Dry fly action can be good on the East Walker in the mornings and late afternoons

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

Photo Credit: ┬ęChad Woods (May 05, 2017)
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by Tom Loe

Flows are finally coming up and improving conditions for the fish, not necessarily for the fisherman. Currently they are at 200cfs. The more water the better during the heat of summer with regards to the trout. This tail water has a tendency to get very warm during low water years because Bridgeport Reservoir is relatively shallow and weedy over a large portion of the south and west regions of the lake . It also gets very off color and has dead weed and algae emanating from the lake proper making sub-surface nymph or streamer presentations tough at times. Stick to the low light and cooler times of the day. Keeping your flies clean can be a chore here now and it is crucial to check every presentation if you see consistent weed or algae on the flies or line. Dry fly fishing can be good here in the afternoons and early mornings. The adult patterns will not be as prone to collecting goo. The days are getting shorter and cooling the water temps down significantly the last week making it better for the trout. The weed issue will be a factor here for a while longer.

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