East Walker River Fish Report

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

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by Jim Reid

Well, it's been a crazy week on the East Walker this past week, the flows jumped up to 185 cfs one day, then back down to 101 the next, then up to 120, and now back down to 21 cfs. This of course can twist up those fish for a few days at a time and make fishing very difficult. We also had some snow and rain during the week that kept a lot of anglers off the water. Consequently we didn't have many reports from the river this past week though we did talk to a couple die hard anglers who were able to catch a few fish here and there on midges. Now that the weather has leveled out I'd expect the caddis to warm back up and start hatching so you should be able to get into some fish on caddis nymphs as well as dries since the flows are so low again. As before the flow fluctuations you'll probably need to be very sneaky and focus on the deeper pools as well as the undercut banks and overhanging willows where fish will be hiding out. Patterns to go with include: buckskin caddis, LaFontaines deep sparkle pupa, fox's poopah, swimming caddis, elk hair caddis, E/C caddis, flashback emerger, top secret midge, mercury midge, rainbow warrior, san juan worm, dark lord, white zebra midge, zebra midge and silver streak.

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