Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the West Walker River in
The West Walker River has some fairly nice size brown trout. The ideal all around fly line
size would probably be a 5 weight, floating fly line. There would be nothing wrong with a 4
weight line to deliver some of the smaller flies. 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 may want to use a
sinking tip line for the streamers, especially during the cold weather.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The 4, 5 and 6 weight fly
rods should be nine feet long. We would prefer a medium fast to fast action.
The reels for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth
and adjust to fine increments.
You should be using at least a seven foot leader. A nine foot length would probably be the
best all around length. There are situations where 12 foot leaders may be needed. The
only exception would be when you are fishing streamers. You may want a shorter leader in
that case. You should have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for
small flies like small BWOs and midges.
Carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the river. There are areas you could
fish from the banks, but you would be at a disadvantage many places. 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 a purely optional accessory.
You certainly would want to consider a landing net. There are some nice size brown trout
in the West Walker River.
We always recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that exist on the this river. 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 has caught some nice trout on them.
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Photo Courtesy of Gary Paepke
West Walker River
California (This image is in Nevada)
Photo Courtesy of Gary Paepke
Notice how wide the stream has been at one time
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 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 Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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. Email us (email@example.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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