The Lower Owens River has finally come down and in the last half of and hours it has dropped down to a very fishable flow of 276 cfs... This is great news for fly anglers awaiting the great fly fishing the Lower Owens offers us every fall, winter and spring. Stay tuned as we will be updating how the Lower Owens is fishing the next few days. Stay tuned!!
Fishing the Upper Owens recently has been something similar to steelheading in a small, clear stream up north. Large running fish have populated the system in some of the tail ends of large pools and in the depths of the pools themselves. The flow is also low for the Upper Owens at around 80cfs. Fish of all sizes are in the system right now with some really big specimens show up on the end of our fly rodding system. Streamers fished deep along the cutt banks and through the deeper holes will produce violent territorial disputes. Nymphing deep with many sorts of attractor and flashback nymphs will also produce fish here. SJ worms #10-14, Robo Pheasant Tails #16-18, Tung PT's #16 -18, Hares Ears #16-18 and Zebra and Tiger Midges in #16-18 are just a few samples of bugs to try your fly fishing skill with on the Upper Owens.
The East Walker is showing us the big fish population is has as it is flowing at a low winter rate of around 45 cfs and fishing well! .. Fish are somewhat more-confined to larger and deeper runs and holes and the occasional head and fin can be seen. Easily spooked at this quiet winter flow fish must be approached slowly and cautiously. Streamers and rat patterns fished correctly can produce some large trout with at least some large movement on your pattern when thrown to the opposite bank and tugged back. Small nymphs still produce the most fish. Poly Wing Emergers #18-20, Biot Midges #18-20, Miracle Midges #18, WD-40's #16-20 and Serenstupities #18 are just a few patterns to try. Big Fish are on the move here with some fish showing spawning colours. When the East Walker is this low there is not much reason to enter the water except to cross in certain areas.
Hot Creek is experiencing a great BWO hatch from around 10:30am to 1:00pm. The small river comes alive in most parts of the stream around this time, forcing the fly angler to lose oneself in the multitude of rising rainbow and brown trout in the clear water right in front of them. The normal baetis patterns and poly wing emergers will get you into fish before and after this great Baetis hatch. Caddis are also present with some response. Flies to tryare #20-22 Thorax BWOs, #18-22 Standard BWO, #20 Comparaduns and #20-22 Ext.Body BWO patters. Fertile Caddis #20 and Henrys Fork Caddis #20 are also goodpattern to have in your fly arsenal. Loop Wing BWO emergers #18-20, Thorax BWO emergers #18-20 and Poly Wing emergers #18-22 will all help you take fish at Hot Creek. Look for great hatches here throughout the winter!
The Lower Owens is still flowing at a high flow for this time of year. Very soon this will be our choice water when flows drop to a wintertime fishable level.