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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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!!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
It is a great thing that the Upper Owens is connected to Crowley Lake! Large fish can migrate up the river and hold in the many large holes the Upper Owens has to offer down low and up high. These fish are starting to show up from the lake up into the river making for a very exciting day when you know that each cast could be a very large fish! Flowing at a nice low flow rate of around 80 cfs you must look for the obvious large holes and holding water where a large fish would feel safe and sheltered. Streamers and nymphs are the best ways to extract these large fish from the water of the Upper O. Prince nymphs, Pheastant tails, Sparkle Trigger Nymphs, The Ticket Czech Nymph in green and large Zebra and T-midges all in sizes #16-20 are some of the flies getting attention now. Small hares ears in olive and natural trailed behind a larger nymph can also solicit a strike this time of year. Have some flashy patterns on hand as well if you have a problem getting their attention.. Large streamers of your choice fished correctly will also bring success this time of year. Look forward for this to get better and better as fall continues and temperatures slowly drop.Read More
The East Walker water level is down to a very fishable flow rate of 170cfs. Fish are starting to move around and up the river to participate in yearly rituals. The river is slightly off colour as usual allowing big specimens to move about the river undisturbed for the most part. Up towards the dam there seems to be an influx of small rainbow stockers that have been sucked in from the reservoir. These are easy prey for fly anglers for a few minutes and will hopefully serve as food for some large brown trout. Streamers are getting hit, but one has to be accurate and precise by picking out trout lies and casting well past them and retrieving the fly through them. Fish your favorite double bunny, clouser patterns, or large Matukas in sizes #2-8. We have been throwing a few mouse patterns to the opposite banks and always getting some kind of movement on the rodents... hooking up with them is another lesson though! Small perch fry, crayfish and SJ worms in sizes #6-12 above a small nymph/midge is the most common way to take most East Walker Residents. Biot Midges #16-20, Pearl or Olive T-Midge emergers #18-20, Miracle Nymphs #18, Serenstupity #18, and varias other similar patterns will get you success here. Look for flows to drop more soon as there is only a couple weeks of irrigation left in the Nevada season.