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April 9th 2021

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The Fish Report - April 9th 2021

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Hot Creek - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Fair, showing 10 cfs as of 4/2


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Fishing Conditions and Hatches Good

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:Good

Access has greatly improved and even the trails have little snow on them. It's getting more crowded but the fishing is still good and the weeds are gone. Midges early and late with a sporadic mayfly and caddis hatch midday but there are days when the mayfly hatches are stronger, especially on cloudy days. Mayflies are in the #16-20 range and remember that the Baetis spinner fall coincides with the hatch so be prepared with patterns for multiple stages. Case caddis patterns have been the most productive nymph pattern. Streamers have also been producing well with olive seeming to be the preferred color. The most productive window is 11 to 2. If you're lucky enough to be down there on a calm evening the caddis hatch is impressive but even the windy evenings have been good on small mayfly and caddis nymph patterns.

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22  | Hi-Vis Baetis #18-20 | Yellow Stimulator #8-16 | Mother Shucker #24 | CDC Baetis Dun #16-20

NYMPHS:  Bottom Roller Phsyco Rycho #10-14 | T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Grey/Olive Scud #16-18 | Tailwater Scud Tungsten #14-18 | S&M nymph #16-18 |  Tungsten jig Baetis #16-20 | Pheasant tail and Hares ear #14-18 | Wd 40's #20-22 | Pheasant Tail #16-20 | Little Brown Bug #16-18

STREAMERS: BH Bopp Leech Olive & Brown #12-10 | Perfection Perch #4-8 | Punk Perch #10-16 | Hornburg #10-14

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Upper Owens River - Flow Rates

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are down to 57 cfs as of  4/9

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Temperatures have stabilized but the water is still cold and with the snowmelt the water is off color, especially below Hot Creek.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

The warm weather has caused the water to dirty up again above Hot Creek, dirtier below Hot Creek. The diversion from Grant Lake is over and the flows are almost half of what they were a week ago. The lake fish have been in the river long enough now that realistic patterns are working a lot better now. The spring spawners are now spread throughout the system so don't expect to find large numbers in any one spot. The fish are starting to move into the shallower faster water to feed so don't get hung up on just the slower deep pools. Midges first thing and small mayflies from 12-2 (# 20-22) as well as an improving caddis hatch at the same time. There are some really big fish eating caddis on the surface but it's inconsistent and hard to time. The resident fish have been keying into micro mayflies and midges, so we suggest trailing a midge or mayfly in the size 20-26 behind an attractor nymph to keep the action rolling between each lake fish. On some afternoons the dry fly fishing can be productive but be ready to throw size 18 through 22 dry flies behind a #12-14. Streamer fishing has been OK.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | Parachute Extended Body BWO #20-22 |Elk Hair Caddis #20-22

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #16-22 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 |Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #20-22 | Roza Pink Tag Jig #16d | Clearwater Emerger #18-20 | S&M Nymph #20-22 | Medalion Midge #20-24 |Bling Midge #22-24

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive, or Brown #6-14 | Punk Perch light or dark #10-16

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Lower Owens River - Flow Rate

Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 149 cfs as of  4/9

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:  Good-Very Good

Baetis hatches are picking up again and now go from about 1 until 3 or 4. The best action has been from 10 or 11 until 3 or 4 and the last couple of hours have been very good. The Grannom caddis hatch is pretty much over but there are other caddis starting to get active.  The bigger Stoneflies are fading, don't expect to see many adults but it doesn't matter, the fish will probably still eat a big stimulator.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Extended Body BWO #18-22 | Hi-Vis BWO #18-22 | Large dry with #22-26 midge emergers and adults | Stimulator #8-12 | Para Caddis #16-20

NYMPH:  Pheasant Tail #14-22 | Hares Ear #16-22 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Olive Hot Spot Jig #18 | B/H Prince #10-14 | Chamois Caddis #14-18 | Bottom Roller Phsyco Rhyco #10-14 | Uncased Caddis Green #14-16 | Juju Baetis #18-20 | Glass Bead Micro May Olive # 20-24 | Caddistrophic Pupa #16-18 | Gold Bead Epoxy Stone #8-10

STREAMERS: Wooly Bugger Olive & Black #10-12 | Mini Sculpin Olive & Black #10-12

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