Fish are being caught in the Upper Owens at a more constant rate than I have seen this season. As usual there is always some really big fish here and there if you fish hard enough. Flows are running clear and conditions are perfect for deep and shallow nymphing down to the Upper Owens fish. Large Brown and Rainbow Trout should start to move up the River out of Crowley as Autumn weather progresses. San Juan Worms #10-14, Robo Pheasant Tails #14-18 , Hares Ears #14-18, Trigger and sparkle back emergers #’s 16-20, and Disco, T and UV midges in #18-20 will get fish below the water. Some dry action is found here but the smaller fish seem to be the ones that come up on the dries in the Upper Owens. Large streamers pulled through the correct holes can also get something big attached to the end of your line.
Fish are still being taken in the Bishop creek drainage from town, to Intake 2 and on up to the three lakes (North Lake, South Lake, Lake Sabrina) that provide Bishop Creek with water. Small buggers #8-12 in black and olives will take fish when presented correctly. Start under the waters surface then go deeper if you are not satisfied with the results. Some dry fly action can be had with the usual suspects: Sierra Bright Dots, Royal Wulff and Coachman, Mosquitos and Adams.. all in sizes #16-20. Bishop Creek fish are still responding well to large attractor patterns such as: Stimulators, Hoppers, Beetles and Wulffs.. all in sizes # 10-14. Prince, Pheasant Tail, and Stonefly nymphs will also get eaten if you prefer nyphs. Fish nymphs in sizes #12-18.
The Lower Owens is still pumping at near its maximum levels of clear cool water. A small dr0p in CFS was noted recently, but not sustained. Fish are hungry and hard to get to at these flows. Fish the foamy pools and slower water where fish end up holding to stay out of the faster water. The nymphs I mentioned in my last Lower Owens report are still taking fish. A caddis hatch can be found some evenings in the slower foamy water. Walk the river in the evenings to find a hold for rising fish. This will be on-fire as soon as the flows drop which should be reasonably soon. Stay Tuned For This one.
Just a reminder about our Montana Fly Fishing trip I will be hosting this year to my families own fly fishing lodge. This is where I grew up and first started guiding on the Clark Fork River in Western Montana. There will be four full days of fishing out of wooden Makenzie River Drift boats that my Dad and I created by hand. The Clark Fork is known for its Dry Fly Fishing – 80% of the fishing we do there will be with a large dry fly.. We will fish to rising chunky Rainbows, Westslope Cutthroat, and Cuttbows. Fishing is done out of the drift boat, we will also be exiting the drift boat to fish from shore in prime areas.
Guests will need to arrive the night of the 25th of Sept. and meals will commence the following morning and be served until the morning of the 30th. Guests will then be leaving after breakfast on the 30th of Sept. The stay is all inclusive as we provide all meals and flies while you are our guests. Four cabins provide lodging at the rivers edge. The main lodge has a 12 person dining room overlooking the river. My Sister will be coming in to cook (outstanding food)specifically on these dates for this group. The cost is $2200- Guests can fly into Missoula, MT – or Spokane, WA. Spokane lies around 1.5-2 hours from the lodge while Missoula is 1-1.5 hours. This promises to be an unforgettable fly fishing experience for those who can make it. Call the Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop @ (760)873 0010 or 661 364 6981 with any additional questions you might further have.
The East Walker remains at a very reasonable flow of 290cfs for the summer months. Fish are active and the good fishing the East Walk has to offer remains constant. As usual you can find most of the anglers in the “Miracle Mile” section just below the dam throughout the day. One can go on down farther off the rat trails to find some world class fishing. A few bug species continue to be seen throughout the day; PMD’s, Midges, Caddis and a few Tricos can be seen when one spends the day on the Walker. Thick dry fly action can be had in the late evening when almost all of the “miracle mile” crowds leave. Midge emergers #18-20 will pick up fish of all sizes! We have been continuing to use grays, browns and blacks with success. T-midges #18-20 and various sno-cone Midges and Zebra and Tiger Midges will also get eaten. WD-40′s and various small PT and Trico nymphs are also getting consumed by East Walker residents. Fish these all in #’s 18-22. Arriving in the early morning hours this time of year can be a great idea for the more serious angler. Always a pleasure to guide this water.
Bishop Creek is a beautiful little place to throw a fly and practice some dry fly fishing with large attractor patterns. Fish are coming up to eat just about any larger attractors (mostly hoppers) in most of the creek. Large stonefly nymphs dropped a couple of feet under will also produce brown and rainbow trout for the competent angler. The intakes always hold fish and various colours of wooly buggers and streamers will make a fly angler successful. Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Zug Bugs and various stone patterns are working well. Most in sizes #12-16.
The Lower Owens is back up to 500+ cfs and flowing hard. Needless to say the wild browns are still in there and the experienced fisherman can still extract brown trout from this river. Water temps are in the mid-fifties making the fish hungry and active. Any slower moving water or foam line will have fish. Caddis still come off in the evening making some dry fly fishing possible. Streamers fished deep in the column will also see action. Patterns that have been taking fish have not changed much and are: Ascending caddis pupa #14-16, Sparkle Pupa #14-16, T-Midge emergers #18-20, Tigers and Zebras (in dark greens and blacks) #16-20. For the evening hatch fish Elk Hair Caddis (olives and browns) #14-18, Adult Caddis (stallcup) #16, Para Caddis #14-16. During the day there is some action on midges in hoppers in certain areas. Nymphing the caddis and midges will get most fly fisherman into some nice fish.
The East Walker went up and then back down in flow to a very fishable and steady 262cfs. A few bug species are seen throughout the day; PMD’s, Midges, Caddis and a few Tricos can be seen when one spends the entire day on the EWalk. Stellar dry fly action can be had in the late evening when almost all of the EW crowds leave. Some dry fly action can be seen in certain areas throughout the day. Midge emergers #18-20 seem to keep on picking up fish of all sizes! We have been using grays, browns and blacks with success. T-midges #18-20 and various sno-cone Midges and Zebra and Tiger Midges will also get eaten. WD-40’s and various small PT and Trico nymphs are also getting consumed by East Walker residents. Fish these all in #’s 18-22. Early starts with a break during the day- then returning in the evening can produce some great fishing here.