The jewel of the Eastern Sierra, the Lower Owens River is producing some great Trout as usual! All sections of the Wild Brown Trout water are fishing very well with the cooler nights entering the Eastern Sierra. We are seeing great fish being extracted every day we are out there. Flows are an amazing 180cfs and water Temps are prime in the Mid Fifties. This water flow makes for very happy Trout and easy wading. Fish have been very selective, keying in on very specific insects most days. If your not in the ballpark with your Fly patterns the Wild Trout of the Lower Owens River will not let you see them dancing on the end of your line. For Fly patterns underneath try some green Caddis Worms and/or diving Caddis around size #16. Mayfly Emergers with a CDC case or shuck, PT’s and similar Nymph patterns will also place you in the scoring section. Standard Midge patterns in #18-20 are also strong some days, we tend to lean toward Midge Emergers when we fish midges wet. #18. Dry Fly action is picking up with the adult versions of the bugs mentioned earlier. For now, earlier and later are the time to seek out Dry Fly fishing in certain areas of the river system. Streamer can always work well here if fished absolutely correctly. Stay tuned for the Lower Owens to keep going off into the fall and winter seasons.
Posted by STM Fly Fishing – Bishop CA