Fish-out: Mammoth Lakes
Time & Location
About The Event
We finish the three week fishing moving to the Mammoth Lakes area. Last year Dave Ackerman led the group right in to a horrible storm. So, this year he’s going to recommend that all who are NOT “RVing” it, join him in a condo. We can get one that sleeps 5 to 6 single folks for $145 to $185 per night which would be somewhere between $25 to $37 per night.
Here’s where we can fish:
- The Upper Owens River can give up some BIG fish in the fall and so can Lake Crowley.
- Lake Crowley can be float tubed, fished by private boat, or you can hire a guide.
(Some guides stop fishing Crowley in the fall, but others carry on.)
- The Mammoth Lakes can be good to great in the fall. Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie and George are all fine lakes.
- World-renowned Hot Creek is just down the hill too.
- If you want to drive an hour you’ll have access to the Bridgeport area waters.
- And the headwaters of the middle fork San Joaquin river are located about 5 miles away in Red’s Meadow .
- Dave Ackerman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-337-3972
- Diane Berg, email@example.com, 530-205-6393
- Larry Strauss, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-851-1978
Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat trout .
Since there are so many waters available to us you will be using just about any still water or moving water tactic you know. Crowley is a chironomid lake. But you can take trout on streamers as well. Consider bringing floating, intermediate and sinking lines. Check some expert advice in the form of The Troutfitters web site. Click on their Fishing Report tab to get the latest on what flies are working. Troutfitters has about 20 guides on staff. But here’s the most successful technique at Lake Crowley and the Mammoth Lakes with an acknowledgement from Steve Ojai’s excellent website:
“Most of the fly fishing is done by using Chironomid-type midges (i.e. Zebra midge), with an indicator generally at 8-11 feet depth. Local Guides, Mike Peters and Harry Blackburn developed a successful midging technique that is being used widely among anglers at Crowley. They use a 2-3 midge rig using Disco, Zebra, or similar midges in sizes 14-22. These midges are spaced about 6 inches apart and are fished about 6 inches from the bottom. You can use a hemostat attached to the dropper fly to ascertain the proper depth. Adjust your indicator accordingly. Many guides like to use a larva imitation as the dropper with a bead head pupa on the top. When the hatch is fully under way, guides will switch to a bead-head pupa for the dropper and a bead head emerger on top. If only one fly is getting hit, tie on both the same. A strike indicator is set to help ascertain the proper depth control as well as indicating strikes. They apply no movement to the fly as they found that movement generally kept the trout from striking the midge. A split shot about 12" above the top fly helps to keep tension on the leader. Starting in 2004, many guides were switching from a 3X tapered leader to a straight piece of 8 foot 3X Fluorocarbon with a 12 inch 4X or 5X Fluorocarbon tippet tied to it. The thinner diameter of the leader allows the midges to sink more rapidly and the fluorocarbon creates a more invisible connection to the fly.
Bugger or leech patterns trailed by a Beaded Nymph like a Prince Nymph can be a killer combination in a trolling/stripping situation. At times, particularly during mid-summer, the trout are chasing perch fry and streamer patterns like the Hornberg and Mohair Leech work well.”
- Rods: 5 – 6 wt. Lighter if you dare.
- Lines: Bring your whole arsenal of floating, intermediate and sinking. We’ll most likely use floating lines with indicators.
- Leaders: 9 to 10 foot leaders tapering to 5X
- Tippet: 5X for the Owens and 3X to 4X for Lake Crowley. (Dave has been told you need to go lighter for the San Joaquin but he has never fished it.)
- Flies: Chironomids! Streamer patterns work well. If you look at the guide reports on the Troutfitters you’ll see that 50 patterns work well. Check the Troutfitters report just before we go down there.
- Other: A pre-trip “share the knowledge” session to discuss the details of rigging and presentation will be planned and dates announced. Stay tuned.
What participants need to know:
This is the Eastern Sierras in the fall. The weather can be anything from pleasant to challenging. So bring your cold and wet weather gear just in case. If Dave gets enough takers for a condo he’ll do a stir fry with brown rice dinner on the 18th starting at 6:00 PM. BYOB.