Lower Owens River Fish Report


by The Trout Fitter Staff
7-24-2008
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The Fish Report - July 24, 2008





Water Conditions: Good
Flows are at 379 c.f.s. (as of 7/21/08) but still a good 200 c.f.s. lower than usual for this time of year. LADWP has told me flows on the river will be less than summers past due to Crowley Lake level being low. Most people are used to fishing this river during the low winter releases…from 100 c.f.s. to 200 c.f.s. At current flow release it's not for everyone.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
Fishing has been pretty good for those who know this river and where and how to fish it at high water. A good understanding of tailwater fisheries and their hatches will make or break your day. Hatches have been very good for months now. There's the classic Lower Owens trico emergence and spinnerfall in the early a.m. That leads into a decent pmd grab followed by a smatter ing of yellow sally stones and caddis. Evening caddis hatch may reward anglers from 6pm till dark. Another very good mayfly hatch (tiny #20-22 tan bwo's) round out the afternoon from 12-2pm most days. It is possible that you will have some fish feeding on the surface…I have fished dries a lot lately. Mostly you will want to indicator "slack line" nymph with long drifts (add a swing on that thang). High sticking or "Czech Nymphing" will kill it right now too! Evening fishing can be phenomenal with crazy caddis hatches. Most of my time on this river has been during the day…a last hour of light session may pay off for the adventurous souls out there!

Recommended Flies:
#22 Barr's female trico emerger, #20-22 trico spinnerfall patterns (nymphed or fished dry fly) #16 Mercer's Poxy Back Yellow Stone, #18-22 Barr's P.M.D. Wet Emergers, #22 Surface Emergers, #22 Hares Ears or Tan Bird's Nest.

Guides Hint: #22 Barr's female trico emerger, #20-22 trico spinnerfall patterns (nymphed or fished dry fly) #16 Mercer's Poxy Back Yellow Stone, #18-22 Barr's P.M.D. Wet Emergers, #22 Surface Emergers, #22 Hares Ears or Tan Bird's Nest.


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