EAST WALKER RIVER

9/27/21:  We are finally seeing water temps in the low 60's coming out of the dam and conditions on the river, with the exception of low flows, are looking good.  We are definitely starting to get into our Fall pattern of bugs with midges and BWO's taking center stage as well as some lingering Tricos in the the morning.  The mornings have been cool so there's not much hurry to hit the river early.  This can be a great time of year to fish the Walker with all options on the table. You can have good action fishing dries, streamers and nymphs. Unfortunately, the river just dropped to 30 cfs about a month earlier than normal. This will force the trout into their winter water lies like pools and pocket water.  The best fishing continues to be down in the Nevada section of river but the California side is slowly picking up as well.  

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Duracell 14-18, Sexy Walt 14-18, Red Dart 14-18, Thread Frenchie 14-18, Perdigon 16-18, GTI Caddis 10-16, San Juan Worm 10-12, Tim's Dead Drift Crawdad 10-12, Mercer's Poxyback Trico 20-22, Sunken Trico 20-22, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Blood Midge 18-20, Silver Streak 18-20, W.D.'s 20-22, Juju Midge 18-22, Top Secret Midge 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-22, Darth Baetis 18-20, Slim Shady 18-20, Juju Baetis 18-20, Mercer's Poxyback Baetis 18-20, Barr's BWO Emerger 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Buckskin 16-18, Light Cahill 16-20, Skittering Midge 18-20, Organza Trico 20-22, Trico Comparadun 20-22, Sprout Baetis 18-22, Para Adams 18-22, Iris Caddis 16-20, E/C Caddis 16-20, X Caddis 16-20, Missing Link 16-20, Morrish Hopper 10-14, Parachute Hopper 10-14, Sculpzilla 6-10, MOAL 6-10, Zuddler 6-12. 

CALL FOR ACTION!  SAVE OUR FISH!

New regulations effective 03/01/21, closed the East Walker River to year-round fishing, allow the use of barbed hooks and doubled the daily take. As an angler and one who has fished and guided the East Walker River for decades, I want to make you aware of the negative impacts the latest DFW regulations will have on the East Walker, its fish population, and the local economy. The new regulations ignore the historic management of the East Walker as a trophy Brown trout fishery. These regulations not only double the legal daily take, they also permit the use of barbed hooks. For good reason, California has not allowed barbed hooks on a water with special regulations. Undersized trout hooked and then released from barbed hooks have a high mortality rate. That, coupled with the doubling of the daily take, will not improve the health of the East Walker fishery as populations of both large and small fish will be negatively impacted. Since 2006 the river has been open to winter fishing. No adverse effects from this year-round access have been documented. In addition, winter fishing allows increased angler opportunity and local businesses to enjoy welcomed income during the long “off” season. The East Walker flows into Nevada which has managed the river as a year-round, artificial, single barbless, catch and release water. Nevada has seen no harmful impacts from these regulations. The East Walker fish in California should enjoy the same protections as their Nevada cousins. There are very few rivers in our state that have the potential to grow 30-inch Brown trout. The East Walker is one of them. If these new changes make you as upset and worried as I am please contact the CA Fish and Wildlife Commission and make your opinion heard. These regulations are not set in stone, they can be changed if enough people voice their concerns. We recommend a year-round season with barbless single hooks and a zero limit to coincide with the regulations in Nevada. I encourage you to contact the Commission to review these regulation changes and return this river to its former status as a year-round angling destination with regulations that protect - rather than harm - the fish. CLICK HERE for a sample letter. 

 

Email:

FGC@FGC.CA.GOV

 

Mailing address:

PO Box 944209

Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

 

Telephone:

916-653-4899 or 916-653-7229

 

HOT CREEK

9/28/21: The creek has come out of its late summer doldrums and is fishing well even though the flows remain extremely low and technical.  You'll find the most success by concentrating on the pools, pockets and weed lanes where trout are on the lookout for a well presented fly.  Fish are focused on Tricos and midges in the morning with Caddis and BWO's taking over later in the day.  If no surface action is visible try a small terrestrial with a midge dropper.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Zebra Midge 18-22, W.D.'s 20-22, Juju Midge 20-22, Brassie 20-22, Juju Baetis 20-22, Slim Sady 20-22, Darth Baetis 20-22, Barr's Emerger 20-22, CDC Emerger 20-22, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Pearl Caddis 20-22, Trico Comparadun 20-22, Upright Organza Spinner 20-22, BWO Sparkle Dun 20-22, Parachute Adams 20-22, Hot Creek Caddis 20-22, E/C Caddis 20-22, Parachute Caddis 20-22, Foam Beetle 16-18, Antacid 16-18.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER

9/17/21:  The Inyo National Forest is back open and they have suspended the mandatory shuttle for the rest of the season.  Flows on the river are extremely low and we recommend heading elsewhere to fish.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Copper John 18-20, Prince Nymph 18-20, G.R.H.E. 18-20, Pheasant Tail 18-20, Bird's Nest 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Stimulator 16-18, E/C Caddis 16-20, Elk Hair 16-20, Parachute Adams 16-20, Purple Haze 16-18, Royal Wulff 16-20, Humpy 16-20, Parachute Ant 16-20, Foam Beetle 16-18.

UPPER OWENS

9/17/21:  The Upper river is fishing ok with more and more fish starting to move into the system from Crowley Lake.  The river below Benton Crossing has been best if you're targeting these lake run trout and you can expect the number of fish to increase as we move into Fall.  Hatches continue to be a mix of caddis, midges and mayflies with most activity confined to the morning and evening.  Egg patterns have been the hot ticket if you're targeting the big guys and don't skimp on tippet size.  These fish are not tippet shy so run at least 3x and preferably 2x.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:   San Juan Worm 10-12, W.D.'s 18-22, Brassie 18-22, Hotwire Prince 16-18, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Bird's Nest 16-20, Juju Baetis 18-20, Poxyback Baetis 18-20, Buckskin 16-18, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Sparkle Pupa Emerger 16-18, Trico Comparadun 20-22, Upright Organza Spinner 20-22, Parachute Adams 20-22, Sparkle Dun 20-22, Missing Link 18-20, E/C Caddis 18-20, Foam Beetle 12-16, Pink Pookie 12-14, Beads 4-8mm, Glow Bug 14-16, Meat Whistle 6-8, Double Bunny 6-8.

LOWER OWENS

9/17/21:  Flows on the lower river came up over the last week or two and has made the fishing tough. Look for the river to drop into the mid 200's and then head on down there for some unpressured fish.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Sexy Walt 12-14, Duracell 14-18, Thread Frenchie 18-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Perdigon 16-20, GTI Caddis 10-14, Juju Midge 18-22, W.D's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, BTS 18-20, Radiation Baetis 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Caddistrophic Pupa 16-18, Trico Comparadun 20-22, Para Adams 20-22, BWO Sparkle Dun 20-22, E/C Caddis 16-18, Missing Link 16-18, Iris Caddis 16-18.

Walker River Outfitters operates under permit with the Inyo National Forest.
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