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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Beginner Fly Fishing
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:31:52 AM »
Well I joined a local Riverside Fly Fishing club and my first lesson starts next weekend. I know they will be giving us general info and equipment recommendations at the first class, but just wondering what you all might recommend for a starter setup for trout fishing in the sierras.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / last trip of the season
« on: October 18, 2016, 08:50:25 PM »
Heading up early, early Friday morning for a quick end of season trip. Thinking about fishing the Owens Friday, but don`t have much experience with it, although I have fished PVR a number of times. Heard people mention Collins road and Benton Crossing and I know certain areas have special regs, anybody have any spots they recommend. Saturday we will be venturing farther north possibly Virginia lakes or the loop and then late Saturday or Sunday morning we should be at RCL . Looks like the weather is going to be real nice, hopefully the fish gods will be nice to us too.

 :fishing3:

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / 5/19-5/22
« on: June 06, 2016, 07:56:57 PM »
Trip report 5/19-5/22

Left Riverside around 4:30 am Thursday morning with Fishin Boat in tow, headed for Crowley. Had a few traffic delays and pit stops along the way but arrived at the lake around 11:00 am, there was a mild breeze with the occasional gust. After passing inspection and paying our fees, we were warned of the approaching weather, Wind advisory with 40 mph winds expected by 1:00 pm. By the time we loaded our gear and launched the boat, there was 2-3í white caps and wicked wind, we were officially blown off Crowley. We put the boat in the slip and headed up the hill to RCL, after trying to fish in the wind for a couple of hours with no bites, we decided to head down the hill to Bishop for a sure thing, Mexican food and cold beer !!
Next morning woke up to more hard blowing wind, drove up to Crowley to check on the boat and the lake, wind and white caps !!!    Decided to try PVR as all the weather reports further north looked worse, when we got there it was nice and calm, walked past the Dam a ways to a spot had fished before, with in a half hour the wind started whipping through the canyon. Stuck it out for a couple of hours with no luck, so we decided to head up to Lake Sabrina. Conditions there were actually pretty good with only the occasional wind gust. Ended up C&R a dozen or so stockers on PW`s, got bored with the little fish and drove over to North lake. It was nice and calm there with no wind at all, but not one bite.
Saturday morning woke up to clear skies and no wind, Crowley here we come, within 45 mins we had 3 fish in the boat and both of us with our first ever Cutthroats.  After our initial flurry things slowed down but we still picked away, I unfortunately missed more than I caught, but my Buddy ended up having a great day. He got a Crowley Slam ( Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Perch ) LOL, with his biggest fish being a 4lb Cutty.
Sunday morning we fished a couple of hours at Crowley, with no luck before pulling the boat out and heading home. The wind got under my skin, but overall we had a pretty good time. Look forward to getting back soon.



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Anything Goes / Happy Fathers Day !!!
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:43:19 PM »
Hope everyone had a great Fathers Day!!!

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / End of season 2014
« on: November 18, 2014, 07:53:55 PM »
Left for Bishop Thursday afternoon, stopped in Olancha at the Ranch House cafe, always say someday Iím going to eat there, someday finally arrived. Food was good, nothing special, but the hospitality was great. They invited us in to watch football like we were one of the locals, real nice group of people.
Friday morning we headed up to the Virginias, they had gotten a small dusting of snow the day before. The sun was out but it was pretty cold and windy most of the day. The fishing at Little Virginia was excellent as usual, pretty much nonstop on PW`s , but the fish were all small 10-12Ē. Fished Big Virginia in the afternoon by the inlet and had 4 fish out of 6 casts, then the sun went behind the clouds and the bite shutdown immediately.




Saturday morning we drove up to RCL, once again the fish where biting but the size was on the small side. Had lunch at Toms place then drove up to the loop. We fished Silver Lake but the wind was pretty wicked and we only managed one fish. Finished the afternoon at Gull Lake and caught a couple of slightly better size fish, then went back to Bishop for some beer and pizza.
Sunday morning we fished PVR, the weather was beautiful but the fishing was slow and the few we caught were once again on the small side.










