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Eastern Sierra Forum / Fall Colors Starting?
« on: September 07, 2018, 11:00:12 AM »
We are headed up the 18th to East Fork, RCL. We are making our annual Fall trip a week later this year due to us missing the full Fall colors last year by a week. Anyone have any current information is the colors have started changing yet? I am sure this would be affectedly greatly by drop in temps overnight as well. What has the temps been day/night? we will be in East Fork until the 29th, so we have some time while we are there to really take in the colors. Where's everyone's favorite place to experience these? I know the Virginia area is always good, but what about Lundy? McGee? Will do a lot of fishing as well, but will set aside a couple days for just the camera equipment too. Thanks for any local info.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Ideas on water fill
« on: June 04, 2017, 07:27:20 AM »
  My wife and I have been camping the RCL area for over 30 years, but with a tent trailer. I was able to pull it there and fill the small holding tank with a 6 gal water container, filled from the campground faucet. We graduated (December of last year) to a 2017, 27ft Jayco. Much different than what we are used to. The holding tank is almost 100 gallons, so the 6 gal container fill is out. the question...I have hoses and the temporary connector to attach to the campground faucet, so is this acceptable for fill? I would rather not fill my tanks before leaving home, adding around 8 lbs per gallon (800 lbs) to my tow weight. What do the rest of you do? An suggestions?

 :trailer: :trailer:We have reservations July 7th - 14th at French camp (site 37, where a faucet is close), then September 13th - 22nd at East Fork (site 111, but have no idea of faucet location). Does anyone know if there is a faucet close to East Fork 111? :trailer:

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Trip Report 9/17-9/21
« on: September 22, 2015, 12:30:58 PM »
 Met some friends up at East Fork on Thursday afternoon. Right when we pulled up my buddy was coming from the lake with a 4lb 9oz rainbow. The stream had been stocked and the trout were everywhere. We decided to rest that afternoon and fish the next day...big mistake. The fish developed lock jaw overnight. One problem was the extremely calm weather at the lake. The fish don't like that. I was able to catch and release many from the stream (using a black rooster tail). Spotted 3 fish in the 4-5 lb range In the stream but they were very wary of me there (even though I always wear camo when fishing the stream). The water was extremely low. Most all the fellow campers were respectful, except our neighbors. They stayed up partying and getting drunk every night until 1-2 am. Then a few of the guys snored extremely loud the rest of the night.  My wife almost blew her lid on one of them.I don't think they even left the campsite all day. Overall, the rest of the people were very nice and we visited with many of them allowing their dogs to visit with ours (Jasper).  :doglick: All in all, a good trip, it would have been great without the partying going on next door though. I could never understand going to the mountains to stay drunk most of the time...defeats the purpose of being there. Although, a glass, or two, well...maybe three, of wine during and after dinner is always good. 

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: June 30, 2015, 02:32:29 PM »
We are heading out to Yellowstone the last week of August and the first week of September. We are staying a week at Yellowstone and a few days on the way back at RCL. We are towing the trailer and already have camp reservations in Grant Village for 6 nights.

We have never been and would like to know if anyone out here knows much about the park (nice day hikes, fishing requirements and what to use, and the "must see" points of interest). We plan on bringing some ultralight spinning rigs and I will also bring my 4 piece 9 ft 5W flyrod. Any ideas on flies?

We also invested last year in a few thousand dollars of camera gear. We have both been learning buy still are pretty much beginners. What are some really great picture points to see? Are there any day excursion tours we can get into? And...most of all...animal viewing points of interest.

Any information is welcome.   Thanks

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / May 14th - 17th at RCL
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:37:05 PM »
 Wife and I made it to French camp Thursday afternoon (site #38) and it was a warm 35 degrees and snowing. Set up camp...only after building a warm camp fire. Friday morning I was up at 5 am anxious to fish only to see that it was 23 much for getting her up. So....found things to do around camp to occupy me while it warmed a bit and she arose from her warm bed. Tried RCL at the boat ramp Friday evening for a while and it started snowing like crazy. Only had a few bites but seemed they were not that serious on wanting to feed...go figure. Saturday morning I arose early and ventured by myself to the boat ramp. I managed to land several rainbows (all small) and one Brookie that was right at 14 inches (on a worm). I released them all thinking that it would be a better day for fishing and I would catch many more...wrong. Left my spot...that was quickly filled by my fishing go back down the canyon for Lynda. We made it back up to the lake at the outlet on the rocks. I was able to land several more rainbows but they were even smaller than the ones I caught that morning. They are not stocking the nice sized trout anymore? All the ones I caught, other than the Brookie, looked like I could have used them for bait themselves. The trip was great though. I love the cold weather and she does too. Just so glad we are able to continue our trips together...the fish is an added bonus. The beauty and experiences are the reason for the adventure, and the makings of more fond memories...together.

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Trip to Casitas
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:46:58 AM »
   Well, this post has no pictures to post but I will write it up anyway. A buddy and I took the bass boat to Casitas over the weekend. The bass are actively feeding on the shad in the coves. Most of these fish are smaller, but some larger ones can be found on the secondary points within the coves, waiting on the injured shad to make their way to them. The fish push the shad into the cove and hold back towards the mouth of the cove to corral them. I was able to manage one at 3 lbs and a few more around a 1-1/2 lbs. Caught some redear as well. Overall the weather was beautiful both day and night, with the mornings being highly foggy assisting in the morning hour topwater bite. Now...on to the BAD news. You can walk out to the island and when you launch at the marina you have to go all the way around the island to make it to Coyote Creek. If we don't get water soon we are in trouble in Southern CA. We really enjoyed our camping neighbors as they were VERY respectful, nice, and quiet. This Persian couple even brought us some of their Persian type Tri Tip and Sausage prepared as it would be in their country. Great people and I hope to see them there again! My buddy brought his guitar for entertainment. Nothing like having a professional quality musician for your personal entertainment. Good friends, good food, good fishing, GREAT memories. 

Eastern Sierra Forum / Any new info on road construction?
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:51:59 AM »
The wife, Jasper  :doglick:, and I are headed up the last week of August. Since we fish the river a lot and spend a lot of time at Walker Lake we are camping at French camp. Is there any new info on the road construction at RCL road? We do travel this most every day (mostly for pie)  :pie2:. Kinda would like to know what to expect.

Anyone in the neighborhood between August 28th - Sept. 1st stop to say hi (site 34, French). We will arrive the night of the 26th kinda late leaving late Sept. 1st. Taste buds already going crazy for PIE!

Anything Goes / Trout Filet Recipes
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:49:35 PM »
 This may have bee discussed previously on the board, but here it is again. I am in need of some good recipes for trout filets.
 I have four large (pink) filets that I want to prepare without destroying them (frying). They are around a pound and a half each.
 What are everyone's favorite recipes?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Sept. 28th - Oct. 2nd. trip to RCL
« on: October 04, 2013, 08:12:16 AM »
Hi Creekers! We just got home from our trip to RCL. Due to the windy conditions we were not able to fish but a few hours during the five days we were there. We still managed to catch 37 upon which we released all but four (including the 3lb 11oz Alpers I caught on a fly and bubble). The temps were great ...just really windy on most of the lakes. French camp was virtually deserted and the host were very helpful and nice. We didn't hike at all (as we had planned to) due to our four legged friend's health. He seemed to have an ear problem and did,t feel good, so we didn't push him. We tried a few different days to stop in for some pie, but seemed to get there just a tad too late. Seems that this time of the year the pie is harder to come by as visitors are becoming less. Does Sue cut back on the pie making during this time? Anyway...this will be my first attempt at posting pics to the board so I hope it works.

The Fall colors are really starting to show, but most are yellow or light green. I did find a few like this one that was turning orange to red.

A few of the sunsets were breathtaking from the camp site!

Made it down to Benton Crossing to see if there was any action. Special fishing restrictions are now in play now until the end of fishing season.

If this attempt turns out I will attempt to post some more of the pics from the trip.

