Insane Hopper Action!

Insane Hopper Action!

Jim Elias

Upper Owens 8/14/2019 Flows 108cfs  Above The Confluence - Water is pretty clear all over

Rod Size:  #5-#6 Weights

Tippet Size: 3-5X  

Dry Flies: Panty Hopper Dropper Yellow #8-10,  Elk Hair Caddis #14, Parachute Adams #16, Stimulator #16

Nymphs:  Copper John #16, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Bead Head Lightning Bug #14, Black Bead Bird's Nest #16, Micromayfly #16, Psycho Prince #16, Bead Head Prince Nymph #16, Red Copper John #16, Red San Juan Worm #14, Tiger Midge #16, Copper Zebra #16

Streamers:  Black Wooly Bugger #8-10, Docs Twin Lake Special Black #10, Dirty Hippy, Meat Whistle

Hoppers are still the main food source for these fish. I'm seeing some Tricos early mornings at 7am, and the spinners fall around 11. I've been nymphing til around 8:30, by then the fish are starting to wake up and smell the hoppers. The fish don't seem to be too interested in the spinners, but it's always worth a try. Don't be afraid to fish heavier tippet, these fish will take grasshoppers with reckless abandon. Not to mention there are some good sized fish in the mix 18" and beyond! 3-4x is a safe bet to wrangle in these beasts! You'll definitely want to run a dropper below your hopper. I've been running small copper johns, prince nymphs and pheasant tails and have been getting lots of the smaller fish on the dropper. 

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