wild brown trout held over the lower owens river near bishop california caught while fly fishing

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 2.10.20

The Lower Owens is more than heating up, we are now seeing some amazing Fly Fishing here in Bishop with dry fly action on the surface as well as great nymphing and streamer fishing. A long time awaited, this weekend we saw the trout of the Lower looking up and keying in on insects on top of the water for a good part of the mid-day hatch. If you are not in the section of the Lower Owens where they are looking up your nymphs will give you success when dropped in appropriate parts of the river. Squallas! Squallas, an inch long emergent bug, the first big meat hatch of the spring were spotted this weekend. All these factors combined with the warmer weather is all adding up for some great fly fishing, now and this entire year.

a stone fly on a mans thumb on the Lower Owens River near Bishop California
The prelude to an amazing fishing season to come. Squalla Stoneflies are out.
Father and Son pose with a trout over the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes California

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes CA – 1.13.20

Up the grade, near Mammoth Lakes California, the fabulous fly fishing water of the Upper Owens river steadily flow along the Long Valley flat. Like stated in my our last report, and the report before that, very large Trout inhabit its sacred sierra waters these times of year! Predators! The hook-ups here have been nothing short of pure exhilaration with the average fish over 20″. The Upper Owens is closed below the Benton Crossing bridge. Yet above the bridge in pretty much every dark hole, deep run and riffle, and dark undercut banks, the vigilant and determined Fly Angler can hook himself up to an unforgettable trout. Crowds have been coming and going, mostly there has not been many people out there. Arriving early, even though it is cold, can sometimes make a big difference. Fish are widespread throughout the system. No place is better than the next necessarily, it is up to each fly fisherman to decide when and where to appropriate their time on each hole on the river. High Sticking, Indicator Nymphing, Euro, and possibly even Tenkara. Pick your craft and come let the Upper Owens just up the hill from Bishop California give you a shot at her trophy trout! Call the shop for more info @ (760)920-2747 or email d[email protected]

Man holds a large brightly striped Rainbow Trout over the water
This is why we Fly Fish on the Upper Owens throughout the winter – 2020.
Very fat large Trout held above partly snowy ground on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes CA

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 1.8.20

Why travel the world for Trophy Trout? Right here in the Eastern Sierra on The Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes California the trophy trout are making dreams come true once again! Flows are low and perfectly clear. BIG fish are in Bigtime! From the bridge on up the massive trout has infiltrated the entire river. Snow access is not an issue. There is some show here and there but is not an issue. Some possible walking may be required to get to your favorite hole but nothing more than a few minutes. Look for the Trout in the usual places; undercuts, dark holes, and deep runs and riffles. Its all about finding out were to appropriate your time to different parts of the river to find success. Call the shop at 760-873-0010 for more info on how to get in on these amazing fish. text 661 364 6981 for a guided trip.

Young girl holds a beautiful brown above the water

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 1.8.20

Making memories (with the help of the Trout) on the Lower Owens River. January 2020

The Lower Owens, flowing at a perfect 150cfs, has been a pleasure to fish this winter! The Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout are some of the most beautiful specimens of their kind in the Lower Owens. Flows are absolutely perfect for the wading and for the fish. (not to high for us, not extremely low for them) Water is clear and the Lower Owens River near Bishop is absolutely gorgeous. Dry Fly action is at its infant stages as rising fish are being noted more frequently in the past week. Lots of different techniques have been employed recently; Standard Indicator Nymphing, Euro Nymphing and some Tenkara when appropriate. All techniques used in appropriate situations have been successful. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information on this amazing winter fishery of the Lower Owens!

Large Rainbow trout held above the Upper owens River near Mammoth lakes California

Upper Owens Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 12.16.19

The Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes happens to have some Large fish swimming about its waters. For Fly Fisherman this is always great news and a much awaited time of year has arrived. The spring creek formation of the Upper Owens in the Long Valley Meadow created a perfect, yet unique fly fishing destination. No trees, only surrounded by a wall of mountains consisting of the Sierra range, the Whites, and the Glass mountains to the East and the Upper Owens below Mammoth Lakes runs through it all. The road is still open and snow machines are not necessary as of now. Snow has melted and walking in is a bit easier now. As far as the fishing goes the fish have now moved up from the Lake and spread throughout the system. This is great news currently its about choosing the correct water to fish once your arrive at your beat of river, since the fish have spread throughout the system you don’t need to worry about being in the correct section only to read the water correctly and appropriating your time accordingly. Have your drag set and let these fish run! Otherwise you’ll look around after he breaks you off, hoping your fishing partners did not see you make that rookie mistake and lose your trophy Trout! Attractor patterns are on the menu; SJ worm variants, PT variants, Soft Hackles, Robo PT’s, Coppers and the like are all on the menu. Of course, us guides here at the shop have some of our favorite patterns we tend to lean towards for constant success. Give the shop a call to get on the water with us or for more information. STM Fly Shop – 760.873.0010

