Upper Owens Fishing Report

Owens River - CA

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions:GOOD
As of 9/7 the flow above Hot Creek confluence is 123 CFS and around 153 CFS below it down to the lake.

The water is clear and temps are in the low to mid 60's

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:GOOD
There are a lot of fish in the Upper Owens right now. You will find fish in almost any hole or suitable holding water.
Fishing options range from fishing Dry's to Dry/Dropper to Nymphing with or without an indicator to Streamer fishing. Nymphing and Streamer fishing are producing the most fish as you are bring your fly down to the fish. There are lots of fish in the 8-12 " range and some large bows and browns 16" and larger.
Midges hatch early and female Tricos around 9:00 with spinner falls around 10:00am. From then on it is small Caddis.

Recommended Flies:
Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis #18, EC Caddis #18-20, #14 Hoppers, any small attractor patterns with a good drift…

Nymphs: #16-18 Copper Johns, #14 Royal Coachmen style wet flies, #14 Aquatic Moth soft hackles, #18-20 tan/brown CDC Caddis emergers, #22 Barr's Trico, #20 WD40 (black), #16-#18 Zebra Midges, flashback Pheasant Tails #20.

Streamers: Most anything in the evening…keep streamer smallish #10-14. Small trout fry or chub patterns like #14 PT's or Hare's Ears tied "dropp er style" behind something bigger.

Guide's Hint: The water is getting lower decreasing the depth of the holes and making the fish spooky when you are forced to stand right over them. Stay lower and approach the hole from downstream. Move slowly to get into position and watch the shadow of your rod on the water.

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