The Lower Owens is back up to 500+ cfs and flowing hard. Needless to say the wild browns are still in there and the experienced fisherman can still extract brown trout from this river. Water temps are in the mid-fifties making the fish hungry and active. Any slower moving water or foam line will have fish. Caddis still come off in the evening making some dry fly fishing possible. Streamers fished deep in the column will also see action. Patterns that have been taking fish have not changed much and are: Ascending caddis pupa #14-16, Sparkle Pupa #14-16, T-Midge emergers #18-20, Tigers and Zebras (in dark greens and blacks) #16-20. For the evening hatch fish Elk Hair Caddis (olives and browns) #14-18, Adult Caddis (stallcup) #16, Para Caddis #14-16. During the day there is some action on midges in hoppers in certain areas. Nymphing the caddis and midges will get most fly fisherman into some nice fish.
The East Walker went up and then back down in flow to a very fishable and steady 262cfs. A few bug species are seen throughout the day; PMD’s, Midges, Caddis and a few Tricos can be seen when one spends the entire day on the EWalk. Stellar dry fly action can be had in the late evening when almost all of the EW crowds leave. Some dry fly action can be seen in certain areas throughout the day. Midge emergers #18-20 seem to keep on picking up fish of all sizes! We have been using grays, browns and blacks with success. T-midges #18-20 and various sno-cone Midges and Zebra and Tiger Midges will also get eaten. WD-40’s and various small PT and Trico nymphs are also getting consumed by East Walker residents. Fish these all in #’s 18-22. Early starts with a break during the day- then returning in the evening can produce some great fishing here.
The Upper Owens has finally come to fulfill is reputation as a prime trout stream as we are finding many large brown and rainbows moving up the Upper O from the fish factory of Crowley Lake below. More rainbows are being caught as the larger browns in the system are showing themselves less frequently. Lots of trout are being caught all around with varous nymphs, dries and streamers working; SJ worms and bright midges are taking many fish as well as UV midges #18-20, Disco Midges #18-20, T-Midge Emergers #18-20 are all taking fish as well as well-ribbed zebras and tigers of the same sizes. Some hopper action is starting to angles that like to cover a lot of water as they fish. Some caddis are working as well; BH Ascending Caddis #14-18 and other sparkle pupas should also be in the Upper O anglers Fly Box. Buggers and Rabbit Streamers off all sorts are also catching fish. You can fish these off a floating of sinking line depending on your style. The Upper O will continue to get better as well roll on through summer into fall. Stay tuned for Pics.
The East Walker is at a nice and clear fishable flow of 265cfs and continues to give out is healthy trout to deserving fly fisherman. Some days a great PMD hatch comes off around 11:30 and most of the trout in the river respond very well. Midges continue to be present most of the day with fish eating many midge and midge emerger patterns underneath. PMD emergers also get some attention at the right times. The upper section can be crowded starting mid-morning but later on people thin out. The hatch is strongest near the dam with the most fish responding. Some of the larger trout seem to have found their homes further downstream on the East Walker. Streamers are getting some attention when fished deep or when the sun is off the water. PMD’s dries (extended body, thorax) in sizes #14-16 will take fish off the surface during the hatch. T-Midges, Poly wing Midges, Biot midges, and disco midges will all take fish on the EW in #’s 18-22. Hoppers could also be a major food source very soon! Stay tuned on this one…
The upper Owens is steadily fishing better and better as the early summer progresses. Flows have not gone out of control and water remains clear, especially above the Hot Creek confluence. Hoppers are setting up to be a major food source for the trout of the Upper Owens this summer and fall. With the numbers of hoppers I have seen in some of the fields around the Upper O recently it is a good indicator that the trout will put on some poundage this year feasting on these large terrestrials. Spotty hatches of caddis and baetis can be found here and there pleasing the dry fly angler, but nothing too consistent. Nymphing consistently takes fish here: Purple Princes #14-18, Robo PT’s #16-18, Bright Midge patterns such as; UV pearl midges, Disco midges, T-Midge Emergers and serendipities and in sizes #16-20 will take fish. A handful of anglers are getting into some big fish on streamers and nymphs.