Owens River Fish Report for 12-4-2009
Lower Owens Fish Report
Owens River - CA
by Tom Loe
Flows are bouncing around from 85cfs to 130cfs. PV reservoir is really high and when they get done lowering it to around 4384-83' level I expect it to settle around 100cfs for a period of time unless the winter from hell arrives. Please click on www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm for a link to the DWP flows.
The wild fish are on the chew and it has been good for aerobatic wild browns recently. The substantial decrease in planted rainbows in this area has lowered the fish counts overall this fall. We are still seeing about twenty each drift on average with a great day being forty. The bigs are really camera shy so far this year, however we have had several come up and give us the fin before throwing the hook recently! The weather has been spectacular for the most part in the Owens Valley and this has made for some pleasant days drifting the LO this winter. Daryl B your drift trip in the hurricane does not count, but you still did over thirty!
There is a trico (mini mayfly) hatch each day as well as the last generations of BWO's- blue wings showing around lunchtime. The midges are doing their thing as well on the sunny days. #16-20 fb PT's, beaded hares ear, olive zebras, WD-40's are all good choices for nymphing.
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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