Owen River Gorge Fish Report 06-26-2008

Owens River - CA


by Tom Loe
6-26-2008
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Water conditions:
Water Temps: Mid 60's

Flow: 45 CFS. This is a permanent flow required to maintained by LADWP

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:

Fishing Conditions: Good. The Gorge is a unique place to fish. It requires some hiking to get down into and out of. This time of year daytime temps will be in the 90's. Bring water or a water purifier, a wading staff, and long pants or waders to protect you from the stinging nettles.
Use the wading staff to bang on the rocks to alert rattlesnakes and to beat down the nettles to gain entry to the water.
Hatches: Midges in the am and evening, Baetis mayflys in the AM and sporadic Caddis frommidday on.

Recommended Flies:
These fish will eat a well presented attractor. Fly selection is not as critical as a drag free presentation! Dries…Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Cutter's EC Caddis #14-18, Royal Wulff #12-16, Adams #14-20, Hopper patterns!!!!! Droppers…Zebra Midge and light green midges #16-20, PT's #16-20, Hares Ear #18-20, CDC Caddis Emergers #16-20, small brown/yellow stonefly nymphs #18, BH RS2 #18

Guides Hint: Bring your dry shake powder. Dry dropper techniques are the way to go in the Gorge. The Gorge is "tailwater" stream but it fishes more like a "freestone" stream. Fish will enthusiastically crush most fly patterns if presented well and in the right places. Watch out for rattlesnakes.


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