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Eastern Sierra Forum / East Fork
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:24:12 PM »
Just got home from 10 days at number 82 East Fork.  Drove right in and got our favorite campsite.  81 is great also.  As expected the creek is really high.  According to the camp host Shirley, the water at the bridge at 59 was right at the bottom of the bridge.  yikes.  It was about 1 1\2 foot under last week, so I'd say the flood stage was 3 ft over normal.  There was almost no place I could comfortably wade across the creek.  The only fishing I did in the creek was at the willows by the entrance.  OK on browns only.  Hosts say they stocked, but I don't think so.  Otherwise, fishing wasn't good for me, creek or lake.  Saw some guys doing well from float tubes by the inlet side on mini jigs.  Good times as always.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Bait fishing
« on: August 08, 2016, 03:06:28 PM »
New rig this year.  4 lb test, only cause it's too much hassle to tie 2 lb.  #8 long shank hook, but a #10 would be better.  King mealworms and the smallest split shot.  These mealworms are available at pet stores for feeding reptiles, etc.  This is so much better than night crawlers, etc.  Will be approved by  any native, brook, brown, etc and stockers as well.  I know if you're a fly guy (vegan), you don't approve.  Just cut the line and leave the hook in.  Same difference.   
Cheers.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / New trip report
« on: August 08, 2016, 03:00:13 PM »
Just got back home San Diego East County 8/8.  Great trip.  No issues with truck, camper or anything else.  Rolled right in to our number 2 camp site at the top of East Fork.  Killed them as usual at the willows  bait fishing for the required trout dinner. 
Best fish maybe 2 lbs.  New setup, see fishing posts for details.  Fished the lake on Wednesday 8/3.  I'm told it was the day after they stocked the lake, because at first light, we had a wide open bite right at the outflow.  The trout were boiling on some kind of fly.  I've had bites like this on saltwater, but never on a lake.  Spinners, spoons, whatever, all catch and release, but maybe 50 fish in 2 hours.  Plus, just me and one other guy in a kayak on it.  Righteous.   
Great trip, finished with 3 day buzz at the Bluesapollusa in Mammoth.  Next year, skip the Mammoth part and have 3 more days camping.
Oh, also.  Went off trail around Heart Lake to the back side of Box Lake and out past Big Fish Lake.  I've got serious plans for next year.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / The perfect vacation
« on: June 18, 2016, 09:10:17 PM »
There's a lot to be said for trying new spots and new adventures, but I think I have perfected the 2 week rat race escape.  First off, my wife really enjoys camping and takes her share of the trip seriously.  Except for grilling, she does all the menus and cooking!  I am on the hook for a least one trout meal.  Never fear.  So it's 10 days at East Fork.  On the back of the camper is a 225 Yamaha.  Light enough that I can put in on the carrier by myself and enough horse power to haul us up and down the mountain at a good enough pace.  With that I can hit any fishing hole on Rock Creek, park any time I want at Mosquito Flat and even buzz up to Mammoth for growlers.  Fishing, reading, eating, camp fires, sleeping.  Am I missing anything?  10 days of that go by fast.  Then a long weekend at Mammoth for the Bluesapolluza.  Oh my.  The mellowest kegger in the world.  Serious adult entertainment.  Blues and beer.  I'll be retired someday and it'll be a whole new standard, but for now, vacation perfected.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Wildlife?
« on: June 12, 2016, 08:13:00 AM »
So last year, I'm fishing the willows at East Fork.  The willows there are really thick, you can't walk along the bank, just from opening to opening.  It's early, the sun isn't in the valley yet.  On the other side of the creek, maybe 10 feet away, a coyote comes along looking down in the water, moving from hole to hole.  I thought, that's cool.  The next morning, he shows up on my side of the creek, popping out of a hole maybe 4 or 5 feet to my right.  I ask him, in a strong voice (?) "What's up Mr. Coyote"?  He disappears back into the willow, I look back to see where he's gone.  He sneaks around me to the other side and is running off with a fish he pulled off my stringer.  Juked!  I wonder how many tourists' pockets have been picked by Wiley!   

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Rock Creek
« on: June 10, 2016, 07:19:32 PM »
I've been camping and fishing on Rock Creek for a long time with pretty good success.  I'd like to try something a little different.  Are there any fish at all in the lakes between Mosquito Flats  and say Chickenfoot Lake?  I know for sure there are no fish in Eastern Brook Lake.  Walking the shore line there are lots of tadpoles.  A sure sign.  I'll give it a try this year, but would surely like a tip.

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