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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Beginner Fly Fishing
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:01:08 AM »
Getting some lessons on the basics is an excellent starting point.  Practicing casting is the key to being successful.  I took the Long Beach Casting Clubs beginner and intermediate courses (six classes spread over six weeks) and they made the difference for me.  What really made the difference was personal practice.  I had a lawn at the fire station and would attach a piece of yarn and cast every evening after dinner.  May I suggest that you start you journey using barbless hooks.  Barbless hooks have just as high as catch rate as barbed but are much simpler to remove and easier on the fish.  You are embarking on a lifelong obsession that both frustrates and brings immense pleasure when you crack the code. 

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Lots of snow, part 2
« on: January 27, 2017, 08:07:36 AM »

Think of the great fishing in middle summer and beyond!  Gonna be epic.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: The High Lonesome.....Part Deux
« on: January 03, 2017, 10:23:21 AM »
Thanks....from someone who has been out there and done that.  The last time I wore and used this pack was in 1964.....the year I graduated from high school.  I had not used it again until around a year before this LL trip and it had sat patiently in the barn...waiting.   There were many things that came into play this particular trip but meeting Richard and his sister, was an amazing deal.  Like I shared....the pack represented so much more then just a container to carry stuff in.  It also carried a lot of memories of a life well lived while maintaining the values and principles that were taught to me when I carried it as a young man.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors 2016
« on: November 21, 2016, 08:38:48 PM »
Do you ever see stock on the lakes trail?

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors 2016
« on: November 19, 2016, 07:24:20 AM »
Beautiful but I wouldn't want to try and hike those sharp rocks. Looks a bit to steep.

Always important to respect one's limitations.  Probably a wise choice.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors 2016
« on: November 18, 2016, 07:36:33 AM »
Lundy is an amazing canyon and the creek that flows down from Lundy Lake is full of wild trout....Goldens if you know where to look.  Next year we're taking three days up the trail to really explore the water.

The road up is quite spectacular but can be dangerous.  We went up a week after the new ER Doc from Mammoth died at one of the last three point turns.  Definitely will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: The High Lonesome.....Part Deux
« on: November 03, 2016, 08:49:04 PM »
Thanks, Gary.  I think you appreciate it because you've been out there and done it in some pretty difficult conditions.  When you exist solely with what you carry on your back, it makes you appreciate everything that much more.  I also appreciate that you take the time to share your experiences with your family in the back country. 

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: The High Lonesome.....Part Deux
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:03:18 PM »
It was really important to me to use the old pack that hadn't been used since I was in high school.  At one point, years ago, I had called the Kelty folks and explained what I had and they sent me a catalog and said, "Pick anything you like" if I would send them one of the original 200 packs made in Mr Kelty's garage.  I elected not to do that and am glad that it will be there for one of my Grandchildren to discover the wonder and magic of the high country.  As I said, the values that were taught to us by my parents and my Scout Troop leaders were the reason I was able to do so well in a two tour hitch in Viet Nam and 30+ years on a busy fire department.  I still see those values being taught in Explorer Posts around the Southland and young people making careers out of service to others. 

There is magic and release and peace in the wind blowing through the Aspens and the song of the creeks and music the birds make.  That night at Chickenfoot, in the midst of the most amazing thunder and lightning and rain storm, I wasn't afraid but remembered the night we spent in a forest clearing halfway through our Northbound John Muir trip 56 years ago where we were warm and dry. 

Your images tell you savvy the amazing gift we are given if we only look around us. 

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / The High Lonesome.....Part Deux
« on: November 01, 2016, 09:04:38 AM »
There was a saying during the Civil War that someone who had an unusual or moving experience had "Seen the Elephant".  I've lived a long and very meaningful life by embracing those "Seeing the Elephant" moments.  This is a story of my first solo backpacking experience in the Rock Creek drainage several years ago that taught me several things using equipment purchased for my John Muir Trail adventures in the late 50's.

