The East Walker has been flowing clear and cool with an up and down flow rate of around 115 t0 150 cfs... Water is clear for the East Walkers standards and fish have been eating very well earlier in the day. Typical lower water conditions in the warmer weather requires you to fish earlier and end earlier. Midges in the morning with a scant PMD hatch letting you know it is there with fish responding in certain areas. Sometimes, as the last "fish of the Month" shows you can rarely find some areas where the BIG Browns will actually rise to a Dry Fly. Up and down the river from the Dam down to the Border trout are being found. Large Attractor dries are getting fish up against the banks and dropoffs. The same nymph patterns I suggested last time in my fishing report are holding strong. One thing different, the upper fly we use above the midge pattern can now be something meatier! Try a small crayfish, or perch imitation.. Nymph these above your small Midge/Midge Emerger for some interesting results.
The Lower Owens continues to flow high with great water temperatures and fish being very active. It is not that it's not fishing well, it is just harder to find the right spots to enter the river and show your fly to the Brown Trout that inhabit this fertile river. Some PMD's and Yellow Sallies are showing all day long with fish responding to them here and there under the overhanging branches and in the foamy lines. The same flies hold as last report. You can carry a Rod rigged up with a small Yellow Sallie or a PMD (Pale Morning Dunn) and flick cast it up under the trees and shadows to get some top-water action. Big Green Crawling Caddis worms and Emerging Midge and Mayfly patters have been doing great. Fish these is #14-18 Rumors are that these flows could possibly drop very soon to very fishy levels. Stay Tuned!
The Upper Owens Flows are down and fishing is decent-good... Each hole will indeed hold fish but pretty much all the HUGE specimens we were getting a couple of months ago daily have made an exodus from the river for now... If Crowley gets green and ugly real quick we could see new some rather large Sierra Trout coming up again to live and breathe the clean spring water of the Upper Owens. Attractor Nymphs are doing well in Reds and Purples with the usual patterns I mentioned in my last reports still working. Small, and this SJ worms, Green Caddis Worms and the like will take fish in #14-18. Streamers will always take fish here but the new news is you can throw a HOPPER pattern up against some of the banks and bends and get some great eats!