This trip was the latest I have gone up, we usually go a week or two earlier and thought Iím glad we got to fish little Virginia, I was very surprised at the lack of snow. Letís hope this El NiŮo brings above average snow fall this winter.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / End of season trip
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:04:51 PM »
I will be making my annual end of year trip a little latter than usual this year, we will actually be going closing weekend.
Any one else crazy enough to venture up that way that time of year, if so let me know, always enjoy meeting up with fellow creekers.  :fishing3:

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Big Bear 9-12 thru 9-19
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:57:53 PM »
Went to Big Bear for a week to relax, drink some beer and oh yea do some trout fishing! Weather was awesome mid to high 70`s, although we did get a quick storm that blew thru and dumped some rain and hail. Trolled every morning and managed to bag 1 or 2 holdovers each time, mostly around 1-1 1/2 lbs. Most of the troll fish where caught on TB`s and wedding ring worm jigs. On a couple of afternoons we drifted some NC`s and mice tails and got some good hookups. Midweek one afternoon my wife Lorri AKA the powerbait queen AKA Lorri the lunker slayer, decided it was time to break out the powerbait. Well in no time it was game on and she landed a nice holdover just under 19" and around 2 1/4 lbs. Of course as soon as we got back to the lodge she entered it into the weekly trout contest, which she ended up winning and taking home the trophy!
 :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: The Lunker Slayer does it again!  :lol2: :lol2:







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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / First trip 6/19-6/22
« on: June 29, 2014, 09:07:23 PM »
Left Riverside Thursday around 1:30 pm, rolled into Bishop just before 6 pm, checked in then hit the Bowling alley for a tasty burger and a few brews. Up early, breakfast at Denny's, then on the road to Virginia lakes. Hit the trail to little Virginia and amazingly got our hot spot, WFO on orange, pink and white PW`s, couldn't C&R them fast enough, nothing big though. Kept 2 that where gut hooked and left at around 11 for some lunch. After lunch decided to fish Big Virginia, a lot slower but still manged to C&R about a dozen fish on TB`s, PW`s and NC, still nothing of size.
Finished off a great day of fishing with some great Mexican food and beers at La Casita.
Saturday morning drove up to RCL and once again got one of our favorite spots. Fished for about 2 hours for about 5 or 6 fish after trying just about everything in my tackle bag. Decided to leave and try our luck elsewhere ,because it was too SLOW! (I think maybe we got spoiled the first day!  :lol2:). Drove up to the loop and fished June lake along the rocks on the main road side, talk about dead, Nothing! On our third move I decided to bait and wait  :fishing3: and cast out a Gulp pinched crawler, as I reached down to put my rod in the holder, slam! fish on. I start reeling and the fish leaps out of the water and spits the hook, I swear he flipped me off!!! Fished that spot for another hour for nothing. Drove over to Gull lake around 3pm and fished by the playground, caught 2 or 3 small ones on PW`s. Once again decided to bait and wait and relax and have a beer as we started to get some pretty good wind gusts. Bam, fish on, feels really good, working him slow, just as I see color a voice behind me says "Hey hows the fishing", I turn to say pretty good got a nice one on now as it breaks me off in the reeds!!! OK I`m done, back to Bishop for some Pizza, beer and much needed sleep.
Sunday morning we decided to try our luck at Crowley, rented a boat and trolled for about 3 hours for nothing but weeds. Since our trout fishing luck had dried up, we attempted to hunt for the Sacramento perch. After fishing 4 or 5 weed beds my buddy caught 2 and I caught my first and only SP.
Made it back to Riverside around 6pm, as always another good time in the sierras.
Cant wait to get back up there in a couple of weeks.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / pack trip
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:45:45 PM »
Saw this video on Facebook via Okuma fishing. Looks like a great way to cover a lot of the back country.

http://vimeo.com/m/79743165

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Anything Goes / Posting Pics
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:58:59 PM »
Okay been awhile since I posted a report with pics.

I used Imageshack and instead of the photos being posted in my report it just has the links ?

Can anybody help this ComputerTard out.

