The Lower Owens is sticking to a great flow of 104cfs. This allows any angler to move about the river freely. Nymphing has been great here with good numbers to hand. A few more rainbow trout have been coming to hand this December with some great specimens. The usual suspects for flies are still working; PT's, SuperFlash Pheasant Tails, Sparkle Trigger Nymphs, CDC BWO emergers, Ticket Czech nymphs, and Zebra, Tiger and all sorts of Poly wing emerging midges all is sizes #18-20.. Sometimes you can get away with a #16 PT variation on the top fly of your nymph rig. Stay tuned for some clockwork BWO and dry fly
The East Walker continues to produce some large and beautiful brown trout. Flow continue to be low and fish are on midge larvae! Flash Bangs, Miracle Nymphs, T-Midge emergers, Poly Wing Emergers, Biot Midges and Disco Midges all in sizes #18-20 have been on the menu here. Few people show up to fish with almost nobody fishing below the bridge. Stay tuned for good things to come out of the East Walker this season.
Water is down to 115cfs~!!~ and fishing great! Fly Fisherman have been coming in the shop with large grins and happy conversation after spending a few hours on this wild river. Browns are coming out as beautiful as they have been with the occasional rainbow in the mix. Fish the same bugs as suggested in my last report for success. Read the water here well as the fish are definitely holding in certain areas more than others. Pheasant Tails 's of all sorts in #16-20 are really doing the trick with certain patterns outdoing others. Robo PT's, Thorax BWO emergers, Trigger Nymphs, and Killer Baetis or BTS nymphs are some of the patterns we have had success with in the last few weeks. Also, try a midge emerger of some sort on the setup, emerging midge patterns have been outfishing standard midge patters recently.. T-Midges, Tube Midges, and Serenstupidies are some examples..Fish these in #18-20.
East Walker is very low and fishing well. Fish are hungry and eager to take small midge larvae, bait fish, and other protein forms this fertile river system offers. Traffic is low and fishing below the Miracle Mile has been very successful. 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. Ultimate Perch Fry and Son of Crazy Dad #10-12 are also patterns we have had success on in the last week. This will continue to fish well all winter with less traffic as the snow and colder weather come in. We have had a few crushes on the mouse and streamers recently which should be in every fly anglers East Walker Box.
Hot Creek still fishes well in spite of low flows. For us right now it is all about the dry fly hatch that comes off between 10:30 and 11:30. This hatch last from 1.5 - 3 hours depending on the day.and is absolutely a blast to fish .The hatch comes off at different consistencies in different parts of the river and it is not too hard to find where they are the thickest. Ext Body BWO's #20-22, Thorax BWO's #20 -22, and Etha Wing BWO #20-22 have been the most successful patterns to trick these highly selective trout on Hot Creek. The standard Hot Creek nymphs from my last report will take fish when the hatch is not on and the fish are not rising. Hot Creek should be fishing very well this winter with a variety of surface activity.
Very large trout specimens are still being caught on the Upper Owens River. Spread throughout the system these large fish are holding deep and tight under the banks and in the larger bends and holes. Water is low and clear making it very easy for the trout to sense your presence. Walk and position yourself accordingly to not spook and scare away the things you seek. Try the same flies as my last report for success. Smaller fish (10"-16") rise to flies in mid afternoon decent sized caddis patterns (stalcups adult caddis #16, EHC #16-18) adding to the action of the day.
The flows of his quality fly fishing water are down to a grin inducing flow of around 140cfs of pure sport! Dry fly action is limited to select pools where certain fish are usually looking up to a random Caddis or Baetis that happens upon the wrong feeding lane. Fish are taking nymphs like Charlie eats candy.. PT's of all sorts in #16-20 are really doing the trick with certain patterns outdoing others. Robo PT's, Thorax BWO emergers, Trigger Nymphs, and Killer Baetis or BTS nymphs are some of he patterns we have had seccess with in the last few days. Also, try a midge emerger of some sort on the setup, emerging midge patterns have been outfishing standard midge patters recently.. T-Midges, Tube Midges, and Serenstupidies are some examples..Fish these in #18-20. With water down and thousands of trout per mile the Lower Owens will satisfy your jones for wild browns on light fly