Upper Owens River Fishing Report

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

Brian got into a few super Crowley Steelhead also. We started the day at 7 degrees!
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe
11-22-2016
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There are some big Crowley Steelhead, & some large browns present now; but you will have to cover a bunch of water to locate the rascals. No snow or ice, access is fine. You can fish year around above the Benton Bridge with special angling restrictions. The sections below Hot Creeks inlets have significant aquatic weed that makes nymphing difficult. The fish are spread out, & spooky. Make your stream side approaches quietly, & on their tails. Keeping a low profile is necessary to avoid spooking them. Most of the browns are lying under the cut banks during higher sun periods. Flows have dropped considerably; with current levels being 50cfs. Attractor patterns, & streamers are good calls for migratory trout. Drifters Crawlers, crystal eggs, San Juan Worms, crystal leeches, & Assassins are my go to nymphs below an Under-Cator.

The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year around with special regulations. Seasonal closures, and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section.


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.