Upper Owens River Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

It's on! The fall migration of rainbows and browns from Crowley is underway and we are seeing some really nice fish showing in numbers here.

The majority of the big fish are concentrated in the section downstream from the fishing Monument, which will remain open until November 15th. Please note that the section of the Upper Owens downstream from the BentonBridge to the Monument closes September 30th until the Saturday prior to Memorial Day of 2010. Year around fishing is allowed on the entire section upstream from the BentonBridge with special restrictions.

Tandem nymph rigs in the deeper pools are consistently taking fish using flashback PT's, olive zebras, broke back tigers, and bead head hares ear patterns #16-20. Dry dropper rigs with a Stimulator, hopper, or large caddis pattern are also working well in the shorter water and tailouts.

I suggest you also carry a rod rigged with a light sinking tip line and cast streamer patterns like matukas, Loebergs, Spruce-a-bu's, and Punk Perch patterns during the mornings and evenings. The water levels are pretty low here this year so concentrate your efforts on the deeper pools and runs with undercut banks. The fish that migrate up from Crowley are very spooky and you need to keep your shadow and profile off the water when approaching the bank for a shot at the bigs. Click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm to view all the great pics.

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.