Hatch Report for Eastern Sierra, California Trout Fly Fishing Guide
Pat Jaeger based out of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes Fly-Fishing Guide
Jaeger Fly-Fishing Guide
Driftboat on the LOWER OWENS
A unique way to get away from weekend crowds and explore new, trout infested water is to go by boat. Since most of the Lower Owens River below the Wild Trout Area is not accessible by foot, drifting is the best way to get around. My tool of the trade is a 15-foot Hyde drift boat, it will accommodate two anglers in style. I chose this boat for its state-of-the-art profile, excellent draft in shallow water, and hull construction that keeps it warm in winter, cool in summer and quiet always. It is the finest drift boat in the Owens Valley.
During our drift trips, I teach and refine techniques such as nymph fishing with and without indicators, using streamers with sinking lines, and long- and short-line trout hunting with dry flies.
Drift-boat fishing can accommodate anglers of all kinds. It’s perfect for the beginner or advanced, the wader or non-wader, and the young to young at heart.
8 Hour Drift Trip Include: Flies, Complete Wading Gear, Rod/Reel, Terminal Tackle, Lunch and Beverages.
ONE OR TWO ANGLERS - $ 400.00 ADD EXTRA ANGLERS - $125.OO
Necessity is truly the mother of invention. These new drift indicators have been in the work’s for a couple years now (you might of even been one of my test pilots).
The spin on this product is the two-tone color. We use Jose Feliciano green (you can even see it if you can’t see) and white (the ultimate camo, water foam). So it’s high-vis to an angler but invisible to fish.
Another twist is the plastic pin we use, doesn’t get water logged and is a great indication that your flies are under your indicator or as we say, HUNTING FOR TROUT.
I will be selling them at your favorite fly shop, for now available at the Trout Fly/Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes or on my shopping page in this site.
The kit comes with a dozen indicators, three different sizes, designed for the Eastern Sierra.
• Small, perfect for our tech’e spring creek water of Hot Creek.
• Medium, for our free-stone water.
• Large, perfect for supporting more weight when fishing the deeper tail-waters of our region.
The kit comes with extra pins and rubber bands for those of you that prefer different attachment techniques.
$9.95 for complete kit –FREE SHIPPING
Lower Owens River blog
October 1st, 2013 Frankly,I don't remember the water flows this sweet October 1st. They are pushing 230 cfs through the Pleasant valley dam. The flows just dropped last week and the entire river cleared-up (creamy water all summer south of the wild trout area). We have hooked very large fish for a couple weeks. I have done two driftboat trips this week and its was excellent. I have never fished the lower, lower this time of year. we have winter water flows and summer water temps....the fish have been on the grab. If you want to float the river...GAME ON. note:a fantastic way to fish if your not an able wader, we fish out of the boat. Call in sick
..Text written by Kevin Peterson resident manager of Hot Creek Ranch Fish Report-October 3rd It seems that Fall is SLOWLY coming. We had a little snow storm the other day but it was melted by 10 A.M. As usual for this time of the season, fishing is technical but fun! Water levels are O.K. for this time of year. We are seeing a Caddis migration, a Caddis hatch, a few Baetis around but it seem that the Tricos are all but done. There are decent hatches throughout the day and rising fish, but they are becoming a little more wary. I definitely recommend 7X to your trailing fly if not both. As soon as we get some wintery weather, I think that the BWOs will really get going and fishing should get really good. Pray for snow!!
The Caddis migration starts around 9:00. A few Baetis start coming off around 11:00 with the Caddis hatch beginning between 1 and 3 until dark. If you don't see any hatch, folks have been doing OK with Beatles and Charnoble Ants.
The best Caddis patterns right now are the E.C Caddis, para Caddis emerger and the grey para Caddis work well with Hot Creek Caddis, the Henry's Fork or the Lo-Profile Caddis as a trailer. The recommended Baetis are the para Adams, Pare BWO, extended body Baetis and the CDC Baetis emerger.
blog written by Crowley King Kent Rianda....October 3rd 2013....
Water temp: Water temps are getting lower everywhere on the lake.
Algae is taking one last stab in the northe end but fishing not impacted
The lake is much lower than previous years. Watch out for Pelican Point which sticks out way into the lake.
Also the islands just north of there are poppng out. Watch for buoys and go slow coming in when it is rough as buoys are small and tough to see in chop.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Excellent, to good, to great!!!
Brennan's Report: Depending on how hard core you are, fishing can be EXCELLENT!!! With the rough winds and the cooler temps, the lake can be a little challenging now. But if you stick out the roughness(not too rough though), you will be rewarded greatly. Big fish are on the prowl. Look for structure, points, weed line, and drop offs. For numbers, fish shallow around the 5'-10'. For Hog Johnson fish go a little deeper, 10'-15'
Leighton Springs and Six Bays are giving up some large quality fish typical of this time of year in roughly 13 ft of water.
