Chris Leonard has been living & teaching in Mammoth Lakes year round since 2004. His greatest passions are education and fly fishing, making him a choice fly fishing instructor and an excellent professional guide on water. He possesses a Masters in Education, he is a graduate of the Clearwater Lodge Guide School, and he holds true a sincere and real addiction to casting flies at trout. He is a trout bum at heart, with a clean collared shirt. Leonard has proudly been a part of the fantastic Kittredge Sports Guide Team since 2008.
Along with teaching academic subjects at Mammoth High School, he directs the Mammoth High School Fly Fishing Association. Dating to its inception of April 2006, Leonard learned to fly fish in the Eastern Sierra alongside local kids through the assistance of numerous local guides. His love of teaching, compounded with roughly two hundred days on water per year, makes it easy and seamless for him to transfer his knowledge and passion of fly fishing along to others. He is constantly uncovering for himself a backcountry stream with wild trout in it, alongside his two favorite fishing buddies, his lab Bruin and lab mix Midnight. The three of them understand the art of finding trout in the high country.
Chris is extremely dedicated to the fishing world. Along with administering the local school club, he raises trout in his classroom through the Trout Unlimited TIC Program. Leonard is a lifetime TU & lifetime FFF member. He is also active with the Eastern Sierra Fishing Guides Association. During the summer months, he regularly submits fish reports to the local newspaper The Sheet. Leonard is available to guide daily during the summer months. During the school year, he is available on weekends and holiday periods. His favorite fisheries to hit include Rock Creek, Rush Creek, Hot Creek, The Upper Owens, The Lower Owens, The San Joaquin River, The East Walker River, and Crowley Lake.
Chris has put countless happy children and entire families onto their first trout caught with the fly. Whether you wish to learn of the dynamics of fly fishing on moving water, or get at trout while kicking around a float tube upon an idyllic mountain lake, or whack ‘em while midge fishing on blue-ribbon Crowley Lake on his Bass Tracker, Leonard can put you there, summer in Mammoth, winter in Bishop. Spring and autumn in either venue. Bridgeport any time of year.Chris' Photo Page