Hatch Report for Eastern Sierra, California Trout Fly Fishing Guide Pat Jaeger based out of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes

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Pat Jaeger Fly-Fishing Guide

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. 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. 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 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 ..Jan 27th 2016 am delighted to report that Mammoth Mountain has a base depth of 80 inches and the top of Mammoth Mountain reports a 125-inch total. Believe it or not, this is just par for a normal winter here in the Eastern Sierra. We are living in a Sunbelt so far down here in Bishop. I spent the last six weeks in my Driftboat and my Gore-Tex has lived in storage (besides the other day when I forgot it and it rained on us for three hours straight). Again very normal for our area to receive most of the precipitation in our high altitudes, which is why the Lower Owens is an awesome winter fishery. The polar days of December and early January are under our belts, the daylight hours elongating as we speak. For example, our morning temperatures last month were in the single digits, now we are seeing mornings in the 20-30’s. Thus giving us good Midge hatches in the AM hours. Yesterday we fished the dry fly to rising trout at 10 in the morning. The overall fish report for the lower Owens is really good. The majority of our fish have been caught by dead drifting nymphs. The water temps are climbing so I will start pulling more streamers with sinking lines. The best of our winter fishing is yet to come; my favorite time of the season for fish and dry flies is after Super Bowl Sunday. The Driftboat fishing has been excellent.

Hot Creek
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. . Closed for the season, but public section is open year round.Pray for snow

Crowley lake
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Upper Owens River
Water above Benton crossing is the only water open for anglers,zero limit barbless only... Jan.25 2016 The Upper Owens has been fishing very well. The fish are spread out, but getting yanked on by Crowley Chrome is worth the search. A couple weeks ago Crowley Lake froze, flows on the river went up because of East Portal flows and low altitude snow melt. This phenomenon of dirty sweet water, pushing into Crowley Lake is like the smell of cookies in the oven, triggering trout to make their commute up river, thus bringing more fish into the system. You can expect morning Midge hatches and BWO’s to pop at the warmest time of the day. Don't forget your big, ugly fly box, the fish will grab the crazy bugs just like there cousin Steelhead.

East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; Jan. 27th 2016 Apologies for not doing any reports lately, we've had very little traffic on the river this winter so far so there hasn't been too many anglers to talk to. This past week has produced a little more traffic compared to last month though it's still very light. It seems like the fishing is pretty similar to what was going on back in November, there's some decent numbers of rainbows hanging out in the "Miracle Mile" section and some good numbers of browns still running down between the bridge and Murphy's Pond. We're not hearing about any really epic days down there but most anglers are getting into some nice fish for their time. Due tot he colder weather the best time of day to fish is going to be from about 10 am to around 3 pm or so. Small midge and nymph patterns are going to be your best bet or possibly a dry/dropper rig. Patterns to try include: copper john, flashback emerger, zebra midge, dark lord, miracle midge, wd-40, pheasant tail, stimulator and madam x.

The San Joaquin River

McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2016
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-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.

Pat Jaeger (760) 872-7770

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