Flows dropping fast - Maybe only a week or 2 to go!

Middle Fork San Joaquin River (Mammoth Lakes) - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Madera County)

Flows dropping fast - Maybe only a week or 2 to go!
Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Flows at ~50cfs - Water temp - 58 at 9:30 rising to 69 by 4pm.

Rod Size:  #3-#4 Weights

Tippet Size: 5-6X

Leader: 7.5ft 5X

Best Techniques: Dry, Dry Dropper

Dries: Parachute Adams #14-16, Yellow Stimulator #16, Mini Chernobyl Ant #14, Flav DUN #16, Mr Rapidan #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16, Purple Haze #16, Green Drake #12

Nymphs:  Copper John #18, Prince Nymph #18, Pheasant Tail #18-20, Fox's Poopah #14, Micromayfly #14

Streamers: N/A


Flows have been hanging in there giving us a little more time to fish down here. Water temps are straight up perfect in the mornings but there hasn't been much in the way of any sort of hatch while I've been there. Maybe the occasional mayfly, or Caddis fluttering around, but the fish really aren't that picky if you've got even a halfway decent drift. Skating a terrestrial has been working if you're having trouble setting the hook, they practically hook themselves! I haven't been fishing it in the evenings because the water temps are hovering around 70 and the fish don't really want to come out to play when the waters that warm so give them a break and fish in the mornings. 

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for Friday, July 8th, 2022

Hot Creek: Flows dropping and slower fishing.
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