 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 |  Translucent Pupa #16-18 | Harroups Surface Emerger Brown/Olive #16-18 | Nori Caddis #18-20 | Tailwater Scud Tungsten #14-18 | Two Bit Hooker drk/ol #18 | Drowned Trico Spinner #18-20

STREAMERS: BH Bopp Leech Olive & Brown #12-10 | Wooly Bugger Olive & Brown #12-10 | Baby Fat Minnow #8

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San Joaquin River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates And Water Condition:

Flows are at 31 cfs as of 7/30

 

Fishing conditions and Hatches:

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair to Good

The road is open and the crowds are horrendous. If you go there after 8 or 9 be ready for some long waits at the summit. The flows are getting skinny and midday the water is in the mid 60s. As with most of the streams around here it's been fished pretty hard so do some walking and hit more of the pocket water and deeper holes. PMDs, Caddis and a few Grasshoppers are the main fare. The fishing has been good if you can find a place to hide. The fishing is slowing down but the flows aren't dropping as fast as we expected so get there early and do some hiking.

 

Recommended Flies

Dries: Sparkle Dun Foam Back PMD #16-18 | Clown Shoe Caddis #14-16 | Parachute Hopper #12-16 Parachute Caddis #16-22 |

Nymphs: B/H Flash Back Pheasant Tail #14-16 | Tungsten Black Beauty #20-22 | Nori's Caddis #18-22 | B/H Prince #10-20 |Hogan's S and M Nymph #18-22

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Crowley Lake - Surface Elevation

Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Fair-Good

Algae has pretty much disappeared

ATTENTION: The Owens River Gorge is going to get flushed 8/3-8/9 so the lake level may drop rapidly and have a strong affect on fishing. It all depends on how much water they release, the lake has been dropping about an inch a day with around 250 cfs outflow so we'll see what happens.

 

 

 

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The perch are now a definite part of the food chain. This is the tough time where it's hard to figure out what they're on because it's constantly changing. Time of day is an important consideration and also how close to stream mouths you are fishing because the fish could be feeding on something being washed into the lake. Between that and the stream flows dropping the fish have started migrating towards the stream channels. You can still find them in 25' to 35' but they're now showing in 10' to 22' and they aren't glued to the bottom so make sure you fish several depths. McGee Bay and Green Banks are good bets as well as Big and Little Hilton. The adult perch have moved to the outside of the weeds. There are fish in Crooked Creek but haven't heard to much positive. Lots of Damsels and small Calibaetis emerging 10-1 so if you're catching fish and it shuts off between 9-10 the fish have probably switched food.

 

 

 

Recommended Flies

Dries: Horny Damsel #10

Nymphs: Shaft Emerger #14-16 | Albino Baron #14-16 | G/B Opti Tiger #16-18 | Optimidge Olive/Dun #16-18 | Double Bead Zebra slvr/blk small | Dainty Damsel #12 | Dreaded Damsel # 12 | Poxyback Calibaetis #16-18 | Bubbas Calibaetis #14-16

Streamers: Crystal Bugger Black #8 | Marabou Leech Burgundy or Brown #12 | Punk Perch #14-16 | Baby Fat Minnow #6

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Upper Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 62 cfs as of 8/6

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info

HEADS UP: The water temeratures below Hot Creek are getting into the low 70's in the afternoon

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Crowded! Don't go out there and drive straight to your favorite "honey hole". Look for the open gates and talk to the people that are already out there. The Trico emergence is getting heavy, if you get out there early the female Tricos start emerging around 7 with the spinner fall 9-10. It's already happening, the fish are getting wise to hopper patterns so presentation and timing can be critical, don't be afraid to throw double hoppers and try drowning the bottom one. With the increase of hoppers even the big fish are starting to look up so it's not just the Hoppers but also Caddis and PMD's for dry fly and nymphing action. Caddis are scattered throughout the day with the PMDs and Hoppers starting around 10:30, PMDs are through around noon with the Hopper action running until mid to late afternoon.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Stimulator #12-16 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | EC Caddis #16-18 | Spider Variant #18-22 | Hatchmatcher PMD #16-18 | Thunder Thighs Hopper #10-14

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #18-22 | Tung Stud Black #18-20 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 |  Egg Patterns #12-16 | Roza Pink Tag #16 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #16 | Barr's Tric Emerger #20-22

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #6-14

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Lower Owens River - Flow Rate

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 548 cfs as of 8/6

Water temperature low 60s midday

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: ?????

Now there's a reason for no people, with the Gorge flush going on the river has almost doubled its flow. This should be done by early next week so we'll see what happens. No thunderstorms in the forecast just sunny and hot, it will be interesting to see if there are any changes with the big flows coming through the gorge. Evenings, the evening dry fly action is excellent, the hard part is figuring out what they're eating out of the 4 or 5 insects available. Not a lot of reports but what we've gotten are still consistently good. Still fishing well and still no crowds. If you want to escape the crowds head down to the Lower Owens. It's been getting hot down there but luckily the best fishing is early morning until mid morning.  If your wading you might stick around longer for the midday Mayflies and Little Yellow Sallies.  The Tricos are in full swing, female emergence starts about 7 and spinner fall around 9 with the male emergence in the evening. At first light the micro Caddis are coming off so you can start your day early. The best dry fly action is in the evening.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults | Hi Vis PMD #16-18 | Stimulator #12-16 | Spider Variant #18-20 | Elk Hair Caddis #14-20 behind the Stimulator, lots of skating

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-22 | Hares Ear #16-22 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18 |Micro Stone #14-16 | Jigged hares ear #12 | B/H Prince #10-14 | Drowned Trico #18-22

STREAMERS: Wooly Bugger Olive & Black #10-12 | Mini Sculpin Olive & Black #10-12

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East Walker River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Fair

Flows are back up to 126 cfs as of  8/6

Water temperatures mid to upper 60s midday

Click "Flows" above for up to the minute info

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

No new reports this week, all the guides have been working 7 days/week and nobody has been guiding up there. If you want to hide from the crowds and are willing to leave early it would be a great place to hide. Nighttime temperatures are predicted to be in the high 30's-low 40's all next week so early morning water temperatures will be down in the mid 60's. Midday air temperatures are expected to be in the 90's with a drop into the mid 80s middle of next week. Definitely into summer mode with Tricos and big midges especially up towards the dam.  The flows have dropped back down so the faster water should be more oxygenated but the water temperatures have gone up so take lots of temperature readings and be aware of the fish's speed of recovery. Also leave the fish in the water if you're taking pictures.  The hatches have been sporadic with midges and Tricos being the strongest but also Caddis. Not a lot of surface activity, the best being the last couple of hours of light. I repeat the evenings are worth a try. Shouldn't be too long before the Perch fry start getting flushed into the river.

Recommended Flies

 DRIES:   REALLY big Chernobylly Mousey looking stuff | Mother Shucker #22-24 | Brite Wing PMD #16-18 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Sloan's Outrigger Caddis #14 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-18 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 | T J Hooker #6-10 | Newbury's Alt Rocker #16-18 | Flashback Barr's Emerger #16-18 | Pheasant Tail Midge Pupa #12-14 | Blood Midge #12-16 | Barr's Trico Emerger #20-22

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #6-8 | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 |

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