I was supposed to go to the Sierras with my brother for the first time since the 60's when we were very active in backpacking and scouts.  We did the John Muir Trail twice in it's entirety and had incredible adventures.  The first 3 week trip saw no other hikers other then one Ranger and some mules.  Just our 20 member group.  This was to be our chance to see how much we have missed over the years.  I have been in the back country alot but always in the company of horses and mules or firefighters with tools and hoses.

He bailed on me and I went alone.  Me and my 1956 Kelty pack (fitted and purchased in Richard Kelty's garage in Glendale).  I had been out once with Eric and MK4 but carried 45lbs and that was way too much.  This would be the second time I had lived out of a "ruck" since my two years in Viet Nam (1968-1970)  This trip I got it down to 34lbs and learned a lot about what I needed and didn't need.  This would be a journey of redemption for me and I looked forward to the challenge.

I stopped and got my wilderness permit and started up to my trail head in the sky.  At over 10,000 feet, this trail is also one of the most popular in the Sierras and lets a lot of folks get their first wilderness experience.  The parking lot was full and that added a half mile but I started off with a swing in my step.  My son insisted that I carry one of those SPOT devices and it actually worked pretty well.  I had everything I needed for three days and two nights.  I carried my fly rod so strapped my hiking poles on the back with bungie cord.  I would use the poles mainly to support my tarp.  The plan was to stop frequently and catch fish in the creek that paralleled the trail and in the many lakes that dot the region.  The scenery was spectacular....the sky as blue as I remembered it and flowers filled the little pocket meadows.  It was a good day to be going into the high country.

I fished and caught Brookies all the way up to my high country home for the next three days.  None were very big but all had the hearts of twenty inch fish as they skittered across the tops of the water.  I made it to my destination without incident.  I wasn't winded although it was almost eleven thousand feet.  I found an isolated spot....hidden amongst the trees and with a 180 degree view of the lake.  I was close enough to hear the fish jumping all night long but could see nor hear anyone else.  It was pretty cool.  I set up my tarp and put my ground cover (tyvek) and 20 degree Mummy bag inside ready for use.  I set up my "kitchen" on some rocks and went exploring.  Weather was as good as it gets and I never got a single mosquito bite.  I saw them...heard things buzzing but never got bit once.

I fished the lake to no avail other then one 3 " Brookie fingerling.  I tried everything in my box but no joy.  First cast into the feeder stream and we were in for a fast ride!  I caught fish after fish after fish with dries..Ants and Adams.  It got so repetitious that I cut the tips off my hooks so I wouldn't have to reach down and handle them.  If the fish was going away from me, I got a pretty good fight.  If they were coming at me, a couple of tugs.  I explored my little section of the world for several hours and made it back to camp to start cooking dinner.

I've been doing a lot reading and practicing with how I would eat out here.  I adopted Eric's Kooosy and made a foam/aluminum one that fits a one quart freezer bag.  You put your food in the bag....label it and it goes in the Bear canister.  I boil a pot of water....add the right amount to the bag in the Koosy and wait 20 minutes for it to hydrate and cook.  I took entirely too much food and had trouble eating most of it.  The Starbucks Instant coffee about choked me and I will boil some next time I go.
My Trianga stove would boil one pot of water on a filling and worked well for what I was doing.  My Pocket Rocket would boil two pots on one bottle and is either full on or off.  I had to use the Trianga with a  reducer to make my biscuits each morning.  They turned out pretty darn good with liquid margarine and honey!  I cut the bottom out of a one gallon milk jug and it carries all my kitchen stuff and doubles as a wash basin for dishes and me.  It worked well.  All in all....I ate all that I could and most was really good stuff.  I've eliminated the stuff that didn't rehydrate so well.  Cooking at almost eleven thousand probably played a factor in some of the rehydration issues.

The beauty of this place was it's isolation and quiet.  I never heard a human voice in my camp although there were folks there.  The light show that the mountains put on was humbling and one that I could not capture with my point and shoot.  I did find myself wishing that I had brought something to read as I don't normally get sleeping  until much later.  Laying in my rack that night, I heard Great Horned Owls with their distinctive call and a pack of Coyote serenaded me as the moon came around one.
The really interesting part was the earthquake that rumbled through around five am and send boulders moving and scratching.  I remembered the sound from an assignment in Forest Falls once where the rocks cascaded off the mountain tops during aftershocks.  I slept well both nights and enjoyed my secure shelter.

