Walker River, East Fork

Gardnerville Nevada Fly Fish Waters

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Easily accessible as it flows alongside the Highway, this section offers serious nymph and streamer anglers opportunities to catch trophy rainbow or brown trout, especially if you avoid the weekend crowds. Twenty-inch fish are common in this stretch of the river. In the spring or fall, stripping a Woolly Bugger or Zonker tempts any rod-bender within chomping distance.The famed “Big Hole,” where Bridgeport Reservoir waters pour into a basin prior to entering the stream channel, and the stretch below it are, for the fly fisher, some of the most difficult and potentially rewarding spots on the river.In Nevada, the East Walker flows through sagebrush flats and is known for consistent insect hatches and large fish. That’s why it’s considered by many the best trout stream in the state. Summer irrigation demands, however, can make water levels fluctuate. While some of the river courses through private land, public access is readily available on the significant portion of the river that runs through land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The summer snake season also bears mention: Be careful. The East Fork of the Walker River, below Bridgeport Reservoir, has long been a popular destination for the avid fly angler. In years past, the fast riffles and deep, powerful runs of this section were rated, in terms of fish per mile, one of California’s top trout streams. Type of Fish: Rainbow and brown trout and mountain whitefish. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.
Fly Fishing Nevada

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Fly Fishing Nevada

by Dave Stanley (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

Easily accessible as it flows alongside the Highway, this section offers serious nymph and streamer anglers opportunities to catch trophy rainbow or brown trout, especially if you avoid the weekend crowds. Twenty-inch fish are common in this stretch of the river. In the spring or fall, stripping a Woolly Bugger or Zonker tempts any rod-bender within chomping distance.The famed “Big Hole,” where Bridgeport Reservoir waters pour into a basin prior to entering the stream channel, and the stretch below it are, for the fly fisher, some of the most difficult and potentially rewarding spots on the river.In Nevada, the East Walker flows through sagebrush flats and is known for consistent insect hatches and large fish. That’s why it’s considered by many the best trout stream in the state. Summer irrigation demands, however, can make water levels fluctuate. While some of the river courses through private land, public access is readily available on the significant portion of the river that runs through land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The summer snake season also bears mention: Be careful. The East Fork of the Walker River, below Bridgeport Reservoir, has long been a popular destination for the avid fly angler. In years past, the fast riffles and deep, powerful runs of this section were rated, in terms of fish per mile, one of California’s top trout streams. Type of Fish: Rainbow and brown trout and mountain whitefish. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

©   Dave Stanley/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Gardnerville
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round, best April through October
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