brown trout held up on the Lower Owens near Bishop California

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Bishop, California – 7.29.20

The Lower Owens near Bishop, CA has been flowing clean and clear for the last few months. Up to around 330cfs, this amazing river is still being fished successfully in the foam lines, pools, runs, riffles, and of course, drop offs of the clear waters of this flowing Gem. The Lower Owens has proven itself over and over again to the fact that if the water looks fishy, there is indeed a substantial amount of Trout holding there. The high flows make it more difficult yes, but the water temps are moderate, driving the fishes metabolism to consume protein in the form of aquatic invertebrates. As for flies the standby Midge patterns, Caddis Worms, Split Backs and Soft Hackles in Sizes #14-18. For dries; Elk hair Caddis, Blue Duns, Stalcups Caddis, Yellow Sallies and Terrestrials in sizes #10-18. These are only a few of the patterns we have been using to extract fish in the Lower Owens River recently. (and put them back of course)

Angler Holds a fat Rainbow Trout above the Upper Owens River below Mammoth Lakes California

Upper Owens River Fly Fishing Report : Mammoth Lakes, California – 2.18.20

The Fly Fishing on the Upper Owens River just outside of Mammoth Lakes California is still happening for the oversized Trout! Flows are around 100cfs and steady, as they have been the last couple of months. Weather is moving away from the winter feeling and a warm spring has been tempting us in the Eastern Sierras, from the Bridgeport to Bishop area. The Trophy trout of the Upper Owens are spread out along the entire system. Not only confined to the deepest and darkest holes anymore we have been finding them in the usual trout hang-outs as well. Streamers, Nymphs, and Dries can help you get a trout into your hands this February on the Upper Owens River. Snow is almost non existent on the banks of the Upper Owens these days. Watch some spots in the afternoon though, some of the thawed clay ground can be slippery upon melting!

red beard holds a nice rainbow trout above the water of the Lower Owens River near Bishop, CA

Lower Owens River Fly Fishing : Bishop CA – 2.26.20

The Lower Owens, continues to flow, right outside of Bishop California, at a perfect rate of 15Ocfs. This promotes very healthy fly fishing conditions making the entire system accessible and fishable. Nymphs, of course, and even some streamers have been absolutely killing it since my last report. More and more dry flies are being seen on top of the water every day. Fish have been looking up frequently, feeding heavily in some areas, and not surfacing at at all in others. As the new weather rolls in we will see more and more waves of insects coming off the surface of the water. Which will drive the surface activity heating up to an unforgettable climax of dry fly action. Mayflies, Caddis, Stoneflies, and Midges are all playing a vital part in the protein requirements of the Brown and Rainbow Trout of the Lower Owens. Now is time to get up here!

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 [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!

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