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June Lake Loop Fishing report
Took a 4 day trip to June Lake, Ca area Sept 26th-29th, What a beautiful area! Fishing was better at Tioga Pass area though.

Saturday Fished Gull lake first from shore with powerbait, no luck, Hit the creek connectingGull and Silver lakes with fly gear, no luck (new to fly fishing though) seen some Brown trout and rainbows in the water of the creek, went up and down several 100 feet, no luck. tried the creek further down between Siver and Grant Lakes, seen fish but no luck catching anything worth keeping (caught a bunch of 5 inchers on down brookies).
One Guy at Grant Lake had a big trout, that lake level was way low. Didnt look like fun fishing it though, kinda deserty looking and mucky.

Tried some shore casting spinners and spoons at Silver Lake, no bites.

We hit the public boat access area at Gull Lake (directly across the lake from the boat rental docks) steep clifss and some shore reed areas, seen a trophy trout in the water but he wouldnt bite our powerbait. Casted some spinners and spoons after that, no bites. Had the kids rods loaded with live worms on all of these lakes, no nibbles. Tried bobber with 3 foot drop and bottom fishing, no luck. From what I could gather most everyone else was having a poor fishing weekend. Talked to alot of fishermen, tough going,maybye temp is wrong or technique?

Sunday was fly fishing several streams with not much success, mostly dry flies, got some bites but no catches.

Monday AM Casted some powerbait with slip sinker at June Lake swimming beach, no luck, casted some heavy spoons into the wind, got windy and rainy. Weather stared to clear so we rented a canoe for an hour on Gull Lake, seen a guy in another boat catch one fish. Wind pushed us around quite a bit, drift fished with worms and casted spinners, no hits. Seen a huge couple brown trout near the southern shoreline, just sitting on the bottom 5 feet down, they didnt bite either.Seen bald eagle in a tree

The fish here are smart and spooked by the heavy fishing pressure and clear waters, I would suggest somewhere less pressured Perhaps some of the rivers and creeks in owens river valley.

Monday noon took a one hour drive up to Tioga pass, overcast breezy and drizzle rain. Dry fly fished Lee Vining creek between Saddlebag lake and Ellery Lake, Caught some brook trout, pretty area.
Ate lunch at Tioga Lake, power bait and worms, no bites seen jumpers though (rainbows) On the easter end of the lake is a small dam, FISH THERE! steep drop offs and deep water , the fish were along the clifss, caught a bunch on spoons! Stared getting kinda cold and rainy (40 degrees with wind at 10,000 ft is nippy)

Monday PM on the way back to Vegas we hit Mammoth Lakes area, real high faluting ritchie ritch here. We heard Lake George had just gotten stocked, got up there late and it was COLD COLD and windy, seen a bald eagle catch a trout, few float tube dudes were out there too. 3 Guys leaving area said it was slim pickings. Didnt end up fishing, Ate at GOMEZs mexican restaurant, home made totilla chips, awsome food, reasonable prices.
Getting dark out, hit Convict Lake to check out the views and action, very quiet area, looks like a high altitude alpine lake big time, must be the cats meow in the AM light. Lots of fish rising and jumping at sunset, tried shore fly fishing with dry fly, no luck. was too dark by then?

Nice area, bring your float tube or small boat and good luck!

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VPM,

Thanks for the great report. Sorry to hear that the fish were not very cooperative on this outing. Crazy

MacFly Cool





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Thanks MacFly, my pleasure. Im going to post reports of areas I fish, more often.

Paul C Vegasphotoman

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Hi there VPM and welcome to the BFT & Fly Fishing forum. Thanks for your detailed report. Some times the fishing sucks but what the hey getting out into some beautiful country is better than watching the boob tube. Didn't catch a pic of that eagle & his dinner? Too bad - we love outdoor pictures here. BTW better luck next time.




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Actually I have a video (better yet) of him catching dinner on Lake George near Mammoth. I will have to shrink it down and post it asap.

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that would be awesome to see....

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That whole loop can be tricky at times. I have been going up there for close to 25 years now. It took the first 4 to get the hang of what really works under most situations. (not all)

Since this is the flyfishing section, I will make my suggestions in Fly fishing terminology. Use your imagination on some of them.

My kit will generally include 20 colors of "Yarn in a Jar". It they aren't hitting on that, then there is usually a nice Brown in the area. The Browns favor the inflated live "San Juan Worms" in natural brown color.

The side kick to the live San Juan would be the Olive or Black Wooley buggers. Above the 6000 foot mark, the Wooley Buggers get traded in for Pistol Petes in the same color and drug about 3 feet behind the "Pepper Shaker"

If you have difficulty with any of this terminology then simply stop off at Culvers and then Brock's in Bishop. They have the materials that I am describing.

You can also reply to this with a "Huh?" and I will then give a full breakdown of common terminolgy.

The Wooley Bugger and the Pistol Pete's are official names and weren't substitued with any type of synonyms, antonyms or homonyms.Cool


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Hi Tubn2

thanks for the souond advice! that was my first flyfishing adventure, so Im sure I was doing all sorts of things WRONG lol I was just throwing whatever at the fish with no sound reasoning.

I'm learning that flyfishing is really an art and a science, mostly a science with some guesswork, plus trial and error!

I definetly need to get more flies and lures for the fly fishing endevour, now I know why people have tons of flies and not just a handful in thier tackle.
Im going to stop by the local bookstore for some books to read up too (any advice on good ones?) so I can ID hatches and better work the creeks and rivers

Next time we are in the Bsihop area, I will definetly will stop by Brocks for some local experience and advice, and support the local economy by getting some flies and tippet etc.

I think the next "adventure" will be a bit shorter trip to either Beaver River in UT, or the Sevier River in UT. for some rainbows and browns.

Thanks again for the tips!

Vegasphotoman

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I am mostly a saltwater fly guy but Bishop/Mammoth area has been my reprieve for a number of years.

There are several members here that have all the ins and outs to the books section. In the saltwater, I find what's in the area and tie on the spot.

Like I said before, the Wooley Buggers and Pistol Petes are the better choice up there. I even modified some and put the weighted head on like the Copper Johns. I only use that for the Bass when I have to get farther out on a pond.

Lately I have been fishing south of Toms Place. It has been more productive and a nice variety. Brookies, Bows, Browns and Alpers.

Good luck and let me know if you need any more help.Cool


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