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Speaker: Pat Jaeger

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Last Update: 03/14/2023

"2024 Fly Fishing Forecast for the Eastern Sierras"

We used to say, it takes 10 years living fulltime in the Eastern Sierra to call yourself a LOCAL. Now I’m a stone-throw from 50 trips around the sun, living on the Eastside. (almost sounds creepy). I consider the group of folks that I have spent all these years with as connoisseurs of fun. We pick the fruit from low hanging branches, why? Because we can. When we get a week of Arctic cold, we ice skate and Duck hunt. When we get an Atmospheric River, we powder ski. When we get a warm spike in winter weather, we flyfish with dry flies.

 

I would like to start our presentation describing the winter of 2023, for this Monster of a winter is paving the direction for the spring and summer of 2024. I will shed light on the past and present of your favorite fisheries in the Eastern Sierra and do my best to forecast the future.

The information that I have compiled are the facts of high mountain snow storage, current Reservoir elevations and the writing on the wall for a guide that his wading boots never dry. My goals have always been to find the low hanging fruit for my clients and make the news, not hear the news.

This show is not a big “fish holding” commercial but an educational, factual, maybe humorous, visual tour of the waters that we know and love. I will do my best to give you useful information to plan your much deserved vacation adventures on the rivers, lakes and streams of the Eastern Sierra….with a flyrod in hand.

Pat's Bio

WHEN: Tue April 2nd, 2023 @6:30 PM

WHERE: Live at the Southwestern Yacht Club

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.

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

 

After graduating school in 1978 (Crawford High in San Diego), a couple of friends and I, inspired by the Allman Brothers song, decided to “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. He 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 a lot of work. Soon I began fishing blue water seriously. Long-range trips from five to twenty 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 1996 was spent working part time up north, and as a full-time guide for Trout Fly.

 

In the spring of 1999, I became part owner of the Trout Fly. I’ve always approached a guide trip with a new client like 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 objective as a guide is to understand the craft in such detail that I can simplify the essential fundamentals for my clients. 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 from taking the less beaten path. I strive for that look in a client’s eye when I hit the bull's eye of matching the vision of that ideal fishing location. Or when the client learns a new method of tricking elusive trout.

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