East Walker River Fishing Report

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Water Conditions:  Fair

Flows are back down to 48 cfs as of 6/3

Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good

Yes, the fishing is good BUT:

Flows have gone back down and only about 20% of normal and that combined with warming water temperatures will not help out the fishing.  This will be the 2nd year with limited stocking of fingerlings and a computer programing glitch which removed "barbless" from regulations on any body of water that is stocked, no matter how limited it may be.

SO, it is up to us to protect this fishery, or we can be more concerned with ego gratifying pictures and videos and watch the death spiral of a once great fishery. If you must take pictures keep the fish in the water at all times and debarb your hooks.

Water flows just crashed back down below 60 cfs so it might be wise to wait a couple of days to see if the flows stabilize. Water temperatures should be good for a while but still take a thermometer and take temperature readings frequently. Once the water gets above mid 60's it might be time to head elsewhere or at the very least be very aware of how the fish are recovering and land fish as quickly as possible. Better to break off a fish than exhaust it beyond recovery.

Okay back to the fishing. Very important to keep track of the flows. Under 40 cfs the fish get much spookier and skittish making for very tough fishing. Midges and caddis in the morning with caddis and Baetis midday, there are some Tricos in the early morning but not sure if that will last since they're 3 months early.  The hatches are getting stronger but still not much activity on the surface. Streamers have also been effective. The water is a bit murky, but it will vary a lot with the wind we're having. Fishing has picked up in the afternoon  but the hatches have not only been weak, they've been very localized. We're see people who are only a couple of bends apart seeing totally different hatches or none at all.

 DRIES:   | Mother Shucker #22-24 | E/C Caddis #14-18 | Banshee Caddis #16-18 | Sparkle Flag Black #20-22 | Chernobyl Ant #6-10 | Chernobyl  org/grz  #6-8

NYMPHS: Prince Nymph #12-16| Dead Drift Crayfish #8 | Bottom Roller Psycho #10-12 | Copper Zebra #16-22 | T's Stone Drummond Light #8-10 | JuJu Baetis #22-24 |  Glass Bead Micro May Olive #22-24 | S&M Nymph #20-22  | Tungsten Jig Baetis #16-20 | TTS Opal B/L #14-18| Tunsten Z- wing #14-18

STREAMERS: Meat Whistle | Sculpzilla | Hornberg #10-14 | Belly Scratcher Minnow Chub #2 | Bank Robber Sculpin #2 | Punk Perch Light #10-14

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