Spring Fishing is Here

Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley) - Eastern Sierra, CA (Mono County)

Wild Ops veteran Ryan Krause did well here too! Here’s another pig of a ‘bow for Ryan!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sierra Drifters

by Doug Rodricks
(760) 935-4250

It has been spring fishing here over the last week with a good shot of some wind at the start. When the wind blew, it really blew, and when it was calm, the days really heated up and melted a lot of snow off the banks. Some big rainbows are still holding up in the usual pools and runs. The warm afternoons have the fish moving into the riffles now to feed on the major BWO hatches that are happening in the early afternoons. Try our Hi- Vis Blue Wing Olive in size #16-18 when you see them breaking the surface. 6mm Otter Eggs in Tangerine Opaque, Kiwi Flash, Dead Egg, and Apricot, #14-16 San Juan worm red and Bead San Juan Worm red, #14-16 Level Crystal Leeches, #14-16 Parallel Assassin Dark and Light, and #16 Broken Back Copper Tiger Midge are lighting up the fish! We had the pleasure and privilege of guiding a great group of war veterans who were brought to us by Wild Ops. This is a great organization that helps war veterans transition back to normal life after their time served. It is extremely healing for these guys and we thank them for all they have given up for our country.

The section upstream from the Benton Bridge is open year-round with special regulations. Seasonal closures and angling restrictions apply downstream from the bridge, check regulations before fishing in this section. We are currently accessing the river by snowmobile.

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