Nice escape from the snow globe in Mammoth!

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

Brown Trout
This fish took me a while to hook. It was all about positioning. I could see it feeding on a seam between some fast water and some water that was hardly moving at all. Problem was where I was standing to cast. Casting from the bank was tough, as keeping my line out of the fast current was almost impossible. Decided to wade into some waist deep water so I could lift my line over the fast water and got him on the second cast after almost a half hour of trying. Patience is key when targeting fish with dries in January!
Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Lower Owens 1/19/2020 Flows at 149cfs - Water is very clear.

Rod Size:  #3-#5 Weights

Tippet Size: 4-5X 

Dry Flies: Extended Body BWO #16, Griffiths Gnat #18, Parachute Adams #18

Nymphs:  Bird's Nest Olive #16-18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Copper Zebra Midge #18, T-Midge Black #18, Tiny Tailwater Baetis #18, Pocket Water Baetis #18, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16


Flows are stable, and the water is very clear. Can see straight to the bottom of some spots that are nearing 8ft deep. Solid BWO hatches are now happening almost daily around 11:30 and run to almost 1 now. Amazing what a couple of weeks will do. Fish are still feeding primarily sub surface, but if you spot a fish feeding on top a size 16 parachute adams will get the job done if the drift is decent. Otherwise dark olive colored mayfly nymphs will work before and after the hatch. 

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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