Lower Owens River Fishing Report

Jim Elias

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Lower Owens 12/9/2019 Flows at 148cfs - Water is clear.

Rod Size:  #3-#5 Weights

Tippet Size: 4-5X 

Dry Flies: Extended Body BWO #16, Elk Hair Caddis #16, Stimulator #16, Griffiths Gnat #18, Parachute Adams #18

Nymphs:  Micromayfly Olive #18, Copper Zebra Midge #18, T-Midge Black #18, Tiny Tailwater Baetis #18, Pocket Water Baetis #18, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16


Made my way down this Saturday morning before the most recent storm blew through. Flows are stable, and the water is clear. The further down you go the dirtier the water gets, but the wild trout section is very clear. Water temps are in the upper 40's, and I only saw one fish rise the other day. Saw a handful of very small midges, but aside from that there was no hatch to speak of through 1pm. Only a handful of grabs for the several hours I toughed it out. I think the low pressure rolling in had a lot to do with it. I'm sure things will improve this week up until the next weather system rolls in closer to this coming weekend. 

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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