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
College of Trout Fishing Knowledge
Goals: This two-day class will target the essence of fishing with a fly rod and flies. The stream-side class takes place in the Eastern Sierra. Our choice of waters to fish will depend on the time of year, water conditions and bug hatches.
• Upper or Lower Owens
• Hot Creek
• East Walker
• San Joaquin
Our main objective is the freedom to fly fish on your own.
Saturday morning, meet at 8 a.m.
• Cup o’ Joe, muffin and introduction
• Power Point show on the Essence of Fly-fishing
• Tackle clinic
• Knot review
• Anatomy of the fly rod
• Overhead cast review
• Lunch-barbecued Dodger Dogs, Pamela’s Homemade Potato Salad, Fruit
• On the water fish finding tactics
• Fly presentation Dry-fly or Streamer
• Hooking and landing trout
• Free fishing til da sun goes down
Sunday morning, meet at 8 a.m.
• Cup o’ Joe and summaries of previous day
• Roll cast review
• Tailgate rigging class
• On the water entomology clinic
• Nymphing class
• Setting the hook (seal the deal)
• Streamside Lunch: Shatt’s Cheese Bread Turkey Sandwiches, Chips and Fruit
Our Mission Statement: breakdown this craft into digestible pieces. Give you formulas and muscle memory that you can transfer to any trout water on the globe and to safely fish with confidence, faith and most of all to have fun on your own.
Recommended ages 10 years and up
May 28-28 June 4-5 July 16-17 August 27-28
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
Lower Owens River blog
Open year-round July 30th ...Water flows are at 476 CFS...go up the hill, water flows will ramp-down in a few weeks
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch...August 19th
Water temps and flows are holding and the Creek is in great shape.The run-off we got this year has made a huge difference in the creek, it looks really healthy again! Four years of drought have certainly taken their toll, just like every other fishery in the state. Our fish numbers are down from counts of past years and fishing for adult fish is pretty tough right now, but there are a TON of little guys and folks are having a ball, with lots of action. We had 4 wild fisheries Biologists come to the ranch on July 10th to see what we can do to get our fish numbers back up. They are coming back on the 25th to do more tests and we will know a lot more after that. We are very encouraged that we will be getting some help soon. We are seeing a ton of wild young of the year (3 to 6 inch fish) which is very encouraging! There are tons of these little guys to play with and they are eager to eat the fly, so grab your light rod and come have some fun!!
People have been catching fish on the Owens, Rock Creek, Crowley and Rock Creek Lake, so there are places to go to catch numbers of fish.
We are seeing a very prolific Caddis migration in the morning around 7:30 and the Tricos hatching about 8:30 with the Trico Spinners around 10:00. The Caddis hatch is in the mid afternoon and the evenings have seen more fish rising if the wind doesn't come up.
Bring all of your flies and gear as we may change the ranch rules to allow getting down to the fish until they start looking up a little more.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...August 20th Algae is a non issue right now. Small specks here and there, but very clear.
The weeds are going off and all water under 14ft of depth is pretty much weeded out.
Fish are now concentrated anywhere that there is cold water entering the lake or over springs.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
The North Arm went off a few days back, and it's pretty evident based upon the fact that there were close to 30 boats up there! The fishing is good early in 15-17ft of water til around 11.
The Stillwater Classic contest went off without a hitch and lots of new faces on the podium this year with the folks that fished the north end prevailing especially those on the edge of the fleet at the southerly end of the armada.
The fish in McGee are spread out but still concentrated right outside the weed line and in a long stripe just outside the the old stream channel in 14 - 20 ft of water.
The stripe moves east and west some each day depending on currents and being right on the cold water stripe will be the very best fishing but it is good about everywhere in the bay.
Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats to 24+" and a bunch of new arrivals 13-14" recently planted by DFW.
Some fish still in the Hiltons and Crooked, but not in big numbers.
The fish are really getting after the Perch fry so time to get in those float tubes and strip streamers. Get your arm straighten out when they whack your fly at speed - the best of all Crowley fishing!
Hang a small Perfection Perch right on the bottom before 8 am, then Albino Baron or bright red larvae pattern early, as usual, then Red/Black Bead Head Optimidge or Copper Tigers mid morning and Shaft Emerger or Flashback Bead Head Gray/Black Optimdge midday. If you want best chance to to pluck off a big one, go to Dubbed Head Olive Optimidge when sun is overhead.
Strip perch imitations right along the bottom where they hide and along defined weed lines. Perfection Perch, Hornbergs, Stillwater Hares Ear
Upper Owens River
Written by Troutfitter guides July 29th Water Conditions:Fair
Flows are at 41cfs as of 7/21
Water is clear above the confluence, and stained below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Not much going on here right now. Bunch of small fish picking off the occasional Caddis up top.
Mainly your 12 inch stocked fish down below the bridge. The water below the confluence isn't the coldest, so higher is better right now.
DRIES: Elk Hair Caddis #16, Kaufman Stimulator #16, EC Caddis #16
NYMPHS: #18-20 Psycho Prince Nymph(purple), #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Western Coachmen, #16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18, San Juan Worms (red), Fox's Poopah Olive #16, Zebra Midge #18
STREAMERS:Doc's Twin Lake Special, Wolly Buggers Olive #10-14
East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; August 20th
EAST WALKER RIVER August 21, 2016
The East is running at about 103 cfs right now, the cooler nights have been keeping the water temps down a bit so that's helping the fishing out down there. The fishing has been tough but we are definitely getting some good reports both from the California and Nevada sides of the river. Nymphing is still the best way to get into some fish but there has been some action on streamers and a little on dry/dropper rigs. There seems to be quite a few smaller fish making a showing which is very good news for the future, and there's still some bruiser fish up to around 22" making a showing. Flies to try include: dead drift crayfish, zuddler, sculpzilla, buckskin caddis, fox's poopah, deep sparkle caddis, rainbow warrior, micro mayfly, zebra midge, flashback emerger and rs2 emerger.
The San Joaquin River
August 20th 2016....The river is getting pretty small but we have been hooking em good. Start a little later the mornings are cold. The Aspens are starting to change color..
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.