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

Recent guide trips and reports have the EW fishing well. Flows remain great for this time of year and are holding between 150-200 cfs most of the time. The river clarity remains good and the weeds are not a major issue at this juncture of the season yet. Mega midge and chironomids have the fish keying on them in the mornings with some PMD's, caddis, and hoppers for dessert. Indicator nymphing with PT's, tiger or zebra midges (the crystal or dubbed olive zebras are a must here in my box) silver streaks, WD-40's, broke backs, and hares ear patterns will get it done #16-22.

There are gobs of small baitfish that thrive in the EW. Perch, chubs, suckers, and carp. The bigs look for these as a rule and you should attempt to toss some streamers during lower light periods if you want a shot at one of these rascals. My favorite all time fly here is the Spruce-A-Bu light or "Kelly Bundy" version. Matukas and Spruce flies also work well here. As the summer ends and we roll into fall the browns will become increasingly more aggressive here and you need to have a few baitfish imitations in your "quiver" for a shot at a trophy fish.

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