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East Walker river fishing report

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,River Reports — admin at 2:43 pm on Thursday, December 11, 2008

I fished the California side of the  East Walker on Dec 10 with a few friends and it is still fishing well. It was a beautiful day and we saw nobody else on the river. There was a decent midge hatch throughout the entire day and a few fish were rising for them. They were tricky to get on dries considering the tiny size of the bugs and the slow moving water. Most of the action was on a variety of nymphs. A hares ear in size 14 or 16 with a size 18 or 20 brassie worked great. The weather is supposed to be nice for a few more days so go out and enjoy some great winter fishing. If you have any questions call or stop by the shop. Our winter hours are 10am-5pm and we are closed on weds and sun. Guides will be available all winter long seven days a week. Also, if your looking for a fun way to spend those cold winter evenings we will be offering fly tying classes at the shop all winter. The class times are flexible so call for details.

Pray for snow!


Late Fall Fishing Report

Filed under: General Comments,Lake Reports,River Reports — admin at 10:11 am on Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hey Guys,

Derek here with a late fall fishing report.  The East Carson has been fishing really well.  Cold water but great flows for this time of year.  Try Fox’s pupahs, sloan baetis, sculpin patterns sub-surface, and we actually have had a few fish still rising to stimulators, adam’s and pale evening dun dries. 

The Little Truckee has also been fishing really well.  The flows have been increased, and the water temps are fairly consistent.  Try san juan worms, small baetis nymphs size 18-24 sub-surface, and try RS2’s, bat wing emergers and just about any other BWO imitation.  Be careful crossing the river, and also pay attention where you are fishing.  The browns are out and are in full spawn mode.  Please respect spawning fish and leave them alone.  Please stay off the reds!!!!

The East Walker has been hit or miss due to wacky water flows.  It has been extremely tough to nymph fish because of heavy vegetation and lack of water flow.  Despite everything, it hasn’t been that bad.  Try big streamers directly on the bottom with a slow retrieve.  We were also successful fishing various nymph rigs in sizes 14-22 without any weight.  Try zebra midges, brassies, flashback pt’s, and bwo imitations.  The East Walker is one of the premiere fisheries in the Eastern Sierra.  It is a tailwater of the Bridgeport reservoir and offers truly trophy trout water.  The only thing that holds this river back from being a blue ribbon trout water in my opinion is lack of consistent water flows.  If the flows were maintained at a more consistent rate then we could have phenomenal fishery.  I have seen it at its best and at its worst.  Let’s not be victims of cfs chart spikes any more.  Any ideas on how to get things changed?  Let us know.

Tahoe Keys fishing has been slow.  A few bass have been showing up over the past few weeks and have also been some of the biggest of the year.  Try casting buggers at deep structure (drop offs, rocks, boat docks etc.) Let them sink then retrieve slowly with long pauses. 

If you have any still water/ river reports then please let us know.  Call or email the shop please!

Fall is a great time to fish in our area.  The water temps have finally dropped, and there aren’t many fisherman left on the river.  Come on by the shop and book a guide trip.  They make fantastic holiday gifts!  We offer fly fishing trips all fall and winter long.  We also have some fantastic sales going on right now on last years gear.  Come check it out.  The holidays are right around the corner.

Tight lines,

Derek TFFO