Water has been clear and quite cold for the time of year

San Joaquin River - Stockton, CA

Water has been clear and quite cold for the time of year

by Jim Elias

Jim Elias is under permit to guide The San Joaquin River on Inyo National Forest. 

San Joaquin River - 8/12/23 Flows at 200CFS (PM) Water Temp - 55

Rod Size:  #3-#4 Weights

Tippet Size: 4-6X

Leader: 7.5ft-9ft 4-5X

Best Techniques: Dry, Dry Dropper, Euro Nymphing

Dries: Chernobyl Ant #12-14, Panty Dropper Hopper Yellow/Tan #12, Elk Hair Caddis #12-14, Parachute Adams #12-14, Mercer's Missing Link Drake #12

Nymphs:  Czech Nymphs

Streamers: Anything, just don't go too big.

Water has been clear and quite cold for the time of year. I don't recommend wet wading quite yet, although I've been doing it. It's refreshing, but seriously my legs were numb in 10 minutes. If I hadn't fallen the day before and smashed up my knee I'd have felt a bit differently about it. Hatches are super lame right now. I saw maybe 3 or 4 bugs the other day and that was it! Plenty of carpenter ants around, so I'd focus on terrestrials for the time being. Otherwise euro nymphing has been working pretty well in the seams and any pocket water you can find.

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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