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
SUMMER 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
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 July 29th ....Its not time yet, this Fall will be fun
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch.Fish Report Sept 5
The creek is at 80 CFS and is clear. We are starting to see lots more fish working the surface. We will be going back to Dry Fly Only Friday Sept. 8th. The Hopper fishing has been really good and the big fish are looking for them! We are seeing some very big fish this season! Folks have been very surprised at how big many of the fish are! We are starting to see a ton of young of the year as well as some of the stocked fish from last fall, so that is very encouraging. There has been a great Caddis migration in the morning starting around 7:30 and the smaller fish are really on them! There are still plenty of Tricos as well but the fish seem more interested in the Caddis right now. The actual Caddis hatch is around 3 in the afternoon.
The meadows have dried out for the most part so just boots that you don't mind getting a little muddy will be fine. The water levels have stabilized, it is running clear and the creek is fishing very well right now!
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes .. Sept. 6
Water Conditions: Clear
Temps on the bottom in the mid 60s mid day.
Just as the algae was getting bad, the surface temps crept up into the 70's and killed most of it off. Just a tinge of green for now.
The lake is at capacity, not sure if it's going to stay there or not.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
Daphnea is still in full force especially up in the north arm, and in McGee. These fish clam up after gorging themselves on clouds of daphnea and will only eat the occasional midge. Hopefully this stuff dies off soon. North arm looks like pea soup right now, otherwise the rest of the lake is pretty clear.
The fishing isn't that bad despite the daphnea. Still having double digit days for clients, and almost all quality fish at least.
Seeing fish in the McGee channel, and just outside of it in about 12-16ft of water. There are some guys out deep in 20+ft getting quality fish, but the frequency of grabs is just short of an eternity.
Seeing lots of mayflies hatching in McGee. Tons of callibaetis and Tricos. Try some mayfly nymphs next time you're out there.
Nymphs: Bead Head Black Optimidge #18,Copper Tiger Small, Red Baron Small, Albino Small, Shaft Emerger Small, Hare's Ear #14
Streamers: Punk Perch Olive, Hare's Ear, Hula Damsel, Ditch Damsel.
Upper Owens River
Fish report written by the Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes....Water Conditions:Fair
Flows are at 68cfs as of 9/2 Above the Confluence.
Water is clear above the confluence and stained below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair
There are still a bunch of small fish eating Caddis and hoppers on the surface up above the confluence. Not much going on down low with the exception of a few recently planted fish down by the bait fishing section.
DRIES: Little elk hair caddis. Baby Boy Hopper, Fat Albert
NYMPHS: #12-16 Bead Head Prince Nymph, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, Flashback Hares Ear #14-16, Red Copper John #12-14, Western Coachmen #12-16, San Juan Worms #12, Egg patterns any size, Zebra Midge #18, Copper Tiger Midge, Maribou leeches.
STREAMERS: Double Bunny, Ruby Eye Leech, Goat Leech, Maribou Leech.
East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport September 03, 2017
The East is still running at around 315 right now and has been fishing pretty well on both the California and Nevada sides of the border. Most of the action is with nymphs though there have been a few good reports on streamers. The upper mile still seems to be the best area with lots of nice rainbows and browns showing with a few hogs in the 24 or 25 inch range being landed. Patterns to try: dead drift crayfish, zuddler, sculpzilla, dark lord, rainbow warrior, silver streak, micro mayfly, top secret midge, wd-40, fox’s poopah, z-wing caddis and buckskin caddis.
The San Joaquin River
Sept. 6th Water Conditions:
Flows are at 94cfs as of 9/2
Mandatory Shuttle runs from 7am-7pm.
Fishing conditions and Hatches:
Nothing really changing over last week. Flows are ever so slightly down, and the water temps are stable in the mid 50's.
Still seeing lots of drakes and BWOS around 11. They finally planted fish at the campgrounds if that's your thing. They're about 14in long but they'll really only eat nymphs.
Dries:Baby Boy Hopper, Elk Hair Caddis 16-18, Kaufman Stimulator #16, Taylor's Fat Albert, Stream Bank Hopper, CDC Baetis Dun #14, Purple Parachute Adams #12-14, Yellow Humpy #14, Flav Dun #14
Nymphs:BH Copper John #16, Prince Nymph #16, Flashback Hare's Ear #16, Green Drake Nymph, Micro Mayfly #16
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.