Upper Owens River Fishing Report

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions:

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 104 cfs as of  2/6

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:  Fair-Good

Fishing for the winter spawning rainbows is still good but once again, this strain is no longer stocked so natural spawn is all that keeps them going. If you want a picture, try to leave them in the water and handle them as little as possible. The spring spawners have moved up earlier than normal and now are pretty much scattered all the way throughout the public section. the primary fish moving up now is the Eagle Lake Rainbow, another strain that they are no longer stocking so the health of this run depends largely on us. The flows have leveled off at 104 cfs over the last week so the diversion from Grant is back but the water has cleared but still a little murky below the Hot Creek confluences. The fish seem to be less spread out, you may fish large sections with no action and then catch several in one hole. The hot patterns are becoming less effective so don't be afraid to experiment. With the improving hatches the fish are being more selective, early the fishing is scratchy and they're not as particular but midday they are locking in on small (#18-22) mayfly and midge pattens. The spring spawners tend to be more aggressive so they are more susceptible to larger patterns including streamers. The road is still open and getting better but be careful on the side roads, walking the bank has gotten better and there's no serious weather anticipated for another week or so. Midday has been best but the migratory fish do most of their movement at night so the late afternoon can also be good.The midge hatches are strong, and the mayflies are showing up again so almost every back eddy has fish rising in the foam lines. Mayflies are small, #20-24. Both planters and lake fish are still on the move so try attractor patterns such as San Juan Worms, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, egg patterns and streamers. Remember that the fish moving out of Crowley have had a summer of larger food so don't be afraid to use larger patterns. Remember that the water below the Hot Creek confluences will be 5-10 degrees warmer so if you get out early it might be best to start off closer to the bridge.

Recommended Flies:

DRIES: Stimulator #16-18 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | Para Adams #20-24 | Para Extended Body BWO #20-22

NYMPHS: Barr's Uncased Caddis #14-16 | Zebra Midge #18-22 | WD-40 black #18-24 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Red Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 |  Egg Patterns #12-16 | Pheasant Tail #18-22 | Tungsten Peacock #14-18 | Tungsten Jig Baetis #18-20

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #10-14

More Reports

The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, February 7th, 2020
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, January 31st, 2020
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Report
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens Report
Pyramid Lake: Pyramid is in Great Shape
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens Report
East Walker River (CA): East Walker River Report


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