On other forums I have been able to post pics directly without an image host, but I don`t think that works on this site.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Final Trip 10-31 thru 11-3
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:47:32 PM »
Arrived in Bishop on Halloween afternoon and drove up to PVR. Fished for a couple of hours, pretty slow, but the weather was amazing, 75 degrees and sunny and clear.




Friday morning headed up to Virginia lakes with hopes of fishing LV, the reports from the previous week were excellent with some nice Alpers caught. Dťjŗ vu, frozen over again, thatís 3 years in a row. 4 years ago we had an incredible WFO morning there, definitely going a week or two earlier next year.
Fished Big Virginia till about 1:00, once again the fishing was kinda slow, but another gorgeous weather day.









Stopped at Lundy for a couple of hours, then hit a couple of spots at Gull lake, got skunked at both places.




Saturday morning we drove up to RCL, the gate to the lake side road and campground was closed, I guess we can thank our wonderful government for that. Drove in the group camp road and fished a couple of spots on both sides of the boat docks. Fishing was pretty steady, but nothing but little stockers, once again the weather was just amazing.




Drove over to Crowley in the afternoon to try our luck at getting a Brown, there was about 5-6 guys fishing the marina area. The browns were spawning and breaking the surface, we rigged up some TB`s with barbless hooks, but couldn`t get hooked up. There was only 1 guy that was catching fish, it looked like he was using a topwater Rapala in maybe a perch pattern, he was pretty dialed in, C & R multiple fish in the 3-5 lb range.

Saturday night we went to Rusty`s and celebrated my buddies Birthday, had a goodtime hanging out with the locals.

Sunday morning went to Jacks for breakfast to shake off the hangover, then headed home to get cleaned up and go to my twin Grandson`s 1st birthday party.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / End of season trip
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:50:30 PM »
Buddy and I are heading up tomorrow for one last trip, hoping to get our Trout On !
Weather looks good, hope the fishing will be the same. If anybody else is going to be up there send me a PM.
 :fishing3:  :fishing3:

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Anything Goes / Fishin Boat
« on: September 17, 2013, 08:04:20 PM »
http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac43/bstolton/bth_IMG_11001280x960_zps14ae403c.jpg

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Project I have been working on that I thought some of you might appreciate, 21' pontoon boat that I am restoring and hope to use to catch stripers and trout from. I launched it for the first time on Monday at Silverwood lake, but unfortunately  couldn't get it started. We will be back to try again.  :fishing3:

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Memorial Day Weekend
« on: March 21, 2013, 07:12:03 PM »
I`ve been to the sierras in May and it wasn't crowded at all, but haven't ever gone on the holiday weekend. Whats it like on the holiday weekend.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Trip #5 11-9 thru 11-12
« on: November 18, 2012, 04:59:35 PM »
Rolled into Bishop Friday evening just in time for dinner, after checking the weather we decided it would be best to stay out of the high country in the morning. Tried our luck at PVR Saturday morning, it was pretty slow, C&R about 5-6 but I worked my ass off, throwing everything I had. Caught one brown about 18 oz., not quite that 18lber I kept dreaming about.


 Around noon we decided to head north and ended up at RCL, It was 20 and partly cloudy when we got there. It started snowing shortly after we got there, deja vue, just like last year only this time the fish werenít biting.




Sunday morning we drove up to Virginia Lakes, little Virginia was frozen like last year but Big Virginia was looking good. Once again we fished hard and my buddy and I C&R about 7-8 fish each, but nothing worth keeping. I must have tried 8 or more colors of PW`s and every color of TB I had, while soaking inflated NC`s and Berkley pinched crawlers, for no love from the big boys.






Monday morning we drove up to Convict Lake and took the trail about half way to the inlet. Once again it was tuff fishing, I fished mostly PW`s and pinched crawlers for about 5-6 stockers. This time I kept a few as I was determined to have a fish dinner when I got home.



Even though it wasn`t WFO like the last couple of years, we still enjoyed our end of season adventure.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / 9-21 thru 9-26
« on: October 07, 2012, 08:31:39 PM »
Trip Report 9-21 thru 9-26
Friday
Arrived in the loop just after noon and drove to the Gull lake playground to have lunch and wet a line. 1st cast with an orange PW- Fish on! We caught a few more and kept 2 for dinner.
Saturday
We drove up to Yosemite, this was our first visit and 1 day really isnít enough time to soak it all in. This is truly an amazing place and we definitely need to go back and spend more time.







