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PAC, We have been using the Sawyer product for years and no one has had a reaction yet. You would never even know the stuff is on your cloths except that you can tell the difference it makes. You will see the mosquitos land on the clothing but they take off again almost instantly. It's not 100% effective but well worth using. i don't know if they keep changing the formula or what but their claims seem to change from year to year. The current claims are that it will last 42 days or 6 washings.

We really lucked out this year considering how early we went. The mosquitos were at the worse at Mosquito Flats the evening that we arrived. I used DEET while were there. After that Debbie and I used Bullfrog and our friends Vince and Tania were able to get by using Avon's Skin So Soft.

Here is what we treat our clothes with.

LH, Vince's knee was a lot better by the time we put the packs back but it was still painful for him on the downhills.

This is kind of a lame way to post a TR. Tried using a new picture host and didn't resize my pics the way I should have. Been trying to fix it off and on but they finally worked on the High Sierra Topix forum so I'm just posting a link. We had a great time and I hope that you can enjoy the report from there.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Can't wait to get to the creek!
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:10:27 PM »
wshawkins, I had thought about spending the last night at Golden Lake but from the pictures I've seen and satellite views I don't see much in the way of camp site space? There are seven of us (5 tents). I've seen and walked past the trail up to GL before but never went up it. Also I assume that there is a use trail from the GL inlet to the trail near Summit Lake?

 As for the skeeters we are all bringing head nets and spraying our cloths with permethrin. I tell everyone to bring there preferred mosquito repellent but also pretty much insist that they bring at least  one small container of 100% DEET. I dislike using DEET as much as anyone but when the skeeters are really bad nothing works better.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Can't wait to get to the creek!
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:07:03 AM »
It's almost three in the morning and I'm sitting here at work thinking I should just go home. Vacation starts at 7:30 and I'm not getting any work done anyhow. Just thinking about the Sierra. Saturday morning we p/u our permit and head for the Mosquito Flats BK camp and a Sunday morning start up the mountain. Taking it easy and keeping the hiking days short and fishing/resting time maximized. Mosquito Flats to Ruby Lake, Fourth Recess Lake, Third Recess Lake, Pioneer Basin, and maybe back to Fourth Recess before coming back over the pass again to the truck.

We hope the skeeters leave us alone but know they won't. We hope the smoke doesn't bother us but we know it will. Really don't care because we will be high in the Sierra and fishing will be great. I'll post a report and some pictures after we get back.

Anything Goes / Re: smoke
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:39:56 AM »
I hope it stay clear for a while. Going to up there this weekend.

My sinking line has been on my spare spool so long that I don't even remember what rate it has.  ???  When hiking in the backcountry I carry a 7-10ft sinking leader to help get some depth in the lakes.

Strictly Media / Photobucket is hurting and making changes.
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:38:55 AM »
Just a little too late IMHO. At least for now my pictures are back in my posts but probably not for long.

Looks to like a well rounded kit. All I carry these days in the backcountry is my fly gear. The only thing that I don't see but is a must for me even with my fly rod a bag split shot.

Eastern Sierra History / Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« on: April 26, 2018, 02:48:29 AM »
Of course we need to see some pictures of the 46 Dodge.  :D

Eastern Sierra Forum / Golden Trout rescue
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:43:05 AM »
It's been way too quiet on here lately. Specially with fishmas just a few weeks away. I got these links from the HST site so I know that some of you have already seen them.

The rescue:

The return:

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: The Palisades
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:52:24 AM »
It doesn't seem to matter what time of day it is everyone stops for a break at the cabin both going and coming back. Looking forward to the rest of you report. I've only been as far as the 4th lake and Sam Mack Meadow which is just beautiful.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: INYO County - 'Pleasant' (Valley) Fire
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:45:44 AM »
Read a few speculations that the fire started at PVR campground. Some also said that they thought that PVR campground is burned.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: 2 day backpacking trip help
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:49:06 AM »
I think that the Cottonwood Lakes would be an excellent choice. Keep in mind that the trout season in the CL does not open until July1st. Twenty Lakes basin where wshawkins has been writing about would also be a great option. Cottonwood Lakes would be an almost guarantee on catching a golden.

Anything Goes / Re: Any deals that you couldn't pass up?
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:28:31 AM »
I can picture the promotions in my mind. "So steep that you might die but we send you out for cheap"  :rotflmao:

As for the web site here is an example of how much the sales are jumping around. I ordered my wife one of these coats this morning for $37.49 but this evening they have bumped up to $52.48. Steep and Cheap has some great deals when it comes to outdoor gear but you need to order when it's right which is always a changing.

Anything Goes / Re: Any deals that you couldn't pass up?
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:42:22 AM »
Sierra Trading Post and Steep & Cheap have really been fighting for their piece of on line sales. I got the down jacket at STP so cheap because it was on sale and then they had a day where they offered an additional 25% of any order. I always use Amazon for a price comparison check before ordering. Amazons free shipping can make a difference compared to some other deals.

Anything Goes / Re: fires
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:16:25 PM »
I live far from the fire but I have many friends that were evacuated. One friend lost their home in the Ventura fire. My prayers go out to all of those that were effected.

Anything Goes / Any deals that you couldn't pass up?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:42:01 AM »
Since the site is so slow I figure everyone must be shopping the net for Christmas bargains. What have you bought?

I found a hooded down jacket for my grandson for $38. I don't expect a lot for that kind of money but couldn't beat the price for a 12yr old. I ordered myself a shoulder back for day hike fishing the high country. My wife has me shopping around for a dual k-cup/regular coffee maker but I haven't found the right one yet. I hope that you are all enjoying this time of year.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: 11/22 Missing Person Alert
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:19:15 PM »
Thanks for the update Maverick.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: R.J. Secor Passes Away
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:35:08 AM »
I haven't done enough cross country to have needed his books much but there is no other referenced or recommended more than his guides. He must have been a heck of a guy.

Anything Goes / Re: Entry into Yosemite could cost up to $70
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:38:59 PM »
Not that I go all that many times a year but somehow it makes me feel better that the proposed season pass would be $75. If you were to even go twice in the same season it wouldn't hardly be any increase at all.

Beautiful pictures, looks like a great trek. Your MTR meal looks a little higher class than the ones I've enjoyed at VVR. I have the loop on my bucket list.

Anything Goes / Another opertunity for free fly fishing classes.
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:59:12 AM »
For those closer to San Diego. Free to even the general public. How can you beat that price.

Eastern Sierra History / Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:48:53 AM »
I saw this video on the HST site and thought it would fit in here nicely. I'm not sure how to put it directly to the site but here is a link.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Onion Valley, Kearsarge Trail, Mattock Lake
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:57:57 AM »
Did you make it up to Kearsarge Pass? If so what did you think?

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Onion Valley, Kearsarge Trail, Mattock Lake
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:41:33 AM »
The Matlock Lakes are fishless. It was gill netted several years ago. Gilbert lake seemed to have a little bit bigger Brookies but I much preferred fishing at Flower Lake. There is also a couple of very nice camp sites at FL. Be sure and take your winter gear because this late in the season makes it very possible to have some very cold nights. Little Pothole has really small Brookies because it gets hit pretty hard by the day hikers. I never fished Heart Lake or Big Pothole Lake but I think a couple of others on here have. The view from Kearsarge Pass is one of my favorites and you won't be disappointed. The fishing at Kearsarge Lakes can be off the hook for little brookies.

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