Alpine Lakes Fish Report

Alpine Lakes - CA (Mono County)


by Tom Loe
8-6-2008
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Summer 2008 Fly Fish'n Conditions

Most are fishing very well. Grant, Silver, and Gull have had some great snaps recently. Loebergs #10 are the weapon of choice here. Lower Twin in Bridgeport has also reported some great catching. Spruce-A-Bu's #8 might get you into some of the big browns and trophy planted rainbows showing here. Get those streamers down 10-15 feet in the Alpine lakes during the high sun periods. The fish ride deeper due to the excellent clarity. I hear good things about the Virginia Lakes region also, and this area is absolutely beautiful this time of year. If you can position yourself near the inlet at Virginia the still water nymphing method can be deadly here on the drop-off. Tigers, tigers, tigers! #18. After the sun goes behind the crest dry dropper rigs can be deadly. You will see the surface come alive with rise forms. Use Callibaetis adults or larger may fly patterns #14-16 as the dry and tie a small PT #18-20, or midge emerger #20-22 under it no more than a 2 feet. Rock Creek Lake is one of my favorites and is also fishing well. Tubing this is best. I like Loebergs, Vanderleeches, and Agent Oranges #10-12 in this fishery. Most of these areas are crowded this time of year, so do not expect any solitude. It will thin out after school starts and the fishing should remain good well into fall.

Stocking programs are said to be increased this year, and from what I can tell I do believe it's true. The Mt. Whitney Hatchery disaster will not affect this years planting, but will take its toll in the near future.

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