Hot Creek’s browns and rainbow trout are really showing some stunning fall colors. It’s been an all day surface bite here most days on small midges. Look for BWO hatches to resume once the weather stabilizes. San Juan Worms, #18-20 Flashback Pheasant tails, Bead Poxyback Brassie, Serendipity Red and Black, and Tangerine Opaque and Flamingo Otter Eggs are doing the trick.
The Upper Owens River full winter conditions down here with cold mornings, freezing fog at times and even some ice chunks floating down river. A warming trend will change things and bring on the BWO hatches in the afternoons. The big fish are loving these conditions as we get closer to the peak of the run of rainbows from Crowley Lake moving up river. Take caution when traveling the river roads as snow has filled the ruts, which are responsible for more vehicles getting stuck than an engine that won’t turn over. We have been going in by snowmobile and hitting all the best spots which have really been producing well. Egg patterns (all of our Otter Egg colors), #14-18 Light and Dark Assassins, #14 – 18 Flashback Pheasant Tails, midges, and squirmy worms in pink and San Juan Worms in Red and Brown will work well now and through the winter months.
Lower Owens River flows now up to 101 cfs. Some good BWO hatches down here as the weather tends to be a little warmer than up the hill. The wild trout section has been fishing very well this year. There have been some trico, PMD, and BWO hatches occurring late morning and the streamer bite has been really good. Smaller nymphs in the Wild Trout sections have also got the fish stirred up. Water is getting clear, so careful not to spook the fish with your fly line or presence.
Justin fished with Two Bug Doug and got into some great fish like this massive rainbow trout.
James got onto some good rainbow trout with Two Bug .
Justin with another nice rainbow trout on the Upper Owens River.
Joseph fished with Two Bug Doug and got this awesome rainbow trout.
John fished the Upper Owens River and had a great day with Two Bug Doug.
Doug Dolan took Jim on the Upper Owens River for some nice ones like this healthy rainbow trout.