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 on the LOWER OWENS
A unique way to get away from weekend crowds and explore 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 tool of the trade is a 15-foot Hyde drift boat, it 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 or 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.
ONE OR TWO ANGLERS - $ 400.00 ADD EXTRA ANGLERS - $125.OO
FISHBALLS Drift Indicators
Necessity is truly the mother of invention. These new drift indicators have been in the workï¿½s for a couple years now (you might of even been one of my test pilots).
The spin on this product is the two-tone color. We use Jose Feliciano green (you can even see it if you canï¿½t see) and white (the ultimate camo, water foam). So itï¿½s high-vis to an angler but invisible to fish.
Another twist is the plastic pin we use, doesnï¿½t get water logged and is a great indication that your flies are under your indicator or as we say, HUNTING FOR TROUT.
I will be selling them at your favorite fly shop, for now available at the Trout Fly/Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes or on my shopping page in this site.
The kit comes with a dozen indicators, three different sizes, designed for the Eastern Sierra.
ï¿½ Small, perfect for our techï¿½e spring creek water of Hot Creek.
ï¿½ Medium, for our free-stone water.
ï¿½ Large, perfect for supporting more weight when fishing the deeper tail-waters of our region.
The kit comes with extra pins and rubber bands for those of you that prefer different attachment techniques.
$9.95 for complete kit ï¿½FREE SHIPPING
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round for fishing.. January 2014, The weathers been fantastic any nicer it would be snowing. (we need prayers).The water flows are holding around 80 cfs. The fish have been healthy and happy. The water temperature is still polar, my tip is to fish the slower/deep runs. The midge has been the main hatch but the first generation of BWO's are starting to pop midday (1:00-ISH). This hatch will get better as time goes on to spring. It is truly prime time for driftboat fishing.
..Text written by Otis
January 2014....Fishing conditions and Hatches:
Otis says "eh" ....
Still wouldn't be our first choice when picking a place to fish this week.
Stick to very small midges. Nothing in the way of surface action either...
Water is faily clear depending on the daytime temps there may be some slight discoloration.
DRIES: extended body bwo, parachute adams, stimulators, baetis dun, small elk hair caddis, light cahill, small ant, griffith gnat, skittering midge
NYMPHS:Flashy wd40, rainbow warrior, rs2, micro may, BH FB pheasant tails, miracle nymph, batwing bwo emerger, copper zebra, black beauty, disco midge, variety of midges
STREAMERS: purple woolly
closed for the season
Upper Owens River
Open for year-round fishing above Benton crossing...January 2014, from the Troutfly........
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Still sticking to larger attractors. Fish are holding in the deeper pools.
The days are now noticebly longer, but the afternoon bite just isn't there yet. Fish mid-day for the best results.
DRIES: griffith gnat, elk hair caddis, Stimulator, humpy, royal wulff, parachute adams
NYMPHS: western coachmen, lighting bug, copper johns, rubber leg copper johns, prince nymphs, san juans, rainbow warrior, hare's ear soft hackle, flashback hares ear, birds nest, flashback pheasant tail, s&m nymph, tungsten psycho
STREAMERS: crystal bugger, carey bugger, doc twin specials, marabou leech, matuka, hornbergs, punk perch, slump buster, rickard's emeger bugger
East Walker River Blog 2013
Open year-round...December 2013..water flows 23ish CFS, I recommend stopping by Kens Sporting Goods for fish report and flies of choice. Nevada side can fish good in low water flows.You can purchase Nevada licenses at Ken's.
The San Joaquin River
Closed for the season
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.