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Crowley Lake - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)

Lahontan Cutthroat
Lahontan Cutthroat on Lake Crowley
Photo Credit: Tom Loe

by Tom Loe

One day we bang out thirty, the next day 3. It’s really been a crazy season, & to describe Crowley as being bi-polar is not an exaggeration. Some stringy algae starting to show up at times, so keep those flies clean with only a few minutes of soak time. Tubers should be looking to troll some damsel nymphs along the weed lines in McGee, Sandy Pt. and Hilton Bay. The aquatic weeds are currently growing out to 18 feet in most sections of Crowley. The lake level is beginning to drop slowly, so the trend of fishing deeper while still water nymphing will persist for a while. 18-23 feet is the best depth. The trout are concentrating in the cooler, more oxygenated water emanating from McGee Creeks influence. The damsel nymph emergence is also triggering aggressive feeding behavior as the trout follow the nymphs towards the submerged aquatic weed lines. Hang your flies above a clean mud bottom in close proximity to a hard weed line for consistent action. Gillies, broken back midges, crystal zebra, or tiger midges (big ones), and damsel nymphs are all good calls while fishing below an “sliding” Under-cator. My go to rig the last few days has been an Assassin #14/16 as the upper, with a dark crystal tiger midge (#14), or broken back copper tiger (#16) as the larva pattern. Keep the tigers 6-12 inches off the deck.

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