Owens River George

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

The Trout Fly Fish Report


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:
Air temps are in the 80- 100 degree range! The Gorge is a tough place to fish during the summer months. If you decide to fish it, I would fish near shade in the late afternoons, 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 an easy to see dry with a small bead headed nymph. There are sporadic caddis coming off mid morning, but the trout 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 fishes 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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