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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Which lake is that?
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:53:46 PM »
If you are looking down at bloody canyon and Laurel lake on Google Earth there is a ridge to the right and a lake on the other side of this ridge. Is anyone able to tell me what it is? My earth won't for some reason. There doesn't seem to be much of a trial either. At least not one I can see.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / New spot.
« on: July 06, 2015, 10:47:17 AM »
I'm thinking about making a solo trip up to the east side this weekend. I have a lake in mind for some trophy fish, but I might put it off until there is a buddy with me at the end of the month, so I don't have to be so far back in the wilderness by myself.

My question is do any of you have any lakes to recommend for me to go to that are off road but maybe more local to the mammoth area, ( the lake i have in mind is kinda far from this area for a solo trip). I'll be staying in my usual site at McGee. I welcome a lake with an off road trail that I can take my Ranger on. I want the possibilities of catching some big fish ( so no stunted brookie lakes ). I work hard at catching fish so I welcome the challenge.

If I don't get any good Intel on some trophy lakes I'll probably just head out to my intended mystery lake. I may try my hand at the Laurell lakes again now that I know (sorta) how to fly fish.


Eastern Sierra Fishing / Hook Count.
« on: July 06, 2015, 08:09:55 AM »
Is there a limit to the number of Treble hooks on a lure? I just ordered some Lures online and some of them have 3 treble hooks on them and I wasnt sure if this is legal in fresh water. If not I'll just take one of them off and add some sort of flash or hair.


Eastern Sierra Fishing / Sawmill Lake
« on: June 25, 2015, 03:36:18 PM »
I've been looking at Sawmill lake now for a little while. Anyone ever been up this way? Any other must stop areas around this lake? Good fishing? As always I'll have a spinning rod and Fly rod.

Thanks in advance!


Eastern Sierra Fishing / Sardine lakes
« on: June 22, 2015, 03:38:37 PM »
Are the Sardine lakes any good? Want some info before I put in the work to get there!

Thanks in advance.


Anything Goes / Sitting bored at work
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:11:30 AM »
sitting here at working thinking of the tall Pines and cool waters.. almost cant take it!

So we took some time lapse photos of Mcgee Canyon and RCL while we were out fishing. For whatever reason we didnt do it before it started snowing so there isn't any cool snow shots. But I'm headed up this thursday-sunday and it looks like i may get the chance at some snow time Lapse.

It was recorded in 1080p but I cant seem to figure out how to make the resolution that high on photobucket so Im sorry if its grainy.

Hope you enjoy:

Video Courtesy of Brandon Scott's GoPro Hero 3

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Blake Jones 2015
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:39:02 AM »
Im thinking about heading up to the Blake Jones Tournament. I was wondering if anyone else is going to be there? Has anyone ever fished this? I was wondering how many people head up and fish this tournament, and about how early do you need to show up to PVR to get a decent spot. I've never even been to PVR so any info would be cool.

This will be my first opportunity to head up there this year to get some fishing done. Big Bear Lake just isnt producing for me like it did last year.

If anyone wants to meet up let me know.



Eastern Sierra Forum / Can't sleep.
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:04:34 AM »
T- 3 hours ;) 

 :clap:    :camping:

I can't sleep!!!!!!

Anything Goes / Dove season
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:19:12 PM »
Anyone know of any good places in So Cal to go Dove hunting on Public lands?? Everything seems to be private land. My buddies finally got their hunter safety courses completed, and I promised to take them out next weekend.



Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / 6-29 - 7-2 Float tube Extravaganza Trip
« on: July 07, 2012, 08:27:58 PM »
With gas prices falling, Seth ( BaldyCreekDude) and I decided it was time for another trip and a few more bag nights. We arrived into camp on Friday at 9am. We set up camp and then broke out the float tubes. I've had these tubes for over 5 years and never even opened the box, so I decided it was time this trip to do so, especially since I wanted to try trolling some streamers nice and slow. I also wanted to catch all my fish on a fly rod, as I learned this skill over the winter and had yet to catch a trout in the Sierra on one. Once we had everything set up and figured out we headed to Convict Lake.

When we got to Convict I would say it was just before 1pm. We got on the lake and kicked around the outlet half of the lake for a little while to get the feel of the tubes and how they work. Then the adventure began. We kicked from the outlet to the inlet and back again. What a journey. Seth caught 3 on a Golden Super Duper, and I struck out. I only had 1 strike all day. I can honestly say it was an amazing day of fishing even though I didn't catch anything I had a blast! We even saw a Bald Eagle out there fishing with us which was a cool thing to watch!

