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Mammoth Pool Reservoir

Suggested Flies for Mammoth Pool Reservoir area:
Western Sierra Hatch Selection

Other Local Favorites:

Stillwater Flies:
Woolly Bugger #8-10
Mohair Leech #8-10
Matuku #8-10

Dry Flies:
Parachute Adams #12
Elk Hair Caddis #14-16
St. Vrain Caddis

Nymph Flies:
Pheasant Tail Nymph #12-14
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear #12-14

Directions: From Fresno, take Highway 41 north to North Fork Road. Turn right and go 18 miles to the town of North Fork. Turn right on Minarets Road and go northeast to Mammoth Pool Road. Turn left and continue to the reservoir. The reservoir is 42 miles from the town of North Fork.

Notes:Mammoth Pool Reservoir
Mammoth Pool Reservoir was created by Southern California Edison by damming the San Joaquin River within a steep 3000 feet canyon. It lies at 3,300 feet elevation. The reservoir is a popular recreationist destination with campgrounds, store, and boat ramps. The road to Mammoth Pool is often blocked by snow until early April and the lake is stocked with about 24,000 10-12 inch rainbows and brookies each season. The lake and it's tributaries are closed from May 1st to June 15th for deer migration. It is a popular trolling area during the Spring and early Summer. During late Summer, the lake is drawn down considerably for hydroelectric power. The lake is known for it's large Browns up to 15 lbs. The flyfishing opportunities of the lake a quite limited due to the depth and expanse of the lake. Some of these big Browns do get into the San Joaquin River below the dam and the flyfishing opportunites are quite good there as well as other neighboring streams. Rock Creek Campground, off Minarets Road, has a 4 mile dirt road that goes close to the river. From there you can work your way up with a good exit at the dam 3 miles upstream. Also try fishing Rock Creek upstream from the campground. It consists of Rainbows and Browns.
Taking the Hell's Half Acre Trail off Minarets Road, you can reach the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin above Hell's Half Acre. The river consists of Rainbows and Browns. From there you can work your way upstream.

Other areas to try are:
Kaiser Creek: Numerous access points along Stump Springs Road. Consists of Rainbows and Brookies.
Chaquito Creek: Off Minarets Road. Consists of Rainbows and Browns.

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