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Troutfitter Guided Trips

All of our guided trips are all-inclusive, providing flies, tippet, leader, and all other terminal tackle, with no additional charges. We supply all necessary equipment, and even loan waders, boots, and polarized sunglasses if needed. You will only require a California fishing license if you are 16 years or older - we provide the rest.

Our licensed and bonded professional guides fish all waters from Bishop to Bridgeport and the East Walker River. The Troutfitter Guide Service tailors guided trips to suit your abilities and fly-fishing tastes. Whether it's a special package for First-Time Beginners, a day on the world-famous Hot Creek or Crowley Lake, or a week-long pack trip to the Back Country, you are assured of great fishing and excellent instruction to expand your abilities.

Stream Trips Details
Beginner's Special 5 hours - $330 (1 or 2 Anglers), $410 (3 Anglers)
Half Day 5 hours - $360 (Single), $440 (2 Anglers), $520 (3 Anglers)
Full Day 8 hours - $480 (Single), $570 (2 Anglers), $690 (3 Anglers)
Boating Crowley Lake Details
Half Day 5 hours - $360 (Single), $440 (2 Anglers), $520 (3 Anglers)
Full Day 8 hours - $480 (Single), $570 (2 Anglers), $520 (3 Anglers)

Note: Full day trips on Lake Crowley are not recommended due to high midday winds. If blown out, we will complete the day at another location. If winds hold off, we can extend a half day to a full day trip.

Drift Boating Lower Owens Details
Full Day 8 hours - $570 (1-2 Anglers)
Half Day Contact us for rates

FIRST-TIME BEGINNER'S PACKAGES: Whether you are an experienced spin fisherman or have no fishing experience, the Troutfitter's first-time beginner's and family package offers a full five-hour course in fly fishing. This personal course includes everything needed for the day: rod and reel, waders, tackle, flies, and a digital camera to capture your experience. The course costs $165 per person in a group of two, or $136.66 per person in a group of three. Contact us for discounted rates for families and large groups.

STREAM FISHING THE EASTERN SIERRA: Your guide will call you before the trip to discuss your preferences and tailor the experience accordingly. From high-country streams with majestic views to tail waters in the Owens Valley with warm winter temperatures, we have hundreds of streams within an hour of the shop. Our expert guides will teach you skills to improve your angling abilities, ensuring you catch more fish on your own after your trip.

STILLWATER FISHING: We offer high-country lakes with smaller, voracious fish including Golden Trout, and lakes with well-fed, hard-pulling trout like Crowley Lake and Bridgeport Reservoir. Full day trips are 8 hours and half day trips are 5 hours, with the flexibility to extend if conditions are favorable.

MIDGING AND STRIPPING: We specialize in techniques like stillwater nymphing (midging) and stripping streamers to target large trout. Whether from a boat or float tube, these methods are highly effective in Crowley Lake and other local waters.

FISHING THE SHALLOWS: Our fleet includes boats designed to access shallow waters stealthily. Fishing the shallows can provide opportunities to catch larger fish with longer casts and finer tippet, offering a challenging and rewarding experience.

DRIFTING THE LOWER OWENS RIVER: In the fall and winter, we offer drift trips on the Lower Owens River. This provides access to sections of the river otherwise unreachable, with excellent dry fly hatches and nymphing opportunities.

STILL WATER FLY FISHING FOR ANGLERS WITH DISABILITIES: We teach and guide disabled clients to catch Crowley Lake's trophy trout from a 23 ft center-console boat. This all-inclusive five-hour trip includes rods, reels, tackle, flies, and complementary water and soft drinks. Our beginner's package starts with casting instruction and basics of fly fishing before heading out to catch fish.

NOTE ON GUIDES AND GUIDE SERVICES: The Troutfitter Guide Service, in its 20th year of operation, has guides with extensive experience. Our large team is highly demanded, with most guides booked well in advance. Many are FFF certified casting instructors, and all are trained in CPR and emergency first aid by the American Red Cross. Our formal training program ensures our guides are exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable.

We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction. If you are ever dissatisfied with our guide service, we will refund your money. Period. The customer is always right.