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!
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.
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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