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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Favorite Lure for Rock Creek Lake
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:41:53 AM »
Last year, they chewed the paint off a size 1 Panther Martin Holographic Rainbow Trout.  This year I have 3.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Canyon Weather
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:35:35 AM »
Interesting website, I bookmarked it.  Can anyone explain to me how to use the water flow tables?  Last year the creek was largely unfishable due to super high water.  I'll concentrate on the lake, if that's what to expect.
Also, as to the weather chart for Rock Creek, if you look closer, the reported area is at 12,000 feet.  Colder and windyer for sure.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: RCL Bait Fishing
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:52:03 PM »
How great is that!  Are those big ones orange flesh?  I think those are the best eating. Are you fishing from shore?  Any particular location?  I know those end of the season fish really want to play!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Chicken foot
« on: August 01, 2017, 06:34:02 PM »
All systems go on 7/28. 

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: July 31, 2017, 08:01:02 PM »

The Ctek setup worked as advertised.  A nice sunny day at East Fork (9,000+) charged the 100 amp house battery from 80% to 100%.  We never had the least issue with it.  I did see it running a maintenance charge on the truck battery.  Nice.

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.

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: June 27, 2017, 05:40:40 PM »
Cause it is permitted to target shoot in National Forest
It would be fun to just take the .22s along.  Anybody have any experience with this?

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:43:50 PM »
I'd like to do some shooting while camping too.   Your suggestion looks like a great place, but that's a long way from Rock Creek.  I wonder if there would be blow back about shooting closer to Sand Canyon.,-118.6680128,191m/data=!3m1!1e3

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: rock creek lake campground
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:16:11 PM »
So the road is plowed to the back of RCL.  Where is the closure now?  Will they plow to Mosquito Flats, or just let nature do the work?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Ideas on water fill
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:36:44 AM »
The water faucet at the camp host is threaded.  There's enough room to get my cab over at least out of traffic and fill the water tank.
 I'm working in a CTEK D250 S into my system now.  It will allow the solar panel to charge both the house and truck battery and the alternator to charge both batteries also.  I added a switch to run the camper off either source.  We'll see. 
East Fork in July for 15 years now.  I'm waiting for reports to convince me to move it to August.

Those campsites are walk in alright.  If you've never seen them, you need to be a light camper.  All gear must be hauled a pretty good distance. I've seen wheel barrows there, maybe they're provided by park service.  I bet it would not be a suitable campsite in 3 weeks.  Even if it was a dry year, those campsites would take a little more planning.  Not a good first choice site unseen.  If you're a backpack style camper, there are sites above Mosquito Flat.  Again, maybe not this year.

Have fun.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bishop Creek Canyon
« on: September 26, 2016, 04:07:20 PM »
Jack's is a great breakfast place, and I never passed it by until I tried the breakfast burrito at Mahogany Smoked Meats.  I could eat one every day.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bait fishing
« on: August 20, 2016, 09:53:14 PM »
Interesting trout.  Hybrid?  My favorite hole above East Fork.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bait fishing
« on: August 10, 2016, 03:55:47 PM »
This is mainly my stream approach.  I'm not much for fishing the lakes if I can't use iron.  Rock Creek has fish anywhere the water isn't a complete washing machine, but I'm looking for slow water.  I think the best fishing on Rock Creek is the willows section of lower East Fork.  I have others.  The easy approach is with waders.  Other access may be possible, but it's a maze through the willows.  If you're doing it right, you'll lose a lot of tackle drifting into structure, casting into trees, etc.  I just make cast and drift and repeat.  If you keep the drifts short, you'll gut hook less fish.  If the hook isn't in the mouth, just cut it off and leave it in.

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 / Re: Headed up in two days!
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:00:46 AM »
I win this easily with the wife.  Just ask her how many pairs of shoes does she have?

I started buying stuff from FishUSA.  Pretty nice and they ship really fast.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Headed up in two days!
« on: July 08, 2016, 09:11:42 AM »
2 more weeks for me.  I can't think of anything else and buying fishing tackle I probably won't use.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: The perfect vacation
« on: June 19, 2016, 05:42:07 PM »

The first weekend in August.  It isn't the casual weekend it was in the beginning.

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 / Re: Wildlife?
« on: June 15, 2016, 10:50:21 AM »
That would make a hella thump to hit a bear with a car.  Might even mess up a compact good.  Black bear on a dark road would be pretty much invisible.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Wildlife?
« on: June 14, 2016, 12:55:12 PM »
2 years ago we had bears in the campsite at Eastfork in the day.  I saw one walking off with a box of Cheerios and heard of another eating a citronella candle.  I get them on my game camera most nights.  I fish with bear spray now.  The ranger told me there are like 8 bears in the Long Valley.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Favorite Lake Lure & Favorite Creek Fly
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:55:19 PM »
What size elk hair caddis and purple wooly bugger would you use for Rock Creek and RC Lake.  I'm thinking something pretty small.  Less than 12?

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 / Re: Rock Creek
« on: June 12, 2016, 08:05:13 AM »
I've hiked to Chicken Foot several times, but always with my wife.  I'm thinking an early morning assault on the back side of Box Lake.  It will be for throwing metal.

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