Lower Owens River Fish Report- Open year round

Owens River - CA


by The Trout Fitter Staff
3-25-2009
(800) 637-6912
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Water Conditions:

Flows are holding around 120 cfs as of 3/25. Check flow link at top of page often. Water is getting warmer each week from mid 40's into 50 degrees. Flows and water temps are PERFECT!!

The Lower Owens is really good right now! March - April is the best time of year to fish this tailwater. Spring comes early to the Owens Valley! Excellent dry fly and nymphing conditions right now, with prime time 11-3pm most days.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

The Lower Owens is really good right now! March - April is the best time of year to fish this tailwater. Spring comes early to the Owens Valley! Excellent dry fly and nymphing conditions right now, with prime time 11-3pm most days. Pat took Chad and me on a drift a couple of days ago. Not too much to that stream fishing, eh? Every time we saw a fish roll we stuck him on a dry, both BWO's and Caddis, and when nothing on top took a Punk Perch on my Type III sinking left from last year and stripped up a few.

Recommended Flies:

-NYMPHS-
#18-20 WD-40 in Black or Grey, #18-20 Zebra Midge, #18 Copper John in Green or Black, #18 Pheasant Tail, #16 Prince Nymph and #14-16 Hare??s Ear.

-DRIES-
#16-18 Hatchmaster BWO, #16-18 Hi-Vis BWO and #18-24 Parachute Adams.

-STREAMERS- Strip Punk perch just outside the suds line if driftng.

Guides Hint: Look for fish to be transitioning out of winter holding water (deep and slow) and into spring baetis type water (faster shallower riffles).