Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3815 July 5-19 2019 - Page 9
July 5 - 19, 2019
VOL.38 • ISS. 15
Catch & Release
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FLY FISHING REPORTS
Up And Down Action
It has been kind of up and
down fishing here with the
mix in the weather. Some
days we are seeing some
pretty good wind come down
the lake and others are warm
There is no real
concentrated body of fish
currently as they seem to be
moving around from day to
day. Different holding depths
are being selected by the fish
depending on the weather.
Some big fish are being
caught in the usual areas but
we are weeding through the
Melody hit the American River on June 12 with her recent plants of some smaller
grandpa and boated this fine shad on fly gear.
browns and rainbows.
Photo courtesy of KIENE’S FLY SHOP, Sacramento.
#16 Copper Tiger Midge,
#16 Zebra Midge, #16
Broken Back Gillie have been
good flies. The first generation of
damselflies and callibaetis are now
High & Muddy
making an appearance. It won’t be
Not much in the way of any bugs
too long before the fish make their
hatching but a few PMDs have been
move into McGee Bay along the
coming off later in the mornings plus
weeds in the shallows to start feeding
Baetis on cloudy days. There have
been some golden stones too.
If you do go, look for soft water
strip or dead
edges. A pink
this time of
the year in
water as are
The rainbow bite at Lake Crowley has been off the hook for fly anglers
a few days
ago but then
Fly guide Jason Thatcher (left) has been putting his clients on
some dandy rainbows while fishing the Sacramento River above
400 cfs here.
Photo courtesy of RIVER PURSUIT GUIDE SERVICE, Red Bluff.
It’s been a little
level is still too high for wading in the
PMDs and Baetis are the main
wild trout section, but fishing the slower
bugs, though Green Drakes hatch
water and the edges can yield some
on cloudy days. Lots of Golden
takes. Smaller nymphs with some flash
Stoneflies in the air in addition to
in them are a good call with plenty of
Little Yellow Stones.
weight to get your bugs down.
Best flies are black rubberlegs
Look for some afternoon hatches
and small red nymphs. A size #18
on all sections of the river. When the
Flashback PT with a red hot spot
mayfly hatch is happening, try switching
can get grabs. Fish aren’t smart yet
to our #16 Punk Perch and Crystal
so you should do real good.
Leech just prior to and after the peak
of the hatch. Best flies for
these areas have been #10
Loebergs in all colors, #8
Spruce-a-bus in light and
dark, #16 Punk Perch, #14
Crystal Leech, #18 Assassin
Light, #16 San Juan Worm
Red, #18 Blue Winged
Olive, #22 Parachute
Midge, #18 Broken Back
Copper Tiger Midge, and
#18 Crystal Caddis Larva
Photo courtesy of SIERRA DRIFTERS GUIDE SERVICE, Bishop.
Fly Fishing Destinations In Focus:
ot Creek begins as Mammoth Creek,
which drains the alpine lakes that
give the town of Mammoth Lakes its name.
It flows out of the east side of the Sierras
through town and after a couple of miles
reaches Long Valley, a flat expanse of scenic
Sagebrush covered flats and low hills.
The geothermal characteristic of Hot
Creek’s geology keep its water temperature
warm enough in the winter so it never freezes
even though it is located in one of the coldest
sections of California, and its aquatic life
takes full advantage of it.
Once the creek transcends from freestone
to a more placid spring creek demeanor (after
passing under Hwy 395) in the more level
ground of the valley it enters the geothermal
section where the cold freestone water is
tempered by the infusion of warm springs
heated by the volcanic caldera where its
name changes to Hot Creek.
Success on Hot Creek is dependent
on technique-technique-technique! Line
handling technique is important so that you
can present the fly by means of a down-
stream drift to assure the fish sees the fly first
before the leader floats over its head. The
fish are smart. It is imperative that your flies
are small as most bugs are what you could
tie size #18 or smaller hook. In some cases
you need to fish #20 and #24 patterns. Adult
patterns don’t work as well as those that
imitate transitional life stages, so you need to
have a fly box full of cripples and emergers.
The Fly Shop reports
that the fishing is excellent.
Salmon Flies are just
starting to get going.
Alex landed and released this trio of hefty
largemouth bass while using fly tackle on the
Sacramento Delta this June.
Photo courtesy of THE FLY SHOP, Redding