Saturday we woke up early and headed up to RCL. We kicked around the outlet half of the lake and around the boat docks. I was trolling an Olive Woolly Bugger and boy were they hammering those! I kept 3 that day. I have to say trolling a streamer is one of the best ways to fish, and I wish I would have been doing this for years! Saw a guy that was floating next to us hook a 3lb+ trout on an Olive Woolly Bugger. We decided to get out of the tubes and warm up a bit, as Seth was just in board shorts, and I was just in wet suit leggins. We fished from the shore and caught 3 while sleeping. We dubbed this "sleep fishing", getting woken up by the tug of a pole is pretty neat!! As the sun went behind the hill the trout started feeding on the surface so I switched to a Dry Mosquito and hopped back in the tube. I managed to miss a ton, but hook a really nice little Brookie that fought like it was a MONSTER. Ha Ha. Also saw a Bald Eagle fishing with us here too all day, such an amazing thing to see.

Sunday we were going to head out to Kirman but decided to save it for another trip later this year ( fall ) but we ended up at Crowley. Drove from the Benton road side took a dirt road out to Green banks I think. Parked the truck ( which was a super happy truck this trip, loaded up with tubes and flying down dirt roads ) and walked the tubes to the lake. Crowley was GREEN, like really really green. Guess there was a crazy algae bloom going on. Fishing was super slow, and it was super hot outside. It was a perfect day out there though, not an ounce of wind glassed out all day. Seth managed to catch a Perch on a Woolly Bugger, but that was all. After we couldn't take the heat anymore around 130pm we decided to head back up to RCL. Trolled the Woolly Buggert some more hooked a ton and caught a bunch. Again as the night before the trout started feeding on the surface as the sun started to leave the sky, but I noticed that there wasn't as many fish feeding as the night before. I switched to a Sierra Bright Dot and Hooked a ton, but landed only 2. 1 was a for sure born in the lake natural Rainbow with perfect fins awesome colors and the head of a natural. The second Rainbow on the Bright dot I think was natural as well, not a mark on its body but I could be wrong about this one. I let them both go to catch again another day. Mr. Bald Eagle was there again all day fishing with us.

Monday after neglecting the creek all weekend, we both felt really bad so we rigged up and headed to the creek. We both caught fish and spent the entire afternoon on the creek banks, bush whacking and pushing through to tight spaces and boy was it great! I love that kind of fishing.

All in all what an amazing trip!! I will never fish from the shore of a lake again, unless its to "Sleep fish" Ha Ha! Float tubes are the way to go hands down! The weather was perfect barely any wind at all and bright blue sunny skies every single day. Monday was a had a tad bit more wind than any of the other days. While up at RCL had a Bacon Burger some Golden Trout beer, and a slice of :pie2: !! I caught every fish on a fly this trip except for 1 of them. Had a blast can not wait for my next trip, this time with some Chest Waders for sure. HA

Anything Goes / Do they move for you?
« on: June 27, 2012, 02:01:59 PM »
Some people see them move, some dont. Saw this yesterday and it tripped me out.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Opeining Weekend.
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:11:03 PM »
Headed up with a couple of guys on Thursday. Left So Cal around 2pm. After some dinner at Jacks we headed to camp. We got all set up by around 8:30 and settled in around a nice camp fire. Besides the host and her amazing puppy golden retriever McGee we were the only people in camp. Talk about peaceful!!

Friday we headed out to the upper O. Fishing was slow, and I couldn't get anything to take any of the flies that I had. I was pretty disappointed but the scenery was amazing. One of my buddies managed 1 small brown on a super duper. I caught 1 maybe 10" rainbow on a pink rooster tail.

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Headed back to camp and just went exploring, it was amazing because I haven't had extra time like that to explore the canyon since I was a kid, its always fishing from the time I wake up till it gets to dark to see my line.

Finally the day had come, Saturday opening day. We woke up around 5am thinking we were "early" ha ha, what a mistake. Arrived at Convict around 5:15 to see the entire shoreline illuminated by lantern light about every ten feet all the way around, with at least 25 boats / tubes at the outlet. I've never seen anything like it, people everywhere. We walked to the right of the outlet and found a nice place to squeeze in and get set up. Fishing was off the hook! Everyone was catching fish on just about everything. Every cast seemed to be a fish on. It was great! The fish were cruising the shore so you didn't even need to cast very far out. Limits were caught within an hour maybe 2.  As soon as the sun hit the water tho, the bite died off and off to "my" (ha ha) creek we went.

Convict Lake Sunrise Opening morning :

Boy once we got started bush whacking did we ever knock em dead. We were catching trout that had been in the creek for years, beautiful colors large meaty bodies and amazingly perfect fins, all with white tips, not even a hint of being in a cement pen. When you're pushing through brush and finding a perfect little "run" or "hole" every 5 feet and being rewarded with beautiful rainbows, there really is nothing better. My favorite type of fishing is when I have to crawl and push my way into small spaces, I really don't like fishing lakes or open rivers, just to much pressure and to many stockers, I like to find the natives or stockers that have been around for years.  It was great to know that we were not only the 1st people in camp, but the 1st people to get deep into the heart of creek!

Here's one of my beautiful rainbows from deep within the thicket:

Even though I wasn't able to land anything on a fly I still had a great time with great friends, Theres always next trip to get the fly working. That's 3 "Bag nights" in for me so far, hopefully many more to come!

I plan on making this a tradition!

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