Testimonials



Read what our clients have to say about us from Yelp!:

Awesome group of knowledgeable and FUN fishermen. Always very, very kind. Well accommodating. Response time is great as they are very busy. They put you on the fish, it’s “YOU” who needs to finish the job. Always having a great time with these men and will be coming back for years to come. Thanks guys.

-Manny M.
Bakersfield, CA

My family went out on two boats because we are a family of six. We had Devin and Hans as our guides and they were simply amazing!!! They took the time to teach, explain and make it fun for my children ages twin 10, 13 & 15 year olds. They were able to keep both boats close so we can see each other and enjoy watching everyone catch fish. We were all lucky and caught multiple fish for our very first time. Highly recommend this company and definitely can’t go wrong with the guides. Super easy and friendly to work with. THANKS for an amazing day!

-I B.
Los Angeles, CA

Decided to take a trip on short notice and emailed Sierra Drifters. Doug called me within 10 minutes and was able to juggle his guides to accommodate a family of 4. He was very patient and worked with my 8 and 9 year old kids. We all had a blast and caught some very quality fish. Highly recommend this place for your fly fishing needs. Great job Doug!!

-Brian L.
Fontana, CA

My husband, cousin, and I hired Doug (guide) to take us out on Crawley and we were Killin it!!! We learned so much about how to fly fish on Crawley and had an awesome time catching Cut throat, Rain Throats, and Rainbows all day. I even caught a Sierra perch. Highly recommend!!!! Totally worth it!

-Stephanie S.
Big Bear Lake, CA

Hanzo…by far the best guide on Crowley! He has top of the line gear, patience, and skills. He will get you on the fish. Thanks Hanzo!

-Jim T.

Went out on Crawley July 8th with Doug Rodricks. It was an amazing experience. We all caught quality and healthy big fish. We have been fishing the sierras for 20 plus years and we learned so much. Doug was so patient and informative throughout the whole process. He put us on fish and we took in fish after fish all morning. We had double hook ups ups in all. The fish were hitting consistent the whole time. We had the best time and can’t wait to do it again. If you ever considered a guide service, these guys are it.

-Jesse B.

DANG! Excellent customer service! Answered my call right away…professional and super courteous. Listened carefully, gave me great recommendations on some flies, followed up with an email like they said they would WHEN they said they would AND shipped them to me only hours after I ordered them. Looking for to hiring them for guide services in the near future. Thanks Doug!

-John W.

Went fishing with Phil last weekend, fishing very tough but Phil did his best. My two grandsons were with me and he was very patient in showing them how to fly fish for the first time. We got a couple of perch and my youngest grandson caught a very nice brown trout. This was due to the fact the Phil did not race back to the marina when our time was up, but kept trying different places and extended our time. great guy would fish with him again

-Jim C.

Amazing First Fly Fishing Guided Trip. Truly my first fly fishing period. I Contacted Sierra Drifters Mammoth.To book a fly Fishing Trip. I Wanted a all day guided trip. We met Friday @ 7am at Benton Crossing Very Cold 19 Degrees. But was told what to wear and what was provided by Sierra Drifters. Fly Fishing Rod all tackle for the day. Waders , Lunch if I wanted for $ 15.00 include Big Sandwich , Chips, water , and dessert. All I needed was a 2020 fishing license Met my Guide Doug. I followed him into Benton Crossing to the River. We Started fishing by 7.30am. He Really Knows The River The first hole we stopped at was to take 30 minutes to teach me how to Do Several different casts look for fish and explain the Waters.This area is excellent for this teaching. The Next Hole we Had a Big Strike I set Fish On But I lost it my fault I didn’t let the Fish Run broke off. A few minutes later another Strike. I Landed this Monster. We hooked up 5 Times. I landed 3 All Beautiful Rainbows. Great Pictures Released to be caught again. We fished up the river Doug knew all the holes that Truly Held Big Fish some holes we passed I thought sure looks good He explained why we needed to go to the bigger and deeper holes. I will book again this July to fish Crowley lake with Sierra Drifters. Thank you for a excellent first time fly fishing trip.

-Kim J.

