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. It’s 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 Marriott’s, Fisherman’s 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 April 3rd 2015..The water flows have ramped-up to a sweet 120cfs. This truly might be the last time you see this small amount of water flowing down this river for April. Most years we hang a closed sign for guiding the Lower Owens because the LADWP makes room in Crowley to prepare for run-off. An average year we might see 300-400cfs out of PV Dam. The fishing has been very good. The hatches have been a head scratcher or lack of. The last generation of BWO is very small (still a mid-day hatch). Never the less, the fish have been on the grab from Bishop to Big Pine. Mostly we’ve fished down and dirty with weights and nymphs. The water temps are a perfect mid 50’s pushing fish into faster water, allowing us to strip off the indicator and fish tight (Czech). We can expect the water flows to keep ramping -up the next month or two then hold. The Lower Owens with be a staple for guiding this summer through fall. The drift boat trips are the ticket till the water changes color or the daytime temps get to warm to sit in a boat.
..Text written by The Troutfly. . April 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 20–22, parachute Adams 20
NYMPHS:Grey RS2 18-#20, Tungsten Psycho 18-#20, Hogan's S&M Nymph #18, Micromayfly Olive #18, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22, 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
April 7th 2015
Flows at 92CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 4/2
Pretty dirty everywhere due to a large increase in flows.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor
The river is now closed below the bridge until next season.
Flows are now double what they were a couple of days ago. All the silt that has been collecting in this river is now finally being flushed out. Water is dirty, so big and bright will be the ticket. This will push fish out and bring new fish in. Game on when the river cleans up,this flush is very important for the health of the river.
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 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 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.