Lower Owens River Report

Jim Elias

Report Date:


Lower Owens 4/15/2021 Flows are now up to about 148cfs. Water is clear

Rod Size:  #4-#5 Weights

Tippet Size: 4-5X 

Leader: Euro/Czech Leader, 9ft 4-5x

Dry Flies:  Elk Wing Caddis #14-16, Parachute Adams #16-18

Nymphs: Fox's Caddis Poopah Olive #16,TH Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa #16, Shaggy Wire Caddis #16, Thrift Shop Caddis #16,  Eurotrash Nymph Brown #16, Eurotrash Nymph Gray #16, Eurotrash Nymph Olive #16, Turbo Midge #16-18, Red Copper John #18-20 Zebra Midge #20-22, Pheasant Tail #16-18, Copper Zebra Midge #18-20, Bird's Nest Olive #16-18, Zebra Midge #18-20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #16-18, MicroMayfly Olive #16-18

Streamers: Haven't Tried.


Flows are now stable, and the water is very clear. I didn't make it down until around 11:30 today, but it was pretty slow until about 12:30 when I started seeing some caddis getting smashed on the surface. I couldn't buy a grab under the bobber so after the 2nd fish I saw jump, I switched up to a caddis dry. I tried a few different ones before I got a good look at one up close, and it was a definitive brown color. Changed up to a size 16 elk hair and bam! Nicest fish of the day on the first cast. He came up and ate a real one, and then turned and ate mine immediately after. Got a few more after that, and started seeing what looked like PMDs, didn't get to see any up close and didn't get any grabs when I switched to one, but then the wind picked up and I was getting a little hungry so I bailed around 2. 

Fish Mammoth Guides Services is located in Mammoth Lakes, CA (Mono County). Fishing Guide, Jim Elias, can take you fishing on Crowley Lake, Upper Owens, Lower Owens and East Walker River. To book your guided fishing trip with Jim Elias please all him at (760) 582-2195 and for more information please visit his WEBSITE..

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