Owens River, California Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Owens River, California Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Owens River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 113 cfs

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid to Late Afternoon

Best stretch: Below the confluence.

Best access point: Left off Benton Crossing road right after the bridge.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair-Good OKAY IT'S TIME TO CLIMB UP ON THE SOAPBOX: DFG is no longer stocking fall spawning rainbows. Every fish laid in the dead grass, carried away from the water, held with a towel or squeezed is another fish that won't be spawning. The water is still a little off color and should continue with the expected warmer days ahead so the fish are a lot less spooky. Now that we are into January the fall/winter run rainbows are starting to head back to Crowley and the spring spawners should be headed upstream soon. You'll also find that fish have moved out of the bends into the pockets in the long straight sections. The fishing pressure has been heavy, especially on the weekends so the fish are getting well educated so you'd better get the drift and the pattern right. The lake fish are figuring out what there is to eat so don't be afraid to go really small and a little flash is a good idea. The fishing has been very inconsistent, one day good and the next day leaves you wondering where they all went. Hatches are still weak, midges being the dominate bug. Outside of the midges (#22-26) there is a scattering of small mayflies (#20-22) midday but they are very inconsistent. I have not heard of any bigger mayflies coming off like at Hot Creek. If you're into dry fly fishing look for any backwater, some of them will hold big fish feeding on the surface, but most of the rising fish are on the smaller side. Don't forget that the BWO spinnerfall is also midday so if you are not getting takes try a spinner pattern. If you want a real challenge forget the lake fish and key on the 6"-15" fish, prepare to be humbled.

Fish species: Trout - Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Mammoth - Yosemite (MMH)

Person Fishing in a stream

Owens River Description

Upper Owens River above Crowley Lake

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing & Dries

7-Day Forecast

Cooling temps and weather my effect the fishing


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