East Walker River Fish Report 06-26-2008

Walker River - East Fork (CA) - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)

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by Truckee River Outfitters
6-26-2008
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Water Conditions:
Flows are between 200 and 220 cfs and have been stable for several days. These are great flows for theEast Walker. The water is still cool and clear and the fish have enough water to move around. The wading gets tougher at this flow but the fish will move into shallower water making them more accessible. Water temps: starting to climb into low to high 60's

Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Fishing is good. The East Walker is a demanding fishery requiring very good presentations. If you have the skills, now and the next 4 weeks are the best time of the year.
Early go with midge patterns. About 8:30or 9 the Baetis spinners appear. They don't egg lay on the surface but instead crawl underwater and lay eggs on the bottom, breathing air trapped between their wings. After they've been out for awhile, move into shallow water and check the neoprene at you're boot tops for the adults that have been underwater. Try using upright wing patterns such as the cdc winged baetis, rub dessicant into the wing and then fish it under an indicator. Mid to late morning the Caddis start egg laying and Baetis start emerging along with PMD'S which are more predominate below the bridge. The mayflies continue sporadically all afternoon and the Caddis begin to emerge as well. DFG and the Bridgeport guys have been stocking lots of little browns. These fish will grow fast! If you hook one please take good care of it and release it unharmed.

ecommended Flies:
-NYMPHS-
For midges stick with the venerable WD-40's in grey, black and Olive, Zebra Midges #18-#22. Still a sparse bwo hatch from 10'ish till 3pm most days; Poxy-Back Baetis, Surface Emergers and Barr's BWO emergers #20-#22.PMD patterns such as Beck's sulphur emerger in #14-#16 Caddis will be the mainstay from afternoon on; Gallatin spotted sedge emergers, Sparkle Pupa, Z-Wing caddis, CDC emergers and translucent pupas in #14-#18.
-DRY FLIES-
Stimulator's in yellow, tan, orange #12-#14, Cutter's EC Caddis #16-#18, Elk Hairs #14-#16, Hoppers in Tan #12, CDC Caddis emergers #16

Guides Hint: Look for the deeper pockets of water and concentrate on those for the larger fish. Try to send your flys into the hole BEFORE your indicator to get a better drift, or simply ditch the indicator and watch your leader to detect a grab.


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