Crowley Lake Fish Report- Update by Kent Rianda 8-25-09

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions: Excellent

The algae is coming back with a vengeance but so far not a major issue.
Weeds are everywhere and the water is starting to drop to meet them everywhere.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Little Hilton has slowed but a few nice fish by tubers stripping small bird\'s nest. 14 feet of water in McGee Bay is still happening but it is getting to be a late bite, like 11 am, so wind can make the catching period short.

Way inside at the mouth there are lots of fish sipping calibaetis and whacking fry intermittently. Strip clear intermediate line across the flats or fish dry and dropper early.

Later on the fish move in the channel in crystal clear water. You can watch the fish take (and refuse) your fly - what a hoot, like fishing off the dock as a kid. They are getting very choosy so small flies and 6X tippet
The open water between the weed beds and the shore in the North End along Green Banks is on a day off a day.

Recommended Flies:

For the shallows at the mouth of McGee go dry and dropper with Big greased up Adams or Stimulator and small black Optimidge. 4X to Adams and 6X is recommended to the midge.

Before the fish move into the channel try just the dry and slap it on the surface where you see rising fish. You can also strip small Perfection Perch with clear intermediate or dry line across the flats.

Out in the deep, start red/purple then dark red/black like a Red Baron, or big Black Optimidge (size 14 if you tie your own) later on.
Strip a Perfection Perch out in the deep. You\'ll need Type IV or heavier to get down in 14-17 feet of water.
The Crowley Cam is now at the Fish Camp and ready for your viewing.
Click here to see live wind conditions on Crowley Cam

Guides Hint:
A six DVD set of last summer\'s 8-hour Crowley University is now available for those who could not attend. This is a reference library you need to add to your arsenal if you fish the lake. It is a de facto download of everything I\'ve learned in more than 2000 days fishing and guiding the lake. It is being distributed to various shops around the state and available at Trout Fly. Free shipping if you order by phone (800) 637-6912.

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