Jim Stimson, Jim Stimson Fly Fishing
So far the first week of May has brought great afternoon buildup along with some rain and snow showers over the high peaks. You can’t beat the scenic backdrop along the east side of the Sierra. It never grows old. With the opening of Tioga Pass through Yosemite, come on over the hill!
Upper Owens River
flows have stabilized on the Upper Owens and fishing has picked up
again. Nice rainbows and cutthroats can be found in the deeper pools
throughout the river system. Try small pheasant tails, about a sized 18.
Make sure you are getting your nymph rigs deep enough. A combination of
enough split shot and setting your indicator deep enough will do the
Lower Owens River
DWP has been ramping up the flows lately. The river is cruising right
along at 200 cfs. The lower Owens has been fishing particularly well,
mornings to afternoons. It is still fairly easy to navigate around in
your waders. The river is forgiving, just make sure every foot placement
is solid. Nymphing has been very productive using midges, loop winged
emergers, Barr emergers, PT’s, green caddis worms, etc…. just about
anything buggy will work if presented well. There have been stoneflies
and caddis cruising through as well. Try using a golden stone as an
attractor then drop a caddis worm off the hook bend. Huck this combo
into the shallower, faster moving water and watch what happens. Voilàl!