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..7/15/14 The water flows are holding around 200cfs. These are excellent water flows for this time of year (normal flows around 500cfs). The water is clean and cool, the biggest water in the Eastern Sierra. Early Trico hatch and the spinners crash in before 8am. We have seen a small May fly (PED?)around 1pm and a good caddis/trico hatch before dark. Forget your waders but don't forget your wading staff (FISHSTICK).

Hot Creek
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. June 13 ​YAY, Summer is here!! The night time temps have come way up, making for some great Caddis hatches and migrations. The Tricos are here and are in full swing and I even saw a PMD yesterday! Water levels are surprisingly good and the fishing is getting quite good. We are seeing a good Caddis migration around 7:30, the Female Trico hatch around 8, the Spinner fall around 9:30 and then a decent Baetis hatch around noon and the Caddis hatch around 1:30. If the wind isnít blowing, the Caddis and male Trico grab can be quite good for the last hour or so before dark. Trico patterns working best right now are size 22 Female and Male Comparadun, #20 and #22 Trico Organza Spinners and the #22 Male Trico Sprout. The BWO patterns working the best right now are the para Adams, para BWO, Sprout Baetis, Sparkle Dun and the CDC Baetis Emerger all in #s 22 and 20. The best Caddis patterns at the moment are the para grey Caddis, the E.C. Caddis, Low Profile Caddis, para Caddis Emerger and the Hot Creek Caddis also in sizes 22 and 20. People have been doing pretty well with Beetles, Hoppers and ants when the hatches are not happening.

Crowley lake
7/20/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ....Lake down a few more inches this last week. 'Now at 6,762 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway. Water temperature is way up there at 68į F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere that is at a fishable depth. Algae is pretty bad becoming a problem in many places. Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Big and Little Hilton continue to have some fish and up against the weed line in McGee has some fish as well, but no real concentration. The super high water temps have the bulk of the fish in the lake at depths of 35 to 40 ft. Hatches have been weak but as soon as that comes around. as it will, and especially with the recent hard rains in the PM cooling off the shallows, the big fish will start moving in to feed for several hours every day. Recommended Flies: Bright red larvae patterns and Albino Barons the best before 9am. Go to red/black later and maybe gray/black midday but it is getting to be more and more green down there so brighter will usually get seen better. Purple Zebra is usually a good call this time of year. Some green flash in whatever fly you pick is a good idea in the deep, dark world below the algae. Have seen some callibaetis so a flashback Pheasant Tail should also be on the list to try

Upper Owens River
Open for year-round fishing above Benton crossing...May 20th 2014, from the Troutfly........ Water Conditions: Flows at 199CFS. Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below. Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Midges in AM with BWO's and a few Caddis throughout the day. Not much dry action, better nymphing and streamer fishing. Dead drifting streamers deep under cut banks should do well. Recommended Flies: DRIES: EC Caddis 16-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-18, Stimulator 14-18. NYMPHS: Copper Johns 14-189, Prince Nymph 14-18, Hare;s Ear 14-18, Pheasant Tail 16-18, Zebra Midge 18-20, San Juan Worm 12-14. STREAMERS: Olive and black Wooly Bugger 10-12, Meat Whistle Olive and Black 2-1/0, Stump Buster Olive and Brown #8.

East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; July 14 2014 The East is still running at 92 cfs right now and is producing much the same as last week. I wouldn't say the fishing is red hot, but if you're willing to work at it you should be able to get into some nice fish. We're still shying away from the upper mile and focusing on the water between the bridge and Murphy's Pond as well as the Nevada side. Dry/dropper rigs seem to be fishing the best but we've also had a few good reports on evening dry caddis fishing and some straight nymphing. Patterns to try include chubby chernobyl, madam x, stacker hopper, para hopper, buckskin caddis, z-wing caddis, fox's poopah, deep sparkle pupa, flashback emerger, zebra midge, mercury midge, tailwater tiny, top secret midge.

The San Joaquin River
June 15 2014 ..Flows are down to 36cfs as of 7/10. Water is clear. Best to fish early or late because of rising warm water temperatures. If you fish mid-day find faster water because it hold more air and the fish will tend to hunt down your flies better. Take a walk out of the camp water and fish your way home. No need for wader but wading boots and wading staffs (FISHSTICKS) are a must.

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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