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
Tenkara hits the Eastern Sierra
Tenkara fly fishing, Japanese, literally: "from heaven,” or "from the skies.”
Tenkara is an ancient Japanese form of fly fishing in which only a rod, line and fly are used — no reel. Tenkara has been practiced in the mountain streams of Japan for perhaps hundreds of years. Tenkara came to the United States in 2009 and quickly surged in popularity to the point that today the number of Tenkara anglers in the U.S. rivals the number in Japan.
A Tenkara rod is typically lightweight and relatively long (11 to 15-feet) telescopic rod , with a very flexible tip section. The specialized and extremely lightweight Tenkara fly line (usually lighter than even a 000-weight conventional Western fly line) is tied to the tip of the rod and generally measures between one and two times the length of the rod. About four feet of tippet is tied to the end of the line.
• A feather in hand
• Unbelievable accuracy
• Laser fast tip for quick strike
• Simple rigging
• Fast learning curve
As a novelty I bought a Tenkara rod; within a few casts I knew this was not a toy. I now own six rods and my daughter Isabella, 6, has her own. I have not put the rods down for four months now. We have fished our way through the Eastern Sierra and Northern California with unbelievable success.
Please don’t get me wrong, I will never quit casting loops of fly line. And hunting trout 50 feet away will always be a never-ending passion. I never tire of the sound of a big trout smoking fly line off my reel.
But, I will never quit looking for different ways to skin a cat.
The cross-over from intermediate to advance is crazy rapid (five minutes). Learning curve for anglers who have never dabbled in the craft is extremely user-friendly and, finally, the rod is light enough for kids and small ladies.
I am happy to introduce you and yours to this craft. I am willing and able to do classes and open a day in my calendar. My classes are all “on the water “and consist of
• Simple rigging
• tight line nymphing
• Indicator nymphing
• Dry fly tactics ( if we get targets)
• All gear needed for the day included
• I love simple; rod, line, fly, water…..trout
DRIFT BOAT LOWER OWENS 2014
The flows on the Lower Owens will drop late September/early October. We will see summer bug hatches, beautiful fall weather, perfect water temps and fish that have not seen flies in months. It is prime time to spend the day in a driftboat hunting trout... 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 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-$400.00 1-2 anglers....HALF DAY TRIP 1-2 anglers $300.00
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round 10/28/14...Our tomatoes have not seen the touch of winter yet in the Owens Valley. The weather has been San Diego-like, and the water flows have been November-like down here on the Lower Owens River. Water flows are coming out of Pleasant Valley Reservoir at 130 cubic feet per second and day time average temp’s in the 70-80 something’s.
This combination of events has resulted in the perfect storm of fun that we’ve witnessed in our backyard the last couple of weeks.
The fish have been happy and easily (some days) tricked by a fly with a good presentation. The big boys have come out of there summer nocturnal norm and on most days we have had a chance at landing one or more of these Sierra Steelheads.
I forecast the fishing will be good to outstanding through this month going into Thanksgiving.
It’s time to call in sick....its driftboat time
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. . October 10, 2014
Believe it or not, the water is low (just like every other watershed in the state), and without any significant run off over the last 3 years, we have more silt build up and weeds that in a normal year. Fishing is tough but with the cooler weather, the hatches have gotten better over the last few days and a few fish are looking up.
There are other fishing opportunities as well in the area. The Lower Owens is fishing well, The Upper Owens has been very fun and some BIG fish are being caught in Crowley right now. The fall colors are going OFF and it’s a great time of year to be in the Sierra.
PRAY FOR SNOW!!!
We are seeing a very small Caddis migration around 9:30 during the Female Trico hatch, the Spinner fall around 10:30 with a Baetis hatch around noon with the Caddis hatch around 1:30 and into the afternoon. If the wind isn’t blowing, the Caddis and male Trico hatches are OK.
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. The PMDs are #16 to 18.
10/29/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...
Lake levels have stopped dropping. 'Now at 6,7556 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway. The islands just outside the marina have finally popped out - be careful and give them a wide berth.
Water temperature is slowly dropping at 57°F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere on the lake.
Colder water has all but eliminated the algae.
Weeds across the lake are almost gone. If you find some you will find fish most likely.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
McGee Bay is pretty dead.
The North Arm is wide open for big fish but the fish are moving from day to day so you have find them.
Six Bays mostly towards the south most bay. Fishing from shore is good if you do not want to join the fleet of boats and tubes.
Sandy Point has been producing on and off.
Leighton Springs down towards Sometimes Island is on and off.
Alligator Point in a stripe north and south in 15 to 17 ft has slowed some but still excellent quality.
Big Hilton has also been consistent in about 15ft about half way back into the bay on the north shore.
The recently planted fish are "everywhere". Try moving, sometimes only 50 ft, to get off them and let the slower-moving, big fish get to your fly.
It has been a later bite, usually starting about 9:30 am to 10:00 am.
Red/Black Optimdge or Copper Tiger all day. Go to Gray/Black Optimidge or Shaft Emerger also midday.' Time to get out the leech patterns both for stripping and hanging under the indicator
Fewer hits but bigger fish for those who want to try a Dubbed-head Olive Optimidge in size 18 midday.
Stripping has been on and off for the tubing set. Try a stillwater hare or trail a small PT or Hares Ear behind the usual Perch fry imitations - Hornberg's, Perfection Perch and Punk Perch or slow twitdh a leech pattern.
Be sure and just twitch it up slowly the last 10-15 ft just like a Midge or Callibaetis ascending
Upper Owens River
Fish report courtesy of The Trout Fly.. October 28th, 2014
Flows at 48CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 10/23
Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
The section between the bridge and the fishing monument is now closed to all fishing until next season.
Bigger fish are on the move, but it's pretty crowded down low. Not much of a secret anymore. These fish are holding all over, not just in the deepest water so keep walking until you find a few fish.
The water up above the HC confluence is very clear and these fish can see you coming for sure so fish way below your fish and try not to cast a shadow with your rod.
DRIES: EC Caddis 16-20, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Parachute Adams 16-18, Stimulator 14-18.
NYMPHS: Red Copper Johns 14-18, Prince Nymph 14-18, Flashback Hare's Ear 14-18, Flashback Pheasant Tail 16, Zebra Midge 18-20, Red San Juan Worm 12, Anderson's Bird of Prey Olive #16, Nori's Caddis Pupa Green #16-18, Black Bead Bird's Nest #14. Western Coachmen #14
STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Sculpin Patterns, meat whistle, black and purple wooly buggers.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; October 19th 2014 The East is running about 20 cfs right now but with the lower water temperatures it's actually not fishing too bad. The best sections to fish are still either down below the bridge on the California side or all the way down to the Nevada side. Dry/dropper rigs are still the best thing going though there has been a few good reports on streamers. Most anglers are reporting 4 to 8 or 9 fish for a half day on the water with some fish pushing the 20 inch mark. Patterns to try include zuddlers, moal leeches, jj special, chubby chernobyl, fat albert, madam x, stimulator, flashback emerger, san juan worm, zebra midge, rainbow warrior, silver streak, miracle nymph and top secret midge.
The San Joaquin River
Parts are fishable....but it might be time to say goodbye for now
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.