Better late than never…Crowley is fishing excellent now for both numbers and size

Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)


by Tom Loe
10-28-2011
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Conditions have improved greatly since the middle of October and weather permitting this bite may last until the closer on 11-15. Unfortunately the launch ramp closes (10-31) before the fishing season closing for some reason??? So get up here soon, this has been a long time coming. We will continue guiding from tubes after the landing closes so if you need some help give us a call. Tubing and trolling or casting streamers has been right near "epic" recently in a number of areas including the North Arm, McGee Bay (more towards the south shore.), Hilton Bay, and Layton Springs. Two Bug Doug at one point said he could not go fifty feet without a hookup this week! Loebergs and Punk Perch #10-12, you are done changing flies until they get shredded! The DFG has put thousands of sub-catchables in this year so you may have to re-locate if you get into the dinks.

Next season and the following-Crowley will be back in form. Still water nymphing has also picked up as the algae are on its way out in most areas. The water level has dropped significantly enough to allow reasonable setting of your depth below the Under-cator. 10-12 feet is average along the weed lines. The usual chironomid patterns will work as long as it remains mild, but I suggest you use PT's and bird's nest patterns. I have been using my version of a B nest bead head pattern all year on Crowley, Bridgeport, and Eagle Lake that is proven deadly and will be available for you to buy this winter. I call it the Drifters "Assassin" #14-18. Get this bug, it really works.

Our main photo shows Lance Geiger and a beautiful Crowley Cutthroat. The other photo shows Lance Geiger and his Son with a Crowley Rainbow.

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.



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