Phil Therrien

DBA: Fill’s Flyfishing Guide Service

CA F&G Guide License: 10443, liability insuredDSC00079-rs-phil-therrien

Long time Sierra fly fishing resident and Crowley Lake streamer tugging legend… Phil “Fill” Therrien is a  year around fly fishing guide.  He has been contracting with Sierra Drifters for many seasons and is one of Sierra Drifters senior guides.  Phil is an innovative  fly tier and is FFF (Federation of Fly Fishers) certified.  Fill has extensive knowledge of the Lower Owens River and pilots clients down the Lower Owens River in his sixteen foot custom Willie drift boat. Phil has built a reputation as one of the best guides on Crowley Lake as well. 

We Let Our Clients do the talking…Here’s What Some Have Said About Spending their day with Fill:

Tom Loe,    Today my son and I had a full day guided trip with Phillip (fill) Therrien.   I wanted let you know that “Fill” was great!    He took really good care of us and made the whole day fun and productive.    The day exceeded my expectations! Thanks, Bob Smith

The first thing I need to say if you have not gone on a guided drift boat trip your missing out on one of life’s wonderful pleasures. Now I would like to thank all of the people at Sierra Drifters for offering a service of this caliber. Guide Phil Therrien “Fill” as they call him was exceptional. On November 28th  my wife and I went on an unbelievable Guided drift boat trip with “Fill”, Friday the 27th was a beautiful sunny day on the other hand Saturday the 28th we woke up to SNOW the temperature dropped at least 30 degrease high winds and clouds, Most people would have stayed in there hotel room but not my wife and myself we put our trust in the fine people at Sierra Drifters. I would have thought with that much of a change the weather the chance of catching any fish would be very slim. That’s where “Fill” and his Expert knowledge came into play he put me on the fish. I will soon be enjoying some of the other Guide services that they offer and so should you.

Thank you,

Tom & Josie Gibson

We had another amazing week of trout fishing on Lake Crowley with Phil Therrien and Doug Dolan. My 10 and 12 year old boys have become fly fishing fans due to the awesome fishing these experts have shown us. We caught 30 – 45 fish each of the three days and many were 17 – 22 inches! Its the kind of fishing I would expect to have to travel to far away places to experience. Both Phil and Doug are not only very expert fly fishermen, but show great patience with my two active boys. Jim Maguire Prestige Solutions, Inc

Tom -Just wanted to send you a few pics of our trip with Phil.  While the pics don’t show it the one I’m holding is 21 inches long and the largest for the day. I really want to say “Thank You” to Phil.  He was great all day long, kept us laughing (even though he was the one we were laughing at), told us how great he was at dancing and always kept us working to try and land fish.  The day started out slow with only a few bites and no fish in the boat.  As you know Phil was on the radio with the other guides checking how they were doing.  Around lunch we moved to Little Hilton and things started to pick up.  Of course things got better when it was time to go in but Phil would not give up.  We stayed 2 hours past our end time.  For the last catch of the day Jennifer and myself hooked up a double, landed both and mine was the largest of the day.  What a way to finish. As always you and your guides go way beyond what is expected. Again Thank You for a great time on the water. We will see you this winter on the Lower O

Ron and Jennifer Holbert

Hey Tom and Michelle,     Just wanted to let you know that we had a great trip with Phil.  He is a great guy and a very knowledgeable guide.  It was our first trip with your guide service and we had never fished “dip and strip” but after a short lesson from Phil it was on!  We had great results on the deep fish and even got some surface action browns too!  Twenty plus fish, seventy degree weather, great cigars and great company. Doesn’t get much better! I’ve attached some photos from the trip. We didn’t get a shot of “Mr. Big Bow”, he wouldn’t cooperate in the net so we got him back in the water ASAP. He was 18″ plus.  We were very pleased with the trip and will book again with you soon.     Tight lines, Thompson Smith

From: Steve
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 3:46 PM To: Subject: Thank you

I went to Crowley on Friday 27 2006 and had a great time for sure. I learned a lot about fishing from a boat and fly fishing in general, I had a great guide Phil Therrien.I caught 10 fish all between 18 to 20 inches long. One brown Phil really knows his stuff. Caught most of the fish at  6 bay, it is the same bay the club uses. It was darn cold in the morning and warmed real nice as the day went on. We fished under a 14 foot leader with a puff set so you were only a foot off bottom. A zebra midge on the bottom and a perch fry up about a foot small split shot above that. Lot of grabs four fish broke off. I did not get a picture of all fish. I caught three tagged fish so what do I win? It was a great trip. I am very proud would highly recommend, if you want to go take me with you and I am always ready to go back

Steve Clark, Web master

Just thought I’d write and let you know my son, Jeff and I were on Crowley with Sierra Drifters  on 10/19.  Guided by Phil Therrien. Had a great trip…temps in the 60s, not a lick of wind all day, and landed about 10 fish each, most in the 15-18 inch range, 19 being the biggest. Mostly on a perch fly imitation, but some on a midge dropper. A class outfit, and Phil was a great guy.  Show up with some warm clothes and they’ll take care of the rest! Hope you have a great time..Dennis Patrick, Deep Creek Fly Fishers

Hi, Tom & Michele, I just wanted to let you know that Paula and I had a great day on the river with Phil, on SUNDAY the 10th. We had a lot of laughs and learned a lot about fishing the Owens. The catching was on the slow side, but Paula managed to out fish me. Phil is a lot of fun and we’re planning to book a trip on Crowley this spring or fall. Thanks, Jon & Paula Anders

