East Walker 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

I have nearly worn out my Korkers here this spring, but it has been well worth it! The EW continues to fish very well despite some intense pressure along the miracle mile. The release rates are half of normal this spring and it has been easy nymphing in the mornings, with a shot at fishing BWO's and caddis flies on top in the afternoon.

The streamer fishing has also been very good. We have positioned our clients at the top of the "Moe Holes" recently using the dip and strip technique with Spruce-A-Bu's and Loebergs to get into the "finest kind" of browns. The aggressive fish are hunting the perch fry and small chubs that hold in the larger eddies on the EW.

The hot nymph rig lately has been a flash back PT #16-18 or long shank (MLR-1) crystal tiger #18 as the upper, tie on a #18-20 crystal olive caddis larva (dubbed body) as the lower. Dynamite! You will need a couple BB's or an AB in the big pools to get them down at current flows.

The Broke Backs work well here as well, especially in the riffle water. They come to life as they dance downstream on a dead drift. You can see the results of some recent trips by looking at the pics on our web fish'n conditions page.

Speaking of riffle waterāń∂make sure you do not pass up the mid-day snap in quick short water with a dry dropper or tandem dry fly rig; in or at the base of the riffles. Good numbers with the sun straight up. Mayfly adults #16-20, caddis adult's #16-18. Some hoppers and stones also showing up in the pot. #14-12 Stimulators will give a good profile for these.

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.