Montana Fish Report

Spring has sprung!

Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Hot Creek - 3/31/22 - Flows at 26CFS Water clarity will vary from day to day. Road in is clear with a little bit of snow on the trails down.

Rod Size:  #4-#5 Weights

Tippet Size: 5X-6X

Dry Flies: CDC Baetis DUN #16, CDC Baetis Emerger #18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Parachute Caddis Gray #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, EC Caddis Gray #18, CDC Caddis Emerger #18

Nymphs: JuJu Baetis #18, Bird's Nest Olive #18, Tungsten Psycho #18, Nori's Caddis Pupa Olive #18, Electric Caddis #18, Cased Caddis #18, Copper Zebra Midge #20-22, T-Midge Black #20-22, Turbo Midge #16, Eurotrash Nymph Olive #16, BH Flashback Pheasant Tail #18-20

Streamers: Ehh you might be able to find a spot to swing a streamer.


I will warn you all that it's been crowded so please give other fisherman their space. I know I've said this a hundred time but I actually had a guy on my first trip of the season cast over my clients rig from downstream but I digress. Hatches continue to strengthen as the water warms. Seeing plenty of midges in the mornings but once the sun hits the water they're far less picky. Got grabs all morning on small midge BWO patterns subsurface and by the time 12 o'clock rolled around the fish were smashing BWO DUNs and emergers on the surface until I left around 2. Short drifts are the key, and always have been so don't bother trying to focus on too big a stretch of water. 

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..