The winter Feeding Pattern is setting in at Hot Creek

Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by The Trout Fitter Staff
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Water Conditions: Great Flows at 27 cfs as of 11/27
Fishing conditions and Hatches: Excellent, the fish are getting into that winter feeding pattern where the bite window is only from maybe 10 am until 2 pm but they all feed at once and are not very choosy! Start with midges, then go to baetis nymphs and dries if they start sipping on the surface. Once the action gets going you can go "big and buggy" and they'll gobble fies they wouldn't even look at in summer.

Recommended Flies:

CDC Baetis DUN #20-22, Extended Body BWO #20-22, Brook's Sprout Baetis #20-22, CDC Emerger Baetis #20-22, Stalcup Emerger Parachute Midge #22

NYMPHS: Epoxy Wingcase BWO #22, Copper Zebra #22, Yankee Buzzer #22, Micracle Nymph #20, Kyle's Superflash PT #20-22, BH FB Pheasant Tail #16-#20, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22 Furimsky's Epoxy Midge, WD Flashy Black #22, Barr's Flashback Emerger #22, #16 Hare's Ear midday.

STREAMERS:#12 Bead Head Doc's Twin Lake Special Black/Brown/Olive

Guides Hint: Make your life easier and fish at the near bank. No reason to cast to the far bank when they're right at your feet! Also cast streamers upstream and strip like hell along the near bank. A big monster might just be in the undercut.

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