Lower Owens River Trout Fly Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions:
Flows are at 341 cfs as of 9/7 and will stay this way for the time being. This level is low for this time of year due to low levels of water further upstream.

These flows are still strong and wading should be done with care! A wading staff is a great idea.
Water temps range from low 60's to mid 60's in the afternoons. Air temps are in the 90 + range mid day so bring lot's of water.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
Fishing is good for those willing to get out early. Stay near the river as it is much cooler. Look for slower water and eddies to find fish,but during the hatches midday the riffles are producing as well.

Tricos hatch around 7am and there is an immediate spinner fall with the Tiny bwo falling at the same time. Baetis Mayflys, (BWO's), start in mid morning and this is generally the best fishing of the day and they continue into the late afternoon.
Small Caddis, (and Mosquitos!) will start up around 6pm

Recommended Flies:
#22 Barr's female trico emerger, #20-22 trico spinnerfall patterns (nymphed or fished dry fly)
Wet Emergers, #22 Surface Emergers, #22 Hares Ears ,Tan Bird's Nest and Barr's BWO emergers flashback or regular #20-22.

Guides Hint: This is a great time of year to fish from the outside banks. Look for fish behind pieces of collapsed bank material. Stay low and make short drifts with small Midge, Trico and Baetis patterns.

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