Swinging back to inconsistent

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Water Level - 6767.2ft - Water is developing some algae now but not bad - Surface temps near 67 by early afternoon, Bottom temps hovering in the low 60s depending on where you check.

Rod Size: #5-#6 Weights

Tippet Size: 3-4X

Leader: Deep Indicator Rig 15-25ft

Dries: N/A

Nymphs:  Black Zebra #16Gray/Black Midge #16-18Albino Baron Wine #16, White Tiger #16 , Copper Tiger #14-16, Albino Baron Red #16, Red/Black Midge #16, Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge #16-18, Gray Dubbed Head Optimidge #16-18, Spiral Red Holographic #16, Albino Baron Spiral Flash #16, Purple/Silver #16, Spiral Flash Grey/Black #16, FMF #16, Rasta Midge #14-16

Streamers: Black Maribou Leech #12, Hornberg #10, Doc's Black #10



We're back to inconsistent again after a few days of decent fishing. The fish seem to be moving in shallower and deeper depending on the time of day. I've been starting in shallower (33ft) and moving out deeper as the morning progresses (37-38ft). The fish have been down within a foot of the bottom, and sometimes as high as 4-6ft off the bottom so you'll have to experiment as the day goes on because I haven't found much in the way of a consistent formula. Hatches haven't been great, some midges but not wide open. Haven't been seeing much in the way of callibaetis but I've been seeing plenty of damsels and I'm starting to get grabs on the nymph when I've been hanging it up high under the indicator. The fleet found me over in Christmas bay unfortunately so I've been out scouting around other places to go. There are still fish along Stormy and out in the middle of McGee near 40ft. There are also fish along Sandy on the East side, and up heading north towards Six Bays. I haven't been back in either Crooked or in Hilton for a while but I'll be out there for trips soon so I'll have some better information next week. Lots of Browns with the occasional Rainbow, and maybe a Cutthroat or two on most days. 

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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