The Gorge

Owens River - Gorge - Bishop, CA (Inyo County)

by Tom Loe

It can get down right hot this time of year, bring along plenty of water if you hike into more remote sections. This fishery is not prone to water increases during the spring, and can be a good call when flows are trending upwards in other areas. Flows are around 50cfs. You will see solid caddis hatches on the warmer days here. Fishing can be quite good if you do some hiking and get away from the sections that get pounded. The Gorge could be classified as the true “tailwater” from Crowley Lake. The fish here are all wild browns with a large one going 16 inches. Moderate/difficult hiking is required to access the more secluded sections. Rock hopping and bush whacking can be expected. Dry/dropper bead head nymph combos work well in the deeper pools. Use PT’s, Assassin birds nest, broken back midges, tiger midges, & crystal olive larva patterns as the nymphs. Hi-vis para BWO’s, Stimulators, parachute midge adults, & elk caddis, & hi-vis caddis are good choices for your dry fly. Pack in water, have cleated wading boots and a stout staff. 2-4wt. rods are perfect for this water. A compromise/ final settlement has been reached between the LADWP & CDFW for the re-watering and enhancement of the middle & lower sections of the Gorge. The Upper section will now be managed as a Tui-Chub” sanctuary for perpetuity- with no additional water, or trout enhancement allowed. The Middle & lower sections will begin to see immediate improvements in flows, fish access ladders, and management as a wild trout fishery. Final Draft of Owens Gorge Stipulation11 20 14[1] Special thanks to Crowley local James Parker for keeping us informed on this complicated situation.

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Fly and Field Outfitters LLC Reports
for Friday, July 15th, 2016

Crowley Lake: On and Off
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Upper Owens River
Owens River - Middle: Middle Owens River (Bishop area)
Hot Creek: Hot Creek
Pleasant Valley Reservoir: Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Fly and Field Outfitters LLC Reports
for Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Crowley Lake: Bite is Sporadic
McGee Creek: Running High
Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley): Conditions Good
Owens River - Middle: Improving
Hot Creek: Hot Creek Update
Pleasant Valley Reservoir: PVR Update
Owens River - Gorge: The Gorge Update
Bridgeport Reservoir: Bridgeport Reservoir Update
Walker River - East Fork (CA): East Walker River Update
Walker River - West Fork (CA): West Walker River Update
Jurassic Pond (Private): Jurassic Pond Update