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Eastern Sierra Forum / Current Sierra snow pack vs. season averages
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:36:47 AM »
Last night I shot Dmatt over at Sierrawave an email asking how we stand currently, when compared to historical records.

He had an associate reply back, and qualified his answer by inserting water content in the snow, not just inches of snow. Their response is below:

Snow / Water Equivalents (inches) as of Feb 29, 2016 are as follows:

Central Sierra (Tahoe Basin) 87%
Southern Sierra (Mono and Inyo County) 74%

While I wish those numbers were greater, I have to say that I am pretty encouraged for a great season this year.

Think snow!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Last minute trip to the Eastern Slope
« on: October 26, 2015, 07:24:25 AM »
Just returned yesterday afternoon from a trip up 395. The 3 of us landed at Rock Creek around noon Friday after working Bishop Creek for a couple hours just outside of Bishop. No luck there so we headed up Sherwin Grade.

I'd say the weather was balmy for this time of year. Highs in the mid 60's, lows in the mid 30's. No rain, with an occasional breeze. All of the Aspens were rocking fall colors as expected.

We camped at French Camp as no other campgrounds were open further up the canyon. We scouted the canyon and fished a few spots without any luck. No bites or any signs of trout to mention. Some folks at RCL had some fish, but word of mouth was slim pickens. One guy had 4 in the 10"-11", but claimed to have seen a 5 lb'er just cruising the shoreline without the slightest interest in feeding.

Back to camp for libations, campfire and an early start on a Tri Tip dinner cooked over an almond wood campfire.

In spite of a hardy celebration the evening before, we had a great breakfast, our site secured, and on the road further north by 9:00 a.m., destination...Virginia Lakes.

Beautiful lakes there were enhanced by all the Aspens in full bloom. The fishing was tough there too, I was only able to catch 2 (released) at Little Virginia, none at the big lake, and my buddies were shut out. After a few hours, we decided to fish our way back south towards camp.

The Loop also showed amazing color along that whole route. With the water so low, the entire upper body of Grant was dry with Rush Creek cutting its way across the dry lake bed. We were able to drive down into that lake bed right to Rush Creek, but it didn't offer any fish either. Continuing around the loop, we stopped briefly to try a roadside spot at Silver Lake. That entire lake was gorgeous. One buddy in our group had never been to the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains. So to say he was astounded would be an under statement. Unfortunately, no luck with fishing there, nor with anyone we spoke to. Ventured further towards 395 and worked Rush in a spot and my buddy Donny hooked up with a larger than pan sized trout, only to lose it about 5' from the bank. Urrrrgh!

Back to camp to celebrate our near total failure at fishing that day. The rookie on the trip kept raving about the beauty, and how he would of never released the trout I caught, lol. I told him I don't release all that I catch, but sometimes I don't feel like eating trout, and/or to lazy to clean them. If I don't eat them at camp, I'm not going to take them unless they're bleeders.

Even though the fishing was slow, the scenery was extra special due to the fall colors, and we were able to enjoy a newbie's reaction to it all.

We didn't shoot many pics, but I'll try to post some later if Photo Bucket don't mess with me like the last few times I've tried.

Always good to get a trip in regardless.

Be well!

Anything Goes / HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
« on: July 03, 2015, 05:37:54 PM »
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Tomorrow, please take a minute to be grateful for our great nation, even in all of it's flaws.

Make it a safe 4th everybody

Anything Goes / A special Thanks to our Vets!
« on: November 11, 2014, 07:44:21 AM »
A huge THANK YOU to those in all branches, past and present. Always amazes me to think of their sacrifices and willingness to put it all on the line.

All gave some.
Some gave all.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Cold air
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:47:02 AM »
Just noticed some frigid air working its way down from the Great White North. Lets hope it translates into a bunch of snow.


Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Mid July Rock Creek Wildflowers
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:51:16 PM »
First pics I've tried to hang here in awhile, and photobucket looks different to me. I'll try 3 pics per post.

Eastern Sierra Forum / 5/31 thru 6/3
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:54:49 AM »
Looks like a few of my buddies and I will be headed up to the canyon, should be a decent time to go being right after the Holiday. Nothing like a little fishin, hikin and campfire sittin to look forward to.

Will be sure to look up the squirrel lady, check out Sue's pies, and finish it all off with a dip at the hot springs on the way out.

So any trip reports between now and then would be appreciated, and I'll oblige with a report once we get back.

Anyone else headed up during that time?

Now, on with the slowest 3 weeks in recent history.


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