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Owens River - Middle - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Tom Loe

We got an early gift from the CDFW. A good number of planted rainbows have been stocked in the Owens River. The “catching” has picked up due to this subsidization. A few nicer sized bows are showing in the counts as well, thanks to fish trucked in from Oregon. We are getting a mix of rainbows, & smaller wild browns. Streamer fishing using Loebergs, Punk Perch, & Spruce-A-Bu’s with a moderately weighted sinking tip lines can be a good call for winter fishing. Flows have lowered to winter drought releases, & are very low. Wading the WT section below PVR at this level is very easy. Water temps have dropped into the low forties. Under these conditions the fish will migrate into the deeper pools and runs. You will continue to see small mayflies (tricos), blue winged olives (BWO’s), & midges present below the dam at PVR through the winter months during warmer periods. Have some #18/20 light bodied adults. Trico mayflies are very small- #20-24 and can be difficult to see. I suggest you use a dry/dry rig with the lead fly being a hi-vis para mayfly adult pattern 2-3 feet from the smaller point fly. Nymphing below an Under-cator with Assassins, flash back pheasant tails, and broken back midges are good choices when the hatch is off. Dry/dropper bead head rigs can be effective in the riffles during the hatches. Hi-vis mayfly patterns are my choice for the dry.

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