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
THE FREEDOM OF FLYFISHING 2015
Jaeger College of Trout Fishing Knowledge.....
Join me on a two-day educational experience. Our goals are to simply give you the freedom of fishing on your own.
We will shed light on;
• reading water
• entomology/fly selection
• casting fly line
• Knots/ basic rigging
• Three fly presentations; dry fly, streamer and nymph
These classes will take place on various waters from Bishop to Bridgeport, depending on the time of year, weather and water flows.
My goal is to teach the fundamental skills you will need to confidently fish on your own. This two day crash course will set you on your way to enjoy the lifetime journey of tricking trout with chicken feathers tied to hooks.
Prerequisites and gear needed: None, but I recommend getting some homework done, a local fly-shop or fishing club introductory class. For anglers 10-years and older. Class size: three or greater; over six, I get an extra guide to help.
June 6th and 7th
July 25th and 26th
August 29th and 30th
TWO DAY WORKSHOP $325 per angler
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 May 11, 2015..Residents of the Owens Valley are enjoying a traditional spring. Traditionally April/May brings wind and snow, rain and seagulls -- the winter we never had that doesn’t want to let go.
And I would like to thank the brave fisherman who went to great lengths pulling old boat trailers and campers out of moth balls, getting up at 4:30 a.m., elbow to elbow to fish the OPENER with visions of hungry trout that hadn’t seen a worm in months dancing in their heads. Without you, we would never get a bout of measurable snowfall, a boost of local economy (Jack’s Waffle Shop) and record sales of Budweiser products.
Our weather forecast looks like more of the afternoon thunder shower pattern and most days in the 70’s to 80’s. This last weekend, we received two feet of snow in our backcountry. Ahhhhh thank-you Lord and more to come.
The Lower Owens water flow out of Pleasant Valley Dam is 200 cubic feet per second. These flows are perfect in a fly-fish’s eye, tragic as a water salesman. This week the flows are projected to drop to 150cfs and hold.
Believe it or not, this season flows in the Lower Owens will be favorable for angling and a heathy environment for the fish and its residents.
The last couple weeks the river water has stayed cold as far as south of Bishop, the water color is off but gets clearer the further north you go. I haven’t noticed the fishing slowing down in the off-color water or the hatches any better, so it’s all fishing pretty darn good.
The hatches are tween -- they aren’t winter or summer – kinda’ between. We get a mid-day May fly hatch (#20) and caddis before dark. The image above is a half-hour outing with my daughter and me during our lunch break. We fished 15 minutes in water that I have never fished; she hooked four and landed one…life is good
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. . May 9th 2015
With everything considered, the creek is in pretty good shape. We could use some run off to flush the creek but all in all, things are going well. There are fish in the creek but they are not necessarily in the all the usual places. (Please read the newsletter below).
We are seeing a small Caddis migration in the morning with a good Baetis hatch sometime late morning to early afternoon and a small Caddis hatch. There are a few spinners late morning to early afternoon as well. As usual, Beetles and Ants have been producing when there is no hatch. Bring all of your fly boxes as you never know what might be going on day to day.
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.
10/29/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...May 11th 2015
Water levels are rising faster now. Present elevation is 6,763.3 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.
Look for second Crowley Cam at the Fish Camp boat ramp soon with streaming video.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
The fish are spread out but decent in most areas. Hilton turned on and is producing some good fish.
Stormy Flats, Sandy and Six Bays all have fish as well, real big ones at Six Bays but 15 mins between grabs.
My prediction of bigger fish has verified. I was fishng next to two other guides the other day, all of us on our day off and we realized none of us had caught a 14" Rainbow this year. Last year's plants are 15"-16" and fat and hard pulling . . . Crowley's Finest.
Upper Owens River
May 11th 2015 Fish report written by the Troutfitter
Flows have dropped and are stable at 42cfs. Water running clear above Hot Creek confluence and a bit of color below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor
Let the spawners be to reproduce (They are not interested in eating anyway, would you be?) However you will find some nice rainbows and browns feeding below them.
Mostly midges and BWOs and some Caddis mid day. Fish not eating on top.
Note:Section from bridge to fishing monument is still closed until Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport;
May 15th 2015. EAST WALKER RIVER May 17, 2015
We had a little bit of flow fluctuation this week but now it's back down to 22 cfs. The fishing has been pretty good, anglers aren't catching lots of fish but there's definitely been some real bruisers caught this week. Most anglers are reporting getting into between 3 and 7 or 8 fish per day and we've had reports of fish up to 25 inches being caught. Both the California and Nevada sides of the river are producing very nice fish. The weather has been rainy and snowy most of the past week and it's supposed to be that way for a few days this week as well. Nymphing still seems to be the best method though we have had a few good streamer reports and just a couple anglers getting into some fish on dries. Patterns to try include: flashback emerger, copper john, san juan worm, zebra midge, white zebra midge, rainbow warrior, pheasant tail, zuddler, jj special, seal buggers, zonker, blue wing olive, blue dun, stimulator and madam x.
The San Joaquin River
May 10th 2015...ROAD SCHEDULED TO OPEN MAY 19
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.