Drifting the Lower Owens River (Video)

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  1. NCTOADSLAYERZ

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    A little late on this post but thought I share a short video from a trip to the Lower Owens River in early November. We bought an Intex Mariner raft for 200$ and made some modifications to floor to turn it into a functional drift boat for two people. It worked great! And one person could even stand and cast. We spent three days exploring different sections of the river and had a blast! Didn't see a single fisherman the entire time we were there! As for the fishing, it was nothing spectacular but we did get into some quality wild browns and rainbows up to 18". Most fish came on small streamers with a few on BWO dries during mid day. Such a fun time exploring new water! If you haven't looked into the Intex mariner as a cheap drift boat option, I'd highly recommend it!
     
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    I am probably one of a few in San Diego that actually has a drift boat , Would like to try the Owens but have not hunted down info on put ins and take outs ETC . Looks like a real good time ! Would like to pick your brain sometime about the flows etc required for a trip . Thanks for the post !
     
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    Now that is cool!
     
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    This is not meant as a challenge, but how does one know that a Brown Trout is wild? Do they not stock Browns?

    Really pretty fish!
     
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    Shoot me a Pm and I can point you in the right direction!
     
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    Wild trout have an adipose fin while stocked trout don’t. But in the Lower Owens they only stock rainbows so all the browns are wild and naturally reproducing
     
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    Easy....Tie-dyed t-shirt and birkenstocks!
     
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    Talk to David (the owner) at Sierra Magnet fly shop. He floats the river often. Good guy he’ll give you the skinny
     
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    They stocked Browns in the lower Owens a couple years ago. They had to all the fish were gone. Now it’s loaded with fish again
     
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  11. NCTOADSLAYERZ

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    Yup all brown trout in the United States were stocked at some point. No true “wild” brown trout outside of Europe
     
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    We need some clarity on definitions here. It is generally accepted that a wild trout is the result of natural reproduction within the body of water it inhabits. Native trout are indigenous to the water where they are found.
     
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    That’s about how I understand it.

    Furthermore, it is my understanding that there are no indigenous (native) trout south of Conway Summit - all trout in the Owens and its tributaries are introduced by man. For those tributaries north of Conway that flow towards the Walker drainage the indigenous trout was a subspecies of cutthroat.

    The sierra river drainages reachable from the east side of the Sierra, the Kern and San Joaquin, drain to the pacific and their golden and rainbow subspecies evolved from the pacific steelhead.

    At least that is my understanding.
     
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    My understanding as well Craig and widely accepted in my experience.
     
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    Great ingenuity with the raft. I converted a sabot to a mini drifter for not too much more than your raft investment. Have floated a few days since December never seeing another boat, unfortunately we only saw few more fish than that. It's awesome to have complete solitude on the Owens. Here's a picture of my rig...please ignore my son's giant open loop he's just learning to cast.
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    Prams are probably the best boat designs out there for drifting , a whole lot more manageable than my 17 foot wide bottom . Thanks for the post .
     
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    That was awesome! How cool is it to get that feeling of solitude and adventure... I love it. Do you think a Hobie Pro Angler could make it through?
     
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    Ive made it on mine with no drive. Paddle and anchor for the most of it.
     
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    Good to know - thanks for the reply. I may need to torture launch/land info out of you at some point.
     
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    Just let me know. It’s going to require another car, walking or a bike ride. I had a buddy with another truck so it was easy to park one at the pickup and the drive to the launch.
     
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