The Eastern Sierra Creek Fishing since opener has been great! Flows are high yet clear. The cooler night temps are freezing the upper elevation snowpacks and ice at night, therefore letting the runoff continue slowly, instead of a fast dirty and dangerously high runoff.... Not many terrestrial patterns are being fished yet, as once again the cool nights are keeping the terrestrial bug population at bay. Under the water is an entirely different story as the fish are warming up to the spring days sun and making up for lost time not eating while under the last winters snow. Nymphs of all sorts and varieties are taking fish, mostly of the attractor type. A few examples are; Prince Nymphs #12-18, Pheasant Tail variations (Robo, Soft Hackles, ect) #12-18, Soft Hackles #12-18, Egg Patterns #14-18, San Juan Worms of all sorts #8-14. Streamers passed on front of an aggressive Trouts face stands a good chance of getting violently eaten. The Marvel Spinner Bugger is one effective pattern over here right now in the Eastern Sierra Creeks. Check back for more updates as water levels can change frequently.
The Upper Owens River Fly Fishing continues to impress even the most worldly fly angler... currently its running high and clear as it meanders through its high elevation course, cutting a high meadow in two. Some mud can be found in certain areas so be aware of this. The fish are there and they are still BIG! And yes, the ones we have been waiting for are starting to show up .. Big deep red sided ones.... the same techniques and flies still apply here... Flashy Steelhead type patters sunk deep. Streamers pulled through the deep holes, and high sticking (czech nymphing) will all lead to success when executed correctly. This should see an influx of more fish as the runoff rolls on....
The Lower Owens Fly Fishing is pretty non existent as it is still receiving an amazing flushing flow of water... very few souls attempt to fish the River at the current level of around 700+cfs... There has been Bass and Carp taken out of the river to the East and South of Bishop. Fish the back eddies to find these fish. Even though water is high, it is relatively clear. Stay tuned for this amazing fishery to finish run-off and show us what its capable of with new runs, riffles, and holes once this historical run off comes to an end.
Video of water conditions of local area Creeks. 4.29.17
Snow has Melted on the Upper Owens River making it accessible to 4x4 and All wheel drive vehicles. The main road is in great condition.. The feeder roads to the river are the ones you could have problems on... Forcing you to remain on the Upper Owens River lot longer than you anticipated as you sink to your axles in mud..... . Water is higher, yet clear, and fish are still here as much as ever. Today we came across an isolated pod of large picky Trout rising to an afternoon Caddis hatch. It only happened in a very small section of the river but was absolutely amazing to fish. Of course, nymphs will do the job 95% of the time with the same patterns still getting major attention from fish. These fish are still acting like running steelhead rather than ordinary bug - eating Trout. Streamers for big fish? Of course! It's just takes a bit more work and casting tenacity with the slinging arm to get the job done..
Just received this awesome video of STM guide Seth C. helping a young angler land a Trout of a lifetime. Copy and paste the Dropbox link below!https://www.dropbox.com/s/rybtjaugdprbm0e/IMG_0441.MOV?dl=0
The entire Gorge is fishing very well! This amazing stream fishes like a classic Creek and is full of wild and eagerly selective fish. A small Baetis hatch comes off around noon while Midges abound all day long. Fish are actively feeding on the surface in some larger foam lined holes. Smaller Midge and BWO dry patterns will bring these fish up when not spooked. Attractor patterns also get these guys attention as there is plenty of larger Stone Flies, Ants, Beetles and other crawling bugs around. Of course if the tip eager action isn't happening Nymphs and Streamers will get some serious attention as well. Contact the shop to Book a guided trip into this amazing destination. 760 873-0010
The Lower Owens River Fly Fishing is on hold for a little while longer as the river is currently draining all the awesome precipitation we've had recently! Flows are topping 700cfs and the river will be in amazing shape when it's all over and back to normal.