I came up here to fish and fish I did.  I fished for ten hours on the second day and explored my world.  There were Brookies that were eager to take pretty much what you had to offer.  They are great fun.  Once again, I cut the tips off to reduce handling time and had a ball.  How many did I catch?  I quit counting.  I would purposely tie on a large Stimi or foam hopper to dissuade the smaller guys but nothing stopped them.  They wanted to eat whatever I threw out.  Now this is something I could get used to.  I met a number of folks at some other locations much higher up the mountain and they were always amazed at the sheer numbers.  It was simply a pleasure to be on this pristine water with these eager fish and just me.

These are some of my artist friends that come from San Francisco each year to paint and draw for eight days.  I never once heard a peep from their camp scattered in the trees.  They would be up a first light and then at sunset.  They were all professionals and all had different disciplines.  Very nice folks....good stewards of the land
boy, were they good!

I've loved Spam for a long time.  My mom would ship it by the case to me in Viet Nam.  It's good stuff!  I had it once a day.  I used Biscuik for my biscuits and they turned out well.  Mix them in the bag...pat them on the outside of the bag and bake in my little 6 inch Imusa Rice cooker.  Basically a pan biscuit but really, really good in the back country.   The folks at Kelty gave me some new straps when they heard how old my pack was.  Good folks who still stand behind a product almost fifty years later.  I am very please with the Kelty NOAH tarp I bought.  Very versatile and I use elastic cord on my guy ropes to keep the fabric tight and still able to stretch in a gust.

Finally, it was time to police my camp and leave no trace and head down the hill.  I must have talked with a hundred people who thought that I must know about the:Trails, the lakes, the fishing, the bears and where was the pass?  I actually did know all that as I had been to most and studied the rest.  One group was crestfallen when they told me their destination off the piste and I said, "There are Goldens in there".  I handed them the fish distribution map I carried which showed all the types of fish in each drainage.  I did talk with some very nice folks.

I felt great when I made it back to the car.  I had come to the the High Lonesome by myself and ended up surrounded by people.  I caught a ton of fish.  The beauty of the place took my breath away.  My equipment worked great and I learned a lot.  As I drove the long and winding road, I reflected on that this is were I really want to be at this time in my life.  Being retired has given me the opportunity to explore this great area once again.    I had ridden the "big circle" and now was headed home as shadows grew long.   I look forward to another trip with my friend, Tom Sakai shortly.   Life is good.

Added Note:
I will close this thread out with something that happened to me and my Kelty pack.  I never expected it and never would of dreamed of it in a million years. 

I've shared that this pack was purchased in the 50's by my parents when our Scout troop went and bought 20 something of them for the Scouts going on the John Muir trail.  It was a huge improvement over the wood frame and Scout pack that we were carrying before.  Somewhere I have a picture of trying it on for the first time with my flattop hair cut and jeans folded up.  It was something that set us apart as serious hikers and we just about burst with pride the first time we saddled up on a local hike.  My Dad, Brother and I all got one for the price of around $26 each....quite a sum in those days.

I had pulled into the parking lot expecting it to be full and a space opened up for me.  After thanking the folks, went about the business of getting ready to do final operational checks and head out.  My mental check list was almost complete when I heard someone ask, "You gonna be able to carry all that stuff in that old Kelty pack?"  I turned, not quite sure of how to take the remark and found a tall, distinguished gentleman in hiking gear who put his hand out and said, Hi, I'm Richard Kelty and this my sister.  Mom will be up tomorrow.  We come here every year to visit my Dad."

