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Anything Goes / Happy 3.14.16
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:16:34 AM »
Well; okay PIE Day... Homage to Sue's pies.

Went to Green Lake from South Lake. I started Thur night the 21st with an utility sleeping arrangement n of Mammoth. Sat spent a couple hrs. setting up my Delorme Se. (two thumbs up on that hardware!)Then 3 nights at Iris, only planned two, but 3" of snow Fri night persuaded me an extra, besides site 6 was awesome! Drove up to Mosquito Flat tr Sat morn. Only two cars in the lot and about 8" of snow.  Fished Rock Creek w/o much luck.
With the Snow Friday night I decided to stay and extra night (Sat) in RCL area and go to Green Sun and Mon ni
Sunday went through Bishop and visited the people who run Brown's Town Milpond Rockchucker).  Went into town to get a bit of resupply (coffee) and headed up towards South Lake. Got to the South Lake th, culled my pack and set out about 14:00.  Went up the pipeline route. Prepared for snowy conditions with micro spikes and gaiters, did not need either.  It was a bit muddy and it made for the wet boots on the pipe was a bit slick.  Streams were low and passable. Snow patches 8" on n facing shaded slopes, easily passable.
Ran into a guy said best places to camp are directly diagonal from where on the trail you first see the lake.  I headed across some snowy patches that post holed as it was 17:00.  Made camp, ate dinner and it was too late to fish as it was dark and I was tired as it was my first trip of the season.
Woke up Sat morn about 06:00 and fished out directly in front of my camp for about an hour; not a bite chucking metal. Decided to eat breakfast.  Packed up for a trip around the lake clockwise.  The first part was in the snow. Being early it was hard enough to only sink 3" walking on it. I fished to the left of a boulder 10'x 5' above the water maybe, 10' off the shore. I hooked up and the fish went to the right of the boulder. I didn't want to race to the right side and risk post holing and falling in or twisting an ankle.  The fish jumped up out of the water above the rock and spit the lure.  Probably 12-15" fish.
The rest of the one side of the lake was snow covered about 5' from the shore. I didn't fish it as I didn't at least have hip boots. The only area was on a rock where the main trail hits the lake. A few followers but no bites.
Fished the outlet and landed one 12". Spit the lure as I landed him. Hooked up with another but never got it to shore after a 5 second fight. Facing se with the sun in my face it was getting hot so I shed some layers. In the rocks and shady places the mosquitoes were swarming heavily but not biting. They  noxious were obnoxious. So obnoxious that I was then contemplating staying only one night. I got back to camp, the mozzies were not too thick.  Sat and decided to take down the tent as the weather was showing that rain was not to be or not to be or not to be much.  My tarp setup would do.
It was about 15:00. After waffling back and forth thing of what dinner and evening w/b with the possible mozzies, I decided to pack up and leave.  When I got to Green the night before a bit later than that, they were only in the branches. I had no idea if they would subside.
I walked out all alone as it was Memorial day. With having the uphill trip under my belt the trip down was drier and felt less like Nik Wallenda.  So three hook ups zero fish to add.
Stopped by Monday morning to Intake II and met/talked to Jacmac. Had lot's in common.
Pictures to follow as I'm at LAX.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Replenish the fund
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:30:14 PM »
Hey all. Log in and send a contribution to refill the coffers of the board!
When you sign in there is a link to make a contribution to the board.  Look what we were able to do with the fund we had! :chestbump:

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / TR 6/2-6
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:25:11 PM »

Second time to try this as it doinked me out yesterday.
Drove up Sunday, had breakfast at Tom's. Headed up to CSI. Passed 3 guys with 5" jointed topwater crank-type baits hooked on their poles. I asked if they left me any and they replied they left a lot.  Well, I confirm I left a lot too. Nary a bite. Spent the night in Mammoth, Coldwater CG.
Monday headed to RCL mid afternoon after picking up my permit for Tues-Wed night in LLV .  Fished the creek out of French a few small ones. Rolled into French 66 to find it bare. retired must have pulled out early... Made some dinner; threw out my bag and futzed around with my pack.  Went to sleep at dark.  About 2a I heard my bear can fall off the table. Turned on my flashlight to see two sets of orange to yellow eyes. They were about 6" apart and 18-24" off the ground.  I yelled at them and they scurried away.
Next morning got up early had some chow and headed up to Mosquito. Loaded my pack and got 300' up the trail. No way was I going to make it. I have a herniated disk and it's painful in my left shoulder. MAN was I disappointed. So back to the car and changed to day attire and hiked to Chickenfoot and fished there, Box and Mack on the way back.  It was sloooow fishing for very small specimens.
Was tired and snagged a tent spot at the lake. Spent the night, fished the lake a few hrs; caught a 18" brown and a 12" bow.  Then went down to the meadow looking for Jill. i looked for cars with out of state plates and did not see and action in the meadow. I moved on and went back to the camp and decided to stay another night.
The next day I fished in the morn and made a leisurely exit. On the way out I decided on the outlet. That's where the action was. Caught 5 more and called it a day and headed south.
I'll be back on the 8th-12 of July. Planning on Saddlebag and then maybe Thur afternoon for early club activities.  I really and to place some faces and say thanks for all the help and info from here.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / LLV snow report
« on: May 16, 2013, 06:51:58 AM »
Gleaned from another site:
"was up in Little Lakes Valley yesterday; Ruby Lake is frozen and Mono Pass has snow from the last switchback. I'm guessing the Recesses (north facing) are pretty snow covered down to 10,000, maybe 9,500'. That's just a guess though.

