Perking up for larger Browns and Rainbows this past week

Owens River - Section 3 - Upper (above Crowley) - Eastern Sierra, CA (Mono County)

by Doug Busey

After a very slow Summer’s fishing the Owens has shown it may be perking up for larger Browns and Rainbows this past week. Just now starting to land some 18” and up of both so with cautious optimism let’s hope this trend continues. As these bigger fish migrate up from Lake Crowley I pretty much mothball the dry flies and stick with nymphs in the deeper bends and wooly buggers in the straight runs between the bends. My favorite nymph is a bead head Flashback Pheasant Tail on a jig hook or try Midges, Hare’s Ears, or Prince Nymphs. Chuck Olive or Black Buggers downstream a good ways, so the fish can’t see ya. Jerk it slightly during the subsurface swing then strip up a bit and move a few steps down with every recast.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.