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
WINTER DRIFTBOAT TRIPS 2015
My favorite time of year to float is after Super Bowl Sunday. Primarily because we get to fish the mid-day BWO hatches. This hatch is very consistent, but loves weather...rain, snow and clouds....its time, call in sick. Drift boats are a truly 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 15-foot Hyde drift boat 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 - 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-$425.00 1-2 anglers....HALF DAY TRIP 1-2 anglers $325.00
Necessity is truly the mother of invention. My objective as a guide is to teach the art of a drag-free drift and the comprehension and ease of proper fly rigging. Once these concepts are achieved, nymph fishing becomes truly NOT FAIR for catching trout.
The spin on this product is the two-tone color and its ability to show you when flies are directly under the indicator; or as we refer to -- when flies are HUNTING for trout.
Our color choices are Jose Feliciano Green, new to 2014, Stevie Wonder Red (you can even see it if you can't see) and White (the ultimate camo, water foam). They are highly visible to an angler but invisible to fish.
Another twist is the plastic pin we use. It doesn't get water logged and DOES NOT slip, even using the smallest section of leader or tippet.
The kit comes in a water tight plastic container with a dozen indicators, three different sizes, small, medium and large, extra pins and rubber bands for those of you that prefer different attachment techniques.
I will be selling FISHBALLS at your favorite fly shop, for now available at the Trout Fly/Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes, Bob Marriottís, Fishermanís Spot, SoCal Flyshop and Reagans Sporting Goods in Bishop or on my shopping page in this site.
$11.95 for complete kit and FREE SHIPPING
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round March 3rd I am neither a scientist nor biologist, maybe a fishogist? But as Bob Dylan said ďYou donít take a weather man to tell which way the wind blows.Ē The river is in excellent shape. This has been the best winter fishing I have ever witnessed. The aquatic bugs are flourishing and the wild fish population is healthy and thriving.
The Lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley dam has been flowing around 80 cubic feet per second (cfs). We can expect the flows to ramp-up in a couple of weeks, historically after the Blake Trout Derby March 14th. Gut feelings: flows will not exceed 200 cfs but might have spikes of 300 cfs in future months but will stay VERY fishable for the entire 2015-2016.
I will extend my drift-boat season as long as the confluence of flows, weather and fish keep it worthy of an excellent fishing experience -- most likely through April.
We have been enjoying good to great BWO hatches and random jags of our spring Caddis. I see warm days in the forecast that show promise of unforgettable days.
........Feb. 11th 2015 On my days off itís hard to get anything done around the house. I need to build a fence, install a new floor in the bathroom. I can keep going on and on; the list is a mile long. But I am driven to do research or homework, any reason to justify throwing the shovel to the ground between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sometimes I donít even tell Pamela where Iím going. But when I slither home and pick up the shovel again, Iím wearing a @&it-eating grin.
Itís not out of line to fish full days. The trout start chomping the midges around 8-ish, going into a pre-BWO hatch before lunch. But donít break for lunch; itís time to take off the indicator and hunt rising trout, gracefully sipping on the BWO duns for a couple hours depending on the section of river.
After the shoot-out, go back to hanging nymphs or pulling streamers..............................
..Text written by The Troutfly. . March 5th 2015
Water Conditions: Poor
Flows at 14CFS as of 3/4
Gate is open and the road is clear.
(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)
Fishing conditions and Hatches:Good
This is prime time for the creek. With the shorts and t-shirt weather coming this weekend, there should be some pretty solid hatches. Not to mention we start daylight savings time Sunday.
It's a rare occasion when we can fish all day long here in March. FIsh are keyed on mayflies but will take midges early and late. Keep an eye on the water for surface action.
DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20Ė22, parachute Adams 20
NYMPHS:Grey RS2 18-#20, Tungsten Psycho 18-#20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Zebra midge 20Ė22, WD-40 20Ė22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, San Juan Worm, Frostbite Midge #20-22
10/29/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...CLOSED
Upper Owens River
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor
The river is now closed below the bridge until next season.
A completely iced out Crowley doesn't help the fishing up here. There are some big fish to be found, but not in the numbers like last year. Definitely will have to walk a bit to find them. A few smaller resident fish hanging out too, but they're all pretty spooky, so try not to get too close to the water you want to fish as you risk spooking the two foot long monster hanging out in that deep pool. The water is pretty clear up high.
......Feb. 11th 2015. This last pineapple express storm brought rain to the Eastern Sierra last weekend. Thus the river changed color making it hard to sight fish. The water should be back to normal clear/stained. Fish water you cant see the bottom. 90 percent of the fish are in 5 percent of the water. Cover water thoroughly and efficiently with nymphs or streamers. Your reward will be life-changing, quality fish around. Please give with berth to other anglers, plenty of territory. Not a bad idea to use a guide.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport;
March 1 2015.
We've had a few reports coming in from the EW this past couple weeks, it still sounds like the best area to fish is the Nevada side of the river. I wouldn't say the fishing is excellent by any means but if you put in some time and are on your game you should be able to bag a few nice fish each day. Most of the anglers we've talked to are reporting 1 to 3 or maybe 4 fish per day, lower numbers are being reported on the Miracle Mile section in Cali. The water is running about 20 cfs so it's imperative to focus on the deeper pools and runs, also you need to be very stealthy so as not to spook fish that are in shallow water. We've heard there are some pretty good baetis hatches each day but not too much surface action to go with them. The successful anglers have been using WD-40's, flashback emergers, san juan worms and rainbow warriors. I'm sure there are other patterns that will work and we just haven't heard of them lately. The warm days of March bring Stonefly hatches.
The San Joaquin River
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.