NEVADA

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Good People - Good Water - Good Fish

Nevada was part of the May 2018 California trip covering MO, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, UT, NV, CA, CO, and KS.  Nevada trout was achievable due to my learning in Arizona from my fly guide, who taught me how to fish streamers.

The East Walker River runs from the Bridgeport Reservoir. It starts in California and runs through Nevada.  I stayed at the Walker River Lodge in Bridgeport, CA, after getting in too late to camp.  Bridgeport is a trout town; it is like going back in time to the fifties.

The following day, I drove out to the spot I marked with Google Maps, about a 15-minute drive.  It is a fast-moving river, and I started with my classic yellow stimulator and green copper john nymph.  After a couple of hours, I saw one fish that was a hard near-miss at my yellow stimulator.  Right after that, two fly guides showed up on their day off with a boat.  They gave some advice that streamer action is what is happening on the river.  So I tried that for another two hours.

Sometimes things are not easy.  I switched my rig back and forth, then I tried to remember everything I learned from my guide in Arizona on streamers.  I added some weight as there was a deep swirling hole.  That was the magic, and I got a hit but didn't land it.  Another 10 minutes this time, I did land it!

Nevada Done!