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 9/24

Water temperatures are dropping fast.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair

It may be open but we don't recommend it unless the smoke lessens.  

I'm not getting the reports as often due to the conditions so I'll try my best. It's getting a little less crowded but still busy, we'll see what happens now that it's one of the few streams still open. Look for the open gates and talk to the people that are already out there. Tricos are on their last legs so besides the midges the main hatches is a scattering of small mayflies throughout the day. Remember we're getting into that time of year when more and more lake fish are moving in so don't be afraid to throw some bigger midges and perch patterns .  The hopper action is getting more sporadic, good one day slow the next. On the slow hopper days do NOT fish hopper-dropper, the fish will be shying away from anything under the hopper.  

The Caddis are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the day with some good surface action in the first hours of light. PMDs are done but the Tiny BWO is still around midday, #22-24 more on nymphs than dries.

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 #20 Barr's Trico Emerger #20-22

STREAMERS: Shock Collar Leech #10 | Woolly Bugger White, Olive & Brown #6-14 | Punk Perch light or dark #10-16 

More Reports

The Trout Fitter Reports
for Friday, September 25th, 2020
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Thursday, September 17th, 2020
Hot Creek: Hot Creek 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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