Lower Owens River Fish Report- Update by Josh Hevron 6-12-09

Owens River - CA

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions:

Flows are steady at 199 cfs as of 6-8-09. It is always a good idea to check the flows before fishing the Lower 'O'.
The sides of the banks have been crumbling due to higher flows.
Use caution when wading and Don't even think of getting in without a wader belt cinched tight.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

Weather has been more up than down lately . A little bit of cloud cover is nice in bishop to cool the usual high summer air temps. Fishing is great in the afternoon with nice warm weather. The Mayfly dry hatches have slowed down but, there is still good nymphing with baetis patterns. The caddis hatch is solid starting mid morning. If the wind stays down there should also be a great evening migration. The best fishing has been mid morning with drowned pupa and emergers. If you fish dry's you may want to trail an emerger . Streamer fishing is still good when the bugs are down

Recommended Flies:

#18-20 WD-40 in Black or Grey, #18-20 Zebra Midge, #18 Copper John in Green or Black,#14-#18 Pheasant Tail, #16 Prince Nymph,#16-18 Soft hackle Emergers, #18-#20 HBI's, #18 Olive Bird Of Prey

#18-#20 Tan Elk Hair Caddis , #18 Paracute Caddis, #18 Parachute Adams, #20 Hot Creek Caddis

Strip Perch fry imitations or Woolybuggers in all colors just outside the suds line if drifting

Guides Hint: Hatches have consistently been starting after 12:00pm. This makes it it able to fish other waters early such as the Upper Owens till the crowds arrive and then relocate to the Lower "O" just to find more fish waiting for you!

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