Sunday
We fished RCL, started out a little past the boat docks for no luck. A fly fisherman seemed to be doing quite well next to the docks. I need to add the dry fly and bubble to my arsenal. We moved up to the inlet past the campground and our luck started to change. Lorri ended up catching 2 nice alpers around 2lbs. We picked up some pie for dessert and headed back to the loop.





Monday
Started off the day with a hearty breakfast at Silver lakes cafť, while watching the windblown whitecaps roll across the lake. Fished off the rock at Gull lake, which provided us with pretty good shelter from the wind. Did pretty good on PWs and a chrome TB, nothing big but lots of action.





Tuesday
Went to Virginia lakes and got my favorite spot near the inlet. In no time at all Lorri catches a nice 3lbr on a grasshopper fat worm. I used to call her the Power Bait Queen, but since I got her on pinched NCs and fat TWs, sheís now Lorri the Lunker Slayer! We ended up having an awesome day; I had nonstop action on gold and rainbow pattern TBs. We ended up with 4 fish in the 2 Ĺ to 3 lb range, nice way to end the trip.








Wednesday
Had breakfast at the Tiger bar before making the long drive home. To those unaware June Mtn has been closed indefinitely and this is a hard hit to an already struggling small town, please support the Loop whenever you can.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / RCL 7-12 thru 7-15
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:29:56 PM »
Had everything packed up and ready to go Wednesday night in the fishing (project) truck. Left the house at 5:30 am Thursday morning, after about 30 min on the road truck started making a weird noise that sounded like it was coming from the trans. Turned around and went back home and switched vehicles, we lost about 2 hours, not such a great start. Stopped at the Mt Whitney fish hatchery on the way up, so my grandson could feed the fish, they sure are a lot bigger than grandmas goldfish ! Got to Palisades campground around 2pm, to find the trailer setup under the trees and right by the creek (thanks again Carol). After we got settled in we all went up to the lake to go fishing. First cast with an orange PW, fish on, handed it over to my grandson and watched him reel in his first fish. How cool is that !









Friday morning my son in law and I got up early and fished by the boat docks while everyone else was sleeping. Only caught a couple then headed back to camp for breakfast. We drove up to the June loop and hung out by the playground at Gull Lake. Enjoyed the day fishing, playing in the playground and picnicking by the lake, a fun family day.







Saturday morning we got up early again and went to the inlet at the end of the campground road. This time it was game on, we c&r over a dozen fish and brought back about 7 or 8 all before breakfast. After breakfast we drove up to Mono Lake and toured the Tufaís and had a nice lunch by the water.
Saturday evening was the group event, which was a little smaller this year, but once again a great time was had by everyone. I donít think you could find a nicer group of people to hang out with.






Sunday morning my son in law and I made one last early morning run up to the lake for another round of fishing before we had to pack up. I came up a couple short of us both getting our limits, but we had another fun morning. Back to camp and we were almost packed and ready when they showed up to get the trailer. Said our final goodbyes than stopped at toms for breakfast, and then made the long drive home. Canít wait till the next trip !

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Anything Goes / JoJo
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:04:01 PM »
I know some of you may get a kick out of these photos of JoJo when she used to compete in dock jumping.


















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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / 5-10 thru 5-13
« on: May 20, 2012, 07:07:03 PM »
Left Riverside late Thursday afternoon and arrived at RCL around 10 pm, setup camp and hit the bag.



Friday morning drove up to Virginia lakes, Big Virginia still had a lot of ice, but Little Virginia was freshly thawed. Pretty slow first hour or so and decided to move to another spot, then it was game on. Most of the fish were small stockers but still fun. C & R about 15 + fish mostly on orange PWs, a few on a gold and red spinner and a couple on gulp pinched NCs. Kept 2 small gut hooked fish for dinner. There was 3 other shore fisherman and 1 float tuber.









