About Pat Jaeger and Mammoth Lakes Fly Fishing Guide Service Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, California

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About Pat Jaeger Fly-Fishing Guide

I can't really say my fly fishing career began when I was a young boy; my big brother Mike was the fisherman of the family. He was the natural, but I had the passion to earn the title "fisherman."

My father passed away when I was six years old leaving my mother to raise five boys and a four-year-old daughter. She didn’t have much time to entertain us so we had to create our own fun. We had plenty of kids in the neighborhood, a vacant lot and canyons to explore. We didn't get into too much trouble, but if any of you out there were ever missing fruit from your trees it was probably us. Sorry.

When I reached my teens, my brothers included me in their fishing adventures. These usually took place on our local lakes, but there were some half-day saltwater trips as well. Soon I become a familiar face on the half-day boats, scrubbing decks on the way home in trade for trips.

My father passed away when I was six years old leaving my mother to raise five boys and a four-year-old daughter. She didn’t have much time to entertain us so we had to create our own fun. We had plenty of kids in the neighborhood, a vacant lot and canyons to explore. We didn't get into too much trouble, but if any of you out there were ever missing fruit from your trees it was probably us. Sorry.

When I reached my teens, my brothers included me in their fishing adventures. These usually took place on our local lakes, but there were some half-day saltwater trips as well. Soon I become a familiar face on the half-day boats, scrubbing decks on the way home in trade for trips.

After graduating school in 1978 (Crawford High, San Diego) , a couple of friends and I, inspired by the Allman Brothers song, decided to move (ramble ) north to Mammoth Lakes in search of the mountain life, skiing and chicks. From the start, I truly felt at home here with all of life’s simple pleasures at my fingertips, namely unbelievable skiing, good hunting, the camaraderie of crazy kids turning into adults in a small town and TROUT.

Still involved in the saltwater world, I made many summer trips ranging from one to three days targeting yellow tail and small tuna. My fishing disorder completely solidified after spending time on the water with an amigo Tom Pfleger who in my mind is the closest human to King Neptune I’ve ever met. He had dedicated many years to being on the water and taught me that being in touch with the water and its creatures took complete commitment, patience and lots of work. Soon I began fishing blue water seriously on long-range trips from five to 20 days mostly off the coast of Baja California, but I sometimes traveled as far as Central and South America, Australia, and the Arctic Circle.

I applied my saltwater fishing skills to the waters of the Eastern Sierras and found the passion that I needed to make fishing my profession. With the help of my friends from the Eastside Guide Service at the Trout Fly, my dream came true. In the spring of 1995, I served an internship with them and traveled to Northern California to work under Dick Galland and the guides at the Clearwater House. The summer of ‘96 was spent working part time up north and as a full-time guide for the Trout Fly. In the spring of 1999, I became a part owner of the Trout Fly and that November I married the love of my life, Pamela, after a courtship of five years.

After graduating school in 1978 (Crawford High, San Diego) , a couple of friends and I, inspired by the Allman Brothers song, decided to move (ramble ) north to Mammoth Lakes in search of the mountain life, skiing and chicks. From the start, I truly felt at home here with all of life’s simple pleasures at my fingertips, namely unbelievable skiing, good hunting, the camaraderie of crazy kids turning into adults in a small town and TROUT.

Still involved in the saltwater world, I made many summer trips ranging from one to three days targeting yellow tail and small tuna. My fishing disorder completely solidified after spending time on the water with an amigo Tom Pfleger who in my mind is the closest human to King Neptune I’ve ever met. He had dedicated many years to being on the water and taught me that being in touch with the water and its creatures took complete commitment, patience and lots of work. Soon I began fishing blue water seriously on long-range trips from five to 20 days mostly off the coast of Baja California, but I sometimes traveled as far as Central and South America, Australia, and the Arctic Circle.

I applied my saltwater fishing skills to the waters of the Eastern Sierras and found the passion that I needed to make fishing my profession. With the help of my friends from the Eastside Guide Service at the Trout Fly, my dream came true. In the spring of 1995, I served an internship with them and traveled to Northern California to work under Dick Galland and the guides at the Clearwater House. The summer of ‘96 was spent working part time up north and as a full-time guide for the Trout Fly. In the spring of 1999, I became a part owner of the Trout Fly and that November I married the love of my life, Pamela, after a courtship of five years.

In the winter of 2001, I sold my shares of the Trout Fly to one of my partners for a down payment on an “I love Lucy” (1940) fixer-upper house in Bishop, which to this day we call home. In the spring of 2005 a life changing event happened with the birth of our first child Maggie. Then in spring of 2008 came the birth of Isabella. It’s incredible how different the girls are in personality and appearance. Maggie is lanky and conservative; Isabella is stocky and wild -- we call Isabella the Honey Badger.

I feel a first guide trip with a client is just a job interview. A call back for another date means I got the job. I treat each trip individually; I like to ask my clients what their goals and objectives are for the day and do my best to customize the trip to meet these visions, not mine. My goals in life are to raise a family, live and work in a beautiful place, surround myself with really good people and smile when I’m going to work……….. I am a Dad and my career is a Fly Fishing Guide.

My objective as a guide is to understand the craft in such detail that I can simplify the essential fundamentals of the sport. And streamline the learning curve to give the average angler the freedom of fishing on his or her own. I can also break down the technical aspects of the sport and offer the more advanced anglers a new arrow for their quiver. I enjoy a little sweat on my brow getting off the beaten path. I strive for that look in a client’s eye when I hit the bull's eye by matching the vision of the perfect fishing location or when the client learns a new method of tricking elusive trout.

Fly Fishing Achievements:

    2001-FFF Casting Instructors Certified
    Simms Ambassador
    Test Pilot Sage Fly Rods
    Head Guide for Project Healing Waters (Eastern Sierra)
    Master Guide for the Trout Fitter/Trout Fly Mammoth Lakes
    Head Guide for the Silver Lake Fishing Academy
    2013 Guided IGFA Grand Slam
    Blind Woman in Rare Fishing Slam
    Owner/Operator of the Eastern Sierra Guide Service

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Spring fishing at Lower Owens, Hot Creek, East Walker and Crowley Lake.
Summer fishing at San Joaqin, Hot Creek, East Walker, Crowley Lake and Owens River.

Fall fishing at Lower Owens, Upper Owens and Crowley Lake.



Winter fishing and drift trips on the Lower Owens and the Gorge

 

 

 

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