Tuesday storm dropped about 12” of the white stuff at Benton Crossing

Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley) - Eastern Sierra, CA (Mono County)

by Doug Busey

Tuesday storm dropped about 12” of the white stuff at Benton Crossing. Even though it’s cold out there the sunny days and vehicle and foot traffic should help make it more manageable. I’ll be working the Upper into coming trips as it becomes more accessible unless more snow falls. Up until last year I would trudge upstream aways and fish back down to the Crossing but that’s a lot of work even though it can be some of the best fishing of the year for big Rainbows. We fly fish here similar to the Lower with those Caddis flies, Wooly Buggers, and Sheep Creek Specials. The best method though is tossing nymphs to the Rainbows lurking in the deep bends and cut banks. Favorite nymph is a Flashback Pheasant Tail on a jig hook. Other good choices are Zebra Midges, Prince Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, and Tricos.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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