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
THE FREEDOM OF FLYFISHING 2015
Jaeger College of Trout Fishing Knowledge.....
Join me on a two-day educational experience. Our goals are to simply give you the freedom of fishing on your own.
We will shed light on;
• reading water
• entomology/fly selection
• casting fly line
• Knots/ basic rigging
• Three fly presentations; dry fly, streamer and nymph
These classes will take place on various waters from Bishop to Bridgeport, depending on the time of year, weather and water flows.
My goal is to teach the fundamental skills you will need to confidently fish on your own. This two day crash course will set you on your way to enjoy the lifetime journey of tricking trout with chicken feathers tied to hooks.
Prerequisites and gear needed: None, but I recommend getting some homework done, a local fly-shop or fishing club introductory class. For anglers 10-years and older. Class size: three or greater; over six, I get an extra guide to help.
June 6th and 7th
July 25th and 26th
August 29th and 30th
TWO DAY WORKSHOP $325 per angler ....You can sign-up for class at Bob Marriotts Fly shop
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 Aug 17th 2015.... Summer showers bring us August flowers
As residents of the Eastern Sierra we have been singing praise for our spring/summer monsoonal weather patterns. We even witnessed a fresh layer of snow in the Sierra and White mountains a couple weeks ago – an absolute God send. The unexpected water from the sky has not freed us from low water conditions but it’s given us unseasonably cool conditions (Bishop average in July: 85 degrees) and a much needed quench for our surrounding area. Realistically we have six week of summer, we traditionally get our first winter storm and hard freeze mid-September.
The current water flows of the Lower Owens River are around 100 cfs, give or take. This is the biggest river in the Eastern Sierra. Because a pretty significant amount of water goes into the Bishop Canal, I highly recommend spending your fishing day at the Wild Trout section north to the dam. Believe it or not, Crowley Lake has been on the rise for months; the water in is more than the water out (probably one of the only reservoirs that is filling, not draining, in California).
The LADWP are still on their Power Plant projects (it’s been years now), projected time of completion?? They forecast water flows to ramp-up on the Lower Owens and flushing flows down the Owens River Gorge. In a perfect world, I would be happy if this happened through the warm days of August and early September. Don’t fret; the flows would most likely be favorable, fishable and absolutely beneficial for the health of the river and insure us a banner fall and winter for this stellar fishery.
The first quarter mile of the river gets pounded but the Lower Owens Wild Trout area has been the tree that fell and nobody heard -- darn good fishing and no people. The early morning hatches have been excellent. The Trico’s are our top bug along with egg laying caddis migrations. A mixed mid-morning bag of micro duns – PMD. The fish hunker down through the warm times of the day but a nicely drifted nymph in the deep runs will do the trick.
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. . July 28th 2015 ...The fishing is still great! Mostly in the morning, but the evenings have been fun too. With all of the rain we have been getting the last few weeks, the creek is still in really good shape. We have actually gotten a little flush from the higher water! Water levels are surprisingly good!!
There has been a good Caddis migration in the morning starting around 7:30 with a female trico hatch going from around 8 to 9:30 then the Trico spinner fall somewhere around 9:30. If we don’t have a breeze, the spinner fall can be really good! The Baetis hatch is still happening sometime late morning to early afternoon and can be very good with a decent Caddis hatch in the evening with the male Tricos as well. We are even seeing some sulpher May Flies mid afternoon with some cloud cover. As usual, Beetles and Ants have been producing when there is no hatch.
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 all in sizes 22 and 20. Tricos are the #22 Male and Female Comparadun and the Sprout Male. The BWO patterns working the best right now are the para Adams, para BWO, Sprout Baetis, Extended body Baetis, Sparkle Dun and the CDC Baetis Emerger all in #s 22 and 20.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...Aug. 17th 2015
Water levels areholding. Present elevation is 6,764.6 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.
Temps are on the decline finally.
Second Crowley Cam at the Fish Camp with streaming video is online.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Seeing fish in the cold stripes of water in Hilton and green banks. Even though the temps are coming down these fish are still looking for the coldest water they can get their noses into.
Also seeing some fish off alligator and layton spring. McGee is pretty much the dead sea right now. Also took a spin back into crooked, that's pretty empty as well.
You'll find em anywhere from 15-19ft of water. A thermometer or a good fish finder will point the way.
Wind has been coming up early (10:30-11:00) Which is a bummer, and remember the gate to the fish camp opens at 7am now.
Upper Owens River
Aug. 10th 2015 Fish report written by the Troutfitter
Flows are at 41cfs as of 8/13
Water running clear above and below the confluence.
Temps in the low 60's at the confluence.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good
There are a few fish in just about every bend above the bridge. Nothing big, mostly recent plants that moved up from the bait section. The water has cooled some and is fairly clear. Seeing plenty of big caddis on the water early before the winds come up. The further up you go the better right now.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; Aug. 17th 2015 The East is still running at 43 cfs right now and we've been getting some pretty decent reports from down there this past week, from the Miracle Mile section, down below the bridge as well as in Nevada. The Mile section seems to be producing some very nice rainbows though not too many browns lately, from the bridge to Murphy's Pond has been producing some nice browns but not too many rainbows. The Nevada side, the Rosachi and especially the Sceirine have been producing mostly browns with a few rainbows scattered in. There are just a handful of flies that anglers have been using lately including: San Juan worm, dark lord, copper john, fox's poopah, buckskin caddis and rainbow warrior. Water temps are still hanging in there in the high 60's and low 70's and the fish are still very healthy.
The San Joaquin River
Aug. 17th I fished it last week, way down river and it was a blast...I don't expect this river to fish much longer. We are going through the dog days of summer but it won't be long till fall hits.
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.