Oh, and actually there is way more snow in the north...."

Eastern Sierra Forum / Light weight boats
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:04:55 AM »
At $225 retail maybe double as a sleeping mat?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Trip Report Nov 1-3
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:58:44 PM »
On Thursday Nov. 1st left Las Vegas drove up 95 towards Beatty and over Westgard Pass. I’d never been this way as I usually go up 395. I got just east of the pass and saw the snowy Sierras in the distance and thought that maybe I should have looked on the Caltrans site to see if the pass was open…Too late for that.  Too far to turn back even if it was closed. It was open and quite the carnival ride. No 55mph here in spots. Also, when I saw a “one lane road ahead” sign I thought construction.  Well; it’s because the lack of construction. There is a squeeze of about 200’ of road where there is so much rock they only carved out one lane of it.
Got to Bishop and had a quick lunch.  I then headed up to Grant Lake to check out Rush Creek.  Windy, cold and cloudy.  I texted Sierra Slam to see if he was in the area. No luck his trip was pushed out a week. Grant was blown out with no easy areas to break the wind, so  I hopped over to another lake and pulled out this 2# brown; a personal best.  It was getting late, about 5 and getting dark and my hotel was waiting for me in Bishop.  I decided since I w/b out only 2 nights to hotel it rather than sleep out cowboy style. Even though I love it under the stars.
I got a late start Friday b/c of work to do and set out to Mammoth to fish McLeod.  I went up Lake Mary Rd. It was closed for the winter. Okay; one for my list next year.  Went to Convict and was skunked. There were two float tubers getting off the lake that had 3 larger size Alpers between the two of them.  So I went to the hot springs as a diversion and contemplated Saturday morning and the next season.
Saturday I got up at 7 ate; and checked out. Thought I’d fish upstream of PVR. but I decided to go south and fish the L.O.  In the Big Pine area I pulled a few out in the pictures and then to Big Pine Creek where I pulled in one small guy.  I was done by 12:30 and headed south to Big Bear to see a friend I haven’t seen in 10yrs. I spent the night and headed back to Vegas to catch my flight back to Austin.
I feel blessed I got out 3 times this season for some of the best fishing I’ve had in 35yrs. I owe some of that to the info received here. Thanks to all I look forward to the next season and more trip reports.
Pictures; a few will follow

Eastern Sierra Forum / Overdue Hiker
« on: October 26, 2012, 06:19:02 AM »
Hey folks.  This is from High Sierra Topix.  This guy frequents that forum.

Anything Goes / Firewood
« on: September 30, 2012, 01:57:58 PM »
GC wood products Mammoth Firewood  :wood:has a satellite office in Bishop. Greg said to call ahead and he can accommodate a drive in order possibly with a call-ahead.

Anything Goes / Talk Like a Pirate Day
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:14:02 AM »
Happy 10th International "Talk Like a Pirate Day" What's a good pirate w/o fish!?
Ever since Dave Barry mentioned us in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up.
The basics

Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew. There are several other sites that offer glossaries that are pretty good, and you can find some of them on our links page.

But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a "pirate patina," if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that's your thing.

Ahoy! - "Hello!"

Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"

Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."

Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."

Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it sucked!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
Advanced pirate lingo; or On beyond “Aarrr!”

Once you've mastered the basics, you're ready to start expanding your pirate vocabulary. Try these for starters

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day – A lot of guy humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship. It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on your friends.

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!

Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”

Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.

Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day – “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.

