Hatch Report for Eastern Sierra, California Trout Fly Fishing Guide Pat Jaeger based out of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes

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Driftboat on the LOWER OWENS
A unique way to get away from weekend crowds and explore 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. Itís 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

FISHBALLS Drift Indicators
FISHBALLS Necessity is truly the mother of invention. These new drift indicators have been in the works 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 perfect 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 technical 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
Open year-round for fishing.. March 24th 2014 Ive been staying out of the drift boat this last week and fishing water up from Highway 6 because of the water clarity. The Caddis hatch has been over for a couple weeks now but we still see em every day. The Stoneflies are starting to pop and it wont be long till we start see early season PMD's. The BWO's are still on the diet but not as strong as previous weeks. The water flows are holding around 100cfs but expect to see flows ramp-up soon. .......4/2/14 WATER FLOW CHANGE 145 CFS (excellent fishing water flows)

Hot Creek
..Text written by Otis March 2014....Fishing conditions and Hatches: Water Conditions: Flows at 22cfs as of 3/21 (Note flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon) Water is clear Fishing conditions and Hatches: Great! Should be very good this weekend if the wind stays down. They're eating small baetis on top mid-day and midge larva early in the morning. Been seeing some Caddis on the warmer days in the afternoon, sometimes they'll eat one, other times they won't even look at it.

Crowley lake
closed for the season

Upper Owens River
Open for year-round fishing above Benton crossing...March 23 2014, from the Troutfly........ Water Conditions: Flows at 54cfs as of 3/21 Water is stained below the Hot Creek confluence. Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good Flows are steady and so are the temperatures. Not much changing here week over week. Fish are spread out, most of the bigger fish have made their way back down to the lake. That doesn't mean there aren't a few still hanging around. ......my own up-date; I stumbled on a fantastic Caddis hatch yesterday. The bug was a #16 dark body as a adult

East Walker River Blog 2013
Open year-round...December 2013..water flows 23ish CFS, I recommend stopping by Kens Sporting Goods for fish report and flies of choice. Nevada side can fish good in low water flows.You can purchase Nevada licenses at Ken's.

The San Joaquin River
Closed for the season

McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2014
The Magic of the McCloud River Experience fishing one of Californiaís 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 Ė 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 riverís 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.) Thatís 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 stoneís 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 isnít your bag, then the charming little city of Mount Shasta is only 45 minutes away, offering excellent accommodations and restaurants. If youíre 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 23-July 3 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.


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