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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek Lake Camping with the toddler
« on: August 20, 2018, 07:31:40 AM »
One thing about the Rock Creek campsites, the higher you go the cooler it will be.  Sierras weather is famously unpredictable.  French Camp will be noticeably warmer than RCL.  My first choice for campsites is always 82, 83, 81 in that order at East Fork.
Camping with a toddler?  That's some purple heart stuff, IMO.  I'd pick a campsite with good visibility, for sure.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek this weekend
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:29:34 PM »
That should work.  I was there at 7am on 7/27.  Parked next to a handicap spot.  When we left at 1pm there where 3 "vultures" waiting for spots.  Plus, there is no one on the trail going in.  You'll see the zoo going out.  Still a great time.

Anything Goes / Re: Sleeping Bag
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:07:40 AM »
You don't want to buy gear based on one year's weather, but it was super warm at night this year.  I was a East Fork last 2 weeks of July.  Too hot to sleep in a moderate bag zipped up.
What really counts in my opinion, is what's under the sleeping bag.  Inflatable mattress, pad, box springs.  I had a harder time dialing this in than the bag.  You can always sleep in a set of sweat pants and shirt if you're cold.  If you take a leaky air mattress, you're probably stuck with it for the trip.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek this weekend
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:00:10 AM »
Get a super early start on Mosquito Flats if you're going on a weekend.  There will be zero parking by noon.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip report
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:18:48 AM »
I'm certainly interested in your experienced assessment.  I still believe something has changed in the last 2 years.
"if they stock the Lake, they've stocked the creek on the way up the hill."
Why do you say that?
If they're in a hurry or taking a shortcut, why wouldn't they bypass stocking the creek?  Stocking the lake will ultimately stock the creek.  More or less.
I'd guess you think this is the bitching of someone who can't fish well.  I'm doing ok on the browns, the (should be) easier to catch rainbows just aren't there.  I'm wading the willows at East Fork at first light and the pools there used to  collect stockers like no other.  Rock Creek just doesn't have that much calm water for stockers to congregate in.
Unfortunately for me, I only have a couple of weeks a year to enjoy the area, so my expertise is not equal to yours.  I'm just trying to gather information to maximize my vacation.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip report
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:45:42 AM »
The last 2 years have been different from the previous 10+ years with regard to stocking the creek.  I was told the CFG are only stocking at the boat dock  at the lake.  Not multiple places at the lake and not at the creek.  This is consistent with what my eyes tell me.  Unless you personally saw the creek stocking, I'm going to doubt your source.  With respect.

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 / Re: Trip report
« on: August 01, 2018, 01:47:46 PM »
I think maybe more than aware, I'm going to take steps to be proactive.  Besides the moth ball trick, the manager at the lodge says she puts out pans of bleach to keep bears from breaking and entering.  They're nose can be used against them.  You can say it's the bear's territory, but if the bears are consistently in the campgrounds, they are killed.  You never hear about that but the full timers know.  The campground managers should charge offenders who leave food out.  They told me there is a fine for baiting bears, but I bet it's never enforced.  I couldn't care less about my tent that was ripped, but what did the bear learn from that?

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 / Re: Trip report
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:02:51 AM »
The sock was a Cabela's boot sock.  Now I have one spare sock.  Spoke with the manager at the Pine Grove Lodge.  She keeps little mesh bags with moth balls at every door.  Good trick I think.  East Fork #81 doesn't have a full size bear box like all the rest, so I had to keep my drink cooler on top of the truck camper.  Several other campers I spoke to reported bears sniffing around their tents at night.  Hope they don't repeat the "let's see what's inside here" trick on occupied tents.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Float Tube Crowley
« on: July 31, 2018, 06:54:30 AM »
Fished one day at Crowley.  Took the jeep into Perch Cove, which is across the lake from McGee inlet.  Lots of boats tight to the creek, but all for naught according to the locals I spoke with.  That's a LONG kick in a float tube.  I didn't make it all the way to the creek.  Saw lots of baby perch in the weedy shallows.  Just a very few trout feeding on the surface.  We scoped the area out a couple of days before.  I thought the fish would be on fire because the brush around that area was crazy with grasshoppers.  Can't wait to try again.  I think there is some access with the jeep in spots closer to the dam.

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 / 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.

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