I was floored.  He went on to validate the age of the pack by various features that hadn't been used for years.  We chatted about the history of the pack (Two complete JMT's and a number of 50 milers in our local mountains).  I tried to tell him just what this pack meant to me.  It was more then a piece of metal and had strength, character and had taught me a lifetime of lessons that stood me well in the military and fire department.  Because of the pack and the trips we took together, I had been given the gift of adventure, taking achievable risks, the lesson of leadership and responsibility, being part of a common good and having a common goal and knowing that we all have a purpose and place in this life.  My Dad and our Scout leaders spent hundreds of hours each year insuring we learned these lessons.  I wanted to share how important his Dad had been in getting the world "out there" in ways never thought possible before his innovations and now millions enjoy the products.  I was moved by the fact in the grand scheme of 6 degrees of separation....I had gone to his home in Glendale to be measured for the pack frame when he was about nine years old.  Fifty years later,his family had come to the same trail head I had on the same day ...they had found a parking space at the same time I did (almost never happens) and he had walked by my vehicle just as I was leaving and saw the pack.  Now that, friends is either pure circumstance or there were other forces working.  I like to think that we were destined to meet.  We shook hands and took a picture and  headed up the trail.    Where they were going has been special to the family since they were kids and now is a special place for me.

That night as the thunder rolled through the valley like a thousand kettle drums pounding their beat up and down and lightning rattling around the peaks and dancing off the peaks up high, I said a silent prayer thanking my Dad, my Scout leaders and Richard Kelty,Sr  for giving me the tools for such a good head start on life. 

Like Richard Kelty, Sr, my Father asked to be placed back on the High Lonesome places he loved so much.  He always told me I would never stray far from them.  Every time I look at the mountains out my front windows here at the ranch, I remember the bouncy flight in a Piper Cub on a stormy Winter's day in 1974. 

I made it back up there, Dad....just like you said I would.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors 2016
« on: October 29, 2016, 08:54:08 AM »
Lodell Lake used to be a place where you could catch Artic Grayling on the fly (or spin).  Now long gone, the memory is still told around campfires by gray haired men.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« on: October 28, 2016, 06:38:12 PM »
"We’ve completed very thorough ground and aerial searches in very difficult terrain over the last nine days, but the storms would put our search teams at risk and decrease our ability to find clues,” explained Rich Browne, incident commander for the search. “When it clears, we’ll reassess, but it does look like weather and snow coverage will end our ability to continue active ground and aerial search operations"

No IC is going to place searchers in jeopardy with little hope of success at this point.  As part of a National Incident Management Team (one that handled two fires in the Rock Creek area in the past few years), I am sure that the team members would want to continue but, as professionals in their field, know that their time on the mountain has come to an end this season.

One hundred and thirty men and women spent nine days in difficult and often dangerous conditions to search for Mr Woodie.  As they stated, they will continue to evaluate the clues that they do have and do aerial searches until Spring starts to unlock the mountain passes.  Our hearts go out to the family of Mr Woodie and the searchers who put their heart and soul into this intense effort.

Perhaps next year, the mountains will reveal where he rests.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« on: October 27, 2016, 06:05:27 PM »
Thanks again for the updated info.  :clap:

One look at the map (just one area that is being searched) and the immensity of the task becomes apparent.  The comments from HSTopix indicate that many folks have been in the area before and there are a myriad of places where some one could hole up for shelter or simply not be found in the jack straw piles of massive rocks that form little caves.  The increasing intensity and duration of incoming Winter storms make all of this all the more dangerous for the searchers. 

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors 2016
« on: October 26, 2016, 06:10:31 PM »
Are you using a filter of any kind?  Looks like you have good glass.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« on: October 26, 2016, 06:09:40 PM »
Hope and reality often collide.  Things are not lining up for a good outcome.  If you take the time to look at all the links, the amount of staffing and effort on this search is impressive....especially when you consider much of it is being done by volunteers who take time off from work to use their skills to search.  They pay for their training and equipment and clothing.  If you didn't know which was a full time rescuer or volunteer, you couldn't tell just by looking at them.  They are folks who have decided to do something positive and uplifting for perfect strangers.  Pretty refreshing in today's world of computer anonymity and mean spirits. 

My hope is that find closure for gentleman's family.   

