The Lower Owens flows are staying as low as most people have seen for this time of year! At 195cfs the fishing is as good as I have seen it on the Lower O! In the early mornings and evenings the Amiocentrus caddis are getting eaten all over the surface.. If you want dry fly action show up at these times..Use small Elk Hare Caddis and turkey wing caddis, Hot Creek style partridge caddis are also getting eaten if you can see them at a distance… In between hatches various caddis pupa patterns and standard mayfly patterns are getting chomped. Once again for nymphing use Tiger and Zebra midges in greens and darker colours.. Fox’s poopah and z-wing patterns are also taking fish all day long…Standard PT’s, Robos, and Prince nymphs are getting eaten regularly….. At these flows we have seen some really nice EW style fish coming out of the Lower O right here in BISHOP!!! A must to fish right now!!
Hot Creek is on fire! Flows are perfect at 41 cfs for fly fishers and the fish are responding to correctly fished patterns.. Caddis seem to be the flies of choice but other insects are making their presence known; Yellow Sallies, Tricos and PMD’s…. Tiger and Zebra midges in blacks and browns fished as a short dropper are taking all kinds of fish. PT’s and Robos are also good flies to put in your Hot Creek box. All in #’s 16-20…As for dries the amiocentrus caddis adults are what the fish are eating on the surface.. A small grey EHC or partridge caddis will do the trick here… Fishing is hot all day long just so you are fishing the correct pattern. Dont miss this one…
I continue to frequent this river a few times a week. Flows are cranked up to 254cfs and the water has taken on a clear tea reddish tint to it right now, which is very different from the light pea soup colour it usually flows. Caddis and Mayfly hatches come off strong in the morning and late evening, but as usual you will not land those East Walker brutes we all hunt in that river if you fish dries all day. Use small EHC and Parachute Adams style dries for the rising fish. Tiger and Disco midges in #’s 18-20 continue to pound larger fish…Down lower toward Nevada I have taken large fish on large Princes and tungsten stone patterns… San Juan worms also continue to be players here.. Streamers are not as much of a go to pattern these days but one can still have a great day with some stripping action. I still prefer something large and lighter in colour; greys,yellows and whites still trick large browns there..
The Upper O is fishing fair to good…. Flows are moderate at 65cfs and hatches of small caddis continue to come off in the AM and PM..Nymphing and stripping streamers will get you the most action on this water if there is NO surface activity.. Tiger midges, small PT’s, Hares ears and WD-40 type stuff are all still getting action.. Some small red Copper Johns as the top fly on the nymph string recently took some fish for me as well… Small Elk Hair Caddis and Griffith Gnat style patterns will see fish mouths when they are looking up.. For streamers one can tie on your pattern of choice and have some pretty good luck most times of the day.. Dont spook the fish with the streamers though, cast past them and have the proper set-up to get the pattern down to the fish..
The Lower Owens is now flowing at 192 out of PV dam. http://wsoweb.ladwp.com/Aqueduct/realtime/norealtime.htm
This is an excellent level for floating and fishing! The mid morning- afternoons seem to be when the fish really perk up and are on the prowl for food.. Caddis are a major player right now on this river. Nymphing with baetis and caddis emerger patterns will get you fish until they start looking up. Nymphing deep will also produce! PT’s, Hares Ears, z-wing caddis and the like will get you into fish.. Mid afternoon the fish start looking up and the river really becomes fun then! Elk Hair Caddis in size #16 will trick fish throughout this hatch. Comparaduns and Adams patterns will also imitate some of the mayflys that are on the water as well.
The East Walker has had some decent water fluctuations since the last report.. It has gone as high as 240cfs and is now down to around 195 cfs. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis/uv?10293000
Fishing remains strong and I continue to do many of my guided trips here.. With the new flows fish are able to move around the entire river with some larger meat eaters ending up in some shallower riffles.. Crowds still hit the EW but only a handful on anglers has success on this technical fishery. Streamers are still working but not like they were a few weeks ago. The morning and evening seems to fish the best. Concentrate on using all sorts of midges,(tiger and zebra) WD-40’s, small flashback PT’s, San Juan worms, and all sorts of caddis from poopahs to sparkly pooppahs work later on in the day. I have recorded temps up to 65 degrees in the warmest part of the day.. This fishery is on fire and should not be passed up!
This quick lived run of fish reminds me of a small scale salmon run! It is pretty much over now, but it was Sweet for my friends and clients that managed to get in on it! Water was up, letting in some absolute stunning fish! Like I said you fish for them like they are salmon! I will let the pics do the talking on this one..
Hot Creek is running high but not too dirty at this point. Mammoth creek is feeding in the water at its upper parts and Hot Creek is flowing at 80 cfs as I write this report. Hatches seem to still roll off on this amazing fishery that can challenge the most educated fisherman.. Midges come off in the morning and seem to be around most of the day.. Later on BWO’s make an appearance with a few PMD’s mixed in. Caddis also put themselves the chow line and make a small appearance in the afternoon. Once again for flies use WD-40’s, Zebra or Tiger midges in sizes 18-20.. Tie on Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, z-wing caddis in sizes #16-20..Don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns that represent what I have mentioned above. For dries; partridge caddis, griffiths gnats, comparaduns, different CDC patterns, and adams patters will bring fish up. All in similar sizes to the nynmphs. I will sometinmes start with the slightly larger flies and then go down in size to determine the optimal setup. Adjust the indicator based on the creek characteristics for the pools and weed lanes.. Have fun!
Hot Creek Flow link.. http://wsoweb.ladwp.com/Aqueduct/realtime/lvrealtime.htm
The Upper Owens has some interesting flows going on right now below and above the Hot Creek confluence.. Both sections are fishable, yet high, with some dry fly and nymphing and streamer action. Water is cold yet fishable with heavy set-ups… look for the slower pools with definate seams to fish along.. if there is foam holding there is probably fish under it.. Tiger Midges, Disco midges, and midge dries will take fish.. Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears and bright Egg patterns will also get fish.. Fish the nymphs is sizes #16-18.. Midges #18-20.. Larger Streamers in browns and blacks will also produce.. On top Elk Hair Caddis, Griffiths Gnats, and Adams patters with trick upper o fish to the surface.. This fishery will get better as the water warms and the flows subside a little..
The East Walker is now up to 112cfs of pure world class fishing action. I have spent most of my guiding and fishing days up on this great piece of water.. Fishing has seemed to not slow down at all. Most days we are getting into personal best browns and bows for most of my clients! Perch and Carp fry are still in the water and the fish continue to stack thier bellies full of these thus causing their growth rate to be abnormally fast! Lighter coloured streamers fished with good action can get eaten right in front of you just under the waters surface, this leaves your heart pumping with a little shot of adreneline into your system..
Midges come off in the morning and baetis in the afternoon.. Use Tiger midges in blacks and greys and RS 2’s and mercers trigger nymph from morning to afternoon.. Dont bypass any water you think is too skinny for larger fish as they have been surprising us with great appearances in this type of water.. Below the Meadows section is fishig just as good as anything.. The whole CA side of the river is wide open..