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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Fall Colors Starting?
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:52:26 AM »
  Yes...thank you. We plan on taking a day for The Parker Lake hike in the June Lake loop area. This will probably be towards the end of our trip (26th or 27th).Providing our older fur friend feels up to it.  :doglick:  :hiking2:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Fall Colors Starting?
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:00:12 AM »
We are headed up the 18th to East Fork, RCL. We are making our annual Fall trip a week later this year due to us missing the full Fall colors last year by a week. Anyone have any current information is the colors have started changing yet? I am sure this would be affectedly greatly by drop in temps overnight as well. What has the temps been day/night? we will be in East Fork until the 29th, so we have some time while we are there to really take in the colors. Where's everyone's favorite place to experience these? I know the Virginia area is always good, but what about Lundy? McGee? Will do a lot of fishing as well, but will set aside a couple days for just the camera equipment too. Thanks for any local info.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Interesting Weather
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:18:13 PM »
We were at East Fork Sept. 13th - 22nd. When I get the time I am going to try and post pictures (again, so hopefully can get it right this time) of the drive up to Mosquito Flat on the morning of the 21st. We got up there before any foot traffic so there were no prints in the snow yet. It snowed about 6 inches there over the night Wednesday 20th. Gorgeous scenery after the snow...especially with some of the Fall colors showing through.   

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: RCL Bait Fishing
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:09:19 PM »
Yes....all the bigger ones was pink meat. Two of them so much that it resembles a salmon. Haven't got them o nthe grill/smoker yet, but just know they will be excellent.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: RCL Bait Fishing
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:54:53 AM »
We just got back. Mousetails (orange with yellow head/Brown with red head) worked great pulled behind clear bubble after letting it sink a while. Caught a 5lb 1oz, 4lb 6oz, 4lb 2 oz, and a 2lb 6 oz using this technique. The best big fish trip ever for me.
Try not to jerk the hook set. Instead, just slightly sweep the rod when it loads up with the fish. They weren't taking it aggressively at all. I used a 7-1/2 ft ultralight spinning rod so the sweep was much easier.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: June 15, 2017, 11:50:36 AM »
Still Mostly Spinning...July is not my most favorite time of the year to be there, but our friends that have never seen the Eastern Sierras are a school teacher and school counselor, so our favorite time (Sept.) is out for them. Oh well...I had to just plan two trips this week in July and two weeks in September. If you don't mind a little cooler weather, the Fall is my favorite, you get the absolutely beautiful Fall colors. At the present, I am working a deal with the wife for a guys trip sometime in between these two. You know, can't get enough fix in of the Sierras. Better than any stimulant.

Interesting about your engineering project. Let us know how it works out, I may wish to do the same for my trailer solar set-up.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: eastfork
« on: June 11, 2017, 08:10:58 PM »
My wife and I drove through East Fork on Friday. The camp hosts were there, but no campers yet. Looks like it was open and ready though.
On a side note....the lake is really full and stream is roaring! We didn't try fishing because the wind was howling and what bank that was available to fish was taken already. Nice turn around trip though...loved the scenery.

We are headed up for one of our 1 day turn around trips on Friday. Hope we are able to get up the canyon alright. Plan on fishing 4-6 hours at the lake. Got to get get my fix in.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: June 07, 2017, 08:09:01 PM »
We may stop in to say Hi. My wife and I did that  a few years ago during the group camp out and was able to meet several in the group. Carol took us around and introduced everyone. We will have others with us who have never seen the Eastern Sierras, so we are leaving most of the activities up to them. What site in East Fork is the gathering in on Saturday?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: June 07, 2017, 06:43:41 AM »
  Thanks everyone on the solar information. I have never liked running a generator for hours on end, and absolutely never in the late afternoon. I like to shut all that down a few hours before the first campfires. People who are trying to enjoy their trip usually cherish the times around the fire with friends and family, I know we do. Generators should never be a part of that. Usually, during the day we are out and about so the LED lighting in the trailer will not be on (we have skylight too in the trailer for the daytime) and maybe watch a movie at night on the tv. I would like to be on solar as much as possible, although I don't believe we'll be running much during the day, just to charge the batteries. I was thinking of a 400W portable system for charging the two batteries (that will probably grow to 4 later) and a possible light or so during the day. The refrigerator has a switch that goes from electric to gas, and I believe, unless you option otherwise it defaults to gas whenever possible.

  I had considered filling down below (at the dump station), so I think that will be my plan now. I can use the hose option in the campsite if needed later. Looking forward to making new memories in this trailer, like we did for 25 years in the last one. Although, this one has already spoiled us tremendously. Glamping at it's finest.

