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Fly Fishing Report June 28, 2021

How deep will they go? 
How long will they stay there? 
And, how Green will it get?

Unfortunately, nobody can answer these three questions.  The
weather up here at Crowley has been in the mid to upper 80's
for the last week.  All this heat is warming up the lake faster
than normal. And, the fish are being forced to go deeper and
deeper to find the coolest water.  I dropped my temperature
probe down to 30 feet in several areas around the lake today,
and found the same thing at every spot.  On the bottom in 30
feet, it was a constant 62 degrees everywhere.  This is a
little on the warm side for trout, they prefer something
around the mid 50's.  The surface temperature ranged from 70
degrees first thing in the morning, to a high of 74 degrees
just before the wind came up.

I looked around most of the North Arm, and found algae
everywhere.  One of the pictures below was taken off the back
of my boat at Sandy Point this morning.  The main lake has
large patches of algae covering about 50% of the main lake. 
You can still catch a few fish, but you have to find the open
areas, and then, hope you see some fish there.  On the "bright"
side, when the algae starts to float like this, the sun and the
hot water will usually kill it off.  It sinks back down to the
bottom to feed the next generation of midges.

 McGee Creek, Hilton Creek, and the rest are just a trickle
this year.  No snow in the mountains means low flows all summer. 
With very little cool water coming in, there is nothing drawing
the fish to the creek mouths.  So, I think we will be dealing
with the deep water indicators for a while.  I'm hoping that
the fish will start moving up towards the Owens in the next
month or so.  The Owens River will be pumping in the most water,
and while it is not as cold as the "snow melt" creeks, it will
probably be cooler than most of the lake.  That, along with the
perch hatching, may bring the fish out of the depths.

 Right now, it seems that the fish are moving around quite a bit. 
You will find some fish in say 28 feet, and 30 minutes later they
will be gone.  So it pays to keep moving around to find small
concentrations of fish in those clean areas.  When you find a few,
they are hitting the usual stuff, small Albinos, small Copper
Tigers, and the old reliable black zebras.  More and more damsel
flies are showing up, so you may want to hang a small damselfly
nymph up top mid morning.

I can't really tell you where to find the fish because the wind
and currents move the algae around every day.  All you can do is
to look for clean water in that 28-30 foot range.  GOOD LUCK!

I think I may have found the next generation of Crowley Guides
last week.  Long time customer Dennis D. brought out his 10 year
old grandson Oliver for a couple of days on Crowley.  Oliver did
a great job on his first time with a fly rod. Patiently waiting
for grabs, hooking, and fighting some deep water browns and
rainbows.  Way to go Oliver!!!

Sandy Point