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 11/20/14 Say goodbye to the tomato plants for 2014….mother winter is here, at least bringing below freezing mornings.
This has dropped the water temperatures to a’more fall like conditions ( par for this time of year).
The bad; days are shorter, fishing will not be good from sunup to sundown. The good; the shorter days compress the eating time for the trout. Prime fishing time from 10am – 3pm. We have seen a new generation of mayfly, larger around a 18-16 BWO. This bug hatches the best in bad weather but hatch time around 12pm lasting a couple hours. Tip of the week- don’t eat lunch because the trout are dining too....................
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 The Troutfly. . November 20th 2014
Water Conditions: Poor
Flows at 14CFS as of 11/15 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
Fish report courtesy of The Trout Fly.. Nov. 15th 2014
Flows at 49CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 11/15
Water is clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
The section below the Bridge to the monument remains closed until next season. The section from the monument to Crowley closes as of tomorrow the 16th.
The fishing above the bridge has been pretty good. The section below the confluence is a little off color which is normal, but it prevents the fish from seeing you as well. Above the confluence is a different story, unless you find some fish in a very deep hole, they are going to bolt the minute they know you're there.
These bigger fish have been hit hard this fall under the indicator, so try something different like pulling streamers with a sink tip through the deeper holes
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport;
EAST WALKER RIVER November 19, 2014
The East is still running at 20 cfs and will likely be at that level for the remainder of the winter . The fishing lately has been pretty tough with just a few fish being caught here and there. If you are going to fish the river I'd suggest not even hitting the water until 9 or 10 in the morning and you probably don't need to fish past around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I'd still recommend fishing either the Nevada side or the section in California below the bridge on Hwy 182. Again, it's been pretty tough down there so I wouldn't expect to get into more than 3 or 4 fish per day, the flip side of that coin is that a decent percentage of the fish are very nice, in the 18 to 22 inch range. I'd be fishing small midge patterns mainly like rainbow warriors, flashback emergers, wd-40's, tailwater tiny's, copper johns.
SCEIRINE RANCH November 19, 2014
The Ranch is also fishing fairly tough though the last client we had down there was able to land 4 fish all of which were over 18 inches, again as with the rest of the river not great numbers but good quality. Also the best patterns will probably be small midge patterns.
HUNEWILL POND November 19, 2014
We haven't had anyone on the pond for several weeks but keep in mind that even though most of the area is closed to fishing this time of year the pond is still open so as long as it's not frozen you can still get some time on the water out there!
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.