   Tight lines all, and hope to see you off and on there during the season. We are there July 7th - 13th (French camp #37) and Sept. 13th - 22nd (East Fork, #111). Stop in and give us a shout!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: June 04, 2017, 09:01:24 AM »
Thanks Tony. I was wondering about the dump station as well. At least I wouldn't need to tow all the way up the grade from Bishop, just the last couple miles up the canyon to East Fork.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: June 04, 2017, 08:58:58 AM »
Thanks, Packer. I have a gadget that can attach, temporarily, to the faucet and the other end threads to the hose. It was designed to use a faucet with no threads to fill the tanks. I know that some places look down on using the faucets this way, but it would only be until I can manually fill the tanks, then be disconnected. 800 lbs is a lot to tow if you don't have to.

Also, I am considering solar for the trailer. It is already wired for it by the batteries. Any ideas on the wattage of the panels needed to supply
sufficient charge for 2 batteries? I have a 5000 watt generator for the trailer, and a Honda 2000 watt generator to charge the batteries, but would rather not use them if possible. I am there for the peace and quiet, not to hear my generator running for hours.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Ideas on water fill
« on: June 04, 2017, 07:27:20 AM »
  My wife and I have been camping the RCL area for over 30 years, but with a tent trailer. I was able to pull it there and fill the small holding tank with a 6 gal water container, filled from the campground faucet. We graduated (December of last year) to a 2017, 27ft Jayco. Much different than what we are used to. The holding tank is almost 100 gallons, so the 6 gal container fill is out. the question...I have hoses and the temporary connector to attach to the campground faucet, so is this acceptable for fill? I would rather not fill my tanks before leaving home, adding around 8 lbs per gallon (800 lbs) to my tow weight. What do the rest of you do? An suggestions?

 :trailer: :trailer:We have reservations July 7th - 14th at French camp (site 37, where a faucet is close), then September 13th - 22nd at East Fork (site 111, but have no idea of faucet location). Does anyone know if there is a faucet close to East Fork 111? :trailer:

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Float Tubing 101
« on: May 10, 2017, 02:10:38 PM »
Please post back with a fish report on your trip. I have not fished the June Loop area that much except for the back country. I would like to hear how you did in the tube.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Float Tubing 101
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:00:57 AM »
I had many, many years of great fishing in a tube. Just make sure it has all the safety options available. It's best to "test the water" in your tube locally so you know exactly how to maneuver. Know also that when in cold water your legs may not operate quickly, so at first it may be a good idea to stay within an area you are sure you can make it back to land. PAC is right, there was a man who lost his life at RCL, and all the efforts to revive him failed. I know, I am his son and one of the ones who pulled him out of the water. Please be careful...and have fun.

I haven't posted in ages, but once I read your post I had to respond. Glad to see others fishing the local lakes Terry. Since my boat is locked down to Casitas that's where I have been spending my local fishing time. Once the shad come up the fishing took off. However, the key is being one of the first on the lake in order to get a few scoops before the fisherman scare the shad into deeper water. Getting a little too hot now in the year, so just waiting until my 2 week trip to RCL in September.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 24, 2015, 07:47:04 AM »
Sounds great Big Steve and wshawkins. We will check this place out on the next Trip. Hopefully the sites a large enough for a pop-up at 24 ft when extended. That's what we go there far is peace and quiet. There is nothing like laying in bed at night listening to the water. I would like to try another trip this year but have to see as we have one planned to Lake Casitas for 3 days and a 4 day trip to Apache Junction, AZ. May be able to squeeze in an overnight turn-around though, where we stay in Mammoth and drive back the next day, fishing RCL on the way home.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 23, 2015, 11:05:37 AM »
Big Steve...Is Big Meadow a first come camp area? Sounds like a place we may wish to try, if so. We normally make reservations for East Fork (either 121 or 123) sometime in September, but we are considering a few long weekend trips during the year next year (usually Wed-Sun). These are usually a quick decision within a week of, so making reservations is usually not an option.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 22, 2015, 12:30:58 PM »
 Met some friends up at East Fork on Thursday afternoon. Right when we pulled up my buddy was coming from the lake with a 4lb 9oz rainbow. The stream had been stocked and the trout were everywhere. We decided to rest that afternoon and fish the next day...big mistake. The fish developed lock jaw overnight. One problem was the extremely calm weather at the lake. The fish don't like that. I was able to catch and release many from the stream (using a black rooster tail). Spotted 3 fish in the 4-5 lb range In the stream but they were very wary of me there (even though I always wear camo when fishing the stream). The water was extremely low. Most all the fellow campers were respectful, except our neighbors. They stayed up partying and getting drunk every night until 1-2 am. Then a few of the guys snored extremely loud the rest of the night.  My wife almost blew her lid on one of them.I don't think they even left the campsite all day. Overall, the rest of the people were very nice and we visited with many of them allowing their dogs to visit with ours (Jasper).  :doglick: All in all, a good trip, it would have been great without the partying going on next door though. I could never understand going to the mountains to stay drunk most of the time...defeats the purpose of being there. Although, a glass, or two, well...maybe three, of wine during and after dinner is always good. 

