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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: INYO County - 'Pleasant' (Valley) Fire
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:31:36 PM »
I ran into some CalFire crews at Von's in Bishop this morning, the fire is out, except for mop up.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow Report?
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:02:35 PM »
I just got back from my weekly trip up the Canyon, the gate was open at East Fork, I was able to drive, on dry pavement, up to the Lake, actually to the Pack Station, the gate was closed there, but the road to Mosquito Flat was dry for as far as I could see. In all the years I've lived here, this is a first. The Lake has a few inches of snow, there are bare patches of dirt around the boat docks, I probably could have walked to the upper end without any problem.
It's going to be an interesting summer....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow Report?
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:02:52 AM »
As of last Friday, my last trip to the spring, there wasn't much snow at East Fork, maybe three inches, you may not need your snowshoes, unless you want to hike to the Lake....the shady road into your cabin might have more snow on it. It's been in the 40s and low 50s in Crowley the last few days, not much snow here at all. This is one of the worst winters I've seen in a long time, if ever. Maybe a Miracle March?

Anything Goes / Re: Good Shooting Areas?
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:59:03 AM »
Marine One...if you were to PM me before you come up to shoot, I can describe a good spot that's close, or take you there if you like....I don't like to publicize it, but I'll share with people I know....happy to do it.

Try calling the Resort, somebody in there should have heard something.

I just got back from driving up the canyon, here's what I found out. I couldn't find any "authorities", meaning USFS people, but talked to people who are staying in Iris, and who did spend time with a USFS employee yesterday, at the site of the "problem". It is between Iris and Big Meadows, older beaver dam(s) from the mid 80's. I remember fishing in there years ago, pretty nice, Not a huge dam, by any means, and built from small aspens and willow, not big logs. As the runoff started in force, the water started backing up behind the dam, and some people got concerned. Within a few days, the current had found it's own way around the dam, started a new channel, problem solved.
Sometimes you can just leave it to Mother Nature.....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: eastfork
« on: June 09, 2017, 01:55:31 PM »
I just drove by, the gate is open.

I talked with Jim King, from the Resort, yesterday, he had heard nothing official about this, only the rumors. I'm sure he would have been informed of any problems. Later in the afternoon, I ran into a Mono County Sheriff and asked him if he knew anything about it, he didn't. He said the Sheriff's Department would definitely know about  anything of that magnitude.
It will be a couple of days before I go up there, then I'll look around. I think I know where the dam(s) are, may be more than one. I'll see if I can find any USFS people that I can talk to.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Beginner Fly Fishing
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:01:44 AM »
I've been fishing the back country with a 6 foot 3 weight Orvis that I built in the mid 90's....I'm not chagrined at all.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow around French Camp
« on: April 15, 2017, 12:33:55 PM »
I finally found the camp host in Tuff, he said the company still has May 5th as the opening date for Tuff and French, even though the snow is gone. Sounds like more politics than anything else,,,actually just sounds like BS...there's a chance they'll change their minds, I'll keep in touch with the guy, if something changes I'll let you know.
He did say that Holiday will be open if the other two aren't.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow around French Camp
« on: April 13, 2017, 12:50:26 PM »
French Camp is now more dirt than 66 is clear, except for a small drift in the driveway, should be gone in a couple days. Now you just have to find out if they'll open for the Opener...I haven't seen anybody that I can ask.
If they don't open French or Tuff, Holiday should dry out soon, it should be open...but you never know.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow around French Camp
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:05:46 AM »
The snow is melting in French, a couple of feet in some spots, bare dirt in others. No idea what to expect, the host is down in Tuff, but not in French yet. If I see the guy in Tuff, I'll ask him what they're planning. The road in French is plowed, but not the parking spots for each site. I'll go check out the upper like #66, right?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: March 26, 2017, 11:29:07 AM »
It looks like they plowed all the roads through French Camp, except for the site driveways...they did the camp host site, but I didn't see any others done. I didn't go all the way to the top, maybe they're working on them up higher. A little more snow up there, maybe three feet in shady spots, but lots of bare dirt too...if it stays warm, it could be okay.
I wonder if or when they'll change their opening dates?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: March 25, 2017, 11:33:53 AM »
Cheer up, campers, all is not lost. They've plowed Tuff Camp all the way to the bottom, including plowing all the site driveways. It's kind of messy right now, mud and snow and running water, but if it stays warm, it could do the trick by the end of April.
They also plowed in French. I walked Tuff today, will go into French tomorrow, look for another report.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: March 24, 2017, 01:02:16 PM »
I didn't say it would be easy....
Walked into Tuff a while ago, the Bobcat is clearing the first loop of campgrounds, maybe two feet of snow down there...the truck is from a contractor in Bishop, so they may be paying big bucks for the work...maybe they'll do French? I think they could have waited a while, Mother Nature might have taken care of it back yard has half the snow it had a week ago.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:04:26 AM »
On my way to Sunny Slopes yesterday, I saw a truck, trailer and a Bobcat "loader" at the entrance to Tuff Camp. It looks like they're trying to clear the snow, but a Bobcat? Not the most powerful piece of equipment...I'll keep everybody up to date as to how far they get.
There's always Holiday...the gate's been open all winter.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Campgrounds
« on: March 23, 2017, 07:57:33 AM »
That is the RV park across from McGee Creek Lodge...I checked there for some friends who wanted a site for opener years ago, they were booked way in advance. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try, but don't hold your breath.
Snow is melting fast at lower elevations (Tuff and French), 3 to 4 inches a day in my back yard, there's a month to go, things might change for the better. Open water starting to show on Crowley...who know what might happen?

