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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Yellow legged frog update
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:53:50 PM »
Mimi, I'm concerned that your proposal doesn't consider the operational needs of the areas pack stations.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / A Short Backpack Trip
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:03:23 PM »
Late last month, my son Andy and I visited the upper canyon.
We set up a base camp and headed out each morning to sample a new fishing adventure:

Visited several lakes:

Caught some fish:

Andy swam with the fish:

Had an enjoyable trip.

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Cucamonga Wilderness 8/17/2013
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:01:09 PM »
Very nice! Did you see any bighorns?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek Lakes Resort
« on: January 13, 2013, 10:58:58 AM »
I'd put one on my truck! My wife got me a custom tee shirt that says "And on the eighth day God created Rock Creek".

Don't want to start an argument about religion Steve but I believe that He actually created Rock Creek on the sixth day and rested there on the seventh ;D
Cool sticker Hawkins!

Strictly Media / Re: Just dreaming
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:19:01 PM »
I recognize the lake in Fred's dream as Box. Not sure about Hawkins' lake.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: snowwww
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:06:27 PM »
LADWP has Rock Creek at 198% of normal for this time of year!

Anything Goes / Re: Happy Holidays!
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:09:36 PM »
Feliz Navidad!

Anything Goes / Re: 7 day forecast
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:17:14 PM »
Donít worry Fred, You're in good hands with Allstate!

Anything Goes / Re: trekking poles
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:00:02 PM »
Itís quirky but I found using two poles awkward for hiking. I only use one.

Anything Goes / Re: Good Bye
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:43:33 PM »
It will be my job to make sure his kids don't miss out on Rock Creek 

Hopefully, we all can help you out with that.

Anything Goes / Re: Let's move the deer crossing signs...What a dork
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:13:06 AM »
Donna, Let me tell you the old Indian legend of "Falling Rock". :lol2:

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Gold in Them Hills
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:35:41 PM »
Very nice! Glad you beat the storm.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: It's on the way!!
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:46:01 PM »
Bonfire at Little Hardrock's place!   :clap:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Fall Trips
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:26:38 PM »
Congrats on the trout Michelle!

Eastern Sierra History / Re: Mammoth Consolidated Mine
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:19:02 PM »
Just think of that: room and board in Mammoth for $1.25 a day. ;D

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Sierra Sampler
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:11:43 AM »
teejay, sounds like a fun trip. How low did the temps drop to at night?

Gary, The lows were in the mid forties when we were there, but it was down right toasty during mid day.
I understand that the lows are currently in the mid thirties.
The old mountain mantra applies: dress in layers

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Sierra Sampler
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:45:31 AM »
I recently spent a few days with my nephew checking out some new stretches of Sierra water.
Making our base of operation in Mammoth gave us some several options for day trips.
Even though it was early evening as we pulled out of Bishop, I couldnít resist taking a detour at Tomís, and then on up the creek with visions of  not only scoring a grand slam, but also a piece of Rhubarb pie from the resort.
Iím not sure why I was craving Rhubarb pie so much - only having tasted it once many years ago at my grandmaís house back east. A touch of nostalgia I guess. Anyway, fishing and dessert can be powerful motivators.
I did well on my attempt at the slam, but the clincher to my success had been pinned on a fortuitous chance that some how a golden may have possibly been washed down from the high country. Although I quickly caught representatives of brown, rainbow, and brook, the golden was elusive. The odds were definitely not in my favor but it was fun trying.
We were having so much fun fishing that by the time we headed back to the resort it was too late and they were closed. The pie will have to wait for next year.

The leaves were starting to turn at higher elevation:



The next day we headed up towards the headwaters of the Owens for some spring creek fishing. The nephew only began fly fishing this year and already looked like a pro:

The best tasting water in the world - headed for L.A:

I imagine that the creek has larger fish but we only scored on the smaller models.
I briefly tried nymphing to change my luck, became frustrated, and switched back to dries:

Having already fished two eastside watersheds, we decided to make a quick drive over the crest and down to a westside stream:

This ďriverĒ was unbelievably low Ėankle deep- in places but still contained some fish holding structure. The water was crystal clear and the fish were skittish. I caught two nice rainbows; although I didnít get a picture because they really worked me and I was preoccupied with just managing my line and getting them to hand in order release them quickly (need to buy a net).

On the way home we detoured to the end of the road above Big Pine and hiked up the creek a ways. Itís funny, the nephew caught only rainbows and I only browns:

It surprised me that all the eastside creeks that we sampled actually had a decent flow.
We both had a great time and were also able to work on improving our skills.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bishop Creek Canyon 9/14-9/15
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:50:36 AM »
Thanks for the clarification.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: McLeod Lake
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:24:50 PM »
 Not sure when the special regs were first initiated Hawkins but Iím sure that it has been that way for at least 13 years..
They are certainly beautiful trout. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bishop Creek Canyon 9/14-9/15
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:13:53 PM »
Nice trip Huck!
Are the Z Spoons that you referenced made by Whittman -that unfortunately went out of business-or some other company?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Dog Days of Summer
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:05:30 PM »
Looks like a fun getaway Hawkins. You mentioned using a bubble setup;which flies can you recommend for that lake?

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Mammoth - Edison Lake - to LLV
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:29:58 AM »
Very nice Gary! Is that a picture of a grouse?

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek 2012
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:57:49 PM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek 2012
« on: August 09, 2012, 02:34:22 PM »
Jill,  Any Salmoninae activity at Kenneth or Francis?

Eastern Sierra History / Re: Hudson by Heart / Marsh lake
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:34:45 AM »

This is the best that I can do. I used to have some photos in 35mm format when the car more complete, but I can not locate them.

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