Hot Creek Report

Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

by Tom Loe

Spring Creek with a twisté─Â

Hot Creek has a confluence in the upper reaches of its origin just below the hatchery. Mammoth Creek's confluence with Hot Creek adds flow and cooler water and is basically freestone in nature. MC is very low in flow currently. The public section of Hot Creek is tough right now and has limited "gravy" water. The protruding weed beds make the majority of the water tough to fish. Conditions will not improve here this fall. If you are fortunate enough to get on a larger pool or clear channel along the weed lines you can have a great time here using caddis #18-20, Stimulators #16, and according to Drifters guide Two Bug Doug Dolan "Fat Albert's" in the larger sizes like 8's and 10's. Look for increasing baetis (BWO) activity especially if the weather gets quickly cooler #18-20. Midge nymph patterns always work here, and if I had one nymph to fish in this area it would be an olive latex or dubbed body crystal zebra midge pattern #18-20.

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