Jim Stimson reports on 11.26.18
Eastern Sierra Fly Fishing Report
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday feast and new snow in the Sierra with your friends, family, and loved ones. We send our thoughts to those affected by the devastating fires.
The flows are currently at 25 cfs. This is very bony water. Personally, I am going to wait until the irrigation district bumps up the flows again before I fish in the North County. That said, expect the trout to be more lethargic and hanging in the deeper pools. They are sitting ducks now and super spooky with the low, clear water.
The creek is flowing through the canyon at 40 cfs. Target your casts to the feeding lanes between the grasses and rocks. You may not see fish, but they are there. Try a dry-dropper setup with a caddis or mayfly pattern above and a midge or Hot Creek caddis below.
Upper Owens River
The flows are at 88 cfs but these are readings taken high in the river system. Once Hot Creek dumps into the mid-section the flows are closer to about 130 cfs. The Upper O is fishing well, very well. More and more trout are spreading out throughout the river system. Try red san juans with egg patterns dropped from the hook bend.
Lower Owens River
The Lower Owens flows are coming down and now sits at 103 cfs. Everything is working: streamers, nymphs, and dry flies. Enjoy!
Jim Stimson Fly Fishing142 Larkspur LaneCrowley Lake, CA 93546760.209.4300 (cell)