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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Rock Creek Lake at first light.
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:19:13 PM »
Float tubed RCL twice.  Only a couple on trip 1, skunked trip 2.  Learned not to try RCL on the weekends.  Especially on a float tube.  With anglers shoulder to shoulder, there  isn't any good way to land.  Next year, I'll be ready to fly fish from the tube seriously.  Up until now, I have been mostly spin fishing.  Sitting on that dead calm water watching the sun come up was it's own reward.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Detroit Agate
« on: July 31, 2018, 11:46:29 AM »
Love that panel.
 Back in the day, they used to paint cars on the same skids over and over.  The paint would build up in layers as they heat baked it.  Today, chunks of multi layered paint is polished into decorative "agates".  Check Ebay for samples.
That's what they've done with the paint on this specimen, grind down and show all the layers.
My jeep, for reference.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Trip report
« on: July 30, 2018, 11:14:36 AM »
Spent July 17 to July 29 at number 81 at East Fork.  My third favorite campsite.  Very private, but steep climb from camper to campsite.  Here are a few high lights.  Thunderstorms 7 out of 10 days, heavy rain, at least 2" on 2 days.  I think we usually get at least a couple.   Weather never got hot during the day, but quite warm at night.  Lows about 50.  Warm at night.
 Had a bear rip open a tent.  I use a solid sided popup for storage of fishing gear, etc.  The entrance was unzipped and open, but he just put his claws to to the back and came in that way.  No fishing gear molested, except for one sock, chewed.  Warning to tent campers.
  Fishing off.  Got confirmation of my suspicion from Pie in the Sky(or whatever it's called now) owner  that they are not stocking the creek anymore.  I fished the willows first light and like last year, there are no rainbows holding in the pools.  I can catch browns bait fishing but it's nothing like years gone by.  Fished Perch Cove at Crowley from a float tube for nada.  Talked to the locals, also skunked.
Major tip:  Arrive at Mosquito Flat before 7am for parking and hike in with very little traffic.   This was Friday.  I imagine it would be even worse on weekend. Next time I go, it will be at first light, weekday.  When we left at about 1pm, there was a zoo waiting for parking, hikers in flip flops.  Even saw one daffy chick barefoot.
I'll post some more with pictures later.  Just wanted to get a quick blast out in case anyone is heading up soon.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Float Tube Crowley
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:58:09 AM »
First time float tube fishing.  Where to launch and fish Crowley?  I'll probably recon first just to see where anyone else is.  I'd be guessing the inlet, if there's any depth there.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / 2 more weeks for me
« on: June 29, 2018, 09:53:37 PM »
Leaving So Cal for East Fork on the 17th.  The big deal for me this year will be instead of bringing the Yamaha I'll be towing a Jeep.  Won't be so good for rolling into Mosquito Flat at 11 and finding a parking place, but better for everything else!  Since now I have haul space, I added a float tube also.  I don't recall being this jacked up for a very long time.  Lots of learning to do this year.

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.

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.   

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.

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.

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!   

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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