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
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
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 ...Time to pick other fruit, water cold and fast. The longer days of summer will kick-up water temps, might be time to wet a line. Looking forward to fishing a NEW river this fall....driftboat will be a blast.
..Text written by Kevin Peterson Hot Creek Ranch..May 2017
The run off has begun and the creek is getting that much needed flush that we have been hoping for! The flows are at around 100 CFS today which has the water a little high but fairly clear. We are seeing some very big fish this spring and as usual for this time of year, they are mostly in the deeper holes and buckets. Folks have been very surprised at how big many of the fish are! We are not seeing a ton of the fish that were planted last fall. The biologists think that they swam up stream over the winter and will be redistributed with the run off.
The snow is gone on the ranch however, there will be some water in the meadows, so bring waders or knee high rubber boots this spring. I recommend bringing ALL of your flies as the rules will change depending on the current conditions. I would bring some split shot, bead head flies and be ready to get down into the deep runs hunting those big boys. There will be very little surface action until the water levels stabilize and begin to clear. When that happens, I think that the creek will fish REALLY well.
Report written by Kent Rianda Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes .. May 14th 2017
Water Conditions: Clear
Temps on the bottom hovering in the low 50's.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches:
This time of year the fish will be looking for the warmest water. So it's best to avoid any inlets where cold water may be coming into the lake. Stick to places like Sandy Point, Alligator, Six Bays, Pelican and Stormy Flats where the water is generally warmer by as much as a degree or two. Seeing fish in anywhere from 16-22ft of water. This time of year, spend a short amount of time on a spot, if you're not getting grabs, or seeing any fish swimming below the boat on your fish finder, it's probably time to move on.
Haven't been out earlier than 8am, but getting grabs as soon as the anchors dropped.
Upper Owens River
Fish report written by the Troutfitter Mammoth Lakes.....May 2017 Very muddy, and you risk getting stuck if you venture off the main road.
Water is running clear above the hot creek confluence, and very dirty below.
Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fair
The fishing here has been inconsistent at best. Water temps have been fluctuating with snow melt from the warm weather and heavy fishing pressure.
If you do head out, be aware that it's technical fishing, and these fish have been seeing a lot of people and flies. Try swinging streamers with a sink tip to try and get that big fish to come out from under the undercut bank.
DRIES: Don't bother, these big fish are hugging the bottom of the deepest bends in the river, and have zero interest in a fly several feet above their heads. Especially below the confluence where the water is dirty. If you insist on fishing dries, head up higher where the water is clear, and put your fly in any slow moving bends and eddys. You'll probably wind up only catching smaller fish this way.
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: Black or Olive Wooly Buggers #8-12, Mohair Leech in black, Perfection Perch #12-14.
East Walker River
Open year-round...Fish report written by Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport May 2017 The East has been bumped up to about 625 cfs this week, it’s running pretty fast but there are still a few anglers getting into some nice fish. With the higher flows you need to be very careful wading. Streamers still seem to be the ticket for the most strikes though we have had one or two decent reports on nymphs. The upper mile section is probably the best section to fish on the California side, below the bridge gets pretty choppy with the higher flows and of course has a lot more brush and willows to contend with. Patterns to try include: zuddler, dead drift crayfish, double bunny, sculpzilla, jj special, prince nymph, micro stone, pheasant tail and soft hackles.
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.