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
WINTER DRIFTBOAT TRIPS 2015
My favorite time of year to float is after Super Bowl Sunday. Primarily because we get to fish the mid-day BWO hatches. This hatch is very consistent, but loves weather...rain, snow and clouds....its time, call in sick. Drift boats are a truly 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 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-$425.00 1-2 anglers....HALF DAY TRIP 1-2 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 and FREE SHIPPING
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round Feb. 11th 2015 On my days off itís hard to get anything done around the house. I need to build a fence, install a new floor in the bathroom. I can keep going on and on; the list is a mile long. But I am driven to do research or homework, any reason to justify throwing the shovel to the ground between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sometimes I donít even tell Pamela where Iím going. But when I slither home and pick up the shovel again, Iím wearing a @&it-eating grin.
Itís not out of line to fish full days. The trout start chomping the midges around 8-ish, going into a pre-BWO hatch before lunch. But donít break for lunch; itís time to take off the indicator and hunt rising trout, gracefully sipping on the BWO duns for a couple hours depending on the section of river.
After the shoot-out, go back to hanging nymphs or pulling streamers..............................
January 21, 2015 Ask Eastern Sierra locals and they say if the weather were any nicer, it would be snowing.
Most Januarys are clear and cold and this holds true in 2015. Our days have been getting noticeable longer each day, slowly but surely kicking up water temperatures in our Lower Owens. The water flows are consistent for the last few months at a normal 79 cubic feet per second.
The blankets of hatching midge (small-22ish) have lengthened our fishing days; still gentleman-like but itís not out of line to be wetting a line by 9 a.m. Hanging small beaded nymphs under a dry-fly or small indicator has proven productive on my watch. In the next weeks, we will see trout keying on midge clusters, so donít forget to tie-up some Griffiths Gnats or pick up a few at your favorite fly shop.
The trout are holding in slower moving plunge pools and deeper runs before the tail-outs. The use of a little extra fly-line and stealthy approaches come highly recommended. Bottom ticking nymphs with split shot will be fruitful.
Every day Streamers with sink-tips have produced some of the bigger fish of the day, but as water temperatures rise this tactic will be a go-to. Overall fishing has been very good, really worthy of the drive up.
I truly have never seen so many fish in the river, these yearling brown trout, 6-10 inches, are a reflection of a healthy river and a bright future. The midday Mayfly hatch has been sporadic and with this San Diego weather, infrequent. But the rocks on the river bottom are full of mature Mayfly nymphs. This up-coming generation debut traditionally happens from Super Bowl Sunday on. This Baetis is no. 15 in size, truly one of our larger Mayflies of the Eastern Sierra. This bug loves cloud cover, wind, rain or snow, so donít fret if you see weather on the horizon.
I get phone calls all summer about drifting the Lower Owens River. My response is ďwhen the sun shines make hay.Ē Itís time to make hay.
..Text written by The Troutfly. . Feb. 12th 2015
Water Conditions: Poor
Flows at 13CFS as of 2/6
Gate is open and the road is clear.
(Note flows include water from the springs, not just the gauging station at the highway so this is what is really flowing through the canyon)
Fishing conditions and Hatches:Good
Conditions were good, but after this rain we might be in for some chocolate soup with the forecast calling for an inch or more of rainfall. Should force those scuds out from under the rocks and give the creek it's first good flush out in a long time!
DRIES: Griffith's Gnat #22, Extended body blue winged olive 20Ė22, parachute Adams 20
NYMPHS: Zebra midge 20Ė22, WD-40 20Ė22, Grey Scud 16, Flashback Black Beauty #20-22, San Juan Worm, Frostbite Midge #20-22
10/29/14 report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...CLOSED
Upper Owens River
Feb. 11th 2015. This last pineapple express storm brought rain to the Eastern Sierra last weekend. Thus the river changed color making it hard to sight fish. The water should be back to normal clear/stained. Fish water you cant see the bottom. 90 percent of the fish are in 5 percent of the water. Cover water thoroughly and efficiently with nymphs or streamers. Your reward will be life-changing, quality fish around. Please give with berth to other anglers, plenty of territory. Not a bad idea to use a guide.
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport;
EAST WALKER RIVER December 21, 2014
Still getting very few reports from the EW, the ones we have been getting are saying the fishing is ok. Still most anglers getting into around 4 or 5 fish per day, with the majority of them going over 15 or 16 inches. Dry/dropper rigs seem to still be doing the best though we have had reports of some fish being caught dead drifting streamers. The weather is still a bit cold so you really don't need to get down there until around 10am or so and fish until around 3pm. Patterns to try include jj special, zuddler, wooly bugger, flashback emerger, wd-40, top secret midge, rainbow warrior, madam x, stimulator and chubby chernobyl. The Nevada side of the river still seems to be the best area to fish.
The San Joaquin River
McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2014
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 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.