Upper Owens River Fishing Report

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Flow Rates and Water Conditions

Water Conditions: Good

Flows are at 106 cfs as of 10/8

Water temperatures are dropping fast.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good

Smoke conditions have improved but we expect to see more bad days over the next week or two.  

DWP just started pumping water from Grant Lake into the upper Owens. This will make the fishing more challenging and dirty the water for a short time. On the plus side the fish will be less spooky, it will flush out some of the weeds and silt and hopefully attract the fall spawners into the river. It's definitely less crowded now, especially during the week. 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 hatch 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.

Recommended Flies

DRIES: Stimulator #12-16 | Griffiths Gnat #20-24 | EC Caddis #16-18 | Spider Variant #18-22 | CDC Spring Creek Hopper Tan or Yellow #10-16| Parachute Extended Body BWO #20-22

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 Flashback 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, October 9th, 2020
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Fishing Report
Crowley Lake: Crowley Lake Fishing Report
Owens River - Lower: Lower Owens River Report
East Walker River (CA): East Walker River Fishing Report
The Trout Fitter Reports
for Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Hot Creek: There are Still a Few PMDs Around
San Joaquin River: San Joaquin River Fishing Report
Crowley Lake: Fishing Has Been Very Good
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Water Temps Are Dropping Fast
East Walker River (CA): East Walker River Fishing Report


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