East Walker River Fish Report

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

Photo Credit: ©Chad Woods (May 05, 2017)
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by Tom Loe

The EW has been awesome. We have been doing very well on big numbers of catchable size browns thanks to over one hundred thousand DFG planters last fall. A large jag of sub-catchable cutts has also been planted recently by the DFG below the first bridge.

Nymphing and streamers are putting huge smiles on many faces here. Check out the fish pics of recent Drifters clients by visiting our website at http://www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm. Drifters Guide Doug R made the cover of WON weekly newspaper with client Jake "the beef" Brower and his trophy brown. Look for an article in the new Sierra Fisherman Magazine this spring that I did on the EW. Lots of good tips and info here and its free! There are many other interesting and informative articles written by top industry pros in this publication. It is well worth your time to pick up a copy at a local business location or online at http://sierrafisherman.com/.

Dry dropper rigs using bead head flashback Pt's and tiger midges #18-20 as the droppers, Stimulators #12-14 as the dry, are deadly with these low flows. You will also see a good showing of BWO's for a couple hours each afternoon. The dry fly action has been spectacular, with the fish keying on this emergence. They will move out of the deeper pools and into the riffle water or tailouts to take advantage of the hatch. #18 baetis patterns work well.

Those of you who like to toss streamers will find some great opportunities to hit the larger predators in the big pools. Choose the low light periods or overcast days to fish perch fry or chub imitations up to #4. Light and dark Punk Perch patterns #10, Spruce-A-Bu's #8 and Loebergs #10 will work well with a light to moderate sinking tip lines. Nothing less than 3X tippet if you want to see them!

If you would like to go fly fishing with Sierra Drifters give them a call at (760) 935 4250 and for more information visit their website www.sierradriters.com.