Water temperatures are still hanging in there

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions:  Good

Flows are at 65 cfs as of 7/15

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

 Water temperatures are still hanging in there and the bigger (# 12-16) midges from the reservoir are getting flushed into the river.  The drifting weeds are far worse above the bridge than below. The flows are now well below normal and water temperatures are rising. Temperatures are still holding in the 60's, we'll just have to keep an eye on it. In an attempt to be a glass half full kind of guy the one positive about the low flow levels, if nighttime air temperatures get down into the 40's the water temperatures downstream from the reservoir will be cooler in the morning even on hot days. Midges and BWOs are incredibly inconsistent so be prepared for both. Midges are all day long but mainly in the morning while the TINY BWOs (#22-26) are in the afternoon. The reservoir Daphnia explosion has run it's course and the river is now clear of them. I haven't heard anything new about the evenings so I'll just leave up what I have. Also lots of midges and a good caddis hatch (#16s) from 7 until dark. Caddis are probably the most consistent, try skating an Elk Hair Caddis or fish Caddis Crawlers through the riffles. Scuds and Damsel nymphs in the slow water.

Recommended Flies

DRIES:   Caddis Adult Tan #14-16 | Chernobyl Ant #12-14 | Chernobyl  org/grz  #6-8 | Parachute Adams #16-22 | Elk Hair Caddis #12-14 | Mouse Pouch #4

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Tungsten Jig PMD #14-16 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-22 | Zebra black/silver #20-24  Zac Attack Damsel #14 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 |  Glass Bead Micro May Olive #22-24 | S&M Nymph #18-22  | Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20 | TTS Opal B/L #14-18 | F/B B/H Pheasant Tail #14-20 | JuJu Baetis # 22-24

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 | Punk Perch Light #10-14
| Rio's Brown Town Tan #4

EURO Streamers: GD UV P/Jig White #12 | Kaslar M/G/S Olive #12

More Reports

The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, July 22nd
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Thursday, June 23rd
Hot Creek: Runoff has already started to drop
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens River Report
East Walker River (CA): Midges are all day long but mainly in the morning


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