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

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes CA – 2.6.17

The Upper Owens River Fly Fishing has been pretty great!  Tons of snow fell on the Upper Owens River access sites making this snowmobile or foot access only.  The river is slowly thawing above the upper Hot  Creek confluence.  Fishing has been awesome for size of fish in an amazing setting in a small stream meandering through a snowy high plain.  This is some of the finest fishing a dedicated fly angler can find in the world.  Pick the deepest and darkest runs,  deep riffles, and pools to strategically place your offerings in.  Step up the pound test of your Tippett and tie on some large Attractor patterns.  Think of it as kinda a steelhead/Trout fishing so throw some spawning colours in there! 🙂
Large Trout landed on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes CA

Upper Owens River winter Fly Fishing

STM snowmobiling in on the Upper Owens River

STM snowmobiling in on the Upper Owens River

Large Upper Owens River Rainbow Trout

Pascal with what he came for.. Big Upper Owens River Wintertime Trout

STM Fly Fishing

STM Guide Seth spends his days off extracting big fish out of the Upper Owens River...  Looking at his smile I think that made his day! 

 

Hot Creek Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes CA – 2.6.17

Hot Creek is not plowed  past the hatchery entrance.  Sleds,  snowshoes, or good old hiking will put you on some hungry Trout. Although a recently stocked fishery, it's some good fun.  Throw a variety of winter patterns at these guys.  Caddis Baetis and Midge Larvae,  Emergers and Adults..  #18-22
Hot Creek Fly Fishing -  Rainbow Trout

Hot Creek Fly Fishing - Rainbow Trout

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report  : Bishop CA – 2.6.17

The Lower Owens River Fly Fishing has been very interesting with the passing of all the great precipitation heavy storms.  Flows are up to an awesome fishable level of around 190cfs. Wading is only a little more difficult at these flows,  but very good for the fish as they can move about the river more securely and don't spook as easy while having more volume of food flowing by them!   This being said the fish can be very picky one minute or day,   and willing to give it a go the next minute or day,  depending on the weather and many environmental factors.         Soft Hackles,  Robo PT's,  FB PT's,  Czech nymphs,  and the like have been working as attractors. Fish these in sizes  #14-#18. Midge Larvae,  Midge Emergers,  Baetis emergers and Baetis nymphs are the smaller patterns. Fish these in Sizes #18-22. Some dry Fly action can be found randomly throughout the river system.  Have a variety of BWO patterns as well as Midges and Caddis adults.  
Fishing in comfort on the Lower Owens in Bishop

Fishing in comfort on the Lower Owens in Bishop

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing for Wild Brown Trout

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing for Wild Brown Trout

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing for Wild Rainbow Trout

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing for Wild Rainbow Trout

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing : Bishop CA – 12.7.16

Lower Owens River fly fishing continues to be a very rewarding fly fishing experience for some of the most beautiful, and wild Brown Trout you will ever see.  Flows are low and clear and wading is very easy to figure out.  Mayflies make their appearance in the warmer parts of the day throughout the river system. If your lucky you will be in an are where the fish deem it worthy to rise to the surface and pluck the unsuspecting, sexually mature bugs from the surface.  For bugs concentrate on, of course,  Midges, Baetis, and Caddis .. in that order as well.. for now.   Trace has been tying up some great Midge Larvae and Midge Emergers with a little shuck that have been downright fooling the fish. Green Caddis Worms, Emerging Caddis, and larger PT variations fish well above a small Midge or Baetis Emerger. RS2's have also been a choice out of the box recently.

