The fluctuations in the East Walker flows is the only thing holding fishing back

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


by Reno Fly Fishing Outfitters
9-6-2013
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Flows are at 84 CFS which is up from a low of 40 CFS a week ago. Look for flows to start to drop over the next few weeks as irrigation season comes to an end and water storage for next season begins. There could be plenty of fluctuations between now and mid October as farmers call for their last rights to water for the season. The fluctuations in flows are the only thing slowing the fishing down on the East Walker right now. Average overnight lows in the Bridgeport area for this time of year are in the low 30's. It has been a bit warmer than that and the short term forecast is lows in the mid 40's and daytime highs in the mid 70's. This is about as good as it gets on the East Walker. The next few weeks should be awesome down there, especially if you can get a day or two when the flows don't fluctuate too badly.
Fish are still looking up for big dries, especially on the Nevada side. Hopper Dropper rigs are still a good way to go. Even better take two rods or fish with a buddy and rig up one rod with an attractor dry like a Hopper or a Stimulator in sizes 6-12. (You can try a lot of different stuff for this) Rig up the other rod with either a streamer or a nymph rig. Approach an area slowly and fish the edges, shallows and seems with the dry fly. Don't overdo it. 10-15 good casts are plenty in any one run. Then come back through with your other set up and fish the entire run. This is a great way to fish with a buddy. Keep your streamers on the small side like a 6-12 and use a little weight or a bead/cone head. For nymphs smaller flies also seem to be working better. Caddis, Baetis, Midges and San Juan worms in 16-20 have been working well.


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