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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: The Palisades
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:29:34 AM »
Great pics of some fantastic scenery, please keep them coming. Love the history too.
I get the impression there is a lot of elevation gain on this trail, is it mostly uphill or combination up and down and back up?
How far could one go on a comfortable day hike (maybe ten hours, 3 hours fishing)?

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: The Palisades
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:33:48 AM »
Your reports are always an inspiration. Especially looking forward to this one since I recently acquired accommodation in Big Pine and hoping to explore this area this year. Keep the reports coming.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Autumn Brown Trout Fishing
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:16:08 PM »
Looks like a good summer hike with all the tree cover. Do you have a preference from which trailhead you start?

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: PVR Trip from December
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:40:14 AM »
Nice Catching!!
Meant to fish PVR numerous times but never did, looks like a good winter trip plan.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: This not good news...
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:52:53 PM »
Had a bad feeling when I checked the forecast yesterday...no relief in sight!!

It's de ja vu all over again...wet December ends with dry January. :bowdown:

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip Report
« on: January 10, 2015, 01:43:19 PM »
I didn't see the all the above button.... :clap:   Thanks for all  the great pics and reading. Love it.
Hardly think it's a dumb idea! Pretty good actually. You have lots of personal knowledge and all of us here seem to greatly relish your sharing what you've seen and done.  It's a good way to satisfy someone's curiosity of a certain area if you've been there. I'll be happy to read any and all.

Ditto!!
I'd be happy with any of your stories, because you never disappoint and each is always a great adventure.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Mono Pass Trail to Lower Sardine Lake
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:45:27 PM »
Fabulous report and beautiful pics as usual.
Definitely need to add this one to my list. :hiking2:

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Backcountry Conditions?
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:13:28 PM »
Thank you all for the intel!  I also found this from the 31st: http://calitrails.com/2014/06/03/day-hiking-little-lakes-valley/

That site ties this one for all time favorites!!! Fantastic TR's and photo's.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Life's Inspiration thru fishing
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:17:29 PM »
I still consider myself a newb at fly fishing after 2 years, but stumbled upon these links on another fishing website and thought
maybe the fly fishing experts already know Tom Morgan's story.
I found it quite inspirational beyond the fishing aspect.

Enjoy:

http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/fly-rods/fly-rod-makers-tom-morgan-gerri-carlson-create-unity-universe

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:9467802

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Strictly Media / Re: 2013 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:57:09 PM »
wshawkins, thank you for your reports.
This thread is the inspiration that I start each day.
I clearly need to slow down still and look more closely for these gems when in these mountains.

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Eastern Sierra History / Re: Little Lake
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:51:49 PM »
This thread has been a great read, as are all of them.
I thought my mind was slipping thinking there was a town here, I was sure I remembered pulling off the highway in this area, back in the late 80's. I was getting desperately low on gas on a winter trip to Mammoth and cruised through town but the lone gas station was closed.

Even more coincidental to find this on CL:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/reo/4253815747.html

May be an opportunity for you history buffs???

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: 20 Lakes Area (Saddlebag)
« on: September 03, 2013, 07:18:54 PM »
Thank you all for the welcome!

This forum is a wonderful resource of information and very inspiring (especially the photos). One of the VERY few message boards were people aren't constantly beating on each other.
I had a 20+ year hiatus from this wonder called the sierras, thankfully the economy the past few years has allowed me to rediscover them (lots of time on my hands lately). So I have not a thought of stopping cause I'm just getting started. Thank heaven for old dogs  :doglick: that force me to slow down and enjoy what I'm doing or I may have hurt myself by now.
So much to discover.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: 20 Lakes Area (Saddlebag)
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:39:27 PM »
Welcome to the Board, Gypsy Wind, or should I say your first post at least.  You've been lurking for a few months now.  It looks like the water taxi will be out of service by that time according the their website.  Is there another way around the lake, one better than another?  My wife and I will be up there the first part of October in the June Lake Loop and I'd really like to go see that area myself, but if the alternate route in lieu of the water taxi doesn't allow for fishing time, that might be discouraging.  We are in our 60's and huffing and puffing on a long hike might take a lot of the pleasure out of it.

Thank you, Carol, for the tantalizing photos.

fshrsmn, I sure hope there is an "easy" alternative route around the lake to the trail for your trip (mine, too).  It sure looks like something that my bucket list should include.

There are trails around both sides of Saddlebag Lake (south side is a mile shorter) but it adds about 3 miles to the loop. After being on my feet 6 hours fishing/hiking I was beat and elected to wait an extra hour to catch the ferry (I'm 55).

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Early Closures
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:32:23 PM »
Between the drought and wildfires a lot of resorts appear to be closing way early this year. South Lake boat dock already closed, 1 1/2 mile walk to find water in Sabrina and just read that Saddlebag Lake close this coming weekend. This really sucks, Sept./Oct. are the best time to enjoy the sierras (fall colors, no bugs and no people).
Anyone planning a trip may want to double check their itinerary.

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: 20 Lakes Area (Saddlebag)
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:15:30 PM »
I just did this hike with my dog about 3 weeks ago. Yes they allow dogs on the boat, it will cost an additional $5 (RT) for the dog and $6 each way per person (they have a list of extra charges kinda like the airlines, IE: $5 per backpack, no charge on daypacks). They seem to be fussy about no wet dogs on the boat, my dog is not a big swimmer so non-issue for me, just don't let them be dripping wet and probably be OK. I'd say the hike is about equal to Little Lakes area, less trees but you can usually find shade when you need it. The drive up 120 from Lee Vining is very steep with spectacular views, from 120 to Saddlebag is about 90% dirt/gravel and single lane. I hiked up the left trail from the boat dock, best fishing for me was actual Greenstone (1st lake), went up to Steelhead Lake and then off-trail to the Cascade lakes (lots of granite slabscapes up there). Trail gets kinda thin and difficult to follow at the top of the loop so I turned around and hit Z Lake (again off-trail) on the way back. I would go back but not in August (hot, dry and lots of people) should have the place to yourself in Sept. Might want to call about the ferry schedule for that late in season?

http://www.saddlebaglakeresort.com/index.html

Website indicates they close Sept. 8???

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