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Old 06-26-2012, 08:48 PM
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Default Upper Owens & Hot Creek

In July. wet wading, hip boots, waist waders or chest waders.

Also, should I buy my flies before I go or at a local shop?

AND 3 wt. possible??? Or go with a 6 wt.?

Note; getting back into this after a long hiatus and trying to teach son, 13.

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it's the same answer as the EW
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I havr fished the upper Ownes many times with varing degrees of success. My best has been with nymphs fished just below the surface. The problem is the weeds in the river. The fish are in the weeds and I try to get the nymph just after the ends of the weed beds. I have also been sucsessfull with streamers on a bubble and spinning rod. This was before i learned to cast a fly rods. If what you are useing is not working be quick to switch. The fly shops in Mammoth are very helpful on what is working and carry a good selection of flys. My experience is that the flys that are really working are out of stock. I would call can try to order what you need before you go. As always a few bucks spent in a fly shop gets information. Good luck. This is one of the most scenic fisheries in the US.
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it's the same answer as the EW
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Also, should I buy my flies before I go or at a local shop?
Before you go on any trip, you should have flies with you. Study hatch charts for that time of year. Some of the hatch charts will have the recommendations. Once you are there, you can add a few flies that are currently the hot ones.
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On the UO you really won't need to wade much, and on Hot Creek you should avoid it as much as possible. Stealth will increase your odds in both places. milt.
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Both waters need not be waded...ck. The Troutfitter in Mammoth, The Sierra Trout Magnet in Bishop or Tom Loe's Sierra Drifters - for their reports and what's working. I personally prefer a 5wt or 6wt., if the wind is up.

Hot Creek can be a ZOO... try to get there EARLY...

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Default Re: Upper Owens & Hot Creek

thank you all.

One more question. What is considered a good tip for the guide for 1/2 day with two people?
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I probably left some info out, but there has been some discussion of this tipping question.

Tips for your guide
Guided trip and how to tip the guide?
Gratuities for Guides
So, what is the usual tip rate for a guide?
Proper Tipping for Guides?
How much to tip a guide?
How much to tip an Orvis class guide
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