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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Hot springs near the water - no swimming allowed
So many trout stacked up in this hole
Personal-best small stream brown
Another beauty landed by my friend.

Report at a Glance

General RegionInyo/Mono County, CA
Specific LocationLower Owens River and Hot Creek
Dates Fished4/1 and 4/2
Fish CaughtBrown and Rainbow Trout

Details and Discussion

Detroit, MI

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Summer_doug on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 1:04 am EDT
My wife and I had the chance to meet up with friends who recently moved back to California and the husbands stole away to the Eastern Sierras for an evening and morning of trout fishing.

We initially camped on the Lower Owens, but the water was up approximately 10 feet compared to normal summer/fall/winter flows so we abandoned the idea of fishing there and headed to Hot Creek.

The creek is surrounded by hot springs at an altitude of about 8,000 feet. The hike consisted of 1.5 miles in snow that was thigh deep in 75 degree weather. During fishing, we put on and shed 5 layers of clothing multiple times and experienced a white-out blizzard that ended in a 70 degree afternoon. All of that happened between 8am and 10:30am.

In all, we landed between 10 and 15 fish each and lost that many or more to the barbless nymphs (need to work on my technique). All of the fish were landed by hand as the net became a casualty on the crazy hike in.
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Partsman on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 10:52 am EDT
Doug, great report and some very nice scenery! What technique to use to fish the nymphs?
Detroit, MI

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Summer_doug on Apr 8, 2019April 8th, 2019, 11:00 pm EDT
I used the smallest indicator with a two nymph rig and no additional weight. I found the most success essential tight lining with the rig and could anticipate the takes after getting accustomed to the river.

I generally didn't alter the depth. I had the indicator set at about 5 feet - though I probably should have adjusted in a couple pockets.

Nymphing is definitely not my strong suit, but I definitely improved on the trip.
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