5-hour Beginner Fly Fishing Trip | Mammoth Lakes

1-12 Guests • No Lodging • Public • Guided


Fly fishing is enjoyable even for beginners and with the right guide chances are that you will catch fish on your very first day. I offer a 5 hour specialized trip for first timers. This 5 hour, detailed trip covers everything a beginner needs to gain the confidence to fish on their own. There is a one hour fishing technique clinic to start and plenty of time to practice your new skills on the water.

About Mammoth

Mammoth Lakes is a four-season mountain paradise in the midst of California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada range. Surrounded by the John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas and just 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park, Mammoth is the ideal destination for hikers, backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts of every kind.

Fishing Locations

Hot Creek

Hot Creek is a world class blue ribbon fishery. Wild trout are abundant in this catch and release only gem. A perfect place for beginners as well as experts. The Brown and Rainbow Trout average 10-15 inches with the opportunity for much larger. Hot Creek is open 365 days a year and can be unbelievable during the winter months.

Crowley Lake

Crowley Lake, year after year, is one of the most consistent trout fisheries anywhere. The lake is home to various strains of rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. The lake is most commonly fished from a boat or float tube. On most days, still water nymphing (or “midging”) is the most productive way to fish. Streamer fishing is great throughout the season on Crowley as well. If you haven’t fished Crowley in September or October, this is a must do.

Upper Owens

The “Upper O” os one of our most scenic fisheries. Most fish in the summer are stocked trout with some of the Crowley Lake fish making their way up and down the river. The spring and fall fish are the best. The Upper Owen’s is open to fishing all year long and is an easily accessible place for fly fishing.

Lower Owens

The “lower O” is an incredible year round fishery which continues to produce great numbers of large wild brown trout year after year. The “Lower O” is 45 minutes from Mammoth and can run some 30 degrees warmer in the winter. Most days offer the unique ability to fish streamers, nymphs and dries all within 5 hours.

East Walker River

The East Walker River (located 50 minutes north of Mammoth), is a world class fishery. This river has always attracted anglers for the possibility of hooking giant browns and rainbows. However, with the abundant stocking of brown trout over the last few years, the East Walker is a great fishery for any level of angler. Some of the best caddis and mayfly hatches in California occur from March through October on the river. From amazing dry fly fishing to serious nymphing for the big boys, the East Walker is somewhere every angler must fish.

San Joaquin

The San Joaquin is one of the most scenic of all the rivers near Mammoth Lakes. It travels in and out of wilderness boundaries and it’s water is crystal clear with deep blue pools, bubbling riffles and fast slicks that are populated by beautifully colored wild rainbows, browns, brookies, goldens and golden/rainbow hybrids that will enthusiastically crush a well presented dry fly.


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Your Host

Nathan's Trip

Nathan W

My name is Nathan and I am an expert fly fishing guide based in Mammoth Lakes, California. I am licensed, boarded and insured guide who has been fly fishing the Sierras for the last twenty years and guiding for the last fifteen. I am also a certified guide on The Tenkara USA Guide Staff I specialize in guiding all aspects of catch and release fly fishing from children, couples, and families to beginners, experts and large groups. I am also one of the only guides in the Mammoth Lakes area that offers guided backcountry and overnight fly fishing trips.

from $275/Experience

Base Price

$275.00 Per Experience


$77.00 Per Person


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Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


  • Experienced guide
  • Fishing equipment, rods, reels
  • Beginner's Lessson



Gear List

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses

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Please note, there is a 50% nonrefundable deposit included with your payment when booking.

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