Insane Hopper Action!

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

Brown Trout
18" Brown
Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Upper Owens 8/14/2019 Flows 108cfs  Above The Confluence - Water is pretty clear all over

Rod Size:  #5-#6 Weights

Tippet Size: 3-5X  

Dry Flies: Panty Hopper Dropper Yellow #8-10,  Elk Hair Caddis #14, Parachute Adams #16, Stimulator #16

Nymphs:  Copper John #16, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Bead Head Lightning Bug #14, Black Bead Bird's Nest #16, Micromayfly #16, Psycho Prince #16, Bead Head Prince Nymph #16, Red Copper John #16, Red San Juan Worm #14, Tiger Midge #16, Copper Zebra #16

Streamers:  Black Wooly Bugger #8-10, Docs Twin Lake Special Black #10, Dirty Hippy, Meat Whistle

Hoppers are still the main food source for these fish. I'm seeing some Tricos early mornings at 7am, and the spinners fall around 11. I've been nymphing til around 8:30, by then the fish are starting to wake up and smell the hoppers. The fish don't seem to be too interested in the spinners, but it's always worth a try. Don't be afraid to fish heavier tippet, these fish will take grasshoppers with reckless abandon. Not to mention there are some good sized fish in the mix 18" and beyond! 3-4x is a safe bet to wrangle in these beasts! You'll definitely want to run a dropper below your hopper. I've been running small copper johns, prince nymphs and pheasant tails and have been getting lots of the smaller fish on the dropper. 

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..

< Previous Report Next Report >

< Previous Report Next Report >

More Reports

Water is fairly clear. Temps are in the low 60s on the bottom, 70's on the surface. The lake is full...... Read More