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors 2016
« on: October 23, 2016, 09:04:36 AM »
Magnificent photos of this Fall's splendor!

Hawk, GUILTY as far as posting.  Traveling again.  Owe a few. Yes was a good Fall!. Need to figure how to post pix.  THX all!

It's easy.  Put the photos you want to post in folder on your desktop where you can find them.  Get on the internet and open Photobucket.  Create a membership (it's free).  Using the upload button, find the photos that you wish to share and upload them to Photobucket.  When that is done, click on the first photo you wish to share and a box with settings will appear.  Choose the IMG setting and it will automatically copy it.  Leave that open and open up another tab (I use Firefox) and go to Rock Creek and make a reply to the fall colors post.  Write something to set up the photo and then hit PASTE.  Your photo location on Photobucket will appear with the IMG bracketing it.  Go back to photobucket and select another and repeat till finished.  Should work for you.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« on: October 20, 2016, 09:47:38 AM »
Sadly....these things often do not get resolved and become a recovery effort.  Those private efforts found the billionaire who crashed his small plane above Mammoth a few years ago.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Missing Hiker 10/17
« on: October 19, 2016, 08:34:30 AM »
The paid and volunteer S&R folks on the Eastern Sierra are first rate.  Most are volunteer and they spend an awful lot of time training and equipping themselves on their own dime.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: June Lake incident today
« on: October 19, 2016, 08:32:01 AM »
Most folks who rent or launch their own boats do not wear their life preservers.  They seem to forget that Hypothermia from several minutes in 40 degree water will incapacitate most folks (other then a Navy Seal) to the point they are physically incapable of helping themselves or others. 

Strictly Media / Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« on: October 02, 2016, 08:56:38 AM »
The lack of rain is becoming a real factor in the amazing amount of our state that is being destroyed by fire.....whether by nature or man caused.  Hoping for real wetting rains and massive snow dumps this year.

Strictly Media / Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« on: October 01, 2016, 08:54:34 PM »
I've always found meaning and imaginative things in the clouds.  I'm sure some could say that but I just see a force of nature rising in the sky.....or maybe you could be on to something.

Strictly Media / Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« on: October 01, 2016, 08:54:41 AM »
Glad to see you're feeling better.  Always love your original posts. 

For those that fish and don't keep fish, it's pretty handy. 

We arrived the day after the Owens River Fire broke out near Big Springs.  We had to change our plans because of it.  The 6,000 acre fire was putting up a pretty good Pyrocumulus Nimbus cloud that was no doubt affecting the rapid rate of spread.    Although this cloud didn't seem to have the energy to rise over 20,000 feet as some have, erratic winds loft seemed to be churning it enough to stifle some of the energy.  They often grow to great height and then collapse as the hot gases cool and push the fire in many directions at once. 

Here is an image of the beginning of the Pyrocumulus cloud from the Station Fire on the Angeles National Forest.  That one created internal lightning raindrops.

Strictly Media / Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:39:34 AM »

Good advice to anyone who releases fish.

Have had the midge and regular size since they came out.  Normally, that is the way we release.  Catching so darn many at one time, the back starts complaining as I want the fish to remain in the water.  Cutting the tips off gives me the tug and I can "count coup" but the fish releases themselves within a few seconds.  I have had them stay on all the way in and they just fall off the hook when I slide the took down.

The Ketchum Release tool is an easy way to release fish without harming them.  Something that will be important in years to come as fish stocks dwindle and fishermen increase in numbers.

Strictly Media / Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« on: September 29, 2016, 12:40:07 PM »
Just got done with a week long exploration of Lee Vining and another creek in the area.  Lots less water and tons of wild fish.  Finally, were tired of having to release them and cut the tips off the barbess flies and got a tug if they were swimming away and self released coming at us.  Had some great fishing but never had to handle the fish.  Win for both of us.

Anything Goes / Re: computer guru in san digo
« on: September 13, 2016, 07:13:52 AM »
Mac or Windows?  Lots of problems with new Windows 10.  Some folks are handy with Windows machines and others only do Mac.

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