Less potent storms have been pelting the Bishop /Mammoth areas for the last week.. This has changed nothing on the river. Flows, Fish and decent water clarity remain stable. Access is about the same as before. With the right Temps snow can be very hard in the morning making walking very easy, be careful if it warms up and softens the snow, this will make walking out an amazing workout to say the least. But very worth it! For those who do not want to walk.. Call the shop for options. Attractor nymphs in larger sizes take most of these fish. Our main fish extractor (very popular with the bug trout) the Tungsten Jig Head Soft Hackle patterns we have had in the shop for years is still in of our many star flies we use out there. There's something very nice about sticking to actual hand tied flies with equal success as the guys throwing rubber egg patterns. We can fish over the waters where the Anglers have been throwing egg after egg and take fish out right behind them. So much more satisfying and effective to stick to real flies. Streamers fished with tenacity will also take fish. A sinking or floating line will work in this case depending on your streamer technique. Call us now to get in on this amazing world class fishery.
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.