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Yes, quite a few over the years but usually after Labor Day.  If you want to look what’s possible out of Sotcher Lake, head over to Reds Meadow Resort and check out the large Browns on the wall in the Store/Café.

Sotcher Lake is spring fed and has a nice 1 ½ mile hike around the lake.  On this lake hike you cross several spring fed creeks, one is if you follow the creek a bit you come to what’s known locally as the “Water Cave”.  One of many cool finds in this area of the Eastern Sierra!

Water Cave

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:00:43 AM »
Maui – Hawaii

Haleakalā Crater

Driving down to Lahaina

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:57:10 AM »
Maui – Hawaii

Haleakalā Crater

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Canyon Weather
« on: May 23, 2018, 04:13:21 PM »
Interesting website, I bookmarked it.  Can anyone explain to me how to use the water flow tables?  Last year the creek was largely unfishable due to super high water.  I'll concentrate on the lake, if that's what to expect.
Also, as to the weather chart for Rock Creek, if you look closer, the reported area is at 12,000 feet.  Colder and windyer for sure.

Owens Valley water flow tables are a useful tool to gauge if the creeks and rivers are fishable.  For instance lower Owens River showing flow of 318, which is fishable but too fast for wading (Your safe wading flows are below 250 cfs).  Lower Owens flows can fluctuate greatly due to the needs for water in L.A.  Rock Creek at current flow of 17.7 is very fishable.  If you remember last year’s flows were 2 to 3 times that at this time last year.   

As for the weather chart, you can customize your own weather page for anywhere in the east side.  Start with the one you bookmarked.  Open Rock Creek weather forecast page.  Go down to the Forecast Area Map.  Switch from topographic to satellite, which allows you to see lakes and creeks better. If your fishing location is by a road, switch from topographic to streets.  Where do you want to fish today?  Say for instance you want to fish Tioga Lake which is in Tioga Pass area.  Hold mouse down and move map until Forecast Area is over Tioga Lake.  Click on Tioga Lake.  Now you have a custom weather forecast for Tioga Lake.  Bookmark it or save it to your computer or smart phone for future use.

I have my own weather page similar to The Trout Fitter with over 20 saved areas I love to fish and camp in the backcountry.  But as Corey Baer said, prepare for anything and everything it’s the Sierra.

Thanks for all the tips! Ill probably go with a clear intermediate for fishing the lakes around the loop. Will also be heading down to sotcher with the float tube to try fly fishing it for the first time. Anyone fish down there often? One of my favorite places in the ES.

I fish Sotcher Lake quite a bit when I’m in Mammoth.  Usually head down after 5pm for a couple of hours after the Park Rangers leave the gate.  Always done good there catching planters. For your info, the road down to Sotcher Lake is closed and not expected to be open until mid-June.  Check the website for updates.

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:53:48 AM »
Maui – Hawaii

Haleakalā Crater

Silver Sword

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:49:35 AM »
Maui – Hawaii

Haleakalā Crater

In the middle of Maui sits one of the world’s largest dormant volcanoes, Haleakalā Crater which looms at 10,023 feet above sea level.  Spectacular awe-inspiring views from the Haleakalā Crater.

Sinking lines are used to sink your flies down to where the fish are.  I mostly prefer to use full sink lines when in tandem with a streamer and dropper nymph.

My little trick if you want your fly down faster, use split shots on the leader helps greatly.  An alternative I prefer is using a tungsten conehead and let it slide loose on the leader.  The conehead also provides extra flash as well.  Just make sure you check your tippet often because a conehead has a tendency to wear the tippet.

If you do decide to use a sinking line, you need to choose a line that best matches the type of water you are planning to fish on.  Good luck!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Canyon Weather
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:46:04 AM »
The Trout Fitter has a good one I use.  Rock Creek is the last one under weather.

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:03:50 AM »
Maui - Hawaii

Iso Valley State Park

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:01:19 AM »
Maui - Hawaii

We started our Maui journey – at the airport.  After picking up our rental car, we took the highway that takes you from Haleakala to the West Maui Mountains, which is a beautiful valley!  On the way is Iao Valley State Park.

