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

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SPRING 2017 IT'S TENKARA TIME
Tenkara fly fishing, Japanese, literally: "from heaven,” or "from the skies.” Tenkara is an ancient Japanese form of fly fishing in which only a rod, line and fly are used — no reel. Tenkara has been practiced in the mountain streams of Japan for perhaps hundreds of years. Tenkara came to the United States in 2009 and quickly surged in popularity to the point that today the number of Tenkara anglers in the U.S. rivals the number in Japan. A Tenkara rod is typically lightweight and relatively long (11 to 15-feet), with a very flexible tip section. The specialized and extremely lightweight Tenkara fly line (usually lighter than even a 000-weight conventional Western fly line) is tied to the tip of the rod and generally measures between one and two times the length of the rod. About four feet of tippet is tied to the end of the line. • A feather in hand • Unbelievable accuracy • Laser fast tip for quick strike • Simple rigging • Fast learning curve As a novelty I bought a Tenkara rod; within a few casts I knew this was not a toy. I felt the same sensation as when I casted a Spey rod for Steelhead. I now own six rods and my daughter Isabella, 8, has her own. I have not put the rods down for four years now. We have fished our way through the Eastern Sierra and Northern California with unbelievable success. Please don’t get me wrong, I will never quit casting loops of fly line. And hunting trout 50 feet away will always be a never-ending passion. I never tire of the sound of a big trout smoking fly line off my reel. But, I will never quit looking for different ways to skin a cat. The cross-over from intermediate to advance is crazy rapid (five minutes). Learning curve for anglers who have never dabbled in the craft is extremely user-friendly and, finally, the rod is light enough for kids and small ladies. I am happy to introduce you and yours to this craft. I am willing and able to do classes and open a day in my calendar. My classes are all “on the water “and consist of • Simple rigging • tight line nymphing • Indicator nymphing • Dry fly tactics ( if we get targets) • All gear needed for the day included • CLASS COST = $350 FOR 3 ANGLERS............I love simple; rod, line, fly, water…..trout

FISHBALL INDICATORS
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, neon Orange and 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 March 6th 2017 Time to say goodbye.... Last week I put my drift boat to sleep for the season, as I watched the lower Owens River flows going over 300 CFS and climbing below Pleasant Valley Reservoir....today's water flows 450CFS

Hot Creek
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch..March 4th Water clarity has been good, water flows are low. Good BWO hatch's mid-day, have not seen as many small fish but some bigger guys have moved in. The gate at Hot Creek is currently closed, and the road is only plowed up to the ranch. It would be smart to park where the pavement stops, and walk in from there. DFG has planted several thousand fish all in the sub catchable size range into hot creek from the lower parking lot all the way up throughout the ranch. These are not sterile fish and will be able to reproduce once they reach a certain size. A lot of people are on the fence about whether or not this was appropriate for a "wild zero limit" fishery. Keep in mind that the fish that were in hot creek were only there because they were planted a long time ago. Overall, this should help but it's going to take some time for these recently planted fish to shore up the numbers.

Crowley lake
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes .. closed for the season

Upper Owens River
March 1, 2017 Water is stained below Hot Creek confluence. That does not mean that there's no fish. The water is easier to sight fish above but guides with snowmobiles have been pounding it hard. Use imagination for fly patters...something different could make the difference. I have seen fish rising to BWO mid day but very spooky but will eat a good drift.We are going to hit it with streamers this week, report later.

East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport March 5th 2017 The river is running at about 330 still, we’re starting to see a few anglers heading down there but traffic is still pretty light. We’ve only got a few reports back from anglers and so far the fishing has been pretty tough, the weather hasn’t been cooperating much and the colder temperatures as well as the wind has been hindering most anglers chances of success. The higher flows are definitely great for the health of the river even though it can make fishing more difficult. If you’re going to head down there I’d suggest packing some streamers like sculpzillas, zuddlers, and double bunnies and some small midge patterns like flashback emergers, wd-40’s and zebra midges. At some point the weather will start to warm up, when this happens the fishing should get much better down there!

The San Joaquin River
Road is closed for the season....see you next year!!!

McCloud, Upper Sacramento and Pit River Trip June of 2017
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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