The Upper Owens is going through its seasonal changing as the days warm up while the grass greens up and the flowers boom. Flowing just below Mammoth Lakes, California, the Upper Owens is always a fishery to keep in mind when visiting the Eastern Sierra of California. The majority of the larger winter specimens have returned to the lake for the season. You can now find them by fishing Crowley lake. As for now there is a few Cutthroat that have moved up the river. These fish can bee seen paired up in shallow water. DO NOT FISH TO THESE SPAWNERS! There is no sport in it. If you fish it, try for the predatory fish that can be found in the deeper holes and runs a riffles. Nymphs and Streamers are pretty much the game here. Attractor patterns, Midges, PTs, and Peridons have been doing the job here. Some fish eggs and SJ worms with success as well. Random dry fly action can be found throughout the system. We hope the Hopper season is going to be wide open this year as the fish of the Upper Owens put on substantial weight eating these terrestrial snacks.
HATCHES ARE HAPPENING! Flowing just outside of Bishop, California the Lower Owens river continues its descent to lower elevations at a low winter flow of right around 90cfs. The big news here is hatches are happening! This weekend we had the good fortune of being on the water during a mayfly hatch up high and a thick caddis down low. The fish were ignoring them in some places and completely devouring them on the surface in other areas of the Lower. BWO patterns of most types were doing the damage on the surface. (Parachute BWO’s, Naturals, cut-wings ect.) Most in sizes #16-18. Before the hatch goes off in the morning hours the Euro and Indicator nymphing is very productive, making for an unforgettable day on the water. (Perdions, P. Tails, Soft hackles, spilt cases, ect.) all in sizes #14-20. Wind can be a factor some days but rarely lasts all day and usually dies off if one lasts through it. Out of the spot wind places can also be found deep in in the river corridor. This spring appears to be considering giving us an amazing dry fly season! Stay tuned and come up to Bishop to experience some amazing fishing for wild trout!
Contact the STM Fly Shop in Bishop for more details or to book a guided trip. 760-873-0010 or text at 661-364-6981.
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