Upper Owens Fishing Report

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 61 cfs as of 8/27

HEADS UP: The water temperatures below the Hot Creek confluences is getting into the low 70's in the afternoon.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good 

It's getting a little less crowded but still busy. Look for the open gates and talk to the people that are already out there. The Trico emergence is starting to become a little spread out so if you're looking to fish this hatch be ready to wander. If you get out there early the female Trico emergence is getting a little later, around 8 with the spinner fall 9-10. It's already happening, the fish are getting wise to hopper patterns so presentation and timing can be critical, don't be afraid to throw double hoppers and try drowning the bottom one. 

The Hopper action is getting more sporadic, good one day slow the next. The Caddis are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the day with some good surface action in the first hours of light. PMDs are fading fast but you can still get grabs, mainly subsurface.  Hoppers and PMDs start around 10:30, PMDs are done around noon with the Hopper action running until mid to late afternoon.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Stimulator #12-16 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | EC Caddis #16-18 | Spider Variant #18-22 | Hatchmatcher PMD #16-18 | Thunder Thighs Hopper #10-14  CDC Spring Creek Hopper Tan or Yellow #10-16

NYMPHS:  Zebra Midge #18-22 | Tung Stud Black #18-20 | Prince Nymph #12-16 | Copper John #14-16 | San Juan Worm #12-14 | Harrop's Surface Emerger #16 | Barr's Trico Emerger #20-22

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #6-14

More Reports

The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, August 28th
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, August 21st
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Fishing Report
San Joaquin River: San Joaquin River Fishing Report
Crowley Lake: Crowley Lake Fishing Report
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River Fishing Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens Fishing Report
East Walker River (CA): East Walker River Fishing Report


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