Big Pine Creek
Big Pine Creek is a 12.1-mile-long stream in Inyo County of eastern California. It flows from the eastern Sierra Nevada, down to the Owens Valley, where it is a major tributary of the Owens River near Big Pine. The creek begins at the confluence of its North and South Forks, below the Palisades. From there, the creek flows east-northeast, passing Crater Mountain and intersecting Big Pine Canal before joining the Owens River near the town of Big Pine. The total average runoff from the watershed is 52,000 acre feet mostly from Big Pine Creek itself.
The fishing here is fairly easy, as long as you take to a more stealthy approach. Approaching the banks quietly, and maintaining a low profile, is of upmost importance. Traditional dry flies like an Adams or Foam Beetle, with a small beadhead nymph hanging below them will catch lots of fish in these waters. Keep your offerings on the small side with fly sizes that range from #14 - #18. The fish here are not big, mostly in the 8 - 10 inch range, but there are lots of them. This is perfect 3wt water.
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