|It was late this year, but going into the first part of July all signs of
summer has finally arrived. Temperatures in the high country have been hitting
the 80-degree plus mark and the weatherman says it will only get warmer.
downside is along with the warm weather came the heaviest runoff conditions we’ve
seen in the past decade — thanks to this winter’s heavy snow pack. The major
impact of the high water is focused mainly in Mono County.
bank, water flows have virtually put the brakes on many-favored stream fishing
locations. For the past week the weather service has been issuing low land
flood warnings for streams from Tom’s Place north to the Nevada State line. We’re
not talking scenarios like those in North Dakota, but streamside meadows at
some locations resemble small lakes and a good number of off highway roadways
campsite locations are partially flooded. Best advice at this point is to
contact the Forest Service for updated information. Check the Forest Service
headquarters in Bishop, (760) 873-2400.
the high flows, those stream locations where the water remains clear are
producing. The problem is access can be limited. I had a friend stop by
relating his group located a fairly calm backwater on Rush Creek, and the bite
was non-stop. And most area waters remain on the DFG and Alpers stocking
Walker River that has been “running wild” for the past two weeks. The Northern
Mono County “How Big Is Big” trout derby is up and running for the month of
July. However, stocking the trophy size rainbows has been put on hold until
conditions improve. Even with the challenging conditions, anglers have been
scoring on a scattering of rainbows to around the 2-pound mark.
of snow melt water has impacted many reservoirs and lakes, making the catching
a bit more challenging, but waters continue to produce — the trout are there
but conditions have changed.
down to many anglers looking for a quick limit from their past favorite hole
are having a hard time. Those with the patience to spend a day on the water are
scoring once they locate the fish. Area lakes at this point are the best bet
for filling a stringer.
On the up
side, predictions are the runoff flood conditions will hopefully peak in about
a week and then slowly recede. This equates to a major upswing on the angling
scene towards the middle of July with outstanding conditions for late summer
and fall months right up to closing day. For an updated hourly report contact
the National Weather Service www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev.
different subject, kudos go out the Southwest Federation Of Fly Fishermen. The
organization spearheaded a recent project focused on a continuing malady in the
high country — trash. The target was the Silver Lake area in the June Lake Loop
and downstream Rush Creek. Nine fly fishing organizations along with 38
volunteers spent a day gathering remnants of human occupancy ranging from a vehicle
hood to monofilament line and just about everything in between. The
compensation for their efforts was a barbeque hosted by Silver Lake Resort.
President Michael Schweit pointed out there is a good possibility the East
Walker River may be next on the agenda. In reality, it’s unfortunate projects
of this nature are necessary to preserve the wild nature of the high country — unlike
what’s encountered on many streams in the urban areas.
THE tonnage was
removed from the shores of Silver Lake and Rush Creek thanks to the efforts
spearheaded by the Southwest Federation of Fly Fishermen along with nine
additional fly fishing organizations. SOUTHWEST FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERMEN