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Anything Goes / Re: Sleeping Bag
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:57:05 PM »
I can vouch for the Teton brand. I own a couple backpacks and bought my son the 0 degree bag and it’s super warm and small enough that he bright I backpacking.   If you’re looking for something a little lighter that you could maybe bring backpacking in the future check out outdoor vitals. They’re a new company that sells really good products for way less than the competitors. I got a 20 degree 800 fill down bag for $130 it has  worked great and is light as a feather (pun intended  :rotflmao: )

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: CW trail report July 26-29
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:26:02 PM »
Thank you both for the comments!

I didn't know that they may have a "silver phase." That is very interesting. Maybe that was it. I just remember thinking this looked much different than the golden pics I've seen. It had a silvery body with blue/purple back, spots that covered its back completely from head to tail and deep brown par marks. It actually resembled more of a wild rainbow I might catch in the santa ana river here in socal near angeles oaks.

thanks again

Eastern Sierra Fishing / CW trail report July 26-29
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:47:43 PM »
This was my first overnight backpacking trip and what a wonderful experience to share it with my 12 y/o son and my wife's cousin also came along. I can’t wait until I can get my two younger songs to come as well so we can all go together.  I appreciate everyone’s comments from this site that helped give some helpful advice. I wish I was a better photographer to do this place justice.

We left Thursday morning the 26th from SoCal and arrived in Lone Pine to Secure our permit. 
After lunch at Alabama Hills Café we took the little drive up to Whitney Portal to have a little rest by the waterfall.

We then headed up to the trailhead campsite where we spent the night to acclimate to the altitude. 

We left the next morning up the trail.  Beautiful trail and not too challenging for my son.  Our plan was to camp at lake 3. If I had to do it over again I would have taken 'the pass' trail rather than the normal lakes trail which is about 0.5 miles longer and steeper.  It did have a grand view as you come up over the ridge and behold the valley with lake 1 and 2.

We had lunch next to the outlet creek from lake 1 and I couldn’t resist at least wetting a line for 10 minutes.  Got a beautiful golden right away on a black ant.  Unfortunately no picture of the fish which was a theme throughout our whole trip to my dismay. I guess I was a bit overly concerned about c&r and my son was a bit slow with the camera which I put him in charge of for the fish pics.  So we unfortunately have no pics of the fish we caught.

We set up camp at the southeast end of lake 3 with a beautiful view of the lake. We rested a bit and then fished some that afternoon.  We had several bites mainly on a black gnat but they just seemed to swipe at with their tail.  My son had several followers with a  gold panther martin. Finally I got one on a silver blade/yellow PM.  I was kind of shocked to see that this guy was actually a rainbow hybrid!  I was under the impression that all fish in this basin were golden’s.  I did read somewhere that the stock had been polluted by some rainbows in the 90s though so maybe some of those are still running around. The thunderstorms and hail made us retreat to our tent before too long and we called it a day. 

Some of the neighbors were resting as well

We woke up the next morning and fished the majority of the morning down the east shore of lake 3 . I literally tried everything I had in my kit. The 5-6 inchers tormented us with short bites but no takers and no signs of bigger fish.  I had two nicer 8 inchers on a mini jig but they spit the hook so ended up being long releases (a few lessons learned on this trip with barbless hooks which I have not used before).  We had a little snack at the inlet of lake 3 waterfall and then headed back to camp for lunch.

After lunch we decided to explore lake 1 and 2. I was a bit disappointed that lake 3 didn't give anything up but there were several people fishing and I didn't seen anyone catching.  I thought about going to 4 and 5 but I didn’t get enough pics of 1 and 2 and the vistas were just too beautiful to pass up.  After some extensive picture taking, at the angst of my son we fished for a couple more hours that afternoon. 

I got a couple more no greater than 8 inches and a couple more long releases.   My son got his only fish at lake 2 on a mini jig and was the big fish of the trip I estimated 14 inches and fat, unfortunately again we are unable to get a pic. This was something that my son was quite upset with at the end of the day and even shed a few tears that he wasn’t able to get his fish pics which I also did a little on the inside.  He did take some consolation that he beat his dear old dad and was the champion of the trip with that fish.

We headed home, had dinner and enjoyed a full moon over the lake.

We woke up early the next morning and had an early start at 7:15 to meet my wife at the trailhead by 11am and we made it 45 minutes early with a 15 min break to try and get one creek fish for a pic ;)   We took the pass trail back where it meets up at lake 1 and was noticeably easier (although have to say was downhill so may have been biased).

All in all it was a wonderful first backpacking trip and I hope the first of many.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Rock Creek Lake Vacation Recap
« on: July 30, 2018, 06:04:21 PM »
always a great time at rock creek!
Congrats on the news of the little one!

Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 14, 2018, 03:25:25 PM »
As always, thanks so much for the pictures! So nice to see this scenery!!

Love seeing dogs playing in the snow, they're hilarious!!

Thanks again!

Thanks to everyone who responded!
I had planned on changing all my trebles to siwash hooks I just hadn't had a chance at that time. I changed everything out a couple days ago.  We took a little family trip up to Yosemite and I tried the Merced down in the valley for 10 minutes with several followers on the panther martins but no takers.  The action looks a little different with the single siwash hooks, has anyone else noticed that? May just be me though.  Would it be better to add a split ring?  The Thomas spoons all come with split rings but panther martins donr so not sure if it would help or hinder more.  Thanks!

