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Winter 2017 Fishing Report


Wow. What a crazy winter up here in The Eastern Sierras. We are currently about 205% of average with our snowpack. Driving around and skiing our mountains has been absolutely astonishing. The heights of the snowbanks and some of the massive cliff bands that are basically ski runs never gets old. Sure is a fun playground in the winter but nothing compared to how much fun fly anglers are going to enjoy up here this summer! Water, water, water.

Fishing will be so good for so long. The last few years the late summer and early fall have gotten scratchy with the lower flows. Not this year, no way! I really feel that August and September are going to be as good as May and June. We should hopefully reap the rewards of this huge winter for many summers to come. The amount of runoff in June should clean every rock and pebble of sediment and bring so much new life to our local moving waters. Another benefit will be deeper redds for the fish to spawn in!

Fishing has been pretty great this winter even with all the precipitation. The Lower Owens has been steady as always. Haven’t been fishing Mono County much with all the snow but I will be soon.  What a spring it’s going to be. Hungry trout in clear water with white mountains in the distance. Let’s go fishing!

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