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
DRIFTBOAT FISHING THE LOWER OWENS 2016-2017
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 easily 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. Itís 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.
FULLDAY- 1 or 2 Anglers $425.00 HALFDAY- 1 or 2 Anglers $325.00
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 Marriottís, Fishermanís 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
It is time for the driftboat...the days are perfectly cool the water is holding around 200cfs, but will drop more soon
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch..Fish Report 10/1/2016
Great news!!! The D.F.W. Biologists have decided that they will be augmenting our fish numbers with 12 thousand fish per year for the next few years until we get to around 6,000 fish per mile and then we will see how they do. All of our hard work has paid off!! We will begin putting fish in the Creek on October 6th. Fishing should get really good in the next few weeks although it has been great lately. Folks are catching good numbers of fish!
PLEASE READ THE MEMO FROM D.F.W. at the bottom of this page!
The Biologists from D.F.W came back on the 25th of August and 20 of us conducted an electroshock fish survey that was very interesting! We did three 200 foot sections on the lower public creek and one 300 foot section on the ranch. The ranch section had 71 Trout in 300 feet of creek. Combined with the data from the public sections, it extrapolates out to around 1,000 Trout per mile in Hot Creek. The percentage of Browns vs Rainbows is about 55% Rainbows and 45% Browns. While a lot of the fish were in the 6 to 12 inch range, we did catch quite a few very nice trout!
Water temps and flows are holding and the Creek is in great shape.The run-off we got this year has made a huge difference in the creek, it looks really healthy again!
There are a ton of fish in the creek and folks are having a ball, with lots of action, so grab your light rod and come have some fun!!
People have been catching bigger fish on the Owens, Rock Creek, Crowley and Rock Creek Lake, so there are places to go to catch numbers of bigger fish.
We are seeing a very prolific Caddis migration in the morning around 7:30 and the Tricos hatching about 8:30 with the Trico Spinners around 10:00. The Caddis hatch is in the mid afternoon and the evenings have seen more fish rising if the wind doesn't come up.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ..October 5th
DWP is dropping the water level pretty fast now.
The water temps are starting to come down and the algae is getting a little annoying but nothing like it was this time last year.
The weeds are finally dying off and should continue to decline through the rest of the season.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
The north arm continues fishing just about as good as it gets. Six Bays is just getting started as most of the weeds are gone, but the water is getting a little green with the recent temp drops.
Mostly rainbows being caught now, with the occasional cutthroat. Haven't been seeing much in the way of browns.
Some fish still in the Hiltons and Crooked, but not in big numbers.
The Perch fry are subsiding and stripping has been pretty slow compared to fishing under the indicator.
Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern has been the go to early morning. Later go to Red/Black bead head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and maybe Shaft Emerger if the red/black slows down. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to bead head Olive or gray Optimidge when sun is overhead. Don't forget about leeches! This is the time of year the fish forget about the perch fry and start keying in on leech patterns. If you're going to strip from the tube make sure it's deep, dark and slow!
Upper Owens River
Written by Troutfitter guides October 5th Water Conditions:Fair
Flows are up to 94cfs as of 9/28
Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
The fishing here is starting to pick up. The water is very clear up high, and the fish can see you coming, but that doesn't stop them from eating basic attractor patterns. There aren't many fish, but there are a couple in each bend. Make sure to give it a few casts and move on.
DRIES: Not seeing much in the way of hatches. The fish aren't interested in the hoppers I still see falling into the water. They're ignoring them completely.
NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen San Juan Worms, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.
STREAMERS:The water is certainly high enough, be creative as the fish haven't seen too many. Not sure it makes too much of a difference
East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; Oct. 3 The East has dropped down to about 67 cfs right now, as it's been for the last couple weeks the fishing on the California side has been a bit tough. There are some fish being caught but you'll need to work for them a little bit. The weather is definitely changing (finally) with some cooler nighttime temps as well as daytime highs, this should help see an improvement in the fishing down there. The caddis are all but gone on the river so it's mainly midge and baetis patterns as well as a bit of streamer action. We're still getting some better reports from the Nevada side of the river, there seems to be better numbers of fish down there right now. Most of the fish in the upper mile just below the dam are rainbows lately and the browns are further down between the bridge and Murphy's Pond. Patterns to try include: rainbow warrior, dark lord, san juan worm, wd-40, micro mayfly, zebra midge, copper john, zuddler, dead drift crayfish, double bunny and sculpzilla.
The San Joaquin River
Road is closed for the season....see you next year!!!
McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2016
The Magic of the McCloud River
Experience fishing one of Californiaís 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 Ė 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 riverís 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.) Thatís 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 stoneís 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 isnít your bag, then the charming little city of Mount Shasta is only 45 minutes away, offering excellent accommodations and restaurants. If youíre 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.