Fishing Season: Year Round

Owens River - CA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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The Trout Fly's Tip of the Week

There are some really big fish eating caddis on the surface but it's inconsistent and hard to time. Be Aware of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Map of Owens River

5-Day Outlook as of 9/10/21

Warm and Dry

Techniques & Tips as of 9/10/21

Nymphing & Dries

Current Conditions as of 9/10/21

Warm and Dry

Local Species Available Year Round

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    Trout - Rainbow

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The Trout Fly's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Atomic Worm N/A 16-18
Micro Egg N/A 16-18
Tunghead Hare's Ear Flashback N/A 16-18
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer N/A 16-18
Splitcase BWO olive 18-20
Rubber San Juan Worm Purple 14
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph N/A 16
Bead Head Brassie™ Red 14
wd-40 olive 18-22
Tungsten Psycho N/A #18-20

Atomic Worm

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The Trout Fly's Recommended Gear

Description: About Owens River

Upper Owens River above Crowley Lake

Nearest Airport:

Mammoth - Yosemite (MMH)


Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good One thing to keep in mind is that somewhere around noon the water below where Hot Creek joins the river is getting up to 70+ degrees so plan on moving upstream if you are going to fish the afternoon. There is a temperature gauge on Hot Creek right above the Owens River Road bridge. In the last week that water has not been below 97 degrees and tops out around 112 degrees midday. If you're not familiar with it, to get to the upper most branch of Hot Creek, go through the first drive through gate on the main road and immediately turn left. The confluence is between the first and second walk-thru gates. Having said this, with the nights getting longer and the tails of cold fronts pushing through the the area every couple of couple days the water temperature should cease to be a problem soon. The Tricos are starting to fade but the BWO hatch should be starting back up before to long. The Trico emergence is still around 6-8 for the female emergence and 9-10 for the spinner fall. Don't forget that the fish will eat drowned Trico spinners well after the egg laying. As they drift downstream they will hold their attention long after the spinner fall ends. Still see a few PMD and a few BWO have started hatching, even though there aren't a lot the nymph patterns are starting to work midday. The caddis are fading too but the midges are around forever. Midday the Hoppers are out but they're seriously wise and won't eat them unless it's windy. With the resident fish being schizophrenic, one day eating attractor nymphs and the next day they're into the mayflies and midges, we suggest trailing a midge (#18-24) or mayfly (#16-22) behind an attractor nymph. That 1/2 moth 1/2 caddis white insect you see zig zagging close to the water is an aquatic moth. Not much is known about their life cycle, but you may have run across the larval form and not even known it. If you get hung up on the bottom and what you bring up looks like a small, ragged leaf, turn it over. If there's a line of organic matter down the middle that's the moth larva. DF&G calls it the 4th of July run. With the temperatures getting warmer in Crowley and the algae growing the 12" - 20" browns have moved into the river and are throughout the system. Once in the system they will stay until spawning late fall to early winter.

Best Time to Fish:

Mid to Late Afternoon

Best Stretch:

Below the confluence.

Best Access:

Left off Benton Crossing road right after the bridge.