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 12.12.19

The Lower Owens River just down the hill from Mammoth Lakes and right outside of Bishop, California has been great fishing! Willing wild fish, both Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, have been very healthy and hungry this early winter season. The river is down to a beautiful flow rate of around 150 cfs of fishable and wadable water. The entire river seems to want to show us the amazing trout she holds, from the dam, to down below Bishop the successful angler will find all the Trout one desires. Nymphing has been the go-to successful technique although streamers and dries has been playing a part of the fishing action as well. Just around noon a small Mayfly hatch starts to form and some trout put their noses above the water to have a taste. This have been escalating the last few days and we expect some full blown dry-fly action any time now. The amazing thing about the Lower Owens is that if the water looks like it holds Rainbow and Brown Trout, they are in there. It is up to the knowledgeable Fly Angler to figure out how to extract these amazing wild fish. Flies to try are; Soft Hackles, Midges, Caddis Worms, PTail patterns, Attractor Nymphs and some Micro Mayfly imitations are all a good bet. On top, a traditional Adams, Baetis Dunns, and Parachute Adams are a few suggestions for patterns on the surface. Overall the fishing has been beyond satisfying and we look forward to this winter fishing on the Lower Owens River right here in Bishop, California.

Young Girl holds up a Brown Trout while Fly Fishing on the Lower Owens River near Bishop California

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 11.12.19

The long awaited event of diminished flows of the Lower Owens River right outside of Bishop, California has finally happened! The River is currently sitting at a very comfortable and fishable flow of 225 cfs. To make a long story short, fish are very happy, and the river is very accessible and readable. Finally! Some rising fish can be spotted and fished for. Bugs raise out of the water here and there form mid morning to mid afternoon in Mayfly style. Caddis are also seen throughout the day and trout can randomly be seen eating them with very splashy and exciting takes. Moderately light nymphing rigs, high sticking style nymphing, and tenkara types of techniques have been very successful this last week. Small Mayfly nymphs, Caddis Worms, and Nymphs have been the patterns for success. Stay tuned as I will be updating reports on this river often!

Lower Owens River Brown Trout in a net moments before releasing.

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 11.4.19

The Lower Owens has fell from a super boisterous 700cfs (cubic feet/second) down to 450 cfs in the last few days! This has been a long awaited event for the few Fly Fisherman that know what the Lower Owens River holds for them this coming fall and winter. I was able to sneak out and get a preview of the current fish status in one of the holes that fishes well at high flows. And he result is that the average size was impressive after these amazing flow rates. The fight is intense and surprising for a trout of their size. The beauty of the Brown and Rainbow Trout in the Lower Owens does not quite have an equal. We always speak of how its hard to find more beautiful Brown Trout than right here in Bishop in the Lower Owens River. Rising trout were noted, but not consistent with time or location. There is definitely enough top water action to warrant some dry fly attempts with a Caddis or Mayfly pattern. Nymphing revealed some very hungry fish on the usual suspects; PT soft hackle variants, Caddis worms and Midge Larvae. Stay tuned and watch the flows on the top on this site to plan your trip to the Eastern Sierra to visit the Lower Owens River.

Large Brown trout held up taken by a fly fisherman on the Upper Owens River near Mammoth Lakes California

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, CA – 10.28.19

Big and beautiful trophy trout are reason ambitious anglers travel across the globe. We are fortunate enough to have this opportunity right here in the Eastern Sierra while Fly Fishing on the Upper Owens River! Each missed strike could be a lost opportunity to latch onto the trout of a lifetime. The moment you hook into one of these bruisers they instantly demonstrate the weight and power they possess sending your senses crazy and a feeling overwhelms you that you cannot forget and you want more! The Upper Owens River is flowing at a clear and steady rate of 111 cfs below the confluence of Hot Creek. Above Hot Creek the Fly Angler can expect to find gin-clear flows around 100cfs give or take a few. The Mountains around the Upper Owens have been dusted by a touch of snow last night showing us Winter is on her way. For those of us that know we have been anxiously awaiting this time of year to see what this years infamous run of jumbo sized trout consists of. So far it has not let us down! For patterns to offer to these large trophies one can fish Streamers, SJ worm variations, Jig Flies, PT variations, and other attractor patterns can be successful. Smaller yet great fish are rising to small mayflies in the warmer parts of the day. These rising fish are up to 15″. We have seen, on rare occasions, the larger trout rise to dry flies.

Upper Owens River Rainbow near Mammoth Lakes CA held up by a happy Fly Angler
Hard Work pays off on the Upper Owens with a great reward of an unforgettable Rainbow Trout
beautiful Lower Owens Brown trout held by one hand above a net over the water

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, CA – 10.28.19

The Lower Owens River Fly Fishing is about to make a big change as the Lower Owens lets go and drops it very high flow rate within the next week or two. The Brown Trout of the Lower Owens have been enjoying a greatly enhanced flow level for the last couple of months which allows them to move freely while eating large amounts of food thus adding to their body mass… Bigtime! Stay tuned as this rivers flow recedes and reveals some of the most beautiful and quality trout a fly angler can find in the very near future.

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