Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide located in Bishop, at the Owens River.

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Luke Kinney

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon(858)750-9820 Email icongoldentroutguiding@gmail.com Link icongoldentroutguidingco.com
Inyo County, Bishop, CA


  • 4 season guiding outfit, we are fortunate enough to have fishable water all year.
  • Snowshoe fly fishing outings on the Upper Owens for trophy trout during the winter season.
  • Wild brown and rainbow trout on the Lower Owens River.
  • Bass and Carp on the fly (summer season)
  • Crowley Lake boating trips for trophy rainbows, browns, and cutthroat trout. (May-Nov 15th)
  • Overnight camping trips on the E Walker river for some of the best river fly fishing in the state.
  • Half Day walk and wade trips start at $300, Half Day boating trips start at $350
  • Spring and Fall Fly Fishing Clinics, 2 days of immersive learning in a small group, limited availability.
  • Casting clinics, introduction courses, and virtual fly tying classes.

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The Story

Golden Trout Guiding Company is committed to bringing you the highest quality guiding experience possible. We don't just put you on fish, we show you how and why that is happening, so that you may carry on those skills for the rest of your fly-fishing adventures. We provide all top-notch gear for our clients and the only thing you need to show up with is your California fishing license. Our guides provide a delicious riverside lunch for full days as well as snacks and water for half-day trips. We pride ourselves on professionalism and representing the Eastern Sierra with proper river etiquette and a passion for conservation. Golden Trout Guiding Co. respects all walks of life and believes fly fishing is for everyone. Let's get on the water and create lifelong memories!

All of your gear is provided, so don't stress about having to purchase any equipment. All levels of experience are welcome. Our trips are immersive, educative, safe, and exciting. Half-day trips (4hrs) include snacks and water. Full-day trips (7hrs) are a full day of exploring various sections of the river. A healthy and delicious riverside lunch is provided for full days. Dietary restrictions will be met for each individual. I have in-depth local knowledge of our fisheries as well as the history of the Owens Valley. Not only do we get on the fish but you will leave feeling like you had a well-rounded experience, highlighting our surrounding natural world. Casting lessons and clinics, fly-tying classes, and fishing for alternative species are all options that will increase your knowledge and skills as an angler.

I primarily guide on the Owens River, known originally as "Payahuunadü" by its native Piute People. This literally translates to the "land of flowing water.” The Owens valley has a rich historical and geological background, which only adds to the angling experience. The Owens River breaks into three main sections. The Lower Owens is an immersive angling experience where we spend our time wading through beautiful bends and runs targeting primarily wild brown trout. The Lower Owens is healthy and abundant with wildlife. The Central Owens is a long canyon running for miles between Lake Crowley and Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The Central Owens is an adventurous experience for the more willing angler. Dry fly fishing can be very productive, and the views of the canyon are breathtaking. The Upper Owens is the most popular of the three sections, and for good reason. Unbelievable views of Mammoth Mountain and the High Sierra make it an unforgettable angling experience. Trophy rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout are abundant. This section gets more pressure and having an experienced local guide will increase your chances of success tenfold. The East Walker River, potentially one of California’s best trout streams, period, holds record brown and rainbow trout. Current regulations and water levels dictate this river's fishability. More details can be discussed in pre-trip planning.

For full information on rates, please visit https://www.goldentroutguidingco.com/rates

What will I need to bring?

All you will need is a California fishing license and appropriate layers to wear while fishing. All of this will be discussed in our pre-trip planning.

What are the safety concerns?

I am first aid certified and carry first-aid equipment for all our trips. I emphasize safe wading and angling practices before we embark on the water. Individuals with knee, back, or hip issues can be accommodated by fishing water that is more approachable.

What should I expect?

I base my trips around what your expectations are for our time together. Whether you wish to learn the very basics of fly fishing or wish to hunt for trophy trout or carp we can discuss those options in pre-trip planning.

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