Mammoth Fly Fishing Report : Hot Creek – June 13, 2010

Hot Creek Flows 167cfsUnique Hot Creek Brown Trout
High water hit Hot Creek via Mammoth Creek and it pretty much remains. One thing has changed though – water is still high yet clear, leaving many more seams, lines, runs and riffles to fish in Hot Creek. The fish have adjusted well to the new food being pushed into the water and the stream has been flushed and looks great! Fishing has been HOT! The caddis hatch is starting to come off and the fish are taking advantage of this as they make their ascent from the rocks below. Caddis Pupa of many different kinds have been taking fish all day long. #14-18 sparke pupas in tan and greens, ascending caddis and electric sparkle pupa all in sizes 14-18 are on the menu. On some days olive scuds and SJ worms are devoured, on other days they fish seem to ignore them and focus on the caddis. Small BWO emergers and various Baetis patters are still producing as well #’s 16-20. I hope these flows sustain for Hot Creek for a while as it is a pleasure to fish and no doubt good for the Hot Creek System.

Mammoth Ca. Fly Fishing Update : Hot Creek – June 7, 2010

Hot Creek is in rare condition as Mammoth Creek pours in shortly downstream of where Hot Creek flows from the Earth. Currently flowing at 228cfs Hot Creek is in full runoff for the moment and water his high and off color. But, at 11,000-14,000 fish per mile one can still hook fish! This runoff is no doubt good for the system, and when it is all said and done it will be interesting see the effects on the fish after experiencing all the new food getting flushed down the them. Streamers and bugs of the larger variety will still actually take fish here. Stayed tuned for another update in a few days. Hot Creek in High Water

Mammoth Fly Fishing : Hot Creek – June 2, 2010

Wild & Healthy Rainbow Trout taken recently from Hot Creek on #18 Poly Wing

Hot Creek flows are up as Mammoth Creek rises with increased heat and snow melt. Midges continue to come off early with semi-enthusiastic responses from the trout. If you look hard enough, and walk far enough, you can find fish eating these midges on the surface in certain areas of Hot Creek. Under the water is a different story for the poor emerging midge, emerging midges are getting eaten ravenously- all day long. A small baetis hatch comes off early afternoon and once again there are certain places where an angler can find fish eating on the surface. A few small caddis can be seen over the water on certain days. This caddis hatch should continue to get stronger with most of the fish in Hot Creek responding on the surface to these caddis, especially when the hatch thickens. For flies use; #18-20 midge emergers, Tigers, Zebras and red midges are also on the menu. BWO Halfback emergers, Poxy Back Emergers and various Caddis Pupa patterns are all on the menu in #’s 18-20