Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Upper Owens River California Fly Fishing Guide - Gear, Tackle and
The Upper Owens River has some very large rainbow and brown trout move out of the lake
into the river and you may want to make sure you don't get caught with too light of tackle.
Some anglers may prefer going as light as a 4 weight outfit but that's a light as we suggest
anyone go.

Fly Line:
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight, floating fly line for most of the fishing. You may want a
4 weight fly line for the smaller rainbows. There could be situations where you need a
sinking tip or sinking fly line but it would be for a specialized application in cold water.

Fly Rod:
We recommend a rod for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line that is nine feet in length in a medium fast
to fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the four, five or six weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth.
A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.

You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length on the Upper Owens River. I
suggest having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and
midges, in the various lengths.

You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for the Upper Owens River. We prefer the breathable type. You may
want neoprene waders during cold weather.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
the best.

Trout Flies:
Perfect Flies have proven to be effective on all of the Eastern Sierra streams. We have
several California customers who regularly use our flies on this stream. They closely imitate
all the real aquatic insects, crustaceans and terrestrials that are in the stream. We have
specific imitations of all the insects in all stages of life. If you haven't already tried them, we
certainly hope you will. We are confident you will find them highly effective.
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