All of the Trout Fly guides, whether employees or those now independent contractors received their training through the shop's apprentice guide program. They have also attended the prestigious Clearwater Guide School and many have gone back to become instructors there. No other guide service in the Eastern Sierra has near the experience of this group.
Proud Members of the Eastern Sierra Fishing Guide Association
Growing up in Southern California, Pat Jaegar and his brothers spent many a weekend on local rivers and lakes. By the time he had reached his teens, he was a familiar face on the half-day fishing boats, scrubbing them on the way home in trade for the trips.
In 1978, after graduating high school, Pat moved to Mammoth Lakes with two friends and fell in love with the mountain life, fishing, skiing and hunting, but still pursued his saltwater fishing in the summer with long-range trips as far as South America and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
In the Spring of 1995, Pat began his internship with the Trout Fly's Guide Service and later that year became a working partner. He also began working part time at the Clearwater House in Northern California in 1996 and has since that time. In the winter months Pat works at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in the repair shop.
Pat still gives us one day a week in the shop sharing his boundless enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge with the customers. You should take advantage! In his off hours he enjoys exploring new fisheries to challenge even the most advanced of clients. Pat is an FFF cretified casting instructor and trully a master guide.
Pat definitely has "the passion" - for fly fishing, for the guiding, and for the teaching. He truly enjoys what he does and that enjoyment rubs off on his guests. Spend a day with Pat and let him show you his world!
Cog had a fly rod in hand at the age of 8 chasing brookies in Wisconsin creeks. “Some of the best time spent with my dad and other father â€“ son’s were week long guided trips in the Rocky Mountain States. I try and recreate that experience in every guide trip I lead.”Â
Leaving his desk job in 2008, Cog joined the Troutfitter that summer. He attended Clearwater Guide School and has been guiding ‘walk & wade’ trips on the streams from Bishop to Bridgeport.
Cog is an excellent communicator who loves to teach the young and old and share his passion for Eastern Sierra trout waters. “The biggest reward of every trip is to pass on a new ‘tool’ or concept that leaves the client with a better understanding of the sport and the independence to enjoy fly fishing more.”
Eric started fishing at the ripe old age of five and tells the story of how he became a devout catch-and-release angler. It seems after first having to convince his father who “hates fish” to even take him fishing, and then spending three hours of fruitless work to catch his first fish, a “Bluegill”, he turned to his father with tears in his eyes and proclaimed “we have to let it go, it’s so pretty”. Well, 100,000 stories later,Eric (AKA Otis or Otie or O) continues his “hard”work as a guide and one of the experts there to help you in the shop as well as being in charge of the fly selection ,that is when not working as a bartender at Angel’s Restaurant. When does he sleep? Nobody Knows.
Raised in Marin County,north of San Francisco,Eric moved to Mammoth in 1979 for the “Big four” fishing, climbing, backpacking and skiing. He has been concentrating on flyfishing since 1985 and began guiding in 1991. He is extremely adept at all types of flyfishing but lately has been working on perfecting deepwater techniques on Crowley Lake and finding the hidden spots in the area to give his clients a chance to escape the crowds and enhance their mountain experience. If you’ve ever had the chance to have on a big fish, on dry line, in real shallow water, then you know the true meaning of”never a dull moment”. Working with, fishing with, or just being around Eric is kind of the same deal. That’s our man Otis!
A former chemistry teacher, chemical engineer, inventor and manufacturing company owner for 20+ years, Kent moved to Mammoth in 1992 so he could ski full time and didn’t have a clue what he was going to do to kill time in the summers. He walked in the Trout Fly the first summer to see what this fly fishing 'thing' was all about and the rest is history. By the end of that summer he was fishing 5-6 days a week and hasn’t let up since.
After buying the Trout Fly and then the Troutfitter he kidded that he didn’t tie flies or guide because it cut into his fishing time. We’ll, he gave in on both fronts and now guides and ties, both, but restricts his activities to Crowley Lake and his custom "Optimidge" chironimid patterns to use on the lake. “I like to fish streams too, but let’s face it, the odds of catching a big fish on any given day is best on Crowley and that’s what does it for me. It’s a different puzzle figuring out how to find and fool the monsters every day. I love solving the puzzle and sticking the big ones!
In his guiding Kent likes to concentrate on the teaching aspect. “The biggest reward for me is to see kids get turned on to fly fishing and to have clients come back and tell me that the things I have taught them have made a major differenece in their ability to catch fish on their own."
“That is the most rewarding thing about owning the Trout Fly and the Troutfitter, whether guiding or helping customers in the shop, you are giving them ‘the best gift of all’ - the tools and knowledge to catch more fish and that’s what it is all about if you love fishing.
Kent also hosts several trips every winter and takes customers to the Bahamas and Belize to chase Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. Drop him an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you'd like to find out about these trips and possibly join him.
So, if you’d like to get a lesson on Crowley, catch him in the store or go out for a day on the lake, but don't ask him how to get to Hot Creek, he'll have to pull out his map!
Brad grew up fishing the Middle and North Forks of the Stanislaus River, and East Carson River as well as the small Freestone streams in the area.
Brad moved to Mammoth Lakes in 1999 because of what it has to offer - an outdoor playground. Brad spent the first two years studying the diverse waters that we have in our surrounding area.
In the spring of 2002 Brad was hired at The Trout Fly and attended the Clearwater Guide School. He has since become one of our premier guides, reaching Master Guide status and has taken over the lead guide position from Kevin this year. Brad has also been featured in such publications as South West Fly Fishing magazine, as well as Fly Fisherman magazine.
