Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Storm Goes Away

Weather in the eastern Sierra can change quickly; the storm in the previous post gives way to blue skies, and the air is crisp and clean.  But look closely.  Although Hot Creek is a relatively small stream, fly fishing at this moment remains difficult.

One of the things that makes this a blue ribbon trout fishery is that the stream is thick with all sorts of aquatic vegetation; that's what feeds the bugs. That's one reason why, if you are staying on the ranch, you are prohibited from wading in this beautiful little "spring creek".

There was a huge Caddis hatch taking place when this photo was shot, but the fisherman, can't see it,  can't even see the fish rising for them.  But they are.  Put a #20 elk hair caddis on the end of 6X tippet on twelve or thirteen feet of leader, cast away from the wind, dead drift it well and watch what happens.

© James P. Webb 2012


  1. Always wished I could build here for the view of the Minarets and Ritter Range.

  2. Pat, I don't think you can see 'em from Hot Creek Ranch.

  3. I was there June 11, 2012, day after this post, 4 nights. PMD emergers were the hot ticket at times, picking up 12 fish in an hour. Early Am, spinners down by the fence. It was a fun trip, went back in Sept, a little tougher.


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