Fishing Guides



Our guides have been hand selected as the very best this area has to offer. We are fully licensed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Forest Service permitted, bonded and liability insured, and licensed for business in the county. I am proud to say that this group is the longest standing group of guides in the Eastern Sierra. We guarantee a quality and enjoyable experience. Owner operated, our guides utilize top of the line drift boats, power boats, and snowmobiles that are safe and well maintained. We will supply you with cutting edge fly fishing equipment to enhance your fishing experience. Whether you are a first-time or an advanced angler, Sierra Drifters will teach you innovative and traditional methods of how to fish our local waters. We promise to enhance and challenge your abilities no matter your level. We emphasize teaching, while providing lots of laughs and fishing memories. Our guides have performed thousands of trips over the twenty-two seasons we have been serving fly fishers in this region.  Book a trip and see why we are the most respected and well known guide group in the region.

A steelhead trout caught while nymph fishing.

Doug Rodricks (Owner/Operator/Guide)

Doug-R grew up in sunny southern California and would spend many summers vacationing in Yosemite National Park with his family since before he could crawl. The sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors were instilled in him at a young age as he experienced the beauty of the high country. His interest in trout fishing started at the age of 9, when he witnessed an angler reeling up a trout out of the Merced River. To this day, he still remembers the sun’s bright glare reflecting off the fish’s iridescent scales.

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A brown trout from the East Walker River.

Doug Dolan (Guide)

“Two Bug” Doug Dolan has been frequenting the waters of the Eastern and Western Sierra for most of his 45 years.  He made the full time move to Mammoth Lakes almost a decade ago to fulfill his maniacal desire to catch trout on the fly and his passion to snow ski during the winter.  If you have fished this area for more than a few times, no doubt you have seen Two Bug bendo on more than one occasion.  Doug spends 250 days a year fly fishing (he is single ladies) and spends his evenings tying custom patterns (we are attempting to get him to release his secret streamers and go public).

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DSC00079-rs-phil-therrienA brown trout from Crowley Lake.

Phil Therrien (Guide)

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.

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image1[1]A brown trout from Crowley Lake.

Jerry Gilpin (Guide)

Jerry grew up in Southern California and would make the trip to Crowley Lake just about every weekend for a number of years. He finally retired from Gardena Nissan after 35 years as parts manager and moved his family to Bishop in 2005. You will find him fishing or guiding on Crowley most days of the season in his 23 foot skeeter bay boat. He enjoys taking out the first time beginner to catch their first fish on a fly rod or the seasoned expert to catch the fish of a life time. “It’s all good.” Jerry’s laid back style of guiding has made him a favorite of many Drifters Crowley addicts.

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Chris Basso Sierra Drifters with a huge rainbow he caught on the fly on Crowley LakeA rainbow trout from Crowley Lake.

Chris Basso (Guide)

Chris has extensive experience in the Eastern Sierra as a fly fisherman and has been making life difficult for the trout on Crowley Lake and the Eastern Sierra for many years. He is currently in the entertainment profession and has a super friendly, very upbeat personality. He spends most of his free time guiding or fishing in the Sierra and has plans to move here full time in the future. Chris has developed a reputation of breaking from the pack and finding his own water. He is an excellent teacher and has a 21’ Champion flats style bay boat to get you on the drag burning fish of Crowley Lake. Chris has been guiding several seasons and has established a significant repeat client base despite the fact he guides only part time.

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A brown trout from Bridgeport Reservoir.

Hans Grotewold (Guide)

Sierra Drifters introduces our latest addition to the guide team. This outstanding fly fisher is sure to give you an enjoyable, and instructional day on the water. Hans Grotewold was raised in the San Bernardino Mountains in a small community called Lake Arrowhead. From the time he could walk you could find Hanzo pursuing his love of fishing! Walking the shoreline fishing for both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.His favorite time was April when you could hunt the spawning beds and stalk your fish. At the age of 7 his father introduced him to fly-fishing. It all started on Upper Owens River and the Stillwater of Crowley Lake in the Northern Sierra’s. Hanzo is also blessed to have learned Stillwater tactics at his Grandfather’s conservation easement of waters North of Reno, Nevada. These fish are all natural beauties and real treat to fish for.

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A brown trout from East Walker River.

Devin Preston (Guide)

Devin Preston grew up in Glendora, CA and found his love for fishing at the young age of 5 years old while vacationing with his family. He has spent countless summers at Lake Havasu, Lake Mojave, and the Eastern Sierra chasing striped bass, largemouth, catfish, and of course trout. He has an extensive knowledge of the Bishop and Mammoth area and knows the best spots for spending the day targeting the many species of trout the region has to offer. Devin specializes in Stillwater fishing, walk and wade river trips, and sports a 21’ Champion Bay Boat to get you to the fish safely and comfortably.

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A brown trout from Crowley Lake.

Seth Cline (Guide)

Seth has extensive experience in fishing many waters in California and the Pacific Northwest. He grew up right here in the eastern sierra, where his passion for fly fishing began at a young age. He learned how to fly cast at His and Her’s fly shop in Newport Beach, CA and has fished the local waters here for 20 years catching trout, bass, perch, and a few other fish species found around the area.

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A brown trout from Wickiup Reservoir.

Tom Loe (Guide)

The man who founded Sierra Drifters Guide Service in 1997, Tom has spent 37 years as a professional fisherman and fly fishing guide. He resides full time with his wife Michele near Bend, OR., and is currently a U.S.C.G. licensed Merchant Marine captain. Tom is available for hire for guiding on some of Bend, Oregon’s premier trout lakes. He uses unique methods for catching large trophy trout with a fly rod from a custom boat that was built specifically for these waters.

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