EAST WALKER RIVER

5/10/22:  Flows on the river have been fluctuating almost daily but overall are very low for this time of year. Still, the fishing has been good on most days as long as the wind isn't cranking.  You will find the typical Spring hatches of midges throughout the day and BWO's in the early afternoon.  When the river is this low it pays to spend your time on the water that has a bit of depth.  Anything under 2 feet just isn't holding many fish.  As always, if you're not having any luck, keep moving and changing bugs.  Despite the tough conditions, this is a great time of year to hook into some of the biggest fish in the river so don't be surprised when that 20+ inch fish takes off down river!

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  WD's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, top Secret Midge 18-22, Disco Midge 20-22, Mercer's Poxyback BWO 18-20, Juju Baetis 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Barr's BWO Emerger 18-20, Loopwing Emerger 18-20, Darth Baetis 18-20, Mercer's Poxyback Stone 10-14, Rubberlegs 10-12, 20 Incher 10-12, Griffith's Gnat 18-22, Sprout Midge 18-24, BWO Sparkle Dun 18-20, Para Adams 18-20, Lawson's BWO Thorax Dun 18-20, Designated Hitter 10-12, Stimulator 10-12, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, MOAL 8-10, Sculpzilla 6-8.

HOT CREEK

5/10/22:  The creek has slowed down a little thanks to all the low pressure systems that continue to move through the area.  Gail force winds are not conducive to drag free drifts!  If you can find a break in the weather the fishing can be good with midges, BWO's and caddis all hatching.  The creek has also come up a little so scuds and worms are always a good idea.  Focus on short, clean drifts and you should find success.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Squirmy Wormy 10-12, Epoxy Scud 12-16, Zebra Midge 18-22, WD's 20-22, Juju Midge 20-22, Brassie 18-22, Juju Baetis 18-20, Slim Sady 18-20, Foam Split Wing Emerger 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Loopwing Emerger 18-20, Barr's BWO Emerger 18-20, Brooks'CDC Emerger 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Pearl Caddis 18-20, Griffith's Gnat 18-22, Sprout Midge 18-22, BWO Sparkle Dun 18-20, Parachute Adams 18-20, Lawson's BWO Thorax Dun 18-20, Sprout BWO 18-20, E/C Caddis 18-22, Parachute Caddis 18-22, Missing Link 18-20.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER

2/8/22:  Closed until Spring.

 

UPPER OWENS

5/13/22:  The Cutties have started moving into the river.  The egg bite isn't exactly red hot but it should get better over the next week or two as more fish move into the system and start spawning.  It definitely seems like the word is out because hordes of anglers have descended on the river lately.  If you like a little solitude, this is not your spot!  The best tactic is to look for spawners and target the slots, buckets and pools downstream where fish will chow on stray eggs.  Of course, please don't target the fish on their redds and watch out for redds as you cross the river.  Insect activity has been marginal lately.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Glo Bugs 12-16, Beads 6-10mm, San Juan Worm 10-12, Squirmy Wormy 10-12, Deep Blue Poison Tung 18-20, Zebra Midge 18-20, Brassie 18-20, Disco Midge 18-20, Juju Midge 18-22, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Copper John 18-20, Fox's Poopah 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Griffith's Gnat 18-22, Sprout Midge 18-22, Matuka 8-10, Home Invader 6-8.

 

LOWER OWENS

4/16/22:  The bug activity has diminished significantly over the last few weeks with only a few craneflies, caddis and BWO's coming off during the day.  This has led the trout to focus on subsurface bugs.  The fishing is still very good, especially during mid day.  The weather has been all over the place so try to pick a day when the wind isn't howling and you should do fine.  Euro nymphing has been particularly effective lately.  

RECOMMENDED FLIES:   GTI Caddis 12-14, Blowtorch 14-16, Sexy Walt 12-16, Perdigon 14-18, W.D's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Top Secret Midge 18-20, Disco Midge 20-22, RS2 18-20, BTS 18-20, Loopwing Emerger 18-20, Radiation Baetis 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Mercer's Poxyback Baetis 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Fox's Poopah 18-20, Caddistrophic Pupa 16-18, Sprout BWO 18-20, BWO Sparkle Dun 18-20, Lawson's BWO Thorax Dun 18-20, E/C Caddis 16-18, Missing Link 16-18, X Caddis 16-18.

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