Eastern Sierra Forum / 20 Lakes Area (Saddlebag)
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:31:44 PM »

    Has anyone hiked the 20 Lakes area of Saddlebag Lake? We (my wife, the dog, and I) are headed to French Camp the last weekend of Sept - 1st week of Oct. we always try and hike a new area at least once while on trips. so this time I was looking into 20 Lakes area.  In a couple of day hike books I have it reports the round-trip is about 4 1/2 miles with very few difficult areas. I know we can take the water taxi across Saddlebag, but do they allow dogs on the taxi and would it be recommended to take the dog on the hike or not? Is the hike similar in difficulty to Little Lakes Valley? We have done a round trip to Gem in a Day with little to no problems in the past, however, we are now in our mid 50s. It is reported that some of these lakes can be rather productive for fishing, so those of you that have had luck, what worked well with wet and dry flies. Also. if there is an issue back there is there an opportunity for us to register at the Lake as being on the hike, so if we don't return, we are at least looked for? We usually go prepared for almost anything, including spending the night if there is a problem. My main concern is the difficulty of the hike and how long it may take us.    :hiking2:         Any comments?

Eastern Sierra Forum / East Fork Seasonal Closure Date
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:20:33 PM »
  OK...I know that the upper loop of East Fork CC closed somewhere right after Labor Day weekend, but what about the lower loop? We are planning a trip the last week in September and I think I remember being able to camp there that late (well...I think we did many years ago) but it was first come, first served for sites that late. Anyone know a definite answer to this? We are looking at being there September 26th-Oct 4th or 5th. I know I can always get a site in French Camp, but we like it cold so the farther up the road we can camp the better.  :cold:

Anything Goes / Try this next fishing trip
« on: April 15, 2013, 09:48:57 AM »
A redneck with a bucket full of live fish, was approached recently by a game warden in Texas as he started to drive his boat away from a lake. The game warden a...sked the man, "May I see your fishing license please?" "Naw, sir," replied the redneck. "I don't need none of them there papers. These here are my pet fish."
"Pet fish!?!?"
"Yep. Once a week, I bring these here fish o'mine down to the lake and let 'em swim 'round for a while. Then when I whistle, they swim right back into my net and I take 'em home."
"What a line of're under arrest."
The redneck said, "It's the truth, Mr. Gov'ment man. I'll show ya!
We do this all the time!!"
"WE do, now, do WE?" smirked the warden. "PROVE it!"
The redneck released the fish into the lake and stood and waited. After a few minutes, the warden said, "Well?"
"Well, WHUT?" said the redneck.
The warden asked, "When are you going to call em back?"
"Call who back?"
"The FISH," replied the warden!
"Whut fish?" asked the redneck.

We may not be as smart as some city slickers, but we ain't as dumb as some government employees.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Hot Creek Hatchery
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:41:50 AM »

   A couple (or few) years ago on a trip it looked as if the Hot Creek Hatchery had been closed down. On my latest trip up there it looked like it was back up and running. Anyone know the story on this? Is it staying open now?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Looking to make reservations
« on: August 15, 2012, 09:34:37 AM »
   I was looking to make reservations for Sept 13 or 14 for 6 nights at East Fork. I noticed that every site starting on the 14th is walk-up. Does this mean that no reservations are taken for this time and this is only first-come first-served (like it used to be and I wish it still were)? I do notice that all sites are listed this way at that time.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Fish Tail (Tale)????????
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:28:01 AM »
  I ran across this 2003 report at Lake Mary in Mammoth. I found it interesting to read and quite funny. How accurate is it?????...well, it's hard to swallow but worth the read. I guess it establishes the idea of a monster fish present in Lake Mary. If it is true the guy deserves it for fishing out of season.


Anything Goes / French Campground Wireless capabilities?
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:04:01 PM »

     OK...I know that when you venture up the mountain towards RCL there is no wireless capabilities for a laptop.
     Does anyone know if a wireless device gets reception at French Campground? Normally I would never dream of bringing
     such a human leash, but I just cannot get out of school for the time I have scheduled to be there (July 12th -18th). I know
     there are free WiFi places in Mammoth Lakes. but would rather not have to drive there every day to do my assignments.

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