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 for fishing.......9-2-14 The water flows have gone up to 350cfs..because of agriculture demands. This is still great water flows for fishing. Bring a wading staff...... 8/21/14 ITS SNOWING IN AUGUST...This is what you might see if you got up early to watch the Trico's fly at 6:30 a.m. The water flows just dropped to 200cfs. This will not last, most likely the flows will ramp-up back to high 200's next week (very good condition). The fishing is excellent in the a.m. good all day and back to excellent in the late afternoon till dark. The p.m. caddis hatch is a blast. The driftboat will be the trick when the daytime temps drop in September.
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. Sept. 10 2014
We are starting to feel the very first signs of fall. There has been some ice around the sprinklers and even a few leaves starting to turn. I love this time of year! Water levels are surprisingly good and the fishing is technical but fun.
We are seeing a small Caddis migration around 8:30 during the Female Trico hatch, the Spinner fall around 9:30 with a decent 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 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. The PMDs are #16 to 18
9/2/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...
Lake levels are slowly dropping. 'Now at 6,758 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway. We still have a ways to go as the islands just outside the marina have not yet popped out but getting close.
Water temperature is holding at 64°F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere on the lake.
Water is almost crystal clear everywhere - zero algae.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Fishing remains excellent everywhere on the lake with a few weeds and some slightly cooler water (inlets, springs)
McGee Bay and North End in 8 to 14 ft of water but seems best along weed lines on north or east side.
Hilton and Leighton are also holding some fish.
Multiple 18" fish are common place for most anglers.
Dubbed head red/black Optimidge has beat out the Albino Baron early then Copper Tiger as the sun gets overhead. Albino Baron will work all day when there is little or no hatch.
Fewer hits but some 22"+ fish for those who want to try a Dubbed-head Olive Oprimidge in size 18 midday. Really big fish rearely go for the flashy colors in crystal clear water. I popped a 24" the other day.
Stripping has been only so-so for the tubing set for some reason. 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.
Be sure and just twitch it up slowley the last 10-15 ft just like a Midge or Callibaetis acending.
Upper Owens River
Fish report courtesy of The Trout Fly.. Sept. 9th 2014
Flows at 49CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 9/3
Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.
The lower you go, the more "green slime" you'll have to deal with. Pretty bad down in the bait section and below, almost non existant up above the bridge though.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
Fish are concentrated in the deepest water. Nymphing large heavily weighted attractors under the indicator is working well in most places. Stripping a perch fry and leech patterns with a sink tip is getting it done too.
Not seeing much in the way of rising fish except the tiny 3-4 inch fingerlings.
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.
STREAMERS: Perfection Perch, Red or Wine leeches.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; 9/7/14
The East is still running at 42 cfs right now. The fishing has been pretty tough down there lately though we have had a few good reports from the Rosachi and Sceirine sections on the Nevada side, also a couple decent reports from the stretch between the bridge on hwy 395 and Murphy's Pond. The water temps are good, still in the 60's and the fish that are being caught are healthy and releasing well. The patterns that have been successful lately include, san juan worm, dead drift crayfish, rainbow warrior, silver streak, zebra midge, chubby chernobyl and madam x.
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.