Anything Goes / Re: anyone out there?
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:04:47 AM »
It's kinda like watching paint dry....a slow process.

Anything Goes / Re: anyone out there?
« on: March 12, 2017, 01:11:39 PM »
I'm just enjoying the warmth, watching the snow melt.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Beginner Fly Fishing
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:15:03 AM »
It may sound trivial, but I've always liked an 8 1/2 ft. 5 wt. as an all around rod. It's a little easier to weave your way through the bushes, will make a little brookie feel nice, and will handle a bigger fish easily.
All of the brand names mentioned should be all right, the main thing is how it feels...if you can test cast any of them, pick the one that feels best to you. Not sure if you'll have a choice of lines when (if) you buy a package rod, I recommend a DTF (double taper floating, you can swap the line around every season, it will last twice as long) or a WFF (weight forward floating, it makes casting a little easier)...whichever, I like floating lines, but I'm a dry fly fisherman, the most exciting in my opinion.
Congratulations on taking that first step, have fun with it, and don't get frustrated, it will be worth it in the end....
Can you pat your head and rub your stomach?...if you can, you'll have it made.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Lots of snow, part 2
« on: February 12, 2017, 08:23:42 AM »
The sun is out this morning, seems like the first time in weeks. Not necessarily warmer, but it's sunny! The last week has been above freezing, for the most part, so the snow is consolidating a little, not quite so deep, some melting and runoff, puddles on the roads, Little Round Valley has standing water in it. Rock Creek Road has been opened and closed a few times, with all the various snow types we've had, the avalanche danger must be causing the closures.
I finally got rid of the last of the ice cap in my driveway, it's been there for weeks, inches thick, it made parking, and walking, an adventure. Most of the roofs have shed, I had a cornice over my front steps that was about three feet of ice that we had to chip apart, now it's gone....much nicer going in and out now.
Amazing winds on Friday ( I like listening to the wind at night) but no real of the tarps covering my wood pile is now hanging from the top of a telephone pole next door, but that's it. No idea how I'll get it back...
The main problem is finding a place to take Maggie for a walk...we're getting tired of the one plowed road that has no traffic on it. We're both ready for summer.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Lots of snow, part 2
« on: February 08, 2017, 12:54:48 PM »
I haven't heard or read anything about that area...that could be a good thing. The last I heard was in late fall, telling us that they had completed the work to prevent any slides up there. You could always call Mono Market...I imagine if there were any problems, the local papers would have written something.
Nothing but rain, and a little wet snow here the last coupla days. Rock Creek Road is closed again, maybe avalanche problems again. It's in the 40's today, I like it.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Lots of snow, part 2
« on: February 06, 2017, 04:32:43 PM »
How'd you know about my woodpile? It's been a week by week thing for a while, my buddy and I didn't get as much as we should have last summer, due to a lot of different reasons, so I've been replenishing as needed. Luckily it got above freezing last week, so the house is a little warmer.
I do miss the water...nothing tastes quite the same....

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Lots of snow, part 2
« on: February 01, 2017, 02:11:15 PM »
The spring is running nicely, but there's a six foot wall of snow between it and the road...that's where I need help digging! I have access to well water from a friend, but it's not the same.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Lots of snow, part 2
« on: January 31, 2017, 01:48:10 PM »
It's a well kept secret...not really. During the summer it's tough to see if you don't know where it is. Coming down the hill from East Fork, it's on the right side, a couple hundred yards below the wide spot in the road (the Sno Park). There's a pipe coming out of the hill, a lot father from the road now than when I was a kid. The easiest way to find it now is to look at the bike path...the spring is almost directly across from the painting of the bicycle rider...about the only redeeming thing about the whole bike lane fiasco.
Thanks for all the offers to help dig out....shoveling isn't the problem, finding somewhere to put the snow is. As of now, I shovel onto a plastic tarp, grab an end and slide it down the road to a wide spot the plows left, dump it there, and repeat. Good thing I'm not in a hurry.
I'll show you the spring sometime, Retired....unless you find it first.

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