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: July 02, 2015, 11:47:22 AM »
   "Be vigilant,  don't walk around with a frying pan of bacon,  you'll be fine!"
 Hahahaha....NO BACON????????? That's one of the biggest reasons to camp.
I get the meaning. I know that bears can cause damage, but deer/elk/moose can account for more injuries a year in many places. It's all a part of enjoying nature...while not ending up on a dinner table of one of its residents. 

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: July 02, 2015, 06:25:25 AM »
  WOW! Thanks everyone for the information. I am going to continually look over this to pick out the itinerary for the trip. It does look like a week is not going to be enough. We may have to extend the stay a little.

Salim- That is A LOT of information that I can use. It covered about everything. I can see where since it is a huge park someone will need to plan in order to get the best out of the trip. Even with that I believe there will probably be other trips in the future to see other parts. I am a little leery of the grizzlies and the moose since I have heard stories, so our distance will be well back from them.


Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: July 01, 2015, 07:21:40 AM »
Thank You for the information. RockNCreekGirl- thanks for the day planning information. I can see on the map where this leads and the wildlife is the best part! We were looking into visiting Teton while we are there too. Wshawkins- I was looking at ordering the "Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Hikes" a couple days ago on Amazon and wondered how good it I'll order it for sure. What size tippet would you recommend for the Cuts?

Thank you both for suggesting Bear Spray. Can't ever be too safe! We WILL be taking loads of pictures so once we are back look for the photo invasion here (if I can get it right...last time it was a struggle).


Trip Reports from Elsewhere / First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: June 30, 2015, 02:32:29 PM »
We are heading out to Yellowstone the last week of August and the first week of September. We are staying a week at Yellowstone and a few days on the way back at RCL. We are towing the trailer and already have camp reservations in Grant Village for 6 nights.

We have never been and would like to know if anyone out here knows much about the park (nice day hikes, fishing requirements and what to use, and the "must see" points of interest). We plan on bringing some ultralight spinning rigs and I will also bring my 4 piece 9 ft 5W flyrod. Any ideas on flies?

We also invested last year in a few thousand dollars of camera gear. We have both been learning buy still are pretty much beginners. What are some really great picture points to see? Are there any day excursion tours we can get into? And...most of all...animal viewing points of interest.

Any information is welcome.   Thanks

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: May 14th - 17th at RCL
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:54:13 AM »
Thank you everyone for the kind words. We are now looking into another trip the third weekend of September. We are already scheduled for a two week trip August 22 - September 7 to Yellowstone. So...we are hopeful to swing another four day weekend in September to RCL to get our last FIX of the year (both...the surrounding beauty and the pie...hope they still have it then). Interesting how when something happens in your life you tend to see all the things you missed in the past. This last trip I saw the Mountain with new vision and it was even more beautiful than I have ever seen it. 

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / May 14th - 17th at RCL
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:37:05 PM »
 Wife and I made it to French camp Thursday afternoon (site #38) and it was a warm 35 degrees and snowing. Set up camp...only after building a warm camp fire. Friday morning I was up at 5 am anxious to fish only to see that it was 23 much for getting her up. So....found things to do around camp to occupy me while it warmed a bit and she arose from her warm bed. Tried RCL at the boat ramp Friday evening for a while and it started snowing like crazy. Only had a few bites but seemed they were not that serious on wanting to feed...go figure. Saturday morning I arose early and ventured by myself to the boat ramp. I managed to land several rainbows (all small) and one Brookie that was right at 14 inches (on a worm). I released them all thinking that it would be a better day for fishing and I would catch many more...wrong. Left my spot...that was quickly filled by my fishing go back down the canyon for Lynda. We made it back up to the lake at the outlet on the rocks. I was able to land several more rainbows but they were even smaller than the ones I caught that morning. They are not stocking the nice sized trout anymore? All the ones I caught, other than the Brookie, looked like I could have used them for bait themselves. The trip was great though. I love the cold weather and she does too. Just so glad we are able to continue our trips together...the fish is an added bonus. The beauty and experiences are the reason for the adventure, and the makings of more fond memories...together.

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