Upper Owens Fishing Report

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

Eric Smith and I hit the UO right after the storm. Eric hit this spawned out hen on attractor patterns.

by Tom Loe

The bite has slowed down after a series of cold storms, and turbid run-off water changed the conditions. Access roads remain a mess due to ice, deep mud, and large puddles in the two track ruts.  It gets tricky for access after the ground thaws in some sections. The cutthroat seem to have retreated back to Crowley for the time being. The warmer weather might get them moving once again if it sustains for a week.  There are a few husky spring rainbows showing up, with decent numbers of catchable bows and browns on the warmer days. Numbers should steadily increase through April-peak around the general trout opener, with migratory fish hanging around through most of May. Crystal Eggs, San Juan Worms, #16-18 Assassins (dark and light), #14-16 Crystal Leeches, and #16-20 Copper Tiger Midge, Zebra Midge, and Gillies have been good patterns fished with plenty of weight below an Under-Cator.  

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