Hot Creek Fish Report for 2-20-2018
Hot Creek Fishing Report
Hot Creek - Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County)
by Tom Loe
No snow accumulations; but it will be polar bear cold here for a week. Numbers are pretty good here as the newbies acclimate to their new home, & spread out along the deeper slots and pools. The stream bed is blanked by thick aquatic weeds. This is normal for the lower water periods of the year. Water conditions can be higher, & slightly off color during extended warmer periods; or if it rains. Best bite occurs during early afternoon when the BWO’s are emerging. Large midge hatches coming off during a high barometer. Dry dropper rigs with a #16-18 Para Hi-Vis BWO and a #22 Gillie dropper 12″-18″ below is a consistent rig currently. When you observe those noses sipping the adults in the suds, remove the dropper, and dope up those high wings so they ride high on the surface. Longer leaders, & light tippet in the 5-6x class is best. During off hatch periods try attractor patterns fished without an indicator. You can get into some of the larger fish using this method during the winter months.
This is a year around fishery with special regs in place. We walk and wade guide here.*Tom Loe, Doug Rodricks, and Doug Dolan are under permit from the Inyo National Forest Service to guide Hot Creek.
If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.
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