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
FISHBALLS Drift Indicators
Necessity is truly the mother of invention. These new drift indicators have been in the works 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 can't see) and white (the ultimate camo, water foam). So it's high-vis to an angler but invisible to fish.
Another twist is the plastic pin we use, doesn't get water logged and is a perfect 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. Small, perfect for our technical spring creek water of Hot Creek. Medium, for our free-stone water.
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 FREE SHIPPING
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round for fishing.......8/21/14 ITS SNOWING IN AUGUST...This is what you might see if you got up early to watch the Trico's fly at 6:30 a.m. The water flows just dropped to 200cfs. This will not last, most likely the flows will ramp-up back to high 200's next week (very good condition). The fishing is excellent in the a.m. good all day and back to excellent in the late afternoon till dark. The p.m. caddis hatch is a blast. The driftboat will be the trick when the daytime temps drop in September.
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. August 10
The summer weather has been producing a few thunder storms in the afternoons and evenings with some great lightning shows. I love this time of year! Water levels are surprisingly great and the fishing is pretty darn good. The recent flash flood rain we had actually gave us a bit of a flush and we have been seeing a few PMDs in the last few days!
We are seeing a good Caddis migration around 7:30 during the Female Trico hatch, the Spinner fall around 9:30 with some random PMDs mixed in and then a decent Baetis hatch around noon with the Caddis hatch around 1:30 and into the afternoon. If the wind isn’t blowing, the Caddis and male Trico grab can be quite good for the last hour or so before dark. Trico patterns working best right now are size 22 Female and Male Comparadun, #20 and #22 Trico Organza Spinners and the #22 Male Trico Sprout. 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. The PMDs are #16 to 18.
People have been doing pretty well with Beetles, Hoppers and ants when the hatches are not happening
8/21/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...
Lake down a few more inches this last week. 'Now at 6,760 ft versus 6,781 ft elevation at the spillway.
Water temperature is way up there at 68° F (on the bottom) uniformly almost everywhere that is at a fishable depth.
Water has cleared with the recent rains and cooled off significantly.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
McGee and the north arm are still producing, from 10ft to 14ft. Seems to be good one day, and then much slower the next. Also saw some fish in big and little Hilton.
Kent hopped in the tube the other day stripping perch patterns in close to the weeds and the word on the street is he did pretty well.
These fish have seen tons of flies so make sure you're using fluorocarbon tippet and size 18's and smaller!
Albino Baron early, switching to grey and black by late morning. Don't be afraid to try a copper tiger either... If you're stripping a punk perch, perfection perch or a hornberg will do the job nicely.
Some green flash in whatever fly you pick is a good idea in the deep, dark world below the algae.
Have seen some callibaetis so a flashback Pheasant Tail should also be on the list to try.
Upper Owens River
Fish report courtesy of The Trout Fly.. August 21th 2014
Flows at 49CFS Above the Hot Creek Confluence. as of 8/15
Water pretty clear above Hot Creek confluence, off color below.
The lower you go, the more "green slime" you'll have to deal with. Pretty bad down in the bait section and below, almost non existent up above the bridge though.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
Still seeing some good fish numbers above the bridge. They are rather spread out and hanging out in the deeper bends. They're eating mostly big attractors and larger Caddis patterns. Not seeing much in the way of rising fish except the tiny 3-4 inch fingerlings.
Some fish are making the move up and out of Crowley for clearer colder water. Above the bridge has been producing, and we're seeing a few bigger fish here and there.
That's not to say that there aren't any fish down low, the water is just cleaner up above the HC confluence.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; 8/17/14
The East is running at about 60 cfs still, the water has cleared up quite a bit since the thunderstorms last week and the fishing has improved a bit. The temps are still in the 60's and the fish are hanging in there, fighting well and releasing well. The fishing is still the best down below the bridge on the Cali side or on the Nevada side of the river. We've had a couple decent reports from the upper mile but better reports from downstream. Dry dropper rigs are still doing the best, though we have had a couple good reports on streamers. Patterns to try include: madam x, fat albert, chubby chernobyl, stimulator, humpy, zebra midge, rainbow warrior, wd-40, micro mayfly, flashback emerger, buckskin caddis, fox's poopah, 3 wire caddis, san juan worm, dead drift crayfish, zonker, zuddler and moal leech.
The San Joaquin River
With flows down to a trickle, concentrate on the deeper pools as the riffels are too shallow to bother for the most part.
Early in the morning and late in the evening are the best times when the water is coolest
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.