Low Flows with no crowds!

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

Brown Trout
Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Flows 90 cfs

Rod Size:  #3-#5 Weights

Tippet Size: 4-5X 

Dry Flies: High Vis Parachute PMD #18, CDC Baetis DUN #18, Parachute Adams #18

Nymphs: Split Case PMD #18, Tungsten Psycho #18, Red Copper John #18, Zebra Midge #18

Streamers: Water is a bit cold, but always worth a try. 

Been so nice down here I've been fishing in a hoody! Definitely doesn't feel like winter in Bishop. Flows are down below 100cfs  and this opens up the entire river to fishing and wading. It's actually hard to tell this entire area burned last February. The water is clean and cold, and there are plenty of fish to be caught. I picked up a couple of rocks and it always astounds me how many bugs I find. Things seem to get going fairly early down here still. Lots of midges flying around all morning, but the real fun begins around 11 when the mayflies start to hatch. They'll eat just about anything on top, so I just ran a size 16 parachute adams, and slammed fish til almost 1 in the afternoon.  I didn't see another person the entire time I was there!


Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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