Hatch Report for Eastern Sierra, California Trout Fly Fishing Guide Pat Jaeger based out of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes

Eastern Sierra fly-fishing guide Pat Jaeger Hatch Report
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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. It’s 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 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 April 15..Water flows have ramped up to 325 CFS out of Pleasant Valley Dam. I almost forgot what a normal spring was like, you might expect big water flows for the rest of the summer. This flow is not un-fishable…the water has a good color the first couple miles below the dam. Water temps are cold, look for current reliefs. We have still witnessed a midday May fly hatch but we are in transition from winter to summer. .........March 16th We are back in the game for a normal winter for the Eastern Sierra. A massive high pressure pushed all the weather north in February...making us pretty nervous. But El Nino has bullied her way dropping the jetstream and putting the freight train of weather though California for the next couple weeks. I have been blessed to have spent the last 30 days on the waters of the upper and Lower Owens river. We have had a couple days that were head scratches, I won't lie...but overall fantastic winter fishing. The bug hatches have been consisting of Mayflies, and our best days have been with rain and clouds... But we didn't whine with sun and t-shirts. Two days ago fishing a BWO hatch the trout were literally drunk on mayflies, we walked from raising fish because it was no fair. I have not witnessed our March Caddis hatch yet on the Lower O but had a couple all-time hatches on the upper Owens. Stumbling on trout eating caddis without out caution. And not just the lil guys, we hooked fish over 20 inches floating dry flies. Absolutely world class trout fishing. You can expect water flows on the Lower Owens to bump up, but I would expect water flows to be very fishable the month of March into April.

Hot Creek
..Text written by boys at the Troutfitter March 16th Fishing conditions and Hatches:Fair Don't forget about scuds. When the flows are up, those little buggers get flushed out from under the rocks. This is about as technical as it gets here. You have to run very short drifts in order to hook fish instead of weeds.

Crowley lake
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes ...CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Upper Owens River
Written by Troutfitter guides March 10th,Water Conditions:Improving Flows are at 42cfs as of 3/10 Water running clear. Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Good The section from the bridge down to the monument is closed as of 10/1 We've been hearing of some BIG fish hanging out in the Upper Owens lately, above the bridge. Check under the cuts and banks of the the river, those fish are out there!.

East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport; April 17, 2016 The East is up to 72 cfs right now, the flows have changed several times this week which has made the fishing a little tougher at times. We've had very mixed reports this week, some anglers getting into several nice fish down there, both on the California side as well as the Nevada side, and some anglers getting zipped. It seems the successful anglers are still using mainly small midge and nymph patterns under an indicator as well as dry/dropper rigs with a big ugly on top and a small midge underneath. It's still important to be in stealth mode down there as the fish seem to be a bit spooky. Catching fish is certainly not automatic down there right now but if you're on your game you should be able to get into a few nice fish. Patterns that have been successful this week include: micro mayfly, flashback emerger, wd-40, zebra midge, miracle nymph, mercury midge, top secret midge, copper john, dark lord, rubber leg stimulator, foam dead stone, madam X and chubby chernobyl.

The San Joaquin River

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.

Pat Jaeger (760) 872-7770

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