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turnouts  where you can park and access the water. The East Walker is home to some huge Browns and Rainbows that can go as large as  8 LBS.  The ratio of Browns to Rainbows is about 70/30 and average about 12 to 14 inches.  Occasionally you can catch a Lahontan Cutthroat or a Cutthroat/Rainbow hybrid.   As with most waters along 395, it gets windy in the afternoons so heavier weight rods can make life a little easier. 
Midge patterns are the answer to catching fish here so size #18 to #24 Zebra Midges, WD 40s etc. in Red, Black, Brown or Gray should be a component of any two fly rig along with a pattern that matches what ever is hatching (Golden Stones, , PMDs? Little Yellow Stones, Caddis Pupa etc.) that time of the year. Jim Reed, owner of  Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport recommends five or six weight rods with a two fly nymph rig consisting of two different colored midge patterns.  When specific bugs start hatching he’ll switch one of the flies (usually the point fly) to a pattern that matches the hatch.  For example a Caddis pupa and a midge dropper or Stonefly pattern and midge dropper.   The river is mostly freestone so the usual floating line indicator set up works well here.  The thick vegetation along the banks can screw up back casts, so to help with roll casts I like to use a heavy hard foam indicator like a Tipper Indicator or something similar that adds load to the line and helps the cast.    When the river is running low this is a good river for the Czech Nymphing fanatics as you can easily wade close to the deeper runs.   Interspersed between the freestone sections and particularly up near the dam, are some very deep pools that hold some gargantuan Brown trout.  Here you can do well dragging a Woolybugger or Sculpin pattern using a sink tip to help get the rig on the bottom. These pools are a great place to drag something gnarly such as Burk’s “Agrivator Nymph” or something with lots of marabou and rubber legs