The small creeks draining the Eastern Sierra have dropped a small yet noticable amount in the last couple weeks. Smaller dries are called for with the cooling night temperatures. I personally have been doing best with a dry/dropper combo to sample the trout populations of these bubbling brooks. A stimulator in an medium to large size range trailed with a like sized nymph will produce fish if they are in there. Cooler night temps are also turning the lower flows here to a cooler temperature. I have seen some larger cadddis activity on a few of the streams in the shaded sections of the runs.. Small buggers will always bring up some sort of action on this water. Try pullin them down first, then going to the top and pulling them up for a different presentation.
Hot Creek hatches are coming off starting in the morning and persisting throughout the day. The creek has had a little more weed growth since the last report but the caddis are what an angler can rely on to have a great day at the moment.. The flies of choice continue to be the size #18-20 Partridge and Quill Caddis when the fish are actively taking flies off the surface. The hatch seems to be the strongest around 1-2:00 pm, then sporadic from then on while intensifying moving on into the evening.
Hoppers are still getting a sharp response when presented correctly. A dropper in the same sizes as the mentioned dries can be added off of 6x to entice numbers of fish to hand. Go short on the dropper with the current flows and amount of weeds. Streamers are very difficult to manipulate at the moment but there are certain sections where a deaddrifted or correctly retrieved bugger will bring out a beast.. One try is all you get right now.. Don’t let the wind blow you off the water here, as the bugs seem to stick tight to the water during the hatch and the hoppers get blown in to the feeding lane.. Kinda like us falling into a croc tank…
Flows are 277cfs as of today which is a 40+cfs drop from the outlet of Pleasant Valley Reservoir(which is also fishing very well) from the last few weeks of pumpin out 320cfs and over..Nights are cooling in the valley and with this current CFS level morning and evening fishing should be very comfortable.
As of now expcet early morning and evening hatches of midges and caddis. A few mayflies can be seen sporadically coming off in sections of the river. Small grey bodied elkhairs, partridge caddis, hot creek caddis, and quill winged caddis patterns continue to take fish for the caddis imitations. Once again carry sized #14-20 to cover all possibilities. BWO’s and Adams in the same sizes should also be a inhabitant of your flybox. Nymphing deep in the foam lines with various soft hackle flys in shades of green #’s 14-18 will imitate many things in the water, or fish a birds nest in the same sizes in shades of brown and green as well as the ever reliable PT nymph flashback and Robo. For streamers use a larger dumbell head of of a 9-10′ 4 x leader.. White or light coloured streamers, Swing them… Swing them down, Strip them up..Or quarter up, let it sink and pull it across towards you(my favorite)…Pick out the larger fish. Sized #4-10.
The somewhat cooler nights and shorter days will continue and the Upper Owens well continue to load up with fish. The caddis fly hatch continues to come off early morning and somewhat perstist in parts of the river throughout the day. The elk hair caddis, and goddard caddis patterns are doing well during the stronger parts of the hatch. Hoppers fished properly as well as popular attractor patterns are getting smacked. Do not let the fish see you when fishing topwater attractor patterns, remember, they utilize a 45 degree conical vision. Stay back and stay accurate.
Nymphs are getting great results all day long! A small San Juan worm or large red midle larva above a # 20 pt or dark soft hackle will score fish all day. Others to try are #18-20 robo pt’s, hares ears, z-wing and other pupas, and midge emergers to name a few. Pull some streamers off the bank while applying the same rules as the topwater attractor patterns and enjoy success! Here you will see some different fish as we see more browns willing to come up and sample the larger protein snack imitations we throw at them. And dont forget, The Tug is the Drug!