Our family had never taken guided fishing trips until this Memorial Day weekend. One day after spending time on the Lower Owens River and the North Fork of Bishop Creek, we hooked up with Sierra Drifters Guide for a half-day guided trip on Lake Crowley. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had never been on the lake, but Doug Rodricks assured us that it would be a great place for us to catch fish AND learn how to fly fish a lake.The weather in Mammoth Lakes, where we were staying, was blowing snow (during a Memorial Day Weekend!), but we were blessed with sunshine at Lake Crowley, albeit with cold temperatures and the occasional cold wind gusts. Phil Therrien and Jerry Gilpin met us at the docks and proceeded to get us on the water and to their preferred fishing spots very quickly. We caught numerous fish, many of them over 14 inches long on flies! With a party of 6, we split up into two boats, and both guides were terrific.1. I wasn’t on Jerry’s boat, but I heard he was incredibly encouraging and helped one of my twin son nab numerous fish. 2. My wife is not the most enthusiastic fisherman, but even she got into it when Phil put us on a particular hot spot. 3. Both Jerry and Phil were great teachers, and I picked up even more tips on how to be an effective beginning fly fisherman. 4. Phil’s attitude was terrific: he had a great sense of humor, kept things light, and made sure the day was enjoyable. 5. Phil also helped my other son pull in a 17″ rainbow trout!The next time I fish Lake Crowley, I’m going with these guys, and I’ll make sure to ask for Jerry and/or Phil.

-Bun L.

My son (9yrs) and I went fishing at Crowley this weekend with Devon. It was a FANTASTIC trip. Devon is patient, knowledgeable and funny. My son said he’s the “best guide ever” and we’ll definitely be returning.Devon put us on some great fish, and I caught a personal best Cutthroat.Highly recommended. Great service.

-Dave K.

My 1st time out for Fly fishing was with Hans. He was a great teacher. His knowledge of the equipment, techniques & fishing spots were the best I’ve ever had. He put me on a 20″ Rainbow & that was just the start. Thanks for the best fishing trip I’ve ever had.

-Peter G.

We booked with Doug last minute and spent a fun and windy day (sorry for the tangles dude) tramping around the Upper Owens hunting for big trout. Doug found fish everywhere we went and shared his tactics for getting the most out of winter fishing on the Owens. DOUG IS THE MAN.

-LJ H.

Best time fishing ever, Doug was a great teacher, was my first time with a fly rod, and we had 2 successful days of catching the highest quality and quantity fish – in an incredibly beautiful setting. Anyone who is interested in fishing at all can have an excellent experience. I will return soon with my wife cause I now know she’ll love it too. I highly recommend!!!!

-Richard S.

Float trip bliss down the mid-lower Owens yesterday. Always wanted to check out this section and we picked a nice day to do it. Doug Rodricks is a great operator and teacher. The Willie vessel was super comfortable. Fish weren’t jumping into the boat but I’m going back soon to try the upper Owens and Crowley Lake with these guys

-David Y.

What a great trip. I hired SD for a guided trip on the upper Owens and it was a great experience. The guide was Hans, a real pro. Hans put us on fish early in the day and got us into trophy trout. Thanks Hans, I will be back.

-Daniel K.

Sierra Drifters is the best guide service in the eastern sierras. Devin is an amazing guide for rivers or lakes. Doug is great as well. If you want to catch fish these are your guys !!!

-Chad W.

What a great company! Michelle helped us book a fly fishing trip on Lake Crowley at the last minute and we had such a great experience with Jerry. He was so knowledgeable and so helpful. We caught 22 fish (catch and release) including a beautiful 21 inch trout. Jerry made it a great birthday outing. We are so grateful for the fun and education about the area and flyfishing. Can’t wait to come back and see these folks again!

-dana a.

I’ve been fly fishing for a little while, and I wanted to get my wife and two teenaged boys (14 & 16) into it. I was a bit nervous. I really wanted them to have a good first experience on the water. Sierra Drifters was recommended by my local fly fishing shop in Fullerton, CA. I am so glad I went with them. Doug Rodricks and Doug Dolan were our guides. We fished Hot Creek. The “Dougs” did an amazing job. “Two-Bug” Doug took my boys and they were immediately catching fish. They learned some of the basics of fly fishing and more importantly, had a great time. Doug R worked with my wife and she had a great time too. I was able to not worry about them and I was able to enjoy myself. Doug R put me on some good fishing holes and I caught quite a bit myself 🙂 We are planning on doing some more fishing this summer and my family can’t wait. If you want a great fishing experience and you are in Bishop or the Mamoth Lakes area, go with these guys!

-Clay C.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA