River Report provided by Bigfly Guide Service (7/15)
Jim Landis holding a lovely Truckee River
Truckee is open! Please make sure to view
regulations for certain sections of the rivers.
Fishing conditions - Good
Water Conditions -
The flows are looking stable. Temperatures around
56 to 60 degrees.
Hoppers, Green Drakes, Golden Stones, PMD, Midges
Fly patterns -
Split Case Green Drake (10), Green Drake Paradrake (10), Poxyback
Emerger Green Drake (12), Solitude Tungsten Golden Stone (12), Crystal Stimulator
(yellow 14), Madam X (12), Half Down Hopper (12), Anderson's Bird of Prey
(olive 14), Rick Fox's Radical Caddis (green 16), Burk's HBI
(16), PMD Thorax (18)
Special tips -
Hirschdale section is getting more pressure, but flows are
beautiful and just about perfect. The lower canyon is still
a bit pushy, and below Grays Crk. the H2O temp drops to 59 deg.
Bugs for the Truckee range from Micro Caddis, to Glossisoma, and a
few Ryco's. PMD's are the common mayfly. A Green Drake might
still appear. Little yellow sallies, a few small Golden
Stones, and now the Grass Hoppers are flying. A
Sculpin is a
good call, swim and strip it slowly.
Eastern Sierra Fishing Report provided by
Reel Mammoth Adventures (7/12)
Dave Neal 760.924.0438
The weather pattern remains
sunny with temps in the low 70’s with some scattered thunderheads
developing late in the afternoon. Currently we are experiencing a mild
summer and the wildflowers are popping everywhere! The weather is
fantastic and July-September is a great time to fish the Eastern
Sierra. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is at 8,000 feet!!
The high country is finally
coming into season. After a warm and sunny 4th of July
weekend the snow has been melting fast. Mammoth Mtn Ski Area closed for
the season on July 5th.
Hot Creek is in prime shape with
slightly high but clear water. The weeds are not bad yet and we are
seeing great hatches of pmd’s, bwo’s, trico’s, caddis, little yellow
stones, and hoppers are abundant, too.
The East Walker flows have gone
up and down and are around 400 cfs this week. Flows are changing
often. But the river will fish fine under high flows – focus near the
banks! Usual summer hatches of caddis, pmd’s, and lots of midges from
tiny to large.
Upper Owens is still a little
affected by runoff but water has cleared quite a bit and fishing is
improving. Solid pmd, caddis, trico and little yellow stones are
Crowley Lake has been up and
down, some days it is tough, other days there have been some big fish
Fishing Conditions- Great, but
CROWDED on a lot of days. Water temps are remaining cooler than typical
July due to the increased snowpack and long runoff period. Be prepared
to change your flies as soon as you stop getting grabs. Fishing is good
from sunup to sundown with some slow periods throughout the day. Caddis,
mayflies, midges, & streamers!!! Trico spinnerfall is one of the best
Water Flow/Conditions- Around
400 cfs this week, but it’s changing weekly. Always check current
Nymphs: #18-20 brown Fox’s
Poopah, Brook’s tan loop wing cdc caddis emerger #20, #18 Z-Wing Caddis,
#20 Gallatin Caddis white/cream, olive, tan, brown, cinnamon colored
caddis larva patterns…
#20-24 WD-40’s in olive, black,
grey, and rusty. #20-24 Zebra midge in silver/black and red/black,
yellow & black. Pmdand trico nymphs #22-24, RS-2’s, Barr’s bwo pmd
Emergers from #18-22, Burk’s HBI’s, #20-16 tan Bird’s Nests, #20-22
rusty and black spinner patterns, #16-22 Pheasant Tails, Yellow Sallie
Dries: Your favorite caddis,
midge and bwo and pmd dry fly patterns #22-18, #20 pmd Comparadun,
yellow Stimulators for the little yellow stones, Elk Hair Caddis, EC
Caddis, trico spinnerfall patterns
Take your indicator off and try
some high sticking the fast water…
Fishing Conditions- Great dry
fly fishing opportunities.
Water Flow/Conditions- Slightly
high but water is in prime shape!!!
Hatches- Trico emergence/spinnerfall
in early morning. Solid pmd and little Yellow Sallies hatching during
midday from 11-2pm!! . Lots of micro caddis, too. Hoppers are out and
Fly Patterns – Nymphs: #20-24
WD-40’s in olive, black, grey, #22-24 Zebra midge in silver/black and
red/black, trico & pmd nymphs #20-22, Barr’s pmd emergers, #18-20 green
caddis larva, Z-Wing Caddis, cdc caddis emergers like Brook’s Hot Creek
Caddis, Yellow Sallie Stonefly nymphs,
Dries: #22 female trico dun and
spinnerfall patterns, #18-20 cream (pmd) Comparadun & Hacklestackers,
#18-20 pmd parachute patterns, #16-18 Yellow Sallie’s, yellow
Stimulators. 6x tippet is all that is necessary, 7x and you won’t land
many in the weeds. Presentation will trump fly selection!!
Don’t let the crowds annoy you.
You’re at Hot Creek! Just keep moving and when you look down, anywhere
on the stream, there are probably several DOZEN fish right out in front
Fishing conditions- Good
Water Flows/Conditions- Clearer
the farther upriver you travel. Runoff has slowed but the river is
still slightly high and a little off color, which is good for sneaking
up on them. The trout are seeing just fine and feeding on small bugs
like pmd’s, midges and tricos.
The campground section below
Benton Crossing has been getting stocked by CA DFG and is a great place
for beginners, novices, kids, or those in need of some action!
Hatches- pmd mayflies, micro
caddis, midges, and little Yellow Sallies…
Nymphs; Attractor nymphs work
well enough!! #16-18 Prince Nymph, #16 Pheasant Tails, San Juan Worm,
#18 red & copper Copper John #20 Zebra midge in silver/black, pmd and
trico nymphs and emergers (same as EW or Hot Creek), #22 drowned trico
spinners, Hogan’s S&M Nymphs, #20 lime green Brook’s Hot Creek Caddis
emergers, #16-18 tan Bird’s Nest
Dry Flies: #16 Yellow Sallie
patterns, #18-20 EC Caddis, olive & tan Elk Hair Caddis, #18 Hemmingway
Caddis, #16-18 pmd’s like Comparadun etc., #12-14 tan hopper patterns!!
Pull your favorite streamer
patterns in the deeper pools and along cut-banks and see what happens!!
Fishing Conditions- Flows have
been over 400cfs for a while. Time to say goodbye until fall - unless
you catch the trout feeding on the surface or slower back eddies in the
early a.m. (tricos) or late evening (caddis or male trico)
Water Flows/Conditions- Dam
release is over 400cfs.
Hatches- Caddis, little yellow
stones, couple different mayfly species, especially pmd’s and tricos.
Nymphs: #20-24 Zebra midge in
silver/black, #20 pmd nymphs like Poxy Back Baetis, Burk’s HBI’s,
#20-22 olive Surface Emergers, #20-22 Barr’s bwo & pmd Emergers, Micro
Mayfly, Pheasant Tails, #16 Bucksin Caddis, #16-18 Mercer’s Biot Stone,
#16 Yellow Sallie Stones.
Dries: #18 Hemmingway Caddis,
dark bodied & tan Elk Hair Caddis, #18 olive EC Caddis, bwo & pmd dry
fly patterns such as Comparadun, parachutes, crippled bwo, etc. etc…
also #12-14 yellow Stimulators and other Yellow Sallie patterns.
Fishing Conditions- Road is now
open. Mandatory bus is running…
Water flows- very high water due
to runoff currently. Maybe in two weeks…
Water Conditions- High and
Hatches- very slight, caddis,
Fly Patterns: Stimulators and
ants, Elk Hair Caddis, micro mayfly, Hogan’s S&M, Pheasant tails…
Fishing Conditions- Variable
from slow to great.
We have been getting to some big
fish lately (20-25” rainbows and browns) stillwater nymphing from 10-17
feet deep. Midge hatches have been weak. Stripping streamers has
improved for those who know the lake well… callibaetis and damsels are
starting to show. Usual places like Green Banks, Alligator Point, Sandy
Point, North Landing, and Hilton Bays, out deep in McGee Bay.
Crowley should begin to fish
really well toward the end of the month…
Water Conditions- Surface is
warming up, between 65-70 degrees. Weed beds are growing fast!!! Water
has cleared up a lot; algae bloom has slowed up a little for now.
Fly Patterns- For stripping try
a type II or III line - Callibaetis and damsels are prevalent.
#16 Jansen’s Callibaetis and marabou damsels fly nymphs slow
twitched and stripped over the weed beds, or bumped under an indicator!
For still water nymphing use #18
midges in tan, grey, and olive with black, copper, or sliver wire
ribbing. Also, try hanging some damsel and dragonfly nymphs on the line
mid way up.
Little Truckee River:
LT has jumped from
30 to over 200 cfs. Nice of them to think of the fish. Fish
it while it has some water, small bugs are the standard. sz 22-24.
Go early, and stay late for some quiet time. Small bobber,
light tippet, and a cautious approach is recommended as always.
East Carson River:
The flows are still high, but they are dropping.
Use lots of weight to get down. Hot flies are Anderson's Bird of
Prey (tan 12), Guide's Choice Hare's Ear Soft Hackle (16), Bird's Nest
(tan 14). Hoppers are starting to show.