Good Morning everyone –

The river is shaping up very well. I expect this heat to bring some slight increase in flow then taper down to be perfect for us.

I have been receiving a lot of calls and emails about the outing and what to bring, where it is etc….  you can always refer back to the club newsletter for map links and further data.

Some things you should bring:

  • Wading staff
  • Smaller flyrod – 3-4 weight is about perfect, tenkara will work too
  • Wading boots with felt soles OR rubber soles with studs – the river is very slippery. It is looking like wet wading, which is very fun and refreshing.
  • For dry fly fishing I suggest tapered leaders in 5x
  • For nymph work you’ll need flat tipped material, shot and indicators

If you need fly’s you can mail order this week so they have time to mail OR you can certainly buy in Mammoth of Bishop.

More info on the campground at:

If you are unsure of patterns you can call me and I can point you in the right direction. The good news is that the fish are not too picky so your Owens / Hot Creek patterns will work well.

For those of us camping –

Please let me know who you are by Monday 07/16 so that I can get enough room for us at the campground.  I will be arriving before noon on Thursday 07/19 and staking out camp sites. My goal is to have us in Upper Soda Springs near the river.  Trailers are not suggested in the valley, tents are a great move. The Camp has potable water and pit toilets.

Check out Upper Soda Springs Campground on YouTube:

I do not have a meal plan or pot luck in the works – if you can be self sufficient with all your  meals and cooking then that’s the best. There are Bear boxes for food storage and the store at Red’s meadow will have some things you may have left at home. It is possible to take all your meals in Mammoth Lakes if camp cooking isn’t your thing.

You should check the directions prior to leaving the town of mammoth Lakes as there is little to no cell service in the river drainage.

From LA/Conejo Valley: Take US 395 to State Highway 203. Head west to and through the town of Mammoth Lakes. At the 2nd traffic light, turn right onto Minaret and continue up the mountain past Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge and Minaret Vista Station.

You will proceed under the gondola/ski lifts at the main lodge and up to Minaret Summit road toward devils Postpile National Monument.

At the top of the road there is a Kiosk – if you arrive between the hours of 7am and 7pm you will need to tell them you are camping at Upper Soda Springs campground and they will let you into the drainage.

From the Kiosk at Minaret Summit it’s about 2.6 miles to the right turn that heads into Upper Soda Springs Camp Ground. Since the sites are not reserved, you will need to find the group – look for my 1999 Silver F150.

I will try to get a text out to everyone with the site number so if you want to be on that list you will need to send me a cell number so I can communicate with you.

Keep in mind I will find the site then go out to send the text, there is no reception at the campground so attempting to reach me with, most likely not be productive.