Bright red larvae patterns producing before 9 am.
Red/Black Optimidge or Mickey's Copper Tiger early along with bright red blood worms.
Go to Gray/black beadhead Optimidge with and without flash mid morning, and then to Shaft Emerger when sun is really over head midday. The big fish producer though has been the copper zebra (big size). Not as many grabs versus brighter flies like copper tiger but seems to sort out the little guys so you catch higher per cent of 18'+ fish.
Strip Punk or Perfection Perch - smallest size try both colors with the Punk.
Upper Owens River
Open for year-round fishing...blog information written by The Troutfly......October 2nd
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
slow to good
flows are dropping weekly. Your favorite fishing holes might be way lower to what your use to. change your rig accordingly. water is clear though making dry fly fishing a little easier.
fyi-bring some cold weather gear cause the temps have dropped!
DRIES: chernobyl, cfo ant, parachute kicking hopper, griffith gnat, meanie bee, foam hopper, elk hair caddis, henryville special, parachute caddis emerger, outrigger caddis, mini mouse, humpy, royal wulff, stimulators,
NYMPHS: western coachmen, lighting bug, copper johns, rubber leg copper johns, prince nymphs, san juans, rainbow warrior, hare's ear soft hackle, green beetle, glo bug, flashback hares ear, birds nest, flashback pheasant tail, s&m nymph, tungsten psycho, bh little weedy caddi, caddistrophic, nitro caddis,
STREAMERS: crystal bugger, carey bugger, doc twin specials, marabou leech, matuka, hornbergs, punk perch, slump buster, rickard's emeger bugger
East Walker River Blog 2013
When the East Walker flows are smaller then Hot Creek or the San Joaquin I don't fish it....not my cup a tea. I'm not saying all the fish are gone its just time to mow other lawns and leave the fish alone till the flows go up high enough that you can hang a nymph.The flows are 49cfs, the blessing is the nights are starting to get cold, this will drop the water temperatures and help the fish....see you next year
The San Joaquin River
October 1st, the water is truly down to bones but its worth the trip anyway. Its is really one of the most beautiful spots in the Eastern Sierra. Sotcher lake fishes great this time of year. Can't wait till next year
McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2013
The Magic of the McCloud River
Experience fishing one of California’s finest trout waters
Intermediate to Advanced Anglers*
In the spring of 1995, I served an internship in Northern California under Dick Galland and the guides of the Clearwater House on Hat Creek. During this Ivy-League education in guiding, I fell in love with the waters of the area and vowed never to go long without spending time on them. One of these waters is the McCloud River – a 6-hour drive plus a bumpy, 30-minute, dirt road away from Mammoth Lakes. This river starts as a spring-fed creek, then dumps into the McCloud Reservoir. We fish the milky cobalt blue tailwater out of McCloud Dam, its source ancient glaciers high atop Mount Shasta. The river’s edge is surrounded by old growth pine giants that have seen hundreds of years of Native Americans, pioneers, and fishermen.
My daily goals are to teach the art of fishing a river. You might think of it as of to draw a parallel between being an accomplished golfer and accomplished angler; the drive, the approach and the putt are essential to having a complete game. I will teach classic puff-ball rigging and techniques for fishing the big, deep, slower pools that the Mac is famous for (the drive.) Then, shorten up our system to fish the tail-outs and deep structure (the approach shot.) Then, lose the indicator all together and hit the fast water (the putt.) That’s where I teach my spin on Czech nymphing or Northern California tight line high sticking. After dinner we ditch the spit-shot all together and hunt fish until dark using the dry fly. Generally, we fish with four or five wt. fly rods with floating lines. The bug hatches you can expect this time of year are Pale Morning Duns, Pale Evening Duns, Green Drakes, Caddis and Giant Salmonfly.
We camp streamside and enjoy the feeling of being in the middle of the land that time forgot (but with flushing toilets.) Our mornings begin with coffee at 8 am as we discuss the complexities of the day- whether to fish up river or down. We usually fish water about a stone’s throw from camp, or travel by car 15 minutes to the McCloud Nature Conservancy, where only ten anglers are allowed to fish per day.
If camping isn’t your bag, then the charming little city of Mount Shasta is only 45 minutes away, offering excellent accommodations and restaurants. If you’re traveling light, I recommend a flight to Redding and a one hour drive by rental car to Shasta City.
I am also permitted to guide the Upper Sacramento and the Pit River, all in striking distance from the Mac.
Available dates: June 20-July 1
FULL DAY ONE OR TWO ANGLERS - $ 400.00
ADD EXTRA ANGLERS - $ 125.00 per person
HALF DAY ONE OR TWO ANGLERS - $ 300.00
ADD EXTRA ANGLERS - $ 75.00 per person
*I recommend that anglers have good wading skills and some type of camping background for this trip.
I welcome you to bring your own gear and favorite flies, but our trips include any gear and flies you will need for the day.