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Fall is here. The weather, for the most part, is perfect. Cool mornings and evenings, and great afternoons that are just warm enough to enjoy the heat. In between the nice weather is the occasional storm that reminds us that winter is on the horizon.

For me this is the perfect time of the year. On the nice days I venture out to fish. On the stormy days I go looking for waterfowl.

I was anticipating the state waterfowl opener back in October of 2016. I was all ready to hunt except that I needed to make a minor repair on the Fat Boy, a fiberglass layout boat. The minor repair was no big deal and was fixed with ease, but the starboard rail had delaminated and was a major repair. A couple days of sanding, laying fiberglass mat and epoxying, and the boat was ready to float. I added new camouflage material to the boat and it was ready for hunting. All I needed was a bad weather day. The weather stayed good.

I took advantage of a windless warm day and headed out to the wild trout section of the lower Owens River. This time of the year I’m never in a big hurry to get out on the water. Middle of summer when the coolest parts of the day are first and last light I get out on the water early, but from now until summer comes back I prefer to be on the water in the middle of the day when the fish are most active.

Getting ready to fish I put the pre-rigged rod together. donned my waders and my fly fishing shirt, and slid on the tackle bag. Once on the water I did a quick straightening of my leader and was ready for the first cast. The first cast is just to get the flies and the leader onto the water in preparation of casting my brace of flies to the intended target that I know holds trout.

That Tuesday my first cast hit the water and I instinctively set the hook as I felt the tug of a trout on the leader. It was a six-inch brown. This, I hoped, was the beginning of a great day of trout fishing.

I systematically covered all the water from the very shallows to the deepest runs. I managed to hook fish in every type of water. I had my three favorite Czech flies on. The bottom fly is a hot spot pheasant tail in size 16. In the middle set of my flies was the number 12 stoner, the heaviest of the three flies. The top fly was not my usual olive quill bodied RS2, but an olive quill bodied mayfly nymph. The stoner hooked a couple of fish, but it was an even split between the pheasant tail nymph and the olive quill mayfly nymph.

This was just the kind of day I was looking for. Lots of wild brown trout to keep me interested in the fishing. Enough tough casts to make the fishing challenging. A warm afternoon with no wind to blow the flies off target. No one on the water except Tyler Smith, my fishing partner for the day. I would call this the perfect afternoon of fishing.

painting of a brown trout

Brown Trout by Duane Raver courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Before winter arrives with cold winds and freezing temperatures I want a couple more perfect days on the water pursuing the wild trout that call the Eastern Sierra home.

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1 day ago

Sunsets around here never get old. 😍
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Sunsets around here never get old. 😍
#nofilter #visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard
Photo by Betsy Johnson

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I've got a lot of nice trout up in Bishop I love it there

Beautiful picture

Love the sky's @ sunsets and sunrise. I have some beautiful pictures of the area. This looks to be below pleasant valley campground on the lower Owens. I fly fished all over the west, This is still my favorite water!!!

What a lovely picture of the beautiful, colorful ,peaceful sky it's so breathtaking. 💘

Classic Western Sky with cattle to add to the picture. Hearing some Western music in the back ground. Just need a windmill. <3

Those Happy Cows love the Bishop sunsets.

STUNNING🌹🌹

And I love Bishop!😊

I love it in the late afternoon when the Sierra's cast their shadow on the White Mountains

HOME ! !

These views never get old. MIss them.

Beautiful Sun 🌞set

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Snow in the mountains, but dry in the valley, that's why we love Bishop!

Pretty

God I miss it!

Beautiful!!

Home sweet home beautiful

Ready to roll there!!!!

Beautiful

Every time I go south on 395 I'm amazed at the beauty of the eastern Sierra Nevada could spend a lifetime in the Mountains There

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1 day ago

Definitely feels and looks like winter around here these days.... this is a shot from yesterday.
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Definitely feels and looks like winter around here these days.... this is a shot from yesterday. 
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Wish you'd post what mountains we're looking at. Lovely photograph!

This is absolutely beautiful! 😊😀

wow, such a beautiful post, need long johns to stay longer then an hour in that snow ?

Awesome picture

Fabulous!

... name of the "pyramid peak" please.....

Hello Tom!

Mt. Tom

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful

Frank

I need to go fishing on the Owens or PVR, been a while.

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3 days ago

Who loves a little winter fishing???? We've got it year-round here!!Out side enjoying the lower Owens River. Snow storms are rare in the Owens Valley. Snow only lasts a few days at the most. Photo by @leviaguilera_photography ... See MoreSee Less

Who loves a little winter fishing???? Weve got it year-round here!!

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Glad to see L A didn’t get all the Owens valley water!

Beautiful background !

Looks cold, but what a great place.

plenty of brown trout,large trout at bridgport res

always did ice fishing onway to bridgport

He should wear one of those wrist bands or forehead bands which shows his temperature so he can regulate. Risky sports have science to make them safer.

Love to go fishing in this stream ! Look at the great snow.😁

Refreshing, stunning, incredibly beautiful and the bestest fishing ever ! I love Bishop !😲👍🇺🇸🦅🇺🇸🎅☃️🎄💥

Oh yea!! He’s gettin them native Browns right there!!

I have fished the Lower Owens for many years, winter is the best because of reduced flows. Great Blue wing olive hatches, and plenty of wild browns. I fished this same run pictured . Love this River and the town of Bishop.

SUPERB SCENARY💝

Benton crossing?

That looks so amazing

Jo Nathan we need to go asap!

Do you know where your legs are?

Is that you Josh Beck?

Fred Powers

Nope

♥️

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