Water Conditions: Good, showing 12 cfs as of 11/13As expected, the ice melted and the flow report has corrected
Remember, these are the flows just below Highway 395 on Mammoth Creek.
Hot Creek is the least affected stream by big temperature drops due to being spring fed.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good
The water temperature may be less affected by the cold snap than other streams but once the bugs emerge...... For example, the Tricos may still be emerging for a few days but the males emerge in the afternoon and then freeze overnight, leaving the females that emerge in the morning with nothing to do.
Fishing has been streaky day to day with A LOT of small fish, a good sign for the future.
The hatch situation is similar to the Upper Owens, warm days there are hatches and cold windy days not so much.
I haven't heard much, still a few mayflies and caddis to go along with the ever-present midges and the hatches are more of a midday event. Scuds and streamers are still working.
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 | Miller's Caddis #16-18 | Spider Varient #18-20 | Brooks CDC Baetis #20-24 | Stimulators #8-10
NYMPHS: T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | Buckskin Caddis #16-20 | Tung Stud Black #18-20 | Scuds grey #14-18 | Tailwater Sowbug Rainbow #16-18 | Bling Midge Brown #24 | TB Millers+1LT #16-18 | B/H Pheasant Tail #16-20 | San Juan Worms #12-14 | October Caddis Emergers #8-12
STREAMERS: Mini Sculpin Orange #6 | Slumpbuster Natural #10 | Hornburg #10-14