Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the East Walker River in
The East Walker River has some huge brown trout. The ideal fly line size would probably
be a 5 weight, floating fly line. We couldn't recommend anything lighter because of the
large brown trout. Some anglers would prefer something heavier for large nymphs and
streamers. A 6 weight fly line would deliver most of the streamers and heavy nymphs much
better than the 5 weight.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The 5 and 6 weight rods
should be ideal at a length of nine feet. We recommend a nine foot length because of the
usual high winds. We think a medium fast to fast action would be best.
The reels for the 5 or 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth and
adjust to fine increments. You don't want to hook one of the huge trout and end up with a
broken tippet because you had a less than adequate fly reel.
You should be using at least a seven foot leader anywhere on the East Walker River. A
nine foot length would probably be the best all around length. You may need them up to
12 feet in length for certain situations such as during Trico hatches. The only exception
would be when you are fishing streamers. You may want a short r leader in that case.
Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small flies
like midges and Tricos.
You should have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the river, except during high water.
Do not wade if the water is flowing high and strong. We prefer the breathable type but you
may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.
Felt soles would be our choice.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory and needed in some cases. Just
don't get too brave because you have one.
You probably shouldn't be fishing the East Walker River without a landing net. There are
some trout in this stream that will make you wish you did have one.
We always recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that exist on the this river. We want you to pay attention to our streamer
selection and stonefly nymphs. If you haven't done so already, please give them a try. The
fine angler that provided the stream shot images, Mr. Gary Paepke, has tested our flies
extensively on this river. He reported very good success on the larger brown trout using
our caddisfly imitations as well as other flies.
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Photo Courtesy of Gary Paepke
East Walker River
Photo Courtesy of Gary Paepke
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing this stream and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions. Please
allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will
help you decide which flies you need.
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 & 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.