Water Conditions: Good, showing 8 cfs as of 12/29
Remember, these are the flows just below Highway 395 on Mammoth Creek and ice can make this site unreliable.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good
ALERT: Just like the Owens, if you are going to fish when the air temperatures are close or below 0 degrees do NOT take the fish out of the water! Their eyes and gills will freeze very quickly! Due to the storm the parking for the canyon section is at the Hot Creek Ranch driveway, PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THEIR DRIVEWAY. The parking for the Interpretive site is out on Hot Creek Road so make sure there's room for passing cars.
With the warming weather Baetis made a return and surface action was good midday. Still midges, nymphs, adults and spent patterns. Generally, they'll be hatching until early afternoon and then egg laying and spent adults in the afternoon. Scuds and egg patterns will work all day. Don't forget the streamers and leeches. Unlike the canyon water the interpretive site has some good dry fly action midday.
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.
DRIES: R.P. Emerger #22 | Mother Shucker #24 | Griffith's Gnat #20-24 | Stillborn Midge Black #20-22 | Hi-Vis Baetis #16-20 | No Mercy Midge Camel #20-24
NYMPHS: T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Medallion Midge #18-24 | Buckskin #16-20 |CDC Transition Midge #18-22 | Scuds grey #14-18 | Tailwater Sowbug Rainbow #16-18 | Bling Midge Brown #24 | TB Millers+1LT #16-18 | Tungsten Bird Of Prey October Caddis #6-10 | Egg Patterns B/H Pheasant Tail #16-20 | Ju Ju beatis #20-22
STREAMERS: Mini Sculpin Orange #6 | Slumpbuster Natural #10 | Hornburg #10-14