The Upper Owens is good for dry fly action in the morning

Owens River - CA

by Tom Loe

Numbers have been good in the planted sections around the campground and downstream towards the lake. Decent dry fly action before noon in the specially regulated section above and upstream from the Benton Bridge, but with the low water the fish are really stacked in the deeper pools and not inclined to hold in the riffle water long if at all. Caddis and midges are best, spotty PMD mayfly hatches; this has been the case in most areas due to low water. Moving water mayflies dig lots of cool oxygenated water indicative of wet years-did I mention we did not have a wet year?

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