Hot Creek Fishing Report

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good, showing 11 cfs as of 1/6

Remember, these are the flows just below Highway 395 on Mammoth Creek

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good     

Legally there's nothing stopping you from wading in Hot Creek (unless you're a guide and your clients). But if you enjoy fishing Hot Creek, and if you're reading this you probably are, STAY OUT OF THE WATER THIS TIME OF YEAR. This is the time of year when all those wonderful browns are spawning and besides trampling the Redds you're over stressing them so stay up on the bank and have fun. If you're wondering where the Redds are, it's the ENTIRE stream, that's what makes the creek so good.

Another benefit of spring fed besides being a reliable water source, the water temperature stays fairly consistent throughout the winter.

With slightly warmer temperatures the last few days the water is getting a little off color in the afternoon so you can add Scuds to the menu. Right now the Interpretive is fishing well with the primary hatch being the midges but they will eat BWO imitations as well. The canyon has the same hatches and is also fishing well, all the way until dusk. If you're looking for dry fly action the Interpretive is a lot better. One bit of advice, now that access is getting a lot more limited if you go to the Interpretive Site and find more than a few cars head on downstream into the canyon, on to the Owens or call it a day. . With the colder water the weeds are starting to die off but I still tell my clients that a 4 second drift is average and finish with an aggressive pickup, you will hook fish you never knew existed.

Recommended Flies

DRIES:  R.P. Emerger #22 | Parachute Adams # 18-20  | Mother Shucker #24 | CDC Baetis Dun #18-24 | Grffith's Gnat #20-24 | Stillborn Midge Black #20-22

NYMPHS:  T Midge #24 | Zebra Midge #18-22  | S&M nymph #18-20  | Medallion Midge #18-24 |  Buckskin #16-20  |  Barr's Emerger #16-22 | RS-2 Gray #18-22 | CDC Transition Midge #18-22 | Scuds grey or olive/grey #14-18

STREAMERS: BH Bopp SlumpBuster | Perfection Perch #4-8 | Punk Perch #10-16 | Hornburg #10-14   Mice

More Reports

The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, January 7th
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Be very aware of ice sheets on the inside bends
Owens River - Lower: The flows have been stable for a few weeks
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Thursday, December 30th, 2021
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Fishing Report
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens River Report


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