Stopped at Lundy on way back to French camp, caught a nice wild bow right away. C & R about 8-10 fish and Kept 3 nice ones to complete my limit. Most where caught on orange power worms again and Pinched NCs. There were 2 other people fishing Lundy and later I found out it was Dusty and Miki.









Saturday morning drove up to the loop and the Walker lake trailhead, right where the trail meets the lake decided to fish for a while before I started my hike up Bloody canyon. Still had an orange PW on my rod and cast it out, bam fish on! Fish is peeling line and leaping out of the water. Thought I had a 3lb + fish, reeled him in and it was a real nice wild bow, nice way to start the day. Fished for about 30 min, but no more bites.





9am time to get going up the hill. This was a pretty hard hike and I thought about giving up a couple of times, but I pushed on. The scenery and the views of Walker and Mono lakes were just breathtaking. The roar of Walker creek seemed to be calling out to me to keep going. I reached Sardine lake at about noon and was completely exhausted. After catching my breath I fished for about 15-20 min, but no luck. No worries, the experience and the beauty of the area were well worth it.

















2pm and decided to wet a line. I hadnít caught anything on a TB, so I broke out the go to gold and cast it out, bam fish on! Reeled in a nice fat holdover rainbow, fished for about an hour with no more luck.  Man that end of the day 1 mile straight uphill hike out of Walker lake was killer!12:30pm time to head back down to Walker lake, got to the shoreline around



Sunday morning drove up to Rock creek lake to see the sunrise and fish a little before heading home. Fish where busting the surface everywhere. Once again the orange PW and pinched NCs did the trick. C & R about 7-8 fish and kept 3 to take home. Landed my biggest fish of the trip, a nice 16-17 incher. Packed up camp and headed towards Bishop, gassed up at the casino and fueled up at Jacks.







Made it home in time to celebrate Mothers Day!

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Huge Brown !!!
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:20:27 PM »
Someone caught a 19lb 12oz Brown out of PVR on monday 5-7, as reported on another site FNN. Look for it on the front page of WON.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / upcoming trip 5-11 thru 5-13
« on: May 08, 2012, 07:56:19 PM »
My trip this weekend has changed, my buddy is not going to make it. Looks like it will just be me and JoJo my lab. So I am going to get in a few bag nites. I will be camping at RCL, probally french camp, I don't think anything else will be open yet. Saturday I hope to do a day hike, but even with the light snowfall this year, not sure what areas will be accessible. I have never been up there this early in the year other than local bishop. Parker and Walker lakes look like good options. I know that the road is open to Mosquito flats, and I have been to Chickenfoot before but it was in july, what about the trail to the Hiltons. Any input would be appreciated. If anybody else is going up this weekend,let me know, maybe we will cross paths.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Sierra itch
« on: April 15, 2012, 07:54:41 PM »
Just got done enjoying some trout we caught last year and a few mammoth brewery beers, had to scratch my itch.  ;D
Need to get back up there soon.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Bishop 3-16 thru 3-18
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:10:12 PM »
Arrived in Bishop around 9:00am on Friday and then drove up to PVR. It was our first time there so wasn`t sure what to expect. I had heard that near the ďTreeĒ was a good spot, so we walked along till we came to what looked to be the one and only tree. The wife wasn`t too thrilled about the steep banks, but we made the best of it and started fishing. The bite was on and off all day, but I think we did pretty well for our first time. We C & R about 14-15 fish between the two of us, with a couple of nice ones that looked to be close to 2lbs. The weather was partly cloudy with a few wind gusts, but no rain.
Saturday we decided to skip the derby since it was raining when we got up, instead we drove around and checked out some areas along the Owens River. There was a break in the rain around 10, so we stopped and tried our luck for about an hour or so, didnít even manage to get a bite. Went to the casino for lunch and a little gambling, the food was bad and our luck was even worse. After some good Mexican food at La casitas, we ventured over to Rustys bar and did a little St Paddyís day partying with the locals, good times.
Sunday we had breakfast at Jacks and then headed home. We took a couple of side trips, one up to Glacier lodge where we met the lady who runs it, she was checking out the fresh snowfall and said they would probably be opening up soon. The other was up to Onion valley but the road was closed at seven pines. We had a good time and canít wait for the next trip.


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