June Lake Loop Trout Fly Fish Report

June Lake Loop - June Lake, CA (Mono County)


by The Trout Fitter Staff
9-19-2008
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Water Conditions: Good
All the lakes in the June loop with the exception of Grant are in great shape (more on that in a minute). With the colder fall nights upon us now, the trout have begun to move into shallows and near the reeds. It is now "game on" for the fly anglers.
Grant is extremely low and almost a puddle. Some say this makes it better as the fish are condensed into a smaller body of waterてカgo check it out and report back, for now I would stick with the 3 mainstays Silver, June and Gull. Grant may get interesting this fall with about a mile of extra Rush Creek to fish toward the inlet.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Crowds have not been too bad and there are tons of fish in the lakes. Now is a great time to dust off the float tube. Both midging and streamer stripping techniques are working well. Try midging the outlet and inlet of Silver Lake and near the reeds on the far side of Gull and June.
I talked to some fly anglers who have hooked some huge cutts and browns in Gull Lake this week. The Eastern Sierra is still experiencing warm August-like daysてカ70-80 degreesてカthe nights are getting noticeably colder and the days shorter. It won't be long before September really gets established and with it the cooler fall weather. Brin g a light coat with you for early and late fishing excursions.

Recommended Flies:
Dry Flies: Parachute Adams #14-18 Callibaetis mayflies, Griffiths Gnat #18-20, Mosquito Patternsてカthe fish think these are midges rather than mosquitoes!
Nymphs: I would hang a #18 PT or the good ol' #18 black Zebra Midge under and indicator (like Crowley nymphing) from 2 feet under all the way to 10 feet down depending on where the fish are holding at the timeてカkeep adjusting depth. Try this on the inlet and outlet of Silver Lake.
Streamers: Leech patterns in brown, black and rust. Denny Rickards Seal Buggers in orange/green. White/ Grey double bunny stripped slow and deep on Gull and June!!

Guides Hint: Most of the best fishing with the fly rod will be stripping streamers, of course. Don't forget about the 3 most important variablesてカvary your fishing depth, vary your retrieve and change the flies often!!


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