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    Default East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA

    Planning a trip in Oct to Bridgeport, CA. I have never been there so it's on my list to explore.

    I have read about the Upper and Lower sections but just had a few questions to those that would be inclined to lend some advice.

    1) The Upper portion: between Hwy 395 and the reservoir I have read much of the water is on private property. Is that section fishable? Do you have to contact someone for permission?

    2) After the miracle mile; murphy pond. Looking for a little advice on fishing that hole. I had read that it is large, deep and slow. Would a float tube be useful in that pond or overkill.

    Thanks in advance for your help. I try to research new areas but I've found that nothing is better than asking the experienced angler.

    Doc

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    Hey Doc...I don't have answers to all your questions, but...

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    Default Re: East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA

    Ditto to what Mike said.

    I will add that you may want to consider fishing the Nevada side of the EW, as well.

    I have heard that the river is flowing low and slow. If the water hits 70*F, you may want to go find a shady spot and drink a beer. Fishing will be no bueno especially for the fish.

    Dennis

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    Thanks guys.

    It's been a hot summer, that's why I'm making myself wait until Oct. Average highs are in the mid 60's and low's in the 20's then and if I'm lucky some early snow.

    I'm a 68 degree'er. I'll check in with the local fly shop before my trip.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA

    Quote Originally Posted by fishingdvm View Post
    It's been a hot summer, that's why I'm making myself wait until Oct. Average highs are in the mid 60's and low's in the 20's then and if I'm lucky some early snow.
    If you're THERE for an early snow you'll need to know about Rhinos Bar where the only pool tables are found...Hays Street cafe for breakfast (they allow waders) and the Virginia Creek Settlement (near the road to Bodie on 395) for dinner.

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    October is my favorite time of the year to fish the EW. Bring plenty of San Juan Worms and size 18 green Copper Johns. If the situation is right, look out for some great BWO hatches.

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    I have been fishing the East Walker River since 1975. Talk to Jim Reid, the owner of Ken's in Bridgeport. The water conditions this year are awful, since the water content of the limited snow pack was 17% of normal.I have made a personal choice to not fish that river this year. The flows may be found here:

    USGS Current Conditions for USGS 10293000 E WALKER RV NR BRIDGEPORT, CA

    In the last good water year, 2 years ago, it looked like this in the Miracle Mile section...



    ...it will not look anything like that when you are there...


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    Quote Originally Posted by planettrout View Post
    I have been fishing the East Walker River since 1975. Talk to Jim Reid, the owner of Ken's in Bridgeport. The water conditions this year are awful, since the water content of the limited snow pack was 17% of normal.I have made a personal choice to not fish that river this year. The flows may be found here:

    USGS Current Conditions for USGS 10293000 E WALKER RV NR BRIDGEPORT, CA

    In the last good water year, 2 years ago, it looked like this in the Miracle Mile section...



    ...it will not look anything like that when you are there...


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    PT,

    I'll be up in the Bridgeport area in September, and plan to focus on stillwater fishing for this same reason. Hopefully, next year will be an entirely different scenario up there.

    The EW gets plenty of pressure, especially in the miracle mile. I'll let it rest this time around...solid advice.

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    Default Re: East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA

    Quote Originally Posted by MoscaPescador View Post
    I will add that you may want to consider fishing the Nevada side of the EW, as well.
    Just saw a post on a Ca board about high temps (70+) by noonish on the Nev side too. I was over there recently and did not even take a look. Too much other good stuff to do there...-m

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    Iím going to be in the area in mid August (after running the Rubicon trail). Iíll have a couple days to spend between Tahoe and Bishop. I'd planned to try the East Walker, but am wondering if there are other good spots less impacted by low water???

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