Walker River - East Fork (CA) Fish Report for 6-13-2009
East Walker River Fish Report
Walker River - East Fork (CA) - Bridgeport, CA (Mono County)
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by Tom Loe
With some unsettled weather patterns surrounding the Sierras this past couple of weeks, fishing on the East Walker has been good to excellent depending on temperatures. Water clarity is good and flows are holding steady around 150 cfs which is wading friendly when you need to get to those harder to hit places where fish are holding. If you are on the water and fortunate to find that window of opportunity , either early morning , before the predictable rain showers, or just after the rain clears out later in the day, you can look forward to some great conditions with larger Rainbows and Browns moving into shallow water to feed.
Early morning I suggest sub surface nymphing is your best approach. Use Baetis and Mayfly emergers followed with dark midge patterns as well.Our new Brokeback midge patterns have been getting a lot of attention with some very aggressive grabs using them as your bottom fly when nymphing , or dropper fly if you choose to fish dry dropper combo. Look for a good mayfly hatch around 11am - 1 pm , if cloud cover prevails and temps are on the warmer side, this is the time to look for rising fish that are picking off the emerging Callibaetis Mayflies in the shallower riffle water. Check the weather and plan your day around it, if you get some showers in the afternoon time and it feels on the warmer side, get out some of those big terrestrial patterns in sizes 8-10 and you may get ripped by a larger fish looking for a meal, its that time of the season now to start throwing some big bugs at these fish, the take will be explosive and powerful, be ready!!!.
Check out www.sierradrifters.com/fish.htm to view a recently fooled Rainbow and Brown on our new Sierra Drifters Broke Back midge.
Our new Broke Back midge patterns developed mostly for Crowley lake, have proved successful on all moving water locations I have tested them. A must have midge pattern for your fly box.
Late afternoon until sunset is my absolute best time to be on the East Walker to target larger Browns and Rainbows on streamer, leech and punk perch patterns, so switching to sinking or sink tip lines and no less than 3x tippet would be a good plan of approach the last hour and a half or so. Use dark patterns, black or purple with some flash in the tail to get their attention. Using the dip and strip method is best, get the rod down a couple of feet below the surface, 8-10 inch strips with pauses every second or third strip, anticipate that aggressive grab and you may be challenged to get a huge Brown or Rainbow to the net, don't play tug-a-war with these larger fish, as they will leave you with only tippet in hand.
Two Bug Dougs Guide Tip......don't be afraid to get out of the Miracle Mile when crowded, go explore less pressured water and less pressured fish that may be very eager to eat your fly.
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.
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