Big Pine Creek

Big Pine, California

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Fly tyer and all-around international angler Kate Howe used to live in these parts and provided the information here. She was particularly fond of this small water because of the constant fly fishing challenge and because it always made her want to come back for more. Big Pine Creek’s glacier-fed waters wind 15 miles from lakes at the foot of Palisade Glacier to the creek’s confluence with the Owens River. The creek’s upper reaches are full of Ice Age cobblestone, with waters of a glacial blue-green tint. Down the mountain, small freestone rocks and sand replace the cobblestones. On the valley floor the creek becomes a high-desert meadow stream with undercut banks and a sand-and-rock bottom. Types of Fish: Wild brown trout and stocked rainbows. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

Big Pine Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Fly tyer and all-around international angler Kate Howe used to live in these parts and provided the information here. She was particularly fond of this small water because of the constant fly fishing challenge and because it always made her want to come back for more. Big Pine Creek’s glacier-fed waters wind 15 miles from lakes at the foot of Palisade Glacier to the creek’s confluence with the Owens River. The creek’s upper reaches are full of Ice Age cobblestone, with waters of a glacial blue-green tint. Down the mountain, small freestone rocks and sand replace the cobblestones. On the valley floor the creek becomes a high-desert meadow stream with undercut banks and a sand-and-rock bottom. Types of Fish: Wild brown trout and stocked rainbows. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Big Pine
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best April through November
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Pine Creek

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May 2018