Fresh Push of Fish

Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley) - Eastern Sierra, CA (Mono County)


by Tom Loe
12-8-2015
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Better late than never! A fresh push of Crowley Steelhead, accompanied by good numbers of trophy browns, made a much welcome appearance here the last few days. The water remains a tad off color, especially below Hot Creeks confluences; however conditions are pretty good considering the continuing low flows. The fish are very spread out, & are actively on their redds during warmer periods. They vacillate from the gravel beds into the deeper pools when we experience a duration of colder air temps. I have seen a few honey holes that have multiple fish in them; but this year you can expect one or two bigs per spot for the most part. Most popular attractor patterns will get you looks with solid drifts. SJ worms, crystal Vanderleeches, crystal soft eggs, Assassins, and Agent Orange patterns have got us into them while nymphing below an Under-cator. Please don’t squeeze the egg laden hens near the belly for a quick picture. That will cause the roe to discharge prematurely. Air temperatures below ten degrees can “flash freeze” the gills if you keep the fish out of water for more than a minute. Look for oval depressions that appear brighter, or scraped clean on the riffles below pools. These are active reads and you need to avoid stepping on them. Access is currently fine; however a series of strong winter storms are forecast to deposit a couple feet of snow here over the next week. Snowbows here we come! If you want the most unique fly fishing experience the Sierra has to offer; book a winter snowmobile trip with us. It is truly a magical fishing adventure. We pioneered winter time snowmobile access on the Upper Owens, and have the most experienced guides to put you on the fish safely.

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.



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