Tom Loe

Tom Loe owner Sierra DriftersT-Loe

CA DFW Guide License # 2808, Liability Insured and Bonded
Owner-Sierra Drifters Guide Service
Inyo & Lassen National Forest Service Permitted, U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain


Tom & his wife Michele Loe have recently sold their property on McGee Creek along with Jurassic Pond, & have re-located to La Pine, Oregon where they will continue to mange Sierra Drifters. They will retain a close association with the finest, & longest standing guide group in the Sierra. Tom will no longer be guiding in the Sierra for the remainder of 2018.  He will be guiding trophy trout waters in 2019, & will keep clients informed via his newsletter. All contact information will remain the same for the Loe’s.

Loe has spent 39 years as a professional fisherman, and is the founder of Sierra Drifters Guide Service. Tom spent twenty years offshore harpooning broadbill swordfish and set lining rockfish as the owner/operator of offshore commercial fishing vessels on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.  He is currently a U.S.C.G. licensed Merchant Marine captain. 

Tom has had a maniacal fascination with trout his entire life.  He began tying flies at 12 years to assist him in financial support of his addiction to fishing.  Tom has created the Sierras most popular and imitated fly patterns and has been inducted into the Fly Tiers Museum.  Tom has been professionally guiding full time since 1997 and has personally logged over 5000 guided trips to date.   In 2004 he was honored by Western Outdoor Publications as one of the wests top thirty anglers. He received the 2017 Stroud Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Fly Fishers for his contributions to the sport of fly fishing.

Loe developed unique and innovative methods of fly-fishing for trout in the area and pioneered guided drift boat trips down the Lower Owens River.  Loe also revolutionized still water nymphing techniques while fishing from his center console bay boats on Crowley Lake.  Sierra Drifters Guide Service has been in operation since 1997 and to date has assisted over twenty five thousand fly-fishers in pursuit of trout in the Eastern Sierra, & other quality trout waters throughout the west.

Throughout his career, Loe has guided well over 200 days a year, with the Owens Rivers, Crowley Lake, Bridgeport Reservoir, East Walker River, Lake Almanor, Hot Creek, and Eagle Lake being his specialties.  Loe has also guided Pyramid Lake in Nevada, Crane Prairie Reservoir, & East Lake in Oregon. Tom has been written about, or authored fly fishing articles regarding the Sierra and other areas numerous times in newspapers, and periodicals including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, San Diego Union, Western Outdoor News, and South West Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, and Sierra Magazine to name a few.   He has developed several published fly patterns, and a patented strike indicator that are sold commercially.  He has patterns that are in the fly tyers museum.  T. Loe has done numerous seminars and clinics to fly fishing clubs and groups and has been depicted as being the “guides guide” in this region.  He publishes a monthly newsletter that goes directly to 7000 fly fishers.

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