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Fly Fishing Weekender – Owens Valley

A fly fishing day trip in the Eastern Sierras.

Fly Fishing Weekender – Owens Valley

A fly fishing day trip in the Eastern Sierras.

Event Details

Guided by

Sydney Cortright & Sam Reese


02:00pm - 07:00pm


June 28, 2024

Spots Left




Weather Forecast

Highs around 85°F, lows around 40°F

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About Sydney Cortright & Sam Reese

Sydney is a California native with Montana roots. She picked up fly fishing by following in her late father’s footsteps, and this passion has brought her to some of the most beautiful backcountry gems. Officially hooked ;) she continues to learn new techniques across mountains and oceans and is happy to teach the basics to anyone who’s willing to go on an adventure.

Sam Reese is an Outdoorsman, Fly Fisherman, and Designer with almost two decades of experience fly tying, working in fly fishing stores, and fly fishing. Sam’s fishing, outdoors, and jewelry designs can be found on Instagram - @meltdown_fly


Experience fly fishing the Eastern Sierras on the Owens River near Bishop, CA. Syd and Sam will guide you on a hiking and fishing adventure in the pursuit of the river's rainbow and brown trout. This event aims to introduce participants to the joys and techniques of fly fishing, targeting the region's renowned rainbow and brown trout, through two separate one-day sessions:

  • Session 1: Friday, June 28th (8 participants)
  • Session 2: Saturday, June 29th (8 participants)

    Although Usal will not be coordinating camping, it is highly recommended! If you'd like to join the guides in camping or want more information, please let us know.

  • Itinerary

    Meet at the TBD location in the Owens Valley at 2 p.m. for a quick chat on the goals and objectives of the day before heading out to fly fish the trouty spots on the Owens River. Snack and eat at your leisure between fishing and hiking. We'll hike around 2-6 miles throughout the day fishing different pockets until dusk. At the end of your fishing day we hope you join us for camping and s'mores around the fire, location tbd. Take advantage of the rest of the weekend to explore the beautiful surroundings of the Eastern Sierra, Syd & Sam have recommendations for the area.

    What's included

    • Fly Rod & reel
    • Flies
    • Net
    • Guide's expertise on: reading water, fish identification and behavior, casting technique, switching flies, dry flies and nymphs with indicators, tying knots, and general fly fishing knowledge of the area
    • Pre-trip organization & itinerary
    • Shared access to safety gear (satellite communicator, first aid kit, water filter)

    What to bring

    • Please bring your own fly fishing equipment if you have it!
    • Please provide all meals and sleeping arrangements. We suggest camping with Syd & Sam (location tbd) but there are also accommodations in the town of Bishop.
    • Proper hiking clothing & shoes - prepare for all kinds of weather & pack layers - including light rain jacket
    • Fishing license
    • Water & water bottle (Sam & Syd both have water filters for refills)
    • Sun protection - sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
    • Shoes or change of shoes that can get wet


    - Prerequisite USAL course: Intro to Fly Fishing or fly fishing experience.

    - Fishing License


    **Exact event details will be emailed to all attendees upon ticket confirmation.

    To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, please review and ensure you meet the following requirements. By registering, you hereby certify that you meet all requirements provided below:

    1). Capability to comfortably carry a day pack (10-15 lbs) for 6 miles

    2). Prior experience hiking at high elevations

    3). A good to excellent overall physical fitness level

    4). No medical conditions or physical limitations that may affect your ability

    5). Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles

    6). CA fishing license

    Sydney Cortright & Sam Reese are licensed fly fishing guides and outdoor enthusiasts, and Sydney has her wilderness first aid certification. They will make every effort to share their knowledge, provide assistance, and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. They will carry essentials such as a group first aid kit and satellite communicator which enables contact with first responders in case of an emergency. However, ultimate responsibility for your safety and well-being rests with you. Each participant must be prepared for the physical demands of the trip, carry their own gear and supplies, and be able to make informed decisions in a wilderness setting.