7/17/21: Well, we all knew it would just be a matter of time. The water temps on the Walker have now reached levels that are simply too warm for fishing. Do the right thing and give the river and fish a break until temps come back down. We usually start to see overnight lows in the 30's by late August/early September and that's what we need to cool the river.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Duracell 14-18, Blowtorch 14-16, Sexy Walt 14-18, Red Dart 14-18, Thread Frenchie 14-18, Perdigon 16-18, San Juan Worm 10-12, Rainbow Warrior 18-20, Silver Streak 18-20, W.D.'s 20-22, Juju Midge 18-22, 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 16-18, Fox's Poopah 14-16, Deep Sparkle Pupa 16-18, Norri's Caddis 16-18, Buckskin 16-18, Sprout Baetis 18-22, Para Adams 18-22, Iris Caddis 14-20, E/C Caddis 16-20, X Caddis 14-20, Missing Link 14-20, Wilcox's Herbie 8-10, Hippy Stomper 14-16, Stimulator 12-16, 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.
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
916-653-4899 or 916-653-7229
7/17/21: See above.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Sexy Walt 12-18, Blowtorch 14-16, Frenchie 14-18, Perdigon 16-18, Rainbow Warrior 16-18, Poxyback Golden Stone 12-14, Squirmy Wormy 10-12, W.D's 18-22, Zebra Midge 18-20, Juju Baetis 18-20, Loopwing CDC Emerger 18-20, Mercer's Poxyback Baetis 18-20, Slim Shady 18-20, Fox's Poopah 16-18, Sparkle Pupa 16-18, Graphic Caddis 16-18, Caddistrophic Pupa 16-18, Para Adams 18-20, BWO Sparkle Dun 18-20, E/C Caddis 16-18, Missing Link 14-18, Chubby Chernobyl 8-10, Rogue Foam Golden Stone 8-10, Sculpzilla 6-10, MOAL 6-10, Home Invader 8-10.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the fish in the pond are all gone. Another year of drought has finally taken its toll on the trout population and we are not able to offer any guide services until we get a decent winter. We'll keep you posted!
7/17/21: The creek is in full on mid-summer form with low flows, weed beds, and plenty of educated trout. The best fishing is in the mornings and evenings when the temps are coolest. Fish are on the lookout for Trico's, BWO's, Midges, Caddis and terrestrials. A drag free drift is mandatory to fool these guys. Try fishing the weed lanes, pockets and pools with a dry/dropper rig and keep those drifts short and clean!
RECOMMENDED FLIES: W.D.'s 20-22, Juju Midge 20-22, Cardinal Midge 20-22, Brassie 20-22, Juju Baetis 20-22, Slim Sady 20-22, Nori's Caddis 18-20, Graphic Caddis 18-20, Iris Caddis 20-22, Trico Comparadun 20-22, Upright Organza Spinner 20-22, BWO Sparkle Dun 20-22, Hot Creek Caddis 20-22, E/C Caddis 20-22, Parachute Caddis 20-22, Foam Beetle 14-18, Parachute Ant 16-18, Ant Acid 16-18.
7/17/21: The river has been fishing great but it's dropping fast and will get tough very soon. Like most of our rivers, early and late is the best time to be out. If you find yourself fishing mid day, look for shade where the trout can get a break from the sun. This is the best river in the area for attractor flies so go tie on a Yellow Humpy and have fun!
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Copper John 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-20, G.R.H.E. 16-20, Pheasant Tail 16-20, Bird's Nest 16-20, Micro Mayfly 16-20, Stimulator 16-18, E/C Caddis 14-18, Parachute Adams 14-18, Purple Haze 14-18, Royal Wulff 14-18, Humpy 14-18, Trude 16-18.
7/17/21: It's hopper time on the Owens. We're not seeing quite as many as the last few years but the fish are still on 'em late morning through the afternoon, especially if the wind is blowing. Otherwise, try Trico's, midges and caddis.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: 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 18-20, Sparkle Dun 18-20, Missing Link 18-20, E/C Caddis 18-20, Morrish Hopper 12-14, Thunder Thighs 12-14, Pink Pookie 12-14, Meat Whistle 6-8, Double Bunny 6-8.
7/17/21: The Lower river is fishing very well early and late in the day. Flows are down around 220 cfs and that has meant a little easier wading access. We've been doing great with Euro nymph tactics and hooking into some pretty darn nice fish for the lower river. Dry fly action has been sporadic.
RECOMMENDED FLIES: Sexy Walt 12-14, Duracell 14-18, Thread Frenchie 18-20, Rainbow Warrior 16-20, Perdigon 16-20, GTI Caddis 12-14, 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.