Lower Owens January 1999
Larry Garfinkel and Bill Becher fished the Lower Owens below the Pleasant Valley
Campground in mid January. Flows were down to 100 cfs +/-, substantially below
normal. We had moderate success nymphing with midge emerger patterns. Fishing
was best mid-day, when there were sporadic midge hatches. Even with water temps in
the low 40, fish were jumping, apparently chasing the emerging insects. Stomach
samples showed a variety of feed: green caddis larva, baetis nymphs, and two varieties of
midge pupa. All were small, size 18-20.
Larry with a nice brown. The big one went downstream and got away!
We Friday under cloudy skies, and Saturday in the snow. We left early, as accumulations
were beginning to make driving interesting.
Randy Van Vliet fished the Lower O the following weekend, also encounter a major
snow-storm on the way home. Randy reports excellent success on a black bead head thread
midge (based on a copper bead zebra midge pupa
pattern). substituting a black bead for the copper one.
Bill caught some too.
This is a wild brown trout catch and release fishery.
More info at Brock's in Bishop.