Just outside of Bishop, California, the Lower Owens River is now flowing at a high rate of around 500 cubic feet a second as of now. Water is clear and clear and absolutely delightful to the inhabitants of the nutrient rich river. The trout will undoubtedly benefit from this high volume of highly oxygenated Sierra water delivering the brown and rainbow trout their food. At this point we look to see the flows coming on down in the very near future. As for now the river does indeed form a few spots where the fly angler can access some amazing fish. If you attempt this be very careful as these flows will take you to the next bend before you know it. Attractor patterns of all sorts have been serving us well on the Lower Owens in all popular nymphs. Streamers can be used in the correct scenario at these healthy early summer flow rates. Some dry fly activity is noted as there are Yellow Sallies around. The Lower Owens will undoubtedly show us some amazing fishing when her flows have subsided to a more normal rate.

Call or text the STM Fly Shop in Bishop, CA at 760-873-0010 for more details on the amazing fisheries of the Eastern Sierra or to book a guided trip for individuals and groups.