Lower Owens River Fly Fishing : Bishop CA – 3.28.17

The Lower Owens River is still up to a runoff flushing flow of around 700+cfs. This is emulating and forecasting the runoff that is happening and is to come. We have spotted Skwalla Americana Stoneflies along the rivers edge which is usual for this time of year. My guides and I hope we will see fishable flow rates by the time the Yellow Sally Stoneflies make their late spring appearance. We will see how this this flow continues based on air temperature and the amount of precipitation we have between now and summer.

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing – Bishop CA : 3.16.17

The Lower Owens River is experiencing extremely high flows of above 700cfs as of today! We do not fish the river at these flows unless we want to be swept to LA and become part of the system. This will be a flushing event for the river. When it's down it should be in very good condition.. As for now don't fish here... .
Large Upper Owens River Rainbow Trout

Mammoth Lakes Fly Fishing Report : Upper Owens River – 2.23.17

Less potent storms have been pelting the Bishop /Mammoth areas for the last week..  This has changed nothing on the river.  Flows,  Fish and decent water clarity remain stable.  Access is about the same as before.  With the right Temps snow can be very hard in the morning making walking very easy, be careful if it warms up and softens the snow,  this will make walking out an amazing workout to say the least.  But very worth it! For those who do not want to walk.. Call the shop for options.  Attractor nymphs in larger sizes take most of these fish.  Our main fish extractor (very popular with the bug trout) the Tungsten Jig Head Soft Hackle  patterns we have had in the shop for years is still in of our many star flies we use out there.  There's something very nice about sticking to actual hand tied flies with equal success as the guys throwing rubber egg patterns.  We can fish over the waters where the Anglers have been throwing egg after egg and take fish out right behind them.  So much more satisfying and effective to stick to real flies.  Streamers fished with tenacity will also take fish.  A sinking or floating line will work in this case depending on your streamer technique.  Call us now to get in on this amazing world class fishery.

Large Upper Owens River Rainbow Trout

Andy's day is made!

    Another unforgettable Rainbow of the Upper Owens River systemAnother unforgettable Rainbow of the Upper Owens River system
Young man holds big Trout while fishing on the Upper Owens River with STM Fly Fishing

Chase T. Holds the Biggest Trout of his life (so far) on the Upper Owens River with STM Fly Fishing.  

Another beauty of a Trout caught by STM Fly Fishing

Another beauty of a Trout caught by STM Fly Fishing on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes CA 

Large Trout landed on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes CA

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes CA – 2.15.17

The Upper Owens River is meandering thru is snow covered meadows at a rate of 70cfs until Hot Creek runs in and adds around 50+cfs... The change is not as noticeable as it would seem as far as river access and general fishability.  Fish are found in most holes,  runs,  cuts,  and deep riffles from the bridge to as far up as you want to go.  Snow levels have dropped dramatically from my last report and the included  photos will reflect that. We have been walking in,  and taking sleds (snowmobiles) in as well when needed.  The mornings have been cooler and freezing the snow rock hard for easy access and unlimited walking ability. It hasn't happened recently but if it warms up too quickly the snow can become soft and it be a pain to walk out if you choose that route.  Some days there will be a fair amount of people and some days you will have it all to yourself. There is no Rhyme or Reason to this but generally more are seen on the weekends. Fish the same patterns as mentioned in my last report; large attractors,  spawning colored egg patterns, and various types of SJ Worms in larger sizes to extract these awesome fish! Call the shop for more info
Large Trout landed on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes CA

World class Trout in the Upper Owens River

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing large Rainbow Trout

Jeremy B. holds one of the hand full of hogs he landed on a very recent day.  

Snowmobiles on the Upper Owens River

Snow, Sleds, and Huge Trout.. I'm gonna miss these days

Fishing in a winter paradise. STM Fly Fishing 

Georgous Upper Owens River Trout

Georgous Upper Owens River Trout

 
Owens River Fly Fishing

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop CA – 2.15.17

After the last series of  rains the flows on the Lower Owens River are up to 250cfs of what is now slightly off colour water.  These flows are slightly on the higher side and wading must be done carefully.  Just don't step where you can't see! Not much has changed since my last report by the way of fishing.  Some days the fish are out.  Some days we hook up.  The hatch really hasn't started like we like it to.  One storm after another with a highly fluctuating barometer can lead to erradic fishing.  Fish my same patterns as mentioned in my last report.
Owens River Fly Fishing

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing - Brown Trout on Hot Head Nymph

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