February Fishing Report
Fishing has been really productive on the fair weather days with warmer temps and light winds. Flows have been ranging from 80-100 cfs which is perfect to explore all of the river.
Fishing during the warmest part of the day is most important during the winter months. You don't need to be on the water until 9-10 am at the earliest. I fished the river yesterday and found bug activity to be at its best between 11am - 2pm. These times will change with each day and the variety of conditions we see in the Eastern Sierra.
We saw no less than 30 fish in the net between the two of us. Fishing with small Beatis #18-#20 in dark olive or black, Midges #18-#22 black & copper or blood midges seemed to be most productive. We saw a good BWO hatch kick off around 11am and we fished through the better part of the day with a high temperature of 58 degrees.
Fishing on the Lower Owens is at its best from now through the spring. By May or June flows will be anywhere from 300 CFS + making it difficult to access the river. Come fish with us and explore one of the best winter trout fisheries in the area.
Upper Owens ........
Flows on the Upper have been at a steady 112 cfs. With a fresh blanket of snow on the valley access will be limited for some time. Access to the lower section above Benton Crossing bridge is the best bet. People have been driving up the road daily and packing out a track that is drivable with a good 4x4 vehicle. There are a good number of lake run fish that have made their way up the river. You will find sections that are much more productive than others. Fishing on the warmer days will always help the fish to be more willing to bite. One can target these fish with a number of different tactics ranging from streamer fishing, euro nymphing or traditional indicator rigs. Give us a call for the latest information on our local fisheries. We can't wait to get you out on the water.