Hi Tom, Just wanted to thank you for hooking us up with Phil on Monday The 13th.. We had a wonderful time with your great guide. I would have been able to catch more fish if I was not laughing so hard with Phil the “Iceberg”. Phil was very gentle when scolding me the many times I snaked my son’s water. We look forward to booking a trip on Crowley with Phil in the spring. Great job and many thanks. Jim “the loop” Vorell

~What a trip! You guys are a class outfit…Of course I am still on a “caught a big one” high, but I am writing this to you not just out of gratitude for our success. My dad and I really enjoyed our day on the river. Phil is an outstanding guide. From the minute we loaded up in Phil’s truck we knew it was going to be a great day. He is very easy going and I could have listened to him and my dad swap jokes all day! Oh wait a minute I did! 🙂 He genuinely loves his profession and the sport/art of fly-fishing. His passion for the outdoors is very contagious and while anxious to begin catching fish, we began by just listening and enjoying the river and nature that surrounds it. With Phil’s knowledge of the river and the elusive trout that inhabit it, we got into some fish. My dad and I lost two large trout early on and were kicking the can. Phil assured us that they were just scrappy six inch browns!! Ha-Ha As we pulled into a spot where Phil knew big fish swam we became pretty excited. In our anxiety, I was able to see Phil was serious about this spot and prepared us in case we got lucky. We landed a couple beautiful 18-19 inchers….and then it was strip, strip, hang on boys it’s “wally the whale”. After an attempt at ramming our boat, I was able to catch up to the creature from the deep. Although excited, Phil was a cool character and instructed me perfectly. This was a task considering the expletives we were listening to from my dad when he saw the fish! Estimated at over 8 lbs and 25 inches, fish of a lifetime.. But when it comes down to it what made the day was the company…I look forward to fishing with Phil again. I believe half the Bakersfield Police Department might be calling you to book some trips.. I have been sharing the photos and the story with my coworkers. Bill Darbee Jr.

~Tom , just wanted to drop a line and say my son and I had a fantastic trip….again. Phil was a great guide and got one of us on some big fish…story of my life ..Bill Jr. always seems to nail the big ones…maybe I should go solo next time?? Seriously though, we had a great time, caught fish, had beautiful weather and surroundings…doesn’t much better than that. Extend our appreciation and thanks to Phil. Looking forward to the next time.. Bill Darbee Sr.

I want to thank Phil for a great day on the water. This was my first time thanks to Tim Derry who brought me along as his guest. Not only was it a great day weather wise, it was also a great day of fishing. I was able to hook three fish over 20 inches (from what Phil told me) along with numerous other trout. Phil was great and a pleasure to be with on the water.   Thanks again for a fabulous day of fishing!!! Bob Pearson, Redondo Beach, CA

~Just a quick note to say thanks for a fun day last Wednesday the 24th. Phil was really a great guy to fish with and helped me a lot with my novice level casting and fishing technique. I’d highly recommend Sierra Drifters to anyone and hope to be able to fish with you again. Thanks again…Best fishes to you both and hi to Phil. Jim Etheridge

~I had a wonderful time. Phil is an excellent guide. He put me onto fish, taught me a lot in a very comfortable way and he is gentlemen to boot! I look forward to fishing with you folks again in the near future. Dennis

 ~Dave and I really enjoyed today on the Lower Owens.  Fill Therrien was a real pro and fun to spend the day with. Pat

~Hey, this is Jeff Smith.  My buddy Jeff and I just drifted about 2 weeks ago (mid week).  I would like to plan another trip up there, but would love to come up there when the weather is having a positive affect on the fish.  Phil was our guide and he WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!  Can I get him again? Thanks.

~Dave and I had a great time fishing!! Phil did an excellent job!! Thanks again…..I will be in contact with you guys for a Crowley trip this summer!

~Ray Labadie convinced me to go on a float trip Wednesday and I had a great time.  Phil was our guide and both Ray and I thoroughly enjoyed both the fishing and the guiding.  If not for our own “LOFT” issues (ask Phil)  we would have landed far more than the 20 trout that made it to the net.  I have fished the lower Owens with Ray on foot a few times and that number of trout probably represents 10 foot trips worth of fish landed for us!  Just to put into perspective how serious we were about this trip – We left Newport Beach Tuesday night after 9:00 PM and crashed in the Holiday Inn in Bishop sometime after 2 AM.  Met Phil at 8 AM, fished until 3 PM and I had a conference call for work at 4 PM.  Left Bishop at 5 PM and made it to Newport Beach about 10:30 or so.  I had a 6:45 AM flight the next day and I was petty tired, but one happy fisherman.  Thanks for setting up the trip on short notice.  I’m definitely going to come back and do it again, or perhaps Crowley.  Phil took a couple of pictures of fish and if you could email those whenever, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Mike Ziehl

~Dear Tom: I want to thank you for all your help in booking my trip. I had a great time AND caught fish!!! My comments about Phil are the following, First he was on time and prepared. Second he was extremely helpful and as an instructor he was super!! Third and most important “It was like fishing with a good friend” Kudos to you and Phil. I will be seeing you again soon with my cousin. Sincerely, Lee Ambrosini

~Hi Tom: Just wanted to thank you for another great fly fishing experience. Phil was a terrific guide and worked his tail off to make sure we had ample opportunities to “bring fish to the net.” My buddy had a hard time figuring out the mechanics but succeeded eventually. I caught my first brown and it was a hoot. What a difference in the fight they offer. My wife wants to give it a shot. She doesn’t want to try any other type of fishing so we’re searching for a date in September. I’ll give a call when we figure it out. Thanks again. Bruce

~ Tom:
Thanks for a memorable day Wednesday, and for giving us such an excellent, witty and self-deprecating guide in “Fill”. It was a great way for me to spend a day with my son.
Alan Thaxter

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