The current news on the East Walker River flowing out of Bridgeport California, is that the flows are now a decent 50cfs, this is up from slightly less that half of this current number to put it into perspective. The current flow rate is definitely still low but render the East Walker morally fishable. Water temperatures hover in the low to mid 40’s. Sporadic trout rising to Midges in very slow water during the warmer parts of the day can get the fly angler into some sketchy surface action. These fish are usually smaller, but the bigger varieties have been seen making an appearance occasionally when it suits them on the surface. All sorts of Midge Larvae, and Midge Adult patterns have been taking fish. Caddis Worms, Baetis patterns, and Streamers lightly weighted can provide for the best action on certain days. Lightweight indicator and and dry -dropper set-ups can be successfully used on the East Walker at these flows as well. Stay tuned for these flows to eventually be bumped up to the next level very soon.
The East Walker is running at a steady flow of around 140cfs. This is a great flow for fishing except the East Walker is still pumping out a green algae colour from the algae bloom of Bridgeport reservoir from weeks past. East Walker River Fishing has been tough, however the fish are still in there if a fly fisherman finds him or herself passing by the banks of the East Walker just outside of Bridgeport, CA. The same patterns used in years past still hold true. SJ worm variants, Soft Hackles of all sorts, Green Caddis Worms, Light coloured Midge patterns with decent ribbing, and PT patterns just to name a few. Streamers and Mice? of course! Any Fly Fisherman who wants to put in the time with these larger patterns on the East Walker has a good chance of receiving what he is looking for. Look for the algae to be gone soon as temperatures across the Eastern Sierra cool down as November approaches.
The Fabulous East Walker River is only still flowing at just below 20cfs … As the river rises we will be on top of it for an update of conditions. The Fish are in there but at these flows we will stick to the Upper Owens where fish of equal size predatorize the river with fives times as much water eagerly awaiting the East Walker to add some volume to her current flows.
Flowing below Bridgeport reservoir the East Walker River has always been a fly fishing dream. At a steady 192 cfs for the last few weeks the East Walker continues to be a pleasure to visit and fish. Water is clean and continues to be unusually clear for the East Walker. A great BWO hatch comes off around 10am and in certain upper sections of the river the fish absolutely go crazy for them. Launching themselves out of the water in sheer excitement to eat is a common sight during these recent hatches. For this hatch most common BWO patterns work. For something a little different try using a Thorax BWO, Etha Wing BWO, or CDC Indicator BWO all in #’s 16-18. Caddis are starting to make an appearance and this hatch should escalate in the coming days and weeks. Nymphing is on all day long but slows after around 1-2:00 pm . Ice Cream Cone midges, ChironoCones, T-midge emergers in black and pearl, and Grey Poly Wing Emergers are the bugs of choice all in #’s 18-22. Streamers get looks and sniffs on some days and chased down and eaten on others. Fish your favorite heavy streamer here on a floating line. One of my favorite trout waters to guide on, we will be out on the East Walker a lot in the coming weeks.