This is a great time of year to fly fish the Lower Owens

Owens River - CA

by The Trout Fitter Staff
(800) 637-6912

Water Conditions:
Excellent, LADWP finally have dropped the flows down and are a sweet 145 cfs as of 12/2. WATCH THE FLOWS MAY BE CHANGING. It has been shirt-sleeve weather down there midday. No one told Bishop it is winter yet.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
EXCELLENT now that the flows are perfect the fishing has gotten pretty much wide open from 10 am until 3 pm and okay before and after. Big hatches starting with midges early then about 11 am the BWO action takes off.

Recommended Flies:


Drowned Trico Spinner #22, Gould Drowned Spinner #22, Micromayfly Brown #18, Headlight Yellow Sally #18, BH Flashback Pheasant Tail #16-20, Zebra Midge #18-22, Medallion Midge #20, Mitchel's Split Case PMD #16, Fox's Caddis Poopah Tan #18, San Juan Worm

Brook's Sprout Trico #22-24, Upright Organza Spinner #22-24, Elk Hair Caddis Tan #14-20, Parachute Caddis Grey #18-20, Parachute Adams #18-20, Renegade #20, Brooks Sprout PMD #18-22, Brook's Sprout Baetis #18-22

Pop's Bugger, Flashabou Buggers

Guides Hint:
Time to book a drift trip and get to all that unaccessible water and see what big ones the Lower Owens has.

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