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Eastern Sierra Fishing / CW trail report July 26-29
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:47:43 PM »
This was my first overnight backpacking trip and what a wonderful experience to share it with my 12 y/o son and my wife's cousin also came along. I can’t wait until I can get my two younger songs to come as well so we can all go together.  I appreciate everyone’s comments from this site that helped give some helpful advice. I wish I was a better photographer to do this place justice.

We left Thursday morning the 26th from SoCal and arrived in Lone Pine to Secure our permit. 
After lunch at Alabama Hills Café we took the little drive up to Whitney Portal to have a little rest by the waterfall.

We then headed up to the trailhead campsite where we spent the night to acclimate to the altitude. 

We left the next morning up the trail.  Beautiful trail and not too challenging for my son.  Our plan was to camp at lake 3. If I had to do it over again I would have taken 'the pass' trail rather than the normal lakes trail which is about 0.5 miles longer and steeper.  It did have a grand view as you come up over the ridge and behold the valley with lake 1 and 2.

We had lunch next to the outlet creek from lake 1 and I couldn’t resist at least wetting a line for 10 minutes.  Got a beautiful golden right away on a black ant.  Unfortunately no picture of the fish which was a theme throughout our whole trip to my dismay. I guess I was a bit overly concerned about c&r and my son was a bit slow with the camera which I put him in charge of for the fish pics.  So we unfortunately have no pics of the fish we caught.

We set up camp at the southeast end of lake 3 with a beautiful view of the lake. We rested a bit and then fished some that afternoon.  We had several bites mainly on a black gnat but they just seemed to swipe at with their tail.  My son had several followers with a  gold panther martin. Finally I got one on a silver blade/yellow PM.  I was kind of shocked to see that this guy was actually a rainbow hybrid!  I was under the impression that all fish in this basin were golden’s.  I did read somewhere that the stock had been polluted by some rainbows in the 90s though so maybe some of those are still running around. The thunderstorms and hail made us retreat to our tent before too long and we called it a day. 

Some of the neighbors were resting as well

We woke up the next morning and fished the majority of the morning down the east shore of lake 3 . I literally tried everything I had in my kit. The 5-6 inchers tormented us with short bites but no takers and no signs of bigger fish.  I had two nicer 8 inchers on a mini jig but they spit the hook so ended up being long releases (a few lessons learned on this trip with barbless hooks which I have not used before).  We had a little snack at the inlet of lake 3 waterfall and then headed back to camp for lunch.

After lunch we decided to explore lake 1 and 2. I was a bit disappointed that lake 3 didn't give anything up but there were several people fishing and I didn't seen anyone catching.  I thought about going to 4 and 5 but I didn’t get enough pics of 1 and 2 and the vistas were just too beautiful to pass up.  After some extensive picture taking, at the angst of my son we fished for a couple more hours that afternoon. 

I got a couple more no greater than 8 inches and a couple more long releases.   My son got his only fish at lake 2 on a mini jig and was the big fish of the trip I estimated 14 inches and fat, unfortunately again we are unable to get a pic. This was something that my son was quite upset with at the end of the day and even shed a few tears that he wasn’t able to get his fish pics which I also did a little on the inside.  He did take some consolation that he beat his dear old dad and was the champion of the trip with that fish.

We headed home, had dinner and enjoyed a full moon over the lake.

We woke up early the next morning and had an early start at 7:15 to meet my wife at the trailhead by 11am and we made it 45 minutes early with a 15 min break to try and get one creek fish for a pic ;)   We took the pass trail back where it meets up at lake 1 and was noticeably easier (although have to say was downhill so may have been biased).

All in all it was a wonderful first backpacking trip and I hope the first of many.

