The Owens river, Hot Creek, and the East Walker River. Most Anglers have heard of these famous Eastern Sierra waters but many may not be aware that they are open to year-round angling. The Upper Owens river upstream from the Benton Crossing bridge hosts a strong run of Crowley lake Rainbow Trout during the winter months. Most of these fish are in the 22-26 inch range.
The middle section of the Owens is located in the Owens gorge. This section of the river is home to a healthy population of wild Brown Trout. The majority of these fish are in the 6-10 inch range with the occasional 14-inch "Lunker". These Trout can be caught on dry flies all winter long.
The Lower Owens near the town of Bishop is a beautiful tailwater stream that winds its way out through the high desert of the Owens valley. Dependable Mayfly hatches all winter long make this a go to stream for fly fishers in the know.
The section of Hot Creek open to the public is bordered by the private Hot Creek Ranch upstream and natural hot springs downstream. The high water temps of the springs inhibits Trout movement downstream. Although Hot creeks winter hatches are not as prolific as those in the summer there is still enough activity to arouse the Trout all winter long.
The East Walked River was once one of the finest Trout streams in the west. Periods of drought along with agricultural demands have contributed to the decline of this once blue-ribbon trout stream. Somehow the stream and its Trout have persevered giving the patient and diligent angler glimpses of its historic past. Conditions will improve with more winters like this one of 2017.
Join Sierra Fly Fisher and Orvis in the Eastern Sierra for some great winter fishing.
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Rainbow, Upper Owens
Lower Owens Brown
Lower Owens Rainbow
Upper Owens River
Upper Owens River
Lower Owens Brown Trout