Middle Owens River Fishing Report

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

Ron Ortiz nailed several big rainbows on his drift with Doug Rodricks.
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe
9-17-2016
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Water levels have come up to 190cfs. This is a very good flow rate, & will not negatively impact fishing conditions here. Caddis activity will remain solid through late October, with Trico mayflies showing when it begins to cool down in the Owens Valley. I would not hesitate to book a drift trip this fall as I believe the “catching” will be very good early on. Chub & sucker fry will be the primary target for the bigs, so have a selection of streamers like Loebergs, Spruce-A-Bu’s, and Punk Perch with a moderate sinking tip line. Good nymphs to have are Assassins, flash back pheasant tails, Drifters Crawlers, olive crystal caddis, olive dubbed caddis, and broken back tiger/zebra midges.

This fishery remains open year around. Special regs from the footbridge at Pleasant Valley campground to the fishing monument 4.7 miles downstream.



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