The Fish Sniffer - Lower Owens Yields 40+ Fish Days!
Lower Owens Yields 40+ Fish Days!

Written By: Danny Lloyd, March 6, 2014
Species: Trout
Location: Owens River- Lower, Walker River- East, Pleasant Valley Reservoir,

The East Walker has been running at 22 cfs as of February 20. The water is clear but with the flows so low fishing has suffered.

"With the low flows and strong inversions the water temperatures haven't been getting high enough to promote a real bite. Most of the fish remain sluggish when the river is kept at these minimal flows combined with low wage temperature," (

Recommended dries include extended body bwo, parachutes adams, stimulators, and royal wulff. Nymphers be sure and try copper johns, rs2, pheasant tails, flashback pheasant tails, wd40, and a variety of midges. Don't forget to throw streamers as well.

(Bishop) Pleasant Valley Reservoir fishing continues to be good as some larger fish have reportedly been caught recently. "Midging remains to be the top bet, but most of these larger fish have come from float tubes dragging streamers. Strip streamers slowly, as with the colder water temperatures the fish aren't moving very fast and neither is what they are eating"(

On theLower Owens River ,"with the DWP metering station broken again, you might check out the flows and see a wide range of reports from .7 cfs all the way to 3,267 cfs! Don't worry though, local fisherman reports it's really running approx. 104 cfs as of February 20th" (

"With a recent weather storm up in Mammoth making a turn for the worse the Lower Owens is definitely our first choice of places to fish right now" ( "Fish are still coming on small midge patterns early and then switching to large mayfly nymphs in the afternoon. If you see some large mayflies buzzing around, switch up to something green and bug like looking" ( Be sure to try visa dun pad, hatch matcher pad, extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, royal wulff, and griffith gnat on the top.

Nymphs to use include: zebra midge, micro mayfly, flashy wd40, medallion midge, birds nest, black bead birds nest, prince nymph, Hogan's S&M Nymph, flashback bwo, epoxy bwo wing case, hare's ear, flashy pheasant tail, and copper johns. Streamers include wounde sculpin, matuka, BH Carey Bugger, crystal bugger, BH pop's bugger, dead drift crawdad and perfection perch"(


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