Lower Owens River Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

The flows have finally increased here, but remain under 300 cfs at this time. Wading the wild trout section is going to be considerably tougher at these release rates but not horrid for this time of year. Make sure you have at least a couple of BB or an AB + shots to get those nymphs down in the deeper pools or runs. Plenty of caddis, PMD's, hoppers, and midges present in this area. With the cooler weather this may be a good call as the fall progresses.

The fall drift boat season is just around the corner and it is going to be very good early on if we do not get blown out by abnormal flows. This looks to be unlikely this year through the beginning of winter. We will be doing a combination of nymphing, dry fly fishing, and streamer fishing using our deadly "dip and strip" method from our comfortable guided drift boats. "Troutzilla" is lurking in a secluded and quiet stretch of the Owens just waiting for the right fly & cast by the right guy...or gal!

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.