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 June 12th 2015.... The Lower Owens water flows are holding around 100 CFS. I recommend fishing water above the canal confluence (Brockman) and below the Bishop Creek confluence (above Line Street). The fishing has been unreal with this stormy weather, I even did a driftboat trip last week and we crushed em. We have been enjoying a midday Mayfly hatch (#20) and a couple days ago we got into a fantastic Caddis hatch (#20)….the fish have been really grabbing the nymph but I have had some days I can’t get my feet on the ground too. I would expect to see summer flows above 100-125 CFS. I recommend the last hour of the day!!
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch. . June 13th 2015
The fishing is better right now than it has been in 3 years. With all of the water we have been getting the last few weeks, the creek is in really good shape. We could use some run off to flush the creek but all in all, things are going very well. There are plenty of fish in the creek but they are not necessarily in the all the usual places. (Please read the newsletter below).
We are seeing a really good Caddis migration in the morning starting around 8:30 to about 11 with a few female tricos begging to show up as well. The Baetis hatch happens sometime late morning to early afternoon and a decent Caddis hatch in the evening with a few male Tricos. There are a few spinners late morning to early afternoon as well. As usual, Beetles and Ants have been producing when there is no hatch.
The BWO patterns working the best right now are the para Adams, para BWO, Sprout Baetis, Sparkle Dun and the CDC Baetis Emerger all in #s 22 and 20. 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 also in sizes 22 and 20. Tricos are the #22 Male and Female Comparadun and the Sprout Male.........Newsletter
I am sure that most of you have been hearing the grim reports on the snowpack here in the Eastern Sierra and on the water outlook for the entire state of California. I have heard that the main topic of conversation at club meetings etc. has been frantic about the upcoming fishing season and that many folks are in a panic over it and even thinking of hanging it up until we get some water. I would like to give you a few facts. Hot Creek is a spring creek. 85% of our summer water comes from the upstream springs. While the main springs are 30% down, we still have 70% of our water, which puts us in much better shape than most fisheries in the state! The water situation is not at its best but fishing can still be pretty darn good and FUN if you are willing to work a little more than you might be used to. I have been walking the creek every day and there are plenty of fish in the system! They are all not in the usual places which will mean you may have to figure it out a bit but that is the fun of it!! We have all seen those banner years when fishing was really easy! Well, there is a balance to everything in life and this probably won’t be one of those years, however, it can still be fun! Maybe instead of telling your friends about how MANY fish you caught, you can tell them about how you hooked those few tough fish that you worked on for a while and finally got them to eat. I guess what I am trying to say is that Fly Fishing isn’t always about numbers but about the experience. If you have to catch a ton of fish to have a good day on the water, there may be better places to fish this year, but if you are out for an incredible Fly Fishing experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth, then come to Hot Creek Ranch. Please be mindful of the fish and the resources that are already stressed.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...June 10th 2015
Water levels are rising ever so slightly. Present elevation is 6,763.9 ft. versus 6,781 at the spillway.
Second Crowley Cam at the Fish Camp with streaming video is online.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Not much of a change over last week. Fish are still deep, 22-23ft. Bright shiny patterns are working best especially early.
Finding fish in Stormy Flats, McGee Bay out by the bathroom (note bathroom has been moved north several hundred feet from last year), North end off Six Bays.Hilton on and off day to day.
Nymphs: Albino Baron, Red Dubbed Head Optimidge, Copper Tigerblack dubbed head optimidge midday
Streamers: Wine Marobou Leech, AP Emerger, Black Wooly Buggers
Upper Owens River
June 12th 2015 Fish report written by the Troutfitter
Flows are stable at 41cfs as of 6/10
Water running clear above Hot Creek confluence and a bit of color below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Poor
Nothing notable to report this week. Not many fish hanging out just above the bridge. The bulk of them are either above the confluence or down in the bait section.
Most of the spawning fish have returned to the lake. Plenty of fresh plants in the bait fishing section if you don't mind going elbow to elbow with the spin guys.
DRIES: EC Caddis #16-20, Stimulator #16-18, Hackle Stacker #18-20, Bi Visible Dun #18-20
NYMPHS: Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, #16 Prince Nymph, Western Coachmen, Flashy Midges #14-16, RS2 #18 -20, Bird of Prey #16-18, Pheasant Tail #18-20 Sparkle Caddis Pupa Tan #16-18
STREAMERS: Wolly Buggers Olive #8-12, Meat Whistle #6-8, Slump Buster #8-10, Muddler Minnow #8-12
East Walker River Blog 2014
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; June 10th 2015 The East is running at about 90 cfs right now and we got a couple really good reports from down there yesterday afternoon. Andrew Sears of Walker River Outfitters fished both the California and Nevada sides of the river yesterday and did very well. The California side from the bridge on highway 182 to Murphy's Pond fished very well with around a dozen or more fish caught in the 16 to 22 inch range, the Scerine Ranch section in Nevada also fished very well with another dozen or so fish caught in the same size range. The Rosachi section in Nevada wasn't quite as good but also produced 6 or 8 fish in the 15 to 20 inch range! Andrew says there were lots of bugs hatching including midges, caddis, trico's, PMD's, BWO's, damsels and a few stoneflies on the Nevada side. Most of the fish were caught with caddis nymphs and small midge patterns plus a few on dries and stones on the Nevada side. The fish were all very strong and healthy and powerful. Andrew thinks that as long as the flows stay up a little, at least over 50 or 60 cfs the fishing should remain very good. Sounds like now's the time to get down there while the water is up a bit and the fish are happy and healthy!!
The San Joaquin River
June 13th 2015...Written by the boys at the Troutfly.....Water Conditions:
Flows are at 137cfs as of 6/10
Flows are back on the rise again, but mainly due to the wet weather we've been having. Water temps are in the low 50's by mid-day
Fishing conditions and Hatches: Good
Fishing has picked up, but mainly due to warmer water temps and not hatches.
Seeing some mayflies coming off, and a few big drakes. Found a few big stonefly casings on some logs, but haven't seen the actual bugs!
Doesn't look like any of the campgrounds have been stocked yet either.
Dries: Chernobyl Ant #12-14, Beatle, Fat Albert, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Royal Wulff, Rubber Leg Stimulator, Yellow Humpy
Nymphs: Hogan's S&M Nymph #14, Tungsten Psycho #14, Micromayfly #14, Hare's Ear, Red Copper John, Chartreuse Copper John, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Black Bead Bird's Nest
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.