Good Numbers

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

by Tom Loe

The “catching” continues be good while drifting. Big fish have been shy; however numbers are very good for mid-December. Water conditions are much better here than in Mono County fisheries. 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. Currently 75cfs. 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 blue winged olives (BWO’s), & midges present below the dam at PVR through the winter months during warmer periods. Have some #16/18 light bodied adults. The adult midges 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 small gillies, crystal emergers/pupa patterns, zebra midges 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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