Fishing Outlook 7-21-16
by Angler's Edge Fly Shop
We've been seeing water temperatures of 68 degrees on many of the rivers (sure happened fast, didn't it?) If you've not seen some of our past years' reports on the affects of water temperatures.. let us educate:
When water reaches the temperature of 69/70, the dissolved oxygen dissipates, leaving only nitrogen. Nitrogen, if you were an animal and only 'breathing' it, will cause the BENDS. So fish, who are not fighting you on the rod are only breathing Nitrogen, you'll let them go, and they'll swim away, only to most likely die from the Bends (Nitrogen poisoning). You ask.. “Well, why aren't I seeing dying fish all over the place then at 69/70 degrees?” Because they aren't running a 2 minute mile while they are resting under the shade of a weed bed or snuggled up to a rock causing turbidity and oxygen replacement on the river. So get that thermometer, start taking temps by 9 am in the morning, at 69, be done. Go to a higher water or creek instead.
A reminder, the mosquitoes are still bad out there, be sure to stock up on your DEET/mosquito repellent.
E. CARSON: CA: Flows: average 129 cfs this week, just a little below median flow. above Hangman's (along hwy 89/4) Buggers in olive or black, Caddis are hatching, PMD's and BWO's of course the hoppers are all over the place and also the ants. I'd certainly skate a stimulator in yellow or orange. Para-madam X in yellow or chartreuse. Nymphing: micro mayfly, EC caddis, PT, hare's ear, little yellow stone, caddis pupa, san Juan's. Catch & Release section (downstream at Hangman's Bridge) , Like the water above, it's good flows. The reports that we've gotten is that it's slow.. it's not that the fish aren't biting, it's just that there aren't a hell of a lot of fish there! Start watching for the snakes trying to cool off in the water Same bug patterns as above.
E. CARSON: NV: Flows average: 126cfs, about 70 cfs below median. Nice flows, and clear. NDOW stocked a couple of weeks ago at the bridge at Rhuenstroth. The water is running about 66 degrees, and being clear, start being a little more sneaky (yes, this is a fishing terminology :) Dead Drift Red Copper Johns, Golden stones, little yellow stones, zebra midges, or San Juans. Dry fly action should always include a dropper of a zebra midge, hare's ear, caddis pupa, make it a stimulator or grasshopper a cripple caddis or ant.
E. CARSON,CA: Flows average: 42 cfs, running about 20 cfs below normal, but it has gotten a bump in flows from storage above.. The Carson Rivers are at this time of year, considered 'irrigation canals. One week for watering for the CA side, the next week for the NV side.. with these lower flows, it certainly looks like the CA side. This was stocked pretty well last week. Walk away from your vehicle to get into some of the left-overs that haven't been taken out. Maybe even a wild or two on an ant pattern.. those little wilds are FAST! A note, if you pick up a wild trout, please let it go, If using bait, just cut the line, no longer are viable trout being stocked. Dries: Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator , Stone, adams in a 16, Pale Morning Dun mayfly size 14. Nymphs: Hare's ear, PT, Prince nymph (always a go-to!), zebra midges, WD-40.
PLEASANT VALLEY CREEK Flows 42 cfs Buggers dead drifted and stripped.. Olive produced well, snow cones, caddis pupa, PT's Hot Pink san Juans or a drop with a Tequila Twist (if you're a tier the link for the YouTube directions is here and heck, throw a big ugly!. Hoppers did well for clients with guides. If interested in fishing the only Private water in Alpine County, call the shop for your reservation!! Guides are available and your rod fees are discounted if you book with a Staff guide. 775-781-7112.
E. WALKER: NV (Rosaschi Ranch): Flows 183cfs: Median flows. CATCH & RELEASE, NO BAIT, BARBLESS NO KILL. Be careful if you have to cross. Dead drift light colored buggers (light olive, white),natural zonkers, clousers, copper johns, hare's ear, rubber legged stones, little yellow stones, red or black zebra midges, bubbleback midges, Hot Pink bugger, Tequila twist. TAKE TEMPS after 9 am... off at 69 degrees. Guides available for EARLY morning ½ day trips.
E. WALKER: CA Flows 179 cfs, median flows: CATCH & RELEASE NO BAIT, BARBLESS (Special Regulations)Flows have been steady. The head wall did have some nice fish in it, again, pick your side. Buggers, PT,s Chrino's , and midge on a heavy rig. Damsels are coming off with this heat and a damsel nymph is a good one to have on your rig. A good idea is to get the CLEAR glow in the dark Thingamabobbers, you'll get use to finding it. The fish won't move off it as easily. Nymphs they weren't too picky about, ADD, ADHD, black brassies, nitro caddis, bubble back, hare's ear. It is fishing okay, TAKE TEMPS after 9 am... off at 69 degrees.
