Lower Owens River Fish Report

Owens River - CA


by The Trout Fitter Staff
12-18-2009
(800) 637-6912
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Water Conditions:

Flows are holdng at 90 to 105 CFS.

Water temps are in the 50's to with a little warming by afternoon.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good

You can cover a lot of water since low crowds this time of year.

There are some caddis throughout the day, however the fish seem to be eating small mayfly patterns better.The morning midge grab is surprisingly good considering cold morning temps .Fish the slower edges and deeper water early, then move to the riffles and dropoffs midday. Dry fly action can be good midday in deeper water along foam lines.

Recommended Flies:

Nymphs: #22 Barr's female trico emerger, #20-22 trico spinnerfall patterns (nymphed or fished dry fly), Zebra/Tiger midges and WD40's in # 20 - 22, both bead and non bead. Baetis nymphs such as Harrop's Surface emerger, poxyback baetis etc. # 20-22.sz Wet Emergers, #22 Surface Emergers, #22 Hares Ears or Tan Bird's Nest. Dries: Small Adams and Baetis Dry's, Small caddis ( E/C Caddis, Elk Hairs, Parachute Caddis, Hemingways, # 18 - 20 deadrifted and skated in the evenings.