Middle Owens River Fishing Report

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

Richard Rybak took big fish honors on his annual drift boat down the Owens with friends. Rich banged out back to back bigs using a Spruce-A-Bu pattern. Great fish Rich!
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe
10-31-2016
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Flows stable at 80cfs. These are low levels. Wading & crossing are not difficult at rates below 150cfs. Caddis activity is pretty much over; small mayflies and midges are now the hatches. Chub & sucker fry will be the primary target for the bigs, so have a selection of streamers like Loebergs, Spruce-A-Bu’s, and Punk Perch with a moderate sinking tip line. Good nymphs to have are Assassins, flash back pheasant tails, Drifters Crawlers, olive crystal zebras, olive dubbed caddis, and broken back tiger/zebra midges. Guided drift boat trips have been slower due in part to lousy weather. We are still getting some trophy rainbows, with an increased number of browns on the chew. The bite on the MO parallels the weather during the cooler months. With a warming trend forecast to move in the bite will pick up in most sections.

This fishery remains open year around. Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.



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