Owen River Gorge Sportfishing Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

Water conditions:
Water Temps: Mid 60's
Flow: 45 CFS. This is a permanent flow required to be maintained by LADWP
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
The Gorge is a tough place to fish during the summer months. If you decide to fish it, I would fish the afternoon, and be sure to take extra water or a water purifier for the tough hike out. The spooky resident browns are not quite as spooky when the sun is off the water, so make sure and use some extra stealth tactics when approaching the fish. A dry dropper rig will work the best. We recommend a Stimulator or Elk Hair Caddis with a size 16 Bird of Prey beneath. There are sporadic caddis coming off mid morning, but the t rout do not seem to feed on the adults. However, a well presented nymph will pick up fish all day.

Recommended Flies:
These fish will eat a well presented attractor. Fly selection is not as critical as a drag free presentation!

Dries…Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Cutter's EC Caddis #14-18, Royal Wulff #12-16, Adams #14-20, Hopper patterns!!!!! Droppers… Zebra Midge and light green midges #16-20, PT's #16-20, Hares Ear #18-20, CDC Caddis Emergers #16-20, small brown/yellow stonefly nymphs #18, BH RS2 #18

Guides Hint: Bring your dry shake powder. Dry dropper techniques are the way to go in the Gorge. The Gorge is "tailwater" stream but it fis hes more like a "freestone" stream. Fish will enthusiastically crush most fly patterns if presented well and in the right places. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

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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