Water Conditions: Good
Flows are at 94 cfs as of 3/5
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good
Not a good sign but I'm getting very few reports from here because the guides are heading elsewhere. The fishing seems to be back to schizophrenic, no consistency day to day and you still need to be covering water until you find the concentrations. The primary fish moving up now is the Eagle Lake Rainbow, another strain that they are no longer stocking so the health of this run depends largely on us. The flows have been at 94 cfs for close to 3 weeks and the water has cleared but still a little murky below the Hot Creek confluences. With the improving hatches the fish are being more selective, early the fishing is scratchy and they're not as particular so throw a little of everything until you figure it out. Midday they are locking in on small (#18-22) mayfly and midge patterns while early and late it's midges with caddis starting to show mid day on. The spring spawners tend to be more aggressive so they are more susceptible to larger patterns including streamers. No snow on the roads or the banks but the road is a lot rougher than before. Midday has been best but the migratory fish do most of their movement at night so the late afternoon can also be good. Both planters and lake fish are still on the move so try attractor patterns such as San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, egg patterns and streamers. The water below the Hot Creek confluences will be 5-10 degrees warmer so if you get out early it might be best to start off closer to the bridge.
DRIES: Stimulator #16-18 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | Para Adams #20-24 | Para Extended Body BWO #20-22 | Elk Hair Caddis #18-20
NYMPHS: Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | WD-40 black #18-24 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Red Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 | Egg Patterns #12-16 | Pheasant Tail #18-22 | Tungsten Peacock #14-18 | Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20
STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #10-14