Tough fishing has returned with the low flows

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Fair, showing 5 cfs as of 8/26

Remember, these are the flows just below Highway 395 on Mammoth Creek.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Interpretive Site Fair-Good but very crowded  Canyon Section Poor-Fair

Tough fishing has returned with the low flows but try to look at the weed beds as added hiding places for the trout. Try to look on the bright side, the weeds are as thick as they get but there are virtually no anglers in the canyon so it's a great time to cover lots of water. Tricos, small caddis and midges in the morning, there are days where the Trico emergence is as heavy as I've ever seen.  .The evening Hatches are male Tricos and micro caddis, the caddis are #24-28 but #20-22 are working. Since the caddis are now active try fishing a Pheasant Tail #16-20, either bead or non-bead. Not only does it cover the mayflies, but it also imitates the case caddis. The Interpretive Site has a lot more activity but the fish are educated, it's all about the drift. The water is a little cooler at the Interpretive Site(1pm 60) Canyon(1:45pm 63) but they're both good. The Canyon has Tricos, micro caddis and midges first thing in the morning, sporadic mayflies and caddis midday and non-existent hatches in the afternoon but scuds are working well.

I still tell my clients that a 4 second drift is average and finish with an aggressive pickup, you will hook fish you never knew existed.

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22 | Parachute Adams # 16-20  | Mother Shucker #24 | CDC Baetis Dun #18-24 | Griffith's Gnat #20-24 | Stillborn Midge Black #20-22 | Hi-Vis Baetis #16-20 | Para Caddis #18-22 | Elk Hair Skaddis #18-22 | Spent Partridge Caddis #18-22 | Brooks Hot Creek Caddis #22 | Tan Stimulator #14-16 | Sparkle Dun Foam PMD #16-18

NYMPHS:  T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22  | Juju Baetis #16-20  | Medallion Midge #18-24 |  Buckskin #16-20  |  Split Case PMD #16-18 | CDC Transition Midge #18-22 | Scuds grey #14-18 | Tailwater Sowbug Rainbow #16-18 |  Bling Midge Brown #24 | TB Millers+1LT #16-18 | Nori's Caddis #20-22 |Copper Bead Micro Stone #14-18 | Tung Yellow Sallie #16-18

STREAMERS: Mini Sculpin Orange #6 | Slumpbuster Natural #10 | Hornburg #10-14   Mice

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