I originally saw this topic on highserratopix and as I am getting my gear ready for some trips this summer and thought this might be fun while waiting to actually go. What am I missing? Any comments are welcome. Would love to see others kits as well.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / 2 day backpacking trip help
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:38:51 PM »
So I have got the go ahead from the boss (aka wife) to take my soon to be 12y/o on our first father/son backpacking trip.  I plan to do 2 nights.  We camp about 3 times/year and this will be our first overnight non car-camping trip together just to give your my experience level in the backcountry overnight. My bucket list is to finally get into some golden trout (even more so after seeing wshawkins recent posts!).  I am thinking cottonwood lakes is my first option but I was hoping to get more ideas.  I want to limit the trek to about 8 miles one way for his trip which puts cottonwood lakes right below that.  Does anyone else have other suggestions?  I appreciate any advice.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Snow in the backcountry!
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:38:19 PM »
Hello everyone.
My family and I are headed up next week on Friday.  I see the lake has finally thawed but I'm told LLV probably still has a few feet of snow.
LLV is our typical go to for our hikes.  Any other recommendations for hikes in the area/backcountry fishing that may not have as much snow?
Thanks in advance and I will post some pics when we get back!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Mammoth Lakes
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:54:47 PM »
Hello everyone. Due to some good advice from all of you I have planned a trip to coldwater campground in the mammoth lakes area.  I plan to get some good fishing in with my boys and was hoping for some more advice.  I want to do some of the area hikes but not sure I will be able to hit all the lakes. I've seen wshawkins Lake McCleod post and that is definetly one we will hit up to try our luck for some cutties. Any other suggestions such as TJ lakes vs Crystal Lakes?  I've heard crystal may even have some golden hybrids. 

Of course we will try some of the bigger lakes. Any suggestions on which of the lakes for smaller kiddos? Twin, May, and George all look great and I wish I had enough time to see everything.

I hope to post some pics when we get back in July.  I will also post our June trip to RCL. Lots of good summer fun coming up I can't wait!

:campfire2: :camping: :hiking2:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Suggestions
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:10:22 PM »
Hello all I hope everyone stays high and dry over the weekend. It's really been a pleasure reading posts from this site and I especially appreciate all the pictures that I can live vicariously through.

I wanted some suggestions from the experts here. My family is able to take an extra trip to the sierras this year. We always do rock creek of course usually east fork and every year we also do a second trip to Reds meadow.  So I wanted some suggestions on what everyone else thought is their other favorite place to car-tent camp. My only musts is that the wife likes her flushable toilets and I have to have good fishing nearby for me and my 3 boys whether that be camping by a lake or some good close backcountry lakes.  I've been thinking about silver lake or maybe twin lakes sites.  Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks again  :campfire2:

Eastern Sierra Forum / All about pie
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:37:43 PM »
Nice article.  Makes me hungry for next year at rock creek! Maybe a few new places to try out as well. Link below:

Eastern Sierra Forum / July Trip
« on: July 08, 2015, 06:14:42 PM »
Hello everyone.  I'm headed up to east fork the end of this month with my boys for some rock creek action. I can hardly wait!!
We have stayed in the area before but this is the first time camping at east fork.  I could use some advice on where some of you get your firewood. Is outside wood allowed? I didn't see it posted anywhere on the campground website.
Also, this is the first year I will be taking the kiddos hiking into little lakes valley.  Any tips on the best fishing lakes in the to get them on the fish?  It seems from what I've read any of the lakes are a good bet for some brookies.  I think we may go as far as chicken foot but I think that will be it since I'm not sure how long the 5y/o will last. I was thinking heart lake may be a good place to spend some time but appreciate any advice.

Thanks for any advice in advance. I'm so stoked!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Fishing with kiddos
« on: July 14, 2014, 04:30:43 PM »
Hi everyone, I'm new to this site.  I started an annual trip with my boys last year up to the Eastern Sierras.  I'm planning on taking them over to Rock Creek since I've hears such great things about it, but I don't know the area real well.  My boys are 7 and 4 and any suggestions on best places in that area to get them on the fish would be much appreciated.  I've heard the little lakes valley is nice, but not sure if it will be too much of a hike for the little guy. 

thanks again

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