Upper Owens Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

Upper Owens river has been fishing excellent with periods of afternoon rain showers that are getting to be a common thing around the Sierras. With lots of moisture in the clouds at higher elevation and cooler temps this time of the season, snow melt has slowed up just enough to keep the river clear and not off color as it would be if our days were sunny and our temperature were higher.

Most of the day, indicator nymphing will get you into lots of DFG planted fish which look to be very healthy and full of amazing color. What nymphs you ask ?, I would have to say, these fish are just gobbling everything we're throwing at them, but from a Guides perspective, then I would have to say with the numbers we are seeing , any bead head nymphs and midges in sizes 16-18 will get grabs. But most importantly is how much weight to use ?. The River is high and clear, use enough weight to get your flies down below the fast surface current and high stick nymphing with multiple short mends to get your flies down fast is the key in getting into lots of healthy DFG fish and lots of fun.

Look for Caddis to start coming off around 10 am which are on the small side 18-20 and very light in color as well. Fish are a little shy to come to the top for these caddis, but you will get some fish to rise to the dry if you are persistent with your casts.

TwoBugDougs Guide Tip.......weight,weight and more weight, get your flies down to the fish, try different flies and see if you too are getting grabs on most everything you pick out of your fly box. Make sure to wet your hands when releasing these fish and have fun.

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