E. WALKER: NV ELBOW AREA Flows 184 cfs. PT's Hare's ear, stone, Micro Mayfly, san juans. Dries: Stimi's in yellow, hoppers, PMD's.
WEST WALKER : CA: Flows average: 146 It's looking very nice. Stocked by Mono County last Thursday for the How Big Is Big contest in Mono County with pretty nice trout. Pickel Meadows area was pretty busy last week mid-week, if you don't have your patience.. perhaps walk away a bit. Last Wednesday, did a survey of the bugs.. LOTS of caddis, green rock worms, little yellow stones, a few Golden stones, baby crawfish, Brown Drake nymphs, small BWO nymphs. (REMINDER: Release the Browns, if you want to see one in the future!) Yellow Crystal bugger is a go to on this water, (Walker Bugger), red/black or green copper johns, hare's ears, Flashback Pheasant tail and rubber legged stones. Dries: Stimulator, Royal Wulff, Caddis, Adams, EHC.
WEST WALKER NV (Hoye Canyon): Hoye Canyon is no longer open to the public. Only fishing on the West Walker Nevada access is Wilson Canyon on 208 south of Yerington.
HOBART It IS a GOOD season so far, like it was last year! NDOW was nice enough to throw some more tiger trout in last week. The southern entrance had a snow drift across it a few weeks ago, and the rains melted it away. Damsels, PT's zebra midges, red or black, mosquito's, black ants. For Directions for a 4 x 4 vehicle: here PYRAMID LAKE Closed.
TOPAZ: Topaz Lake is still good and high. Reports from Float Tubers at the inlet area had great reports of trout all over 2 pounds. The bass are starting to show up, buggers, dead drift cray fish. THE CARP are still in the shallows, not in the high numbers a few weeks ago, but can still be targeted in that area. (if you haven't done carp fishing, come in and ask.. it's a hoot!) Olive buggers, damsel nymphs, Carp flies, crayfish patterns and a very stout 8 weight rod. If fishing the LAKE of Topaz, a CA (or) an NV.. if you turn to do the outlet (Topaz Canal) you must have a NV license. As is, turning to the inlet, you would have to have a CA license. Be informed the Canal area is now marked NO Trespassing about 2 miles from head wall (It is private property).
SPOONER: A PERSONAL NOTE: catch a chub, KILL IT.. This lake has become so over populated with chub, that the trout there are competing for food. Damsels, zebra midges, copper johns, PT's buggers in white, olive, zug bugs, princes. If you see lips: Para Adams, Trico. Just want to catch ANY fish (chub) use a zug bug... it's a guaranteed take.
DESERT CREEK: Running pretty good and cool. Buggers, hoppers, ants, caddis, little yellow stones.
HEENAN: Closed until September.
INDIAN CREEK: It's slowed down a lot. Those that went up there this weekend, must have been too embarrassed to even put a report in! You're going to have to work for them. Finger crawl your nymphs. Buggers in olive, black and white. Red zebra midges, Blood midges, small Maholo's, hares' ear, damsels, sheep creek specials.
BURNSIDE: no report.
KIRMAN: It's still a bit low. We may have lost fish due to last year's low water and then a Winter kill. A few fish have been caught. Watch for rattle snakes on the way up and out. Scuds, zugs, damsels, olive buggers, chrino's to the weed beds.
TRUCKEE: Flows in Mogul are about 300, absolutely fabulous flows for a walk and wade. Fishing pretty well on the California side. And up higher on the NV side, lots of the LCT's stocked by USFWS are being caught. Stones, Green Drake nymphs (Olive hare's ear, in a pinch) San Juans , Rainbow warriors. If you're adventurous, throw a big ugly Rabbit strip fly to clean up a run or hole. It was hit pretty hard with 2 years of hard drought and really warm water temps. There are some survivors and that's good. If we want the repopulation of brown trout to be there, let them go (tell your spin or bait buddies) FWS dumped in a big load of Little LCT's.. good fodder for the browns and big 'bows.
O'BANION'S ASPEN LAKE: Closed Due to summer Algae bloom.. will announce when reopening.
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ASSORTED REPORTS: Let us know if there are waters that you want reports on! We'll place them here.
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