The freestone streams of the area continue to fish excellent! Water flows are staying strong and cold.. Bread out the small rods (ooowt-light 3wt’s) and try your luck with large attractor patterns, medium-large numphs, and small streamers. Fish here are still opportunistic and aggressive so remeber that when you approach and cast to each pool. You will often get the best and largest fish within the first few moments the fly hits the water when you make the first cast into a fresh piece of water. Fish any method you like here, but do it well with precision. These places require the most patience and thought out methods and actions. Have you ever spent more time untangling and fishing for leaves than time in the water? Examine each situation, angle your cast, find the casting lane, concentrate… time will pass, .. way too fast…:)
Hot creek flows are staying about the same and not two much has happened different since my last report. Hoppers are still going strong and landing in the water during the windy parts of the afternoon. Who says wind is bad for fly fishing? If you want you can still put a #18-20 dropper underneath that on 6x; small caddis pupas, small flashback pt’s, zebra midges, and #20 robo pt’s just to name a few to use depending on the time of day. The caddis hatch still comes off from the afternoon on, partridge caddis and hot creek caddis on 6x flouro does the trick as long as you have absolutely no drag that is. In mid-morning a trico hatch comes off..if you think you are doing everything right and not doing well amoung rising fish, try switching to 7x with this hatch. Keep it light and keep it accurate! have fun…
The flows as of today dropped down to 292 cfs, this is getting more fishable each day as the night temperatures cool and the days shorten. A reliable caddis hatch has been coming off in the evening bringing up hungry fish. They are smaller in size, carry along sizes#14-20’s to be safe. Small grey bodied elkhairs, partridge caddis, hot creek caddis, and quill winged caddis patterns will take fish. The fish are really stacked in the pockets and small eddies. Like I always say “foam is home” really applies here right now. Tungsten conehead buggers or your favorite big ugly streamer (slump busters, muddler minnows?) fished properly are a good choice at these curent flows as well. Fish can be spotted in the shallow water under cover in the right sunlight. Nymphing deep in the foam lines with the standard nymphs or with various soft hackles flys in shades of green #’s 14-18 will imitate many things in the water, or fish a birds nest in the same sizes in shades of brown and green as well as the ever reliable PT nymph.
Flowing at 22cfs this amazing creek can be a little harder to fish at these flows. The late summer weeds are in full bloom making for some challenging fishing. The weed lanes are tighter and darker right now, making accurate casts to these areas is the first step for success here. The caddis hatch is still sporadic throughout the day making the fish look up for the most part. The strongest part of the hatch seems to be in full swing at around 3:00-4:00 pm. Use a size #20-#22 turkey quill caddis, partridge caddis, or a grey EHC in these sizes. The caddis emergers and small mayfly imitations will get you fish if no surface activity is present. While you are on Hot Creek you will hear loud eruptions on the water as a hopper hits the water then enters a trouts belly. Cast your hoppers with precision and accuracy. These are more or less one chance fish making the first cast the most crucial. Put it in there right on the first try while leaving the fish no time to question what they might have seen on previous casts. Giving you the angler more opportunities to make for a great fishing day.
Flows seem to have not dropped to any more noticable level then they were a couple of weeks ago allowing the Upper Owens to continue fishing great. Water clarity remains very clear confining the fly angler to the stealth approach methods ensuring the fish are in the spot to be casted to. Winds appear to have been subdued more in the last couple of days. Winds are an asset to the Hopper fisherman though as it aids in dumping many hoppers on the move into the waters of the Upper O. The morning caddis hatch continues to come off getting some mixed attention from the resident trout. Strikes are sporadic, yet anglers can hook into fish on dries if desired. All day long these opportunistic fish are still taking larger red midge patters, #20 PT’s, WD-40’s and various other darker and small mayfly imitations. Streamers are producing fish as usual, giving you the shot at filtering out the larger fish the Upper O hosts. The Upper Owens is still the hot place to go to learn a bit more about fly fishing technique or to just catch a lot of trout!
The Upper Owens continues to pump out nice fish! I was on the water up there the last two days and the fishing is great and very consistent ! With the flows slowly going down lower and lower the approach and stealth is the most important thing anglers can do to have a successful and satisfying day. When one looks down into the river from a high undercut bank with the current water levels you can see lot of trout scurrying to conceal themselves under the bank.The caddis hatch has been coming off late morning from about 9am to 11am with fish hitting the surface here and there. Not all the fish come up though as it seems to be limited to the smaller ones eating the surface caddis… Put on a sparkle pupa or small green soft hackle in sized #16-#18 while the hatch is underway and the trout can not say NO! In some holes the fishing is so good I see fish landed every third cast. As the day rolls on and the winds pick up long strategic casts with a medium sized hopper yields agressive strikes, put on a dropper such as the above mentioned caddis imitations or a large red midge larva in sizes #16-#18 to pick up all the willing fish. Other patterns to try are robo pheasant tails, red lightning bugs, Green Butt Soft Hackle Hares Ear, flashback pheastant tails, and green hares ears. Streamers continue to induce rapid strikes… as I always say “the tug is the drug.” Streamers fishing will also induce some of the larger fish to eat as well as the ever carnivorous brown trout.