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 December 14, 2014 The Lower Owens River gets high scores for both hatches and fish counts. Water flows are holding at 79 cubic feet per second and water temperatures are high 40’s; par for the course this time of season.
The water has its normal tint but is as clear as it gets. Fishing time is what I would call gentlemen- like, no need to get up early and no need to fish till dark.
This time of year the fish get on the grab between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. don’t get me wrong, you will catch fish before and after but cold-blooded creatures are energy efficient - no food no move. The midge is main course, very small around a 22-20. The fish eat them emerging and since water flows are so low, they love to eat them trapped in the tension of the surface film. So fishing a small nymph under a dry fly can be deadly this time of year. The dessert , happens midday with the blue-winged olive hatch. This mayfly generation is no.18 in size and happens at the warmest part of the day, they love cloud cover, wind, rain or snow, so don’t fret bad weather. The fish are spooky so make swat like approaches. If you spook fish don’t be patient, move on to the next target or drop a nymph under a small Fishball indicator 24 inches or so. My drift boat has been the silent assassin in this skinny water. If there is a time to drift, prime time is now.
..Text written by The Troutfly. . December 14th 2014
Water Conditions: Poor
Flows at 14CFS as of 12-14 Water 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
More of the same here this week. If you can dodge the weeds, the fishing has been quite good.
DRIES: Extended body blue winged olive 18–22, parachute Adams 18–22,CDC Baetis Emerger #20-22, CDC Baetis DUN #18-20, Hatch Matcher BWO
NYMPHS: Hogan's S&M Nymph #20, Zebra midge 20–22, WD-40 20–22, Micro May Fly 18–22, Pheasant Tail 18–22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22
10/29/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...CLOSED
Upper Owens River
December 15th 2014...The Upper Owens water is gin clear this time of year. The Crowley migrators have made the annual commute to spend winter in the river. We have been hooking some tankers, with a little luck we’ve even gotent some of these tippet breakers to hand. The hatches are parallel with the Lower Owens, but the big boys hold tight to the bottom. Most of our fish have been tricked on the downstream indicator nymphing, soft hackle and tenkara swing as well as with sink tips with streamers. I recommend a winter day on this water, we haven’t been hooking mass numbers but the fish have been real rod benders. Perfect two day fis:; drift boat the Lower and an Upper Owens kicker, call me about my package discount.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport;
EAST WALKER RIVER December 15, 2014
Well, this week we only had 2 or 3 reports from the EW, the best one was from an angler who was able to bag 6 fish down on the Rosachi section in Nevada, one of the fish was about 12 inches but the rest were in the 18 to 20 inch range. The other anglers we spoke with bagged a couple fish in the 18 to 20 inch range as well. Sounds like the best way to go is with very small midge or nymph patterns, flashback emergers, copper johns, tailwater tiny's, wd-40's and the like. The water is very thin so you'll need to be stealthy and on your game! Who doesn't like a challenge?? It's pretty cold in the mornings so you can sleep in and don't worry about being on the water until around 10am!
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.