Upper Owens Fishing Report

Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley) - Eastern Sierra, CA (Mono County)

by Doug Rodricks
(760) 935-4250

More snow had fallen on the river since last report bringing about 4-6″ of fresh powder to the zone. It is still hard to walk around here once the snow softens especially around the sage brush bush wells. A lot of snow has receded from the banks and is exposing more shoreline and the dead wild grass from the fall. River flows have increased to 97 cfs but the water clarity remains good and the fish are still holding in their usual areas. You may have to cover some ground again to get into the numbers. The BWO hatch is happening mid-day and this month we may get a shot at casting dry flies to fish over 20″ again.  6mm Otter Eggs in Tangerine Opaque, Kiwi Flash, Dead Egg, and Apricot, #14-16 San Juan worm red and Bead San Juan Worm red, #14-16 Level Crystal Leeches, #14-16 Parallel Assassin Dark and Light, and #16 Broken Back Copper Tiger Midge are lighting up the fish!

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