Lower Owens River Fish Report

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

The flows are finally receding. Please click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm for a link to the DWP flows. Look for skinny water in this area in December through February unless we get a deluge of snow and rain. Fishing has picked up nicely since the flows began dropping, and combined with some great weather we have had some fun days drifting the LO recently. The drift boat sections will explode in short order as the flows continue to drop and I suggest you get in on the initial floats as they historically kick out big numbers.

The wild trout section has been tough until just recently, but look for this area to get excellent in the next couple of weeks. You will see some small and medium sized May's (#16-22) around as well as a few fall caddis (#16) dashing about. Have a selection of midge and caddis larva and emerger patterns, flash back PT's or hares ear nymphs for indicator nymphing.

The browns are getting nasty and we have been doing well with Spruce-A Bu's fished "dip and strip" style with some heavy sink tips from the drift boats. As the flows decrease you can get away with a lighter sinking tip (150 grain) and look for the fish to begin holding in the pools and traditional transition areas as opposed to the slack water and large eddies.

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.