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
College of Trout Fishing Knowledge
Goals: This two-day class will target the essence of fishing with a fly rod and flies. The stream-side class takes place in the Eastern Sierra. Our choice of waters to fish will depend on the time of year, water conditions and bug hatches.
• Upper or Lower Owens
• Hot Creek
• East Walker
• San Joaquin
Our main objective is the freedom to fly fish on your own.
Saturday morning, meet at 8 a.m.
• Cup o’ Joe, muffin and introduction
• Power Point show on the Essence of Fly-fishing
• Tackle clinic
• Knot review
• Anatomy of the fly rod
• Overhead cast review
• Lunch-barbecued Dodger Dogs, Pamela’s Homemade Potato Salad, Fruit
• On the water fish finding tactics
• Fly presentation Dry-fly or Streamer
• Hooking and landing trout
• Free fishing til da sun goes down
Sunday morning, meet at 8 a.m.
• Cup o’ Joe and summaries of previous day
• Roll cast review
• Tailgate rigging class
• On the water entomology clinic
• Nymphing class
• Setting the hook (seal the deal)
• Streamside Lunch: Shatt’s Cheese Bread Turkey Sandwiches, Chips and Fruit
Our Mission Statement: breakdown this craft into digestible pieces. Give you formulas and muscle memory that you can transfer to any trout water on the globe and to safely fish with confidence, faith and most of all to have fun on your own.
Recommended ages 10 years and up
May 28-28 June 4-5 July 16-17 August 27-28
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
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round May 11th Waters flows are holding at 275 CFS. The fishing has been good but we are in a tweener holding pattern - not winter not summer for hatch's.............April 15..Water flows have ramped up to 325 CFS out of Pleasant Valley Dam. I almost forgot what a normal spring was like, you might expect big water flows for the rest of the summer. This flow is not un-fishable…the water has a good color the first couple miles below the dam. Water temps are cold, look for current reliefs. We have still witnessed a midday May fly hatch but we are in transition from winter to summer. .........March 16th We are back in the game for a normal winter for the Eastern Sierra. A massive high pressure pushed all the weather north in February...making us pretty nervous. But El Nino has bullied her way dropping the jetstream and putting the freight train of weather though California for the next couple weeks.
I have been blessed to have spent the last 30 days on the waters of the upper and Lower Owens river. We have had a couple days that were head scratches, I won't lie...but overall fantastic winter fishing. The bug hatches have been consisting of Mayflies, and our best days have been with rain and clouds... But we didn't whine with sun and t-shirts. Two days ago fishing a BWO hatch the trout were literally drunk on mayflies, we walked from raising fish because it was no fair. I have not witnessed our March Caddis hatch yet on the Lower O but had a couple all-time hatches on the upper Owens. Stumbling on trout eating caddis without out caution. And not just the lil guys, we hooked fish over 20 inches floating dry flies. Absolutely world class trout fishing. You can expect water flows on the Lower Owens to bump up, but I would expect water flows to be very fishable the month of March into April.
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch...May 20 We are starting to get some run off from the wonderful snow we got this last winter. It is not raging yet, but it has been enough to start moving a few fish out of the deep holes. We are starting to see a few more fish where they normally sit.
There are some Midges early with a few fish rising to them before the sun gets on the water. There has been a good Caddis migration most of the morning if it’s not windy with a few Baetis on the water around noon and a decent Caddis hatch early afternoon. We are starting to see a few fish rise in some of the usual spots.
Bring all of your flies and gear as we may change the ranch rules to allow getting down to the fish until they start looking up a little more.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...May 10th
The lake is not full full but a lot higher than the last few years. There is a defined subsurface channel in the north end and McGee Bay
Bottom water temps are from 53°F to 54°F and crystal clear.
Minimal if any weeds going yet.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
The fish are pretty spread out as usual for this time of year.
Sandy Point has been the most consistant all along the subsurface bank in 13ft to 18ft of water with a few fish inside.
There are fish along Greeen Banks but don't tread too close to shore or the Spin Guys may sling some hardware at you.
McGee has fish west of the bathroom in 13-14 ft of water but pretty spread out.
Albino Baron early then Red/Black Dubbed Head Optimidge mid morning. It has been pretty gray skies so subtle colors like gray and olive have not produced too much even midday.
You might try other bright pattrens like Copper John and Flasback Pheasant Tail trimmed to look like a Chironimid.
Upper Owens River
Written by Troutfitter guides March 10th,Water Conditions:Improving
Flows are at 42cfs as of 3/10
Water running clear.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
The section from the bridge down to the monument is closed as of 10/1
We've been hearing of some BIG fish hanging out in the Upper Owens lately, above the bridge. Check under the cuts and banks of the the river, those fish are out there!.
East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; May 16th
The East is running at 202 right now and has been there for several days. Some anglers have been struggling down there but there has also been some anglers doing pretty well. We believe the numbers of fish are down from what they probably were before the several years of drought we've had but there are definitely some very good quality fish in the river right now. Fish in the 18 to 24 inch range are not uncommon. The anglers who have had the best success have been using mainly nymphs under an indicator, the dry action and streamer action have been pretty tough. Nymphs to try include micro mayfly, rainbow warrior, silver streak, top secret midge, dark lord, radiation baetis, san juan worm, wd-40.
The San Joaquin River
Road is closed for now, details later
McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2016
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-early July
FULL DAY ONE OR TWO ANGLERS - $ 425.00
ADD EXTRA ANGLERS - $ 125.00 per person
HALF DAY ONE OR TWO ANGLERS - $ 325.00
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.