I originally saw this topic on highserratopix and as I am getting my gear ready for some trips this summer and thought this might be fun while waiting to actually go. What am I missing? Any comments are welcome. Would love to see others kits as well.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: The Palisades
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:46:22 PM »
Great post thank you!
That juve cutt threw me!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: 2 day backpacking trip help
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:49:02 PM »
Thank you for pointing me to this. I remember reading about this back then and probably where I first learned there were Goldens there but just forgot where I heard it!! Great pics as always and a wealth of knowledge from everyone!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:56:29 AM »
Wow lots of ice up there!
What type of bag rating do you take when you're doing a trip at this time of the year?  Hope you were toasty.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: 2 day backpacking trip help
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:55:45 AM »
Thanks to everyone!  Gives me some great ideas!
I wasn't aware treasure lakes in LLV had goldens, we've never gone that far up the trail. 
Doesn't the treasure lakes above south lake in bishop creek area also have goldens?

thanks again!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / 2 day backpacking trip help
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:38:51 PM »
So I have got the go ahead from the boss (aka wife) to take my soon to be 12y/o on our first father/son backpacking trip.  I plan to do 2 nights.  We camp about 3 times/year and this will be our first overnight non car-camping trip together just to give your my experience level in the backcountry overnight. My bucket list is to finally get into some golden trout (even more so after seeing wshawkins recent posts!).  I am thinking cottonwood lakes is my first option but I was hoping to get more ideas.  I want to limit the trek to about 8 miles one way for his trip which puts cottonwood lakes right below that.  Does anyone else have other suggestions?  I appreciate any advice.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: January 18, 2018, 01:06:53 PM »
Beautiful pictures!! As always thank you for sharing!! I get to live a little vicariously through you everytime I see one of your reports!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: September 02, 2017, 11:58:53 PM »
Beautiful fish! Thanks as always for the great pics

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: First Golden Trout for 2017
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:28:42 PM »
Beautiful fish!
I've been trying to post a couple reports from this year but with Photobucket not cooperating I wasn't sure what to do. I played with Imgur but could only get it to include a link not the actual photo on the post. How did you do that? Thanks!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Snow level
« on: July 23, 2017, 06:41:40 PM »
Technically fishing is not open at cottonwood lakes until July 1st. I've never been so others can verify but I've heard of people being stopped by rangers that were fishing before July 1st.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Snow in the backcountry!
« on: June 18, 2017, 09:48:54 PM »
Thanks everyone.  I'll give a report when I get back.


Eastern Sierra Forum / Snow in the backcountry!
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:38:19 PM »
Hello everyone.
My family and I are headed up next week on Friday.  I see the lake has finally thawed but I'm told LLV probably still has a few feet of snow.
LLV is our typical go to for our hikes.  Any other recommendations for hikes in the area/backcountry fishing that may not have as much snow?
Thanks in advance and I will post some pics when we get back!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: No opener reports?
« on: May 01, 2017, 07:42:45 PM »
Here's a link to some of the nicer catches from the weekend.

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Mammoth Lakes
« on: April 20, 2017, 06:17:53 PM »
Thanks so much!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Mammoth Lakes
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:54:47 PM »
Hello everyone. Due to some good advice from all of you I have planned a trip to coldwater campground in the mammoth lakes area.  I plan to get some good fishing in with my boys and was hoping for some more advice.  I want to do some of the area hikes but not sure I will be able to hit all the lakes. I've seen wshawkins Lake McCleod post and that is definetly one we will hit up to try our luck for some cutties. Any other suggestions such as TJ lakes vs Crystal Lakes?  I've heard crystal may even have some golden hybrids. 

Of course we will try some of the bigger lakes. Any suggestions on which of the lakes for smaller kiddos? Twin, May, and George all look great and I wish I had enough time to see everything.

I hope to post some pics when we get back in July.  I will also post our June trip to RCL. Lots of good summer fun coming up I can't wait!

:campfire2: :camping: :hiking2:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Suggestions
« on: February 17, 2017, 06:27:28 PM »
Thanks so much everyone, I fm had been looking at coldwater so this helps a lot!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Suggestions
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:10:22 PM »
Hello all I hope everyone stays high and dry over the weekend. It's really been a pleasure reading posts from this site and I especially appreciate all the pictures that I can live vicariously through.

I wanted some suggestions from the experts here. My family is able to take an extra trip to the sierras this year. We always do rock creek of course usually east fork and every year we also do a second trip to Reds meadow.  So I wanted some suggestions on what everyone else thought is their other favorite place to car-tent camp. My only musts is that the wife likes her flushable toilets and I have to have good fishing nearby for me and my 3 boys whether that be camping by a lake or some good close backcountry lakes.  I've been thinking about silver lake or maybe twin lakes sites.  Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks again  :campfire2:

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Bait fishing
« on: August 09, 2016, 06:05:53 PM »
Were you fishing from a boat? I usually have to at least a 1/4 oz sinker to get it off the shallow water shelf (unless I wade out in my flip flops). Just curious how you got it out with the small slip shot. Thanks again

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Autumn Brown Trout Fishing
« on: November 11, 2015, 09:17:52 PM »
Absolutely beautiful fish and location! Thank you for sharing

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