Temps are hot, but so is the fishing

Owens River - Lower - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

Photo Credit: Jim Elias

by Jim Elias

Flows at 227CFS - Water is stained below the footbridge - Water Temp - 63-65

Rod Size:  #3-#5 Weights

Tippet Size: 4-5X 

Leader: Euro/Czech Leader, 7.5ft-9ft 4-5X

Best Techniques: Dry, Dry Dropper, Euro Nymphing, Indicator Nymphing

Dry Flies:  Griffith's Gnat #20-22, Parachute Adams #16-18, Extended Body BWO #16-18, CDC Baetis Emerger #18-20, Extended Body PMD #16, Sulfur Emerger #16,, High Vis Parachute PMD #16, Trico Spinner #20

Nymphs:  Zebra Midge #20, Copper Zebra Midge #20, Eurotrash Nymph Brown #12-14, Eurortrash Nymph Gray #14-16, Olive WD-40 #18, Turbo Midge #16, Perdigons, T-Midge #22, Black Flashy WD-40 #18-20, BH Flashback Pheasant Tail #18-20, Bird's Nest Olive #18, Yellow WD-40 #16-18, Sulfur Emerger #16, Drowned Trico Spinner #20, Batwing Emerger #18

Streamers: Didn't Try




Ran a few trips down here the last couple of days to hide from the wind and it actually worked out pretty well. Depending on what stretch you fish, and what time you start you'll either be here in time for the Trico spinners which start to drop around 7:30-8 up higher on the river, or yesterday I went down lower and the minute we got there around 7 the PMDs were going off, and they were bigger like a size 14-16. Didn't see any Tricos at all really down lower for what that's worth. That wound down around 9 and then ramped back up again around 10:30 with another round of smaller PMDs, but closer to a size 18. There were a few giant (size 12) Caddis in the mix, and it's the only thing I saw fish rising for. Water was a little dirty down lower, with what I can only assume is the little bit of runoff we're still getting from Horton Creek. Water was very clear up below the dam though. Most of our fishing was under an indicator, and the takes are aggressive enough to where you really don't need the czech setup.  

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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