Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA 9.15.21

Flushing flows are holding the Lower Owens River at around 370cfs at the time of this report. Originally scheduled until the 13th we surely should see them drop very soon back to around 200cfs levels to start. After the first few days of the flush the water cleared up enough to drop a fly or two into her clear, and fast flowing waters. Hatches are out in the morning with random attacks on the surface here and there. The fly angler who seeks only surface activity can hunt out a fish to two that is steadily slurping insects off the top. The ultra warm temperatures this summer made the riverside vegetation flourish this year, once in the water you find yourself in a trout anglers paradise. The trend of larger fish continues on as some amazing hookups have been thrilling anglers with the thrill of a large wild trout pulling in the strong current. The river is bug rich and hatches come off thick. Turning over rocks reveals an amazing amount of bio mass hiding under the cool flowing waters of the Lower Owens, Reading the water is key here as usual as we dip our nymphs down deep to pass them within sight of holding trout. Peridons, Midges, and lots of Caddis have been patterns replicating what is on the trout’s menu recently. As the water drops and nights turn cooler the Lower Owens will become a fly anglers paradise for those in search of the wild and beautiful Brown and Rainbow Trout she holds.

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Large Brown Trout in a net is held in the running water next to the east walker river

East Walker River Fly Fishing Report : Bridgeport, CA – 9.15.21

The legendary waters of the East Walker River which flow right outside of Bridgeport, CA are running at a healthy flow of around 150cfs. The only problem is that the water temperature still touches the low 70’s during the brightest parts of the day. This problem should eliminate itself soon! The positive news here is the tepid water will follow the cooler weather and drop its temperature by quite a few points in the weeks coming. We hope the flows will continue to surge near these levels to help the fish get as big and healthy as possible before winter season hits. Stay tuned for more from the once fabulous East Walker River!

large rainbow held above flowing waters

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 9.15.21

The Upper Owens River continues running at a low flow of around 58cfs. Nothing super excitingly new to report here except the fact that the nights are much cooler and soon we will be able to cast our hand tied flies into a hole with the possibility of hooking into a trout that will completely test every fly fishing skill you have. These trout could also possibly be the largest freshwater fish you will hook in your life! For the last few years we have experienced the presence of some very large Crowley trout; Rainbows, Browns, and Lahonton Cutthroat trout will all be making their way up the river to spend the winter season in the amazing and scenic waters of the Upper Owens making nothing short of a fly fishing paradise for us fly anglers. For now, the river is still worth fishing as we get reports from personal experience, and through the shop of random large fish who have decided to take up residence in the Upper O all year long!

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Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 8.10.21

The California jewel of a wild brown trout stream, the Lower Owens river, flowing just outside of Bishop, California is still in great condition! Yes,it is hot out, but the river has maintained a fishy and cool temperature of around the low 60’s with a perfect flow of 223 cfs. Euro nymphing, as well as the good old indicator have been very successful in hooking and extracting wild trout from the Lower O. Starting early and ending early is the key. Standing in the river without waders is divine as we are some of the most comfortable and cool people in Bishop while the heat sets in around us as the day warms up. Small pods of rising fish can be found in the morning and evening times throughout the system. Small Mayflies, Midges, and Caddis are on the menu during these times. Stomach samples have revealed some smaller specimens being eaten recently. Keep your dropper fly around a size #18-20 for now.

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Upper Owens Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 7.13.21

The Upper Owens is showing 60cfs (cubic feet/second) of water flow on LADWP’s website. Fishing has been going along very consistently on the Upper Owens just outside of Mammoth Lakes. Small top-water bugs can be found early in the day and with many Midges, Caddis and Mayflies tapping the surface of the water provoking a decent response from the resident trout of the Upper. These small aquatic insects seem to be in the #16-20 size range and a variety of patterns presented correctly will work. Don’t expect the bigger fish to give you much attention while fishing these small dries, you will have to nymph or pull a streamer for that until the hopper season arrives. We are keeping out fingers crossed the hoppers have not got burnt out this year! Standard nymphs such as; Peridons, Pheasant Tails, Midge Pupae patterns and Caddis Worms will all take fish when you sink them deep in the dark holes. Streamers? yes but fish them a bit smaller than winter time and cover a lot of water. Most wooly buggers and rabbit type streamers in a #8-12 will work fine for this type of fishing. Stay tuned for a possible hopper season. Last year the fish put on a good share of their yearly bulk while feasting on these jumpy creatures.