Brad truly takes pride in teaching people the different arts of fly fishing. Brad really enjoys giving "casting clinics" from the first timer to the very advanced caster. He is a competiton caster and can sling a line well over a hundred feet. He is a pleasure to be with and trully enjoys his work, taking people out in our wonderful area and showing them our beautiful streams. From the technical spring creek tactics of Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River, to the beautiful landscape and wild fish of the scenic San Joaquin River, to where Brad spends most of his time going after the trophy Brown Trout of the East Walker River. No matter what you're after Brad is here to cater to your needs and give you that wonderful outdoor experience.
Dave has been guiding for the shop since the spring of 2002. after completing the Clearwater House Guide School in Northern California.
He has proven to be an extremely hard working guide and is a popular instructor. Many of his first-time beginner clients get hooked on fly fishing to return year after year.
Dave is the epitome of what sets our guide staff apart from other local guide services. He is totally competent guiding all the waters in the local area, equally at home getting clients into large fish on Crowley Lake, hiking into remote backcountry streams or fishing a #24 trico spinnerfall on the East Walker. Casting dry flies, nymph fishing streams or pulling streamers to catch that big beast brown trout, Dave is an experienced and knowledgeable guide who can teach even the oldest dogs a few new tricks.
When asked why he decided to be a fly fishing guide, he’ll say it’s the teaching and learning aspect of the sport that’s challenging and exciting. “Having an office outdoors in the beautiful High Sierra is tough to beat also”.
Mark Spieler joined The Trout Fly Guide Service eight seasons ago. A graduate of the Clearwater House Guide School, Mark loves to share his love for the environment and for catch-and-release fly fishing with his guests.
His passion is to not only guide his guests to the best fishing of the day but to leave them with additional skills to help them reach their goals in fly fishing, whether it is learning the basics or the subtle nuances of the sport.
Mark comes to us with an extensive sports instructional background. As well as teaching/guiding fly fishing guests, he has spent over 25 seasons teaching skiing and training ski instructors here in Mammoth as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
His knowledge and experience in recreational instruction translates to some great learning experiences for the beginning or advanced angler. Mark also works one day a week in the shop sharing his expertise with the shop’s clientele. Come in and meet Mark and let some of his enthusiasm rub off on you.
Growing up with Mammoth as his second home, Jon rode his bike around and went fishing. He started fly fishing when he was 15 years old and continued exploring the area when he moved to Mammoth permanently in 1999.
Jon began working at the Troutfitter in 2003 and graduated from the Clearwater Guide School in 2008. He is first aid and CPR certified.
Most days Jon can be found guiding on Hot Creek, the Owens River, the San Joaquin or fishing backcountry lakes and streams.
Nate started ocean fishing at the ripe old age of eight, and started making annual summer trips to the Eastern Sierra to fish about that same time. After attending college in the mountains of northern California, (actually doing more fishing than studying he admits), he once again found the unrivaled fishing this area has to offer.
Nathan has now lived in Mammoth for nine years and is constantly fishing the area as well as hiking the backcountry in search of giant, and ever elusive, High Sierra golden trout. He is known as the shop’s backcountry guiding specialist.
Nathan has been with the shop longer than any other store employee and was promoted to shop manager this year.If you are already a Trout Fly customer, he has probably put you on some great fishing with fly recommendations plus that good ol’ local knowledge . Now with the guiding, he says he is living his life long dream.
You can almost say that Alex was born with a fishing rod in his hand. Alex grew up in Huntington Beach, California and lived there for most of his life. He caught his first fish at the age of 2 with his 'grandpa'. He fished everything from lakes to streams and even the bays in Southern California. Alex became interested in fly fishing when he was 6 years old and has since become an avid fly fishing enthusiast since. He has been coming up to Mammoth withhis family and fishing with his father.
In 2005 Alex moved to Crowley Lake and started working for Trout Fly and Troutfitter. In 2006 he attended the Clearwater Guide School and started shadowing some of The Trout Fly's Master Guides. You will most likely find Alex chasing fish at Crowley Lake, Bridgeport Reservoir or the East Walker. his favorite haunts.
Ryan was born and raised in the Eastern Sierra and has been fishing it's waters since he could hold a fishing rod. At the age of 16 Ryan started fly fishing and was hooked after his first fish on the fly. At the age of 27 Ryan started thinking about guiding as a career and attened the Clearwater House Guide SChool and started working for The Troutfitter the next summer. He enjoys teaching anyone, young or old, beginner to experienced angler on any piece of moving water from Bishop to Bridgeport.
Jim joined the Troutfitter guide staff in 2012 and has worked for the shop since 2010 and is currently the general manager. Jim developed an interest early on while fishing off the cost of New Jersey on his father's boat for Striped Bass and Bluefish. He didn't pick up a fly rod until 2008 while working for a ski resort and Orvis outfitter in the Catskill Mountains. Jim moved to Mammoth in 2009 in search of deeper snow and bigger mountains while working for Footloose Sports as a bootfitter. That first summer he began looking for something to fill the void between winters and started working at The Troutfitter as a sales clerk and then began shadowing under the master guides. Jim says he never realized how much potential he had as a guide until he started taking his friends fishing. He has recently aquired a state of the art 19ft center console boat to use on Crowley and Bridgeport Reservoir and enjoys guiding stillwater as much as the local streams and rivers. When jim's not guiding or managing the store you'll probably find him out fishing, playing golf, backpacking or skiing during the winter months.
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