Upper Owens River Fishing Report

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

Ian Webb made it out with Two Bug Doug for some wintery action. He tied into a few of these quality grade rainbows!
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe

A decent amount of snow has been received here from the latest storms. Most of it got washed out by the recent rain event that took place. Snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week and this should add some more ground cover to the river banks. The flows have increased to 62cfs, which has added a few more holding areas for migratory rainbows. Some areas of the river have stained water, but will clear up with the cold. We’ve experienced a couple of days of heavy rains that liquified the newly fallen snow and have flooded many creeks and rivers. 4 wheel drive vehicles can get in but the real challenge may be getting out. Snow drifts have covered up the ruts and depressions on the access roads which can be deceiving. Exercise extreme caution here. Tow truck bills are not cheap so better to be safe and warm than stuck and cold. Best and safest access is by snowmobile currently, and we have the machines to get you there. The recent storms have brought new fish into the river and the deepest pools have been holding multiples. Not every pool contains fish and knowing the ones that do can save time and maximize your catching. We have expert guides that can put you on these trophies and give you the opportunity to the winter fish of a lifetime. If you haven’t had the chance over the years to experience one of these trips, now it the time. Historically, January marks the start of the migration peak for the fall/winter run rainbows. Drag free drifts are a must here and the slightest amount of micro-drag on your drifting flies my cause a rejection from your target fish. Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, PT’s #16-18, Assassins #14-18, and Copper Tiger Midges #16-18 have been effective flies and patterns lately.

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.