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on the lower owens river near bishop california a lady in waders holds a wild brown trout above the river

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, Ca – 6.14.21

The Lower Owens River, flowing just outside Bishop, CA. could of possibly already seen its highest flows of the year at only 375cfs! Flows are now at a beautiful 300cfs of clear sierra water in its finest condition. Wading at these levels requires knowledge of the river and a little trust in your step. Overall wading is easy and very refreshing on these hot summer days. Trout are feeding randomly on the surface throughout the Owens River system throughout the day, but can be a stronger emergence in the cooler moments. A stomach pump yesterday once again proved small varieties of mayflies, caddis and midges are still on the menu for the wild trout of the river, Bigtime! Oh, and lets not forget some small stonefly adults and nymphs as well! The water is in the mid 50’s with flows very clear up high and a small stain in the water a few miles down below. Overall the river is in amazing condition! Give us a call or text @661 364 6981 for more details on this amazing fishery or to book a guided fly fishing trip!

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Upper Owens River Fly Fishing

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing – Mammoth Lakes, CA : 5.24.21

The Upper Owens River, right below Mammoth Lakes, California is flowing at a low flow of around 55cfs of cool sierra water. The fishing is spread out and generally very good throughout the river system, no one place is necessarily better than the other. The big fish we all get giggly over are now completely spread throughout the system, and a bit harder to catch, some up higher, some hiding for most of the day. These large slabs of meat get harder to catch as the water lowers and flows become skinnier, though not impossible. Large attractor patterns under the water have been taking these guys with success. The resident fish are spread throughout the system and can be taken on larger and smaller bug imitations. We have not seen the LHCs run into the river quite yet, and they might not this year in the number we have seen in the past. HOPPERS! This is what we are anxiously awaiting as the river comes alive and the fish put on good amounts of body mass for the season on the Hoppers alone.

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Three people Enjoying the Creek fishing of bishop california

Local Creeks – Bishop Creek, Mammoth Creek, Rock Creek, ect. Bishop and Mammoth Lakes : 5.24.21

The Local area creeks are in great shape right now! Runoff has not brought water levels to unfishable status and remains very fish worthy. We are not exactly sure what runoff is going to do to us this year. It will depend on temperatures that melt the snow, and how much rain and storms arrive here in the next month. The fish are ready to eat at this time! Small dries, Nymphs and Streamers will take fish very successfully. Small single nymph rigs have been absolutely successful with some very aggressive attacks. Small streamers such as Wooly Buggers, Muddler Minnows, and the like will all take fish. C

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brown trout on the lower owens river near bishop california on a fly

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 5.24.21

The Lower Owens River, just north of Bishop, CA, has been steady flowing at around 270cfs of very fishy and nutrient rich sierra water. Conditions are perfect as fish are able to move about freely. That is not the only benefit, this volume of water delivers more biomass (trout food) to the Brown and Rainbow Trout of the Lower Owens river, allowing them to grow fatter and heavier! Stoneflies are being eaten, a fly angler can witness random attacks on the surface here and there of the adults, but mostly there is plenty of underwater consuming of the nymph variety. These have been around a size 12-14. Large caddis worms, midges and plenty of mayfly patterns have been producing some great fish as well. The river is faster than it was in winter at only 80cfs, but, at these flows the entire system is much more healthy. Wading is easy when reading the river correctly, lots of gravel bars, wadable banks, and shore fishing are all options right now. We will see how the warmer weather, storms, and runoff treat us this summer season!

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Large Rainbow held by tail on the Upper Owens river near Mammoth Lakes California

Upper Owens Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 4.19.21

The Upper Owens River flowing just below Mammoth Lakes is flowing at around 50-60cfs of very low and cool sierra water. Crowds have been anywhere from annoying to nobody depending on the day and time you choose, sometimes we are surprised either way. Water is a bit off colour below Hot Creek confluence and stained a bit above at this time. Random attacks of violence on bugs can been seen by fish of all sizes, this is very hard to predict for casting and presenting while these fish seem not to hit the same area consistently. Big fish are still in the system and are usually staying down deep and out of sight. The Upper Owens is in a transition phase as temperatures are warming up for springtime allowing the fish to return to Crowley Lake to spend another summer eating protein and adding mass to their bodies. A population of large fish are still residing in the deepest and darkest holes of the river. We look forward to the late spring and summer Hopper fishing that we have enjoyed these last few years and hope to see enough moisture via rainfall to sustain this all summer. Fish attractor patterns with some more realistic impressions down below. Streamers you ask? Yes, always!

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