Upper Owens and Crowley Tributaries Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

The Upper O has been good for numbers but they are really on the small side on average with a small percentage being quality models. It is still fun on the calmer days and you can get some fine surface caddis activity that makes you disregard the size of the fish.

The ranchers are flooding the fields to irrigate the meadows, and there is a drop in flows in the Long Years section, you will see some tannin stained, or off colored water with a good amount of debris in the sections below HC.

I have been very surprised by the increase in migrating fish moving up the tribs. There has definitely been an improvement in the numbers of fish in the Crowley tribs after the opener for sure. Worth a look if you are in the area. Flows are still moderate for this time of year and nymphing the gravel beds is a good choice for the schoolies, look at the deep "pits" for the hogs. Egg patterns, San Juan worms, tiger midges, and flash back PT's will get you into fish. Numbers have also gone up in the section above HC on the UO.

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