Fly fishing the Lower Owens River

Large specimen of the Lower Owens River

Fly fishing the Lower Owens River

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing

Wintertime Fly Fishing on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes California

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes CA – 12.7.16

Upper Owens River fly fishing near Mammoth Lakes CA is a great winter fly fishing experience ...even though we just are not seeing the amount of large and prefect catchable fish heading up the river.  Flows are still down to the same levels associated with my last Upper Owens Report. Use the same flies and techniques. As weather gets cooler and cooler we should see more trout move on up and in the deep water.
Wintertime Fly Fishing on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes California

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing

Winter fly fishing on the Upper Owens River

Winter fly fishing on the Upper Owens River

Hot Creek Fly Fishing near Mammoth Lakes

Hot Creek Fly Fishing : Mammoth Lakes CA – 12.7.16

Hot Creek Fly Fishing in Mammoth Lakes has been decent as the newly released citizens are continually getting more accustomed to their new homes in the flowing voclanic aquas of Hot Creek.  Fishing can be actually quite fun here using a light nymphing technique with some standard Hot Creek nymphs. Pheasant tails, Midges and Midge Emergers, Small Caddis and Coppers will do the trick. Try these nymph patterns and their Dry counterparts in small sizes for success on Hot Creek.  Some Hot Creek surface activity is noted throughout the system, but nothing constant.  We look forward to seeing what Hot Creek has in store with its recent re-stocking and instant trout population.
Hot Creek Fly Fishing near Mammoth Lakes

Hot Creek Fly Fishing

   
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Lower Owens River Fly Fishing : Bishop CA report – 11.20.16

The Lower Owens River Fly Fishing continues to make us local Fly anglers very happy.   We are seeing a definite larger average size of fish over the last few months.  It appears the lower and somewhat harsher water conditions of the last few years possibly weeded out some of the weaker & smaller fish.  Then this summer we saw actual runoff,   the flows pumped to 500cfs,  this sheer volume of water provided more protein in the form of insects and bait fish passing by for the carnivorous trout to consume.  We are starting to see dry Fly action more regularly from around 10:30-1:00pm in popular fish holes throughout the river.  Fish the appropriate patterns mentioned in my last reports.  Lots of Midge and Baetis  Emergers...
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Georgous Lower Owens River Brown Trout

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Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 11.17.16

The water on the Upper Owens River is now clear and flowing around 70cfs! A decent amount of large fish have moved in,  nothing like we like it but there is a few.  Tactics change to gin-clear spring Creek like tactics as to not spook these awesome fish.  Take care of where you cross and step.  The same flies as my last report still hold strong. After this storm and weather change we should see larger numbers of Trout arriving.

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STM friend Vinny Y. Shows us what's in the Upper Owens River.

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Crowley Lake Fly Fishing, Mammoth Lakes Fly Fishing

Crowley Lake Fly Fishing : Mammoth Lakes CA – 11.17.16

We wipe the tears away at the fact Crowley Lake is done for the year...   STM guide Seth shows us how to make the best of it.  Using a combination of streamers and nymphs throughout the day he managed to land a good batch of amazing fish.
Crowley Lake Fly Fishing, Mammoth Lakes Fly Fishing

STM Guide Seth finished Crowley on a day off...

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Bakersfield boy goes big on Crowley

 
Fly Fishing the Lower Owens River, Eastern Sierra Wild Trout

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop Ca – 11.17.16

Bishop's Fly Fishing jewel, the Lower Owens River is currently flowing at a popular flow rate of right around 80-100cfs. This, in turn, opens up the river to many fly anglers who are slightly uneasy wading at the higher flow rates. These current rates will most likely stay low and sweet until next summers runoff. Nymphing the standard, and some modified Lower Owens winter patterns have been very effective. Make sure time is spent reading the water effectively,  dipping your flies in the right holes throughout the river. Weeds are thinning out and this has been a very solid fishery producing some beautiful, wild fish. Some surface activity is noted throughout the river system and should become more prevalent as the new season comes in.
Fly Fishing the Lower Owens River, Eastern Sierra Wild Trout

Happy Fly Fishing days on the Lower Owens River

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Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing, Lower Owens River Fly Fishing

Dream day on the Lower Owens River, Bishop CA

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