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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 14, 2018, 07:02:32 AM »
I love hiking after spring snow storm.  4-6” wet snow on the ground and perfect conditions for a hike.  Air so crisp it almost hurt to breath!  This  photo is taken just past the trailhead sign.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:23:02 AM »
Overnight woke-up to this as one of my dogs checks out this funny looking white stuff. :doglick:



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:20:07 AM »
Thanks guys!  Yes, the snow conditions are like night and day when looking at 2017 vs 2018.  This year’s trip was made in late May versus last year when I made up on July 1st I believe.   It was tough going last year with all that snow.  See 2017 Eastern Sierra Photos here:  http://www.rockcreeklake.com/board/index.php?PHPSESSID=706edf302823fa97d5a6a1dd66b85107&topic=1364.0

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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:04:54 AM »
Stormy weather coming in!



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:15:00 AM »
Typical Rainbow out of Secret Lake



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:26:56 AM »
Secret Lake



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 09, 2018, 06:48:43 AM »
Hiking in the back-country



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 07, 2018, 06:52:10 AM »
Saddlebag Lake Dam last year around August.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 06, 2018, 07:06:58 AM »
Saddlebag Lake Dam.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:21:21 AM »
Nice Brookie out of 20 Lakes Basin



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:58:32 AM »
One of the lakes in the back-country.  This is a Brookie lake and the lake has only been ice free a couple of days.  Ice out is the best time for fishing in my experience. :fishing3:



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:55:51 AM »
I'm sure the snow will be mostly gone if you go TEX!

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Hilton Lakes Hike
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:54:28 AM »
Pack Station is an easier hike but Pine Grove shortcut saves over 2 miles to the hike (roundtrip).  Pine Grove trail is a short steep hike to the Hilton main trail but worth the time and mileage savings for me.  I think it depends mostly on the condition of the hikers!  It's your call!

You did not mention which of the Hilton Lakes you plan to fish but fishing has always been good at most of the Hilton's.  #1 has the larger trout, but I catch more trout at #2.  Last time there (last year), I fished #2 where the trails splits and had three fish in three casts and all were different species!  But #1 is where the large Browns reside.

I fish mostly with flies.  Try Ca Mosquito, EHC, Black Gnat, Pheasant Tail, Gray Hackle Peacock (#14 to #16), Olive or Black Woolly Buggers (#8 to #10).  Also small silver and gold lures work excellent. :fishing3:

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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:03:22 AM »
Took a hike into 20 Lakes Basin.  Snow was really soft, would sink down to my knees without snowshoes.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: July 02, 2018, 06:37:35 AM »
Saddlebag Lake.  Just a few days after this photo the lake was mostly ice free!



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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Float Tube Crowley
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:32:34 AM »
Float tubing is very popular at Crowley, but you must keep an eye on the strong winds, which come up suddenly.  You can launch at South Landing if you wish, or drive to the area you wish to fish and launch there.  Just be careful to avoid the muddy areas.  Get a good map of Crowley Lake with all the dirt roads around the lake.  You can always get one at the tackle shop.

The lake level is still high as of last week.  The best fishing was in the inlet of McGee Creek, especially fishing in the channel.  A lot of quality fish are being caught, mostly in the 18"-20" range.  Also, Crooked Creek and Beaver Cove fishing was good and very popular for Float Tubers.

The damselfly nymph hatch was hot when I was there last week.  The large trout were hitting it hard throughout the day.  Midges were also working, try a Zebra or Tiger Midge if your so inclined.  Best regards! :fishing3:


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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:30:35 AM »
Another photo of Saddlebag Lake and Resort



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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Can't wait to get to the creek!
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:37:23 AM »
Sounds like a great trip planned!  As you know the mosquito's can get bad in Pioneer Basin, especially at the lower Pioneer Lakes.  Hope your bringing a mosquito head net.  Only thing I would do differently is end with trip at Golden Lake.  You’ll see the cutoff about ˝ mile past 4th Recess Lake trail.  About 0.3 mile to Golden from there from the Trail split. Can be tough fishing there but a chance at some larger than normal Goldens.  Golden Creek is also good for 6-8” goldens if using a light pole.  Either way I’m jealous!  Have fun! :fishing3:

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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:29:09 AM »
Saddlebag Lake and Resort. 





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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:30:49 AM »
Not as much as last year, but still some snow at Yosemite East Gate entrance.



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:28:29 AM »
Thanks TEX!  Mosquitoes can get thick in mid-July.  Hopefully you get a decent breeze during your travels.  Smoke not much you can do as the wind direction dictates where it goes.  With the water temps rising, July makes a great month for fishing! :fishing3:

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Anything Goes / Re: smoke
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:34:57 AM »
The Lions Fire, just 7 miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes. 


Yesterday from Minaret Vista

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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:09:56 AM »
Tioga Lake and Tioga Peak



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:35:32 AM »
Tioga Lake and Mount Dana



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Strictly Media / Re: 2018 Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: June 23, 2018, 06:14:06 AM »
Tioga Lake.  This was in late may, 2018.



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