Owens River Fish Report for 9-15-2009
Lower Owens River Fish Report
Owens River - CA
by Tom Loe
Raging. Down a little but still running at 530cfs below the dam and right at 650 below Bishop Creek. Wading sucks at this release rate, so you may want to shine the wild trout section off until it goes down. The fish adjust relatively quickly to the increase in water, but you will need a chunk of battleship chain to get those nymphs down near the holds. If you must fish here, I suggest hitting the "Olympic sized pools" and low light times of the day when you observe fish rising in the eddies and soft water. Use caddis patterns or midge clusters on the surface. You can click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm for a link to the LADWP flow rates.
Drifting is another issue and we can have good action using larger streamer patterns with heavy sinking tip lines as long as the water temps remain warm and the fish stay active. The "dip and strip" method was designed for challenging conditions and presentations on the Lower Owens and works well at high flows in the fall. We are currently booking fall drift trips.
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.
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