Iao Valley State Park

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Conditions
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:58:43 AM »
According to the US Forrest Service, Pine Grove Campground is open.  Pine Grove Campground sites are first-come, first-served.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Rock Creek lake area
« on: May 21, 2018, 05:25:31 PM »
Streamer is a large fly, like a Woolly Bugger or Matuka.  Streamers are very effective at Rock Creek Lake when trolling.  Set your speed at about 1 mph and add split shots as needed to reach proper depth.

Bubble/fly combo is the preferred way to go for the lakes and streams in the Eastern Sierra.  Also using spinning pole/reel combo allows you to switch easily to lures or plastics.

Several good tackle shops in Bishop.  I usually stop at Reagan’s Sporting Goods if I need anything. :fishing3:

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Rock Creek lake area
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:41:31 AM »
Water is still cold, so fish may still be lethargic.  Slow down your presentations.  For Rock Creek and Convict Lakes, I like to troll using streamers with a trailer midge or nymph behind it.  Also works good is trolling with Lead Core with 4-6 colors, Rapalas, Tasmanian Devils and Needlefish.  For mid-day use Inflated Night Crawlers, Power Eggs or any Power bait.

Catching stocked fish in Rock Creek is very easy.  Salmon Eggs has always worked, or tease them with a dry fly!

For Little Lakes Valley fishing, use light gear and line.  Bubble/fly combo works for me.  Use no more than 4lb line and 2lb leader with #16 fly will get you into the many trout up there. :fishing3:

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:51:43 AM »
Maui – The Valley Island

We flew to Maui next, as that’s were my niece was getting married.  Maui is known as the “Valley Island” but often called the “playground of the wealthy”.  There are definitely lots of expensive accommodations here, but Maui caters to all types, including budget conscious. 

The island of Maui features an abundance of beaches, especially along the west coast.  Lots to see in Maui, with a volcano in the center of the island, a wonderful drive to “Road to Hana”, lots of waterfalls, great snorkeling opportunities and lots of lush green valleys. 

I was strapped for time in Maui due to the wedding, but still had time to see some of the highlights of this gorgeous island.  Hope you enjoy the photos!

Strictly Media / Re: Photobucket is hurting and making changes.
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:49:59 AM »
Have not used them since they tried to take my photos hostage for $400 a year.   That stunt they pulled last year hurt any credibility the company had.  Time will tell if this new CEO can save the Photobucket.  Nice to see the links working again and the photos are up and looking great. 

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Tioga Pass Opening Update
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:00:05 AM »
Thanks for the update P A C.  I’m heading up to the Eastern Sierra on Memorial Day weekend for a quick weekend trip.  I don’t think there will have as much snow on Tioga Pass as last year but will still be incredible beautiful.  Might share some photos unless the weather closes the pass. :(

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:52:42 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Last photo from Kauai………………………………

Kauai Sunset taken from Popu Beach

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:52:27 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Maha' Ulepu Beach

Popu Beach - Near our Resort where our group stayed at

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:50:22 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Kauai Countryside

Oldest Church on the Island – Still in-service and taking in all sinners

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:56:20 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Kauai's Sporting Horn

Makaleha Mountains

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:54:30 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Grove Farm Plantation – Where they used to grow sugar canes and delivered them by train to a sugar mill

Old Sugar Mill – All sugar cane farming has stopped so the sugar mills are now all closed!

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 14, 2018, 06:44:15 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Nawiliwili Bay

Nawiliwili Bay – Where the Cruise Ships dock

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 14, 2018, 06:42:09 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach is like swimming in a aquarium!

Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach

Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 14, 2018, 06:39:03 AM »

Lava in Halema`uma`u crater at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano nearly overflowed the crater's ledge when I was there in April of this year.  It had Park Rangers, Scientists and volcanologist in a tizzy.  They knew something might happen, but when or where was a complete guess.  A volcano does whatever a volcano wants to do.

Mauna Loa on the Big Island was (and is) more of a concern.  It has not erupted since 1984 and is way overdue.  In recent years, scientists have reported that magma is slowly filling chambers beneath Mauna Loa.  Right in its path is Hilo.

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