Middle Owens River Fishing Report

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

This stunning male rainbow got bested by Paul Fisher while being guided by Phil Therrien. Congrats Paul, beautiful fish!
Photo Credit: Sierra Drifters

by Tom Loe

Flows have dumped to 80cfs. This is very low for late October. The bigs are on the prowl thanks to some brood fish being planted. Drift boat trips are consistently landing some trophy rainbows using the “dip & strip” method of streamer fishing. Good conditions for drifting; however we can only ride two anglers at this release. Wading & crossing are not difficult at rates below 150cfs. Caddis activity will remain solid through late October, with Trico mayflies showing when it begins to cool down in the Owens Valley. It is prime time to book a drift trip as the “catching” is very good currently. 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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