Anything Goes / Mono vs. flourocarbon leader
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:23:52 AM »
I had issues with flourocarbon breaking my last outing. Considering going to go back to mono.  I was using 4# Stren and Yozuri 2# floro as a leader. Lost more than I landed as they broke at one or the other attach points losing fish and lure.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Golden Lake
« on: August 08, 2012, 01:23:59 PM »
This is proudly my first trip report. I flew into L.A. and rented a car Saturday July 21st, went to Thousand Oaks for some camping equipment and promptly headed up to East Fork for the night.
Sunday I got up; had breakfast at Tom’s and drove to fish some lakes out of Mammoth. Fishing was good with a few Brookies and a bit of hail/rain for weather mixed in. On the way back to RCL, 395 at the Mammoth Airport had hail on the side that was sticking.  Went to Convict where I got skunked but it was raining. But I came all that way to fish! Stopped by McGee Creek Campground as they had table covers which I could pitch a tarp over as I did not have a tent. Decided to go back to East Fork for the night. There was hail in the shadows when I got there and the weather had cleared so I threw out my pad and sleeping bag on the ground as usual.
Woke up at about 6a to a sprinkle on my face.  Put away my bag and evaluated the weather for the hike to Golden Lake by the way of Half Moon Pass. I decided a go as it was early enough and fit my loose schedule abet it being drizzly. I drove to the pack station; parked and loaded up my gear. I walked through the corrals and turned down the trail along the side of the corrals rather than the trail out from the corner.  The wrong trail meant I burned an hour going the wrong direction without seeing the use trail to half moon.  It was now 9. I found the right trail and followed it up. I lost it and found it a few times. Duks are hard to discern in rock fields. There were a few rain delays spent under trees and rocks. After boulder hopping and climbing I was at the base of the pass.   With precautions for altitude sickness and dehydration as well as spending two nights at East Fork because I’m a flatlander; I made it to the saddle of the pass and could see Golden over my right shoulder and RCL on my left. At that point I was very elated. Got to Golden at 1p. Took a 15 min combat nap.
Fished for 3 hrs and hooked up 4 goldens in the 14-16 in range. Landed only one; a nice 16 incher with a small hooked jaw. Note to self: buy a net and stop using fluorocarbon leader. Could have landed all four and saved hardware.
The hike down took almost 3 hrs. From Golden back to the top of the pass was 45 mins. I tied off two ropes to help on the way down on the Golden side and it helped on the way back. Went to upper Pine Grove, ate and crashed. Tuesday drove to Virginia Lakes and hiked to Cooney Lake, a few brookies and very nice weather. Drove to North Lake in Bishop drainage and staked out a site there.
Déjà vu. I was driving to the pack station to fish the lake and saw a hiker heading my way. When he heard my car he stuck his thumb out for a ride. I rolled up beside him and asked if he needed a ride. He said yes. He put his pack in the trunk. He hopped in and I asked if he was going to the pack station. He said no that he needed to get to the South lake trailhead. He asked that I just take him to 168. I said “buddy; I’m taking you all the way to South Lake.” He began to tell his story about his buddy and his blisters still up Piute Pass. He was amazed by how high the road out of North Lake is. Also, how far South Lake was from where he was. He offered Cliff Bars as payment. I said no thanks but offered him a beer. He enjoyed it on the way. I told him Karma!  Well, a similar thing happened many years ago when I was camping with a friend at North Lake. About 10p a guy stumbled into our camp and said his buddy broke his leg up the trail and he left him to seek help.  I took him in my truck all the way into town. First, stopped by the fire station. Well, being a volunteer organization; nobody home. So I took him to the police station and they helped him. Well the next morning about 7 a Huey thumped overhead up the canyon.  I guess help was on the way.
Enjoy the pictures even though no goldens in them the one that I landed spit the lure out before I could get a picture. Also stopped and talked to the guy surveying the road and said he would be done the 2nd week of August and had no idea when the improvements would start if at all. He was anxious to get back to Denver. I want to publicly thank Sierra Slam for the info and inspiration to have a great adventure.

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Anything Goes / Healing waters
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:59:33 AM »
A great story how fly tying can and is therapeutic for our vets :flag:

Anything Goes / OR-7 Spotted and Photographed
« on: May 11, 2012, 06:44:00 AM »
Found this in Yahoo news. He was photographed in color.
This May 8, 2012 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. A California Department of Fish and Game biologist spotted the wolf and took this photo while out visiting ranchers in the area

Anything Goes / Let it snow
« on: April 12, 2012, 06:11:02 AM »
Looks like Mammoth is going to get some white stuff this w/e. A little extra water for our buddies to bathe in!

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