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 FISHING THE LOWER OWENS 2016-2017
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. 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.
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 Marriottís, Fishermanís Spot, SoCal Flyshop and Reagans Sporting Goods in Bishop or on my shopping page in this site.
$11.95 for complete kit
Lower Owens River blog
October 27th...Water flows are winter-like around 90 cubic feet per second. We have enjoyed true bouts of winter but most days you could expect temp's in the 70's. The fishing has been really fun, it is not easy...you will need to bring your game- match hatches .. casting n drifting fly's are very important. This is true fly fishing not just hanging flies under indicators for five minutes.Plenty of fish and on most days excellent dry-fly opportunities.
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch..
Fish Report 10/11/2016
Well, we made it happen! Over six thousand fish were released into Hot Creek on the 6th! We had 45 volunteers show up to help on this historic day. There were 2,000 put just above the hot springs on the lower section, over 2,000 just below the Hot Creek Ranch bottom fence and another 2,000 plus just above the ranch. They are already moving into ranch waters and eating bugs on the surface. The plan is to put 12,000 fish in next year as well as 2018 and then see how things are doing. These fish are all able to spawn so I believe that Hot Creek will soon be back to it's days of glory! Thanks so much to all who helped and to the folks at Ca. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife who were awesome to work with and really took a lot of interest in this project and are very involved in the restoration of this incredible fishery!! Thank you D.F.W.!!
There are a ton of fish in the creek and folks are having a ball, with lots of action, so grab your light rod and come have some fun!!
We are seeing a very prolific Caddis migration in the morning around 9:30 and the Tricos hatching about 10:30 with the Trico Spinners around noon. The Caddis hatch is in the mid afternoon and the evenings have seen more fish rising if the wind doesn't come up.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ..October 27th
Water Conditions: Fair
DWP is dropping the water level pretty fast now.
The water temps are starting to come down and the algae is getting a little annoying but nothing like it was this time last year.
The weeds are finally dying off and should continue to decline through the rest of the season.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Plenty of fish off alligator and Layton. Good mix of sizes, some fish are pretty small recent plants, and some are just toads. You never know what you're going to get so make sure you're watching that indicator.
Also seeing some fish off Sandy once again but not in the numbers we're seeing over in Layton.
The Perch fry are pretty much over and done with.Stripping has been pretty slow compared to fishing under the indicator. If you're going to strip in the tube, big buggers and leech patterns are best right now.
Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern has been the go to early morning. Later go to Red/Black bead head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and maybe Shaft Emerger if the red/black slows down. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to bead head Olive or gray Optimidge when sun is overhead. Don't forget about leeches! This is the time of year the fish forget about the perch fry and start keying in on leech patterns. If you're going to strip from the tube make sure it's deep, dark and slow!
Upper Owens River
Written by Troutfitter guides October 25th Water Conditions:Good
Flows are steady at 98cfs as of 10/24
Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Seeing the occasional bigger fish, but man are they spooky. Keep your distance if you want to pick up any of these bigger crowley fish.
The fishing here is starting to pick up. The water is very clear up high, and the fish can see you coming, but that doesn't stop them from eating basic attractor patterns. There aren't many fish, but there are a couple in each bend. Make sure to give it a few casts and move on.
DRIES: Not seeing much in the way of hatches. The fish aren't interested in the hoppers I still see falling into the water. They're ignoring them completely.
NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen San Juan Worms, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.
STREAMERS:The water is certainly high enough, be creative as the fish haven't seen too many. Not sure it makes too much of a difference.
East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; Oct. 17th The East is running at about 38 cfs right now, the fishing on the California side of the river has been pretty tough with most anglers reporting only 1 or 2 fish per day while the Nevada side seems to be much better with anglers reporting between 8 and 15 fish most days. The anglers who are doing the best are mostly fishing small nymphs, san juan worms and a few streamers. Most of the fish in the upper mile of the California side seem to be rainbows with more browns showing as you go downstream. Nymphs and streamers to try include: rainbow warrior, tube midge, dark lord, micro mayfly, copper john, dead drift crayfish and zuddler.
The San Joaquin River
Road is closed for the season....see you next year!!!
McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2016
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-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.