EAST WALKER RIVER

10/5/22:  We are in that Summer/Fall transition period where everything is on the table.  Want to fish Hopper dropper rigs? Go for it.  Want to focus on streamers? That'll work too.  Nymphing? Heck yeah.  Right now the river is running around 50 cfs so the best program is to look for the deeper water and doowutchyalike.  Bug activity is still limited to a few midges, BWO's and caddis that are active throughout the day but we are starting to see some fish coming up to the surface.  There are a ton of crawdads in the system as well so don't neglect imitating the mudbugs!

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Sexy Walt 12-16, GTI Caddis 12-16, Blowtorch 14-16, Tasmanian Devil 14-16, Frenchie 12-16, Perdigon 16-20, Duracell 12-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Tim's Dead Drift Crawdad 8-10, Razor Craw 10-12, WD's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, top Secret Midge 18-22, Disco Midge 20-22, Juju Baetis 20-22, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Barr's BWO Emerger 20-22, Gallup's BWO Nymph 20-22, Darth Baetis 18-20, Deep Sparkle Pupa 16-20, Z Wing Caddis 16-20, Fox's Poopah 16-20, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 20-22, E/C Caddis 18-20, Iris Caddis 18-20, Elk Hair 18-20, Chubby Chernobyl 10-12, Morrish Hopper 10-14, MOAL 8-10, Sculpzilla 6-8, Baby Gonna 6.

HOT CREEK

10/5/22: The fishing down in the canyon has finally started to pick up now that we have slid into Fall. The trout are slowly moving back out into the slots and buckets where it's possible to get a fly in front of the fish and they are starting to look up again.  Tricos, BWO's, midges and caddis continue to be the bugs de jour with the BWO's becoming more and more important over the next few weeks.  As the water cools down and the weeds die back you might even be able to try stripping some small streamers.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  Zebra Midge 18-22, WD's 20-22, Juju Midge 20-22, Slim Shady 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Upright Organza Trico Spinner 18-22, BWO Thorax Dun 16-18, BWO Sparkle Dun 20-22, Parachute Adams 20-22, Lawson's BWO Thorax Dun 20-22, Hot Creek Caddis 20-24, E/C Caddis 18-22, Parachute Caddis 18-22.

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER

10/5/22: The river is low and the fish are spooky. This is still a nice option to get away from the crowds as long as you're willing to do a little hiking.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  BH Peasant Tail 18-20, Copper John 18-20, G.R. Hare's Ear 18-20, BH Prince Nymph 16-18, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Bird's Nest 18-20, Royal Wolff 18-20, E/C Caddis 18-20, Elk Hair Caddis 18-20, Parachute Adams 18-20, Purple Haze 18-20, Humpy 16-20.

 

UPPER OWENS

10/5/22:   The Upper river is becoming a better option as fish move up into the system from Crowley.  Try nymphing the pools, buckets and drop-offs with egg and worm patterns if you're looking for one of the lake run fish.  Be sure to cover plenty of water to give yourself the best shot at putting your flies in front of one or two of the big boys.

RECOMMENDED FLIES:  San Juan Worm 10-12, Squirmy Wormy 10-12, Glo Bug 14-16, Beads 4-8 mm, 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

10/5/22:  The Lower river flows have dropped back down over the last 2-3 weeks to nice fishable flows.  The fishing has been good and should only get better as the flows continue to drop and the BWO hatches get thicker.  The fishing pressure has been light so this is a great option if you're looking to get away from the crowds.  One more thing, don't forget the mosquito repellant!

RECOMMENDED FLIES:   GTI Caddis 12-14, Blowtorch 14-16, Tasmanian Devil 12-18, Sexy Walt 12-16, Perdigon 14-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, W.D's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-22, Top Secret Midge 18-20, RS2 18-20, BTS 18-20, Darth Baetis 18-20, Micro Mayfly 18-20, Mercer's Poxyback Baetis 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Fox's Poopah 18-20, Sunken Trico 20-22, 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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