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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 12, 2012, 07:29:12 AM »
Reverse Peak - June Lake Loop

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:32:22 PM »
Nice pictures ScottS.  You really get around.  Do you know the history of the "Old Movie Turet"?  Very few people have found this piece of history. 


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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 11, 2012, 11:14:42 AM »
Yes, Hole in the Wall at Mammoth Mountain.  Hole is bigger then it looks, at least 30ft high or more.

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:26:39 AM »
Mammoth Lakes

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 10, 2012, 07:42:44 AM »
North Lake

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:20:40 AM »
I was on the dirt road that goes to North Lake.  This was last October and about 4” of snow fell overnight and had a few snow flurries during the day.  Notice there are no vehicle tracks in the snow.  I had North Lake to myself for the whole day and fishing was great!  A priceless beautiful day in the Sierra.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Hilton Lakes 5, 6, 7, 8
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:19:45 PM »
The upper Hiltons are always interesting to fish, as you never know what you will catch.  I mostly caught Brookies at 5, 6 and 7 and golden Hybrids at 8.  But also caught golden hybrids at 5 & 6 (but rarely).  Fishing is good but the fish are skittish.  The usually fly’s work her.  Sight casting worked best for me.  Trout are a bit smaller in the upper Hiltons with 6-12” range.  I’ll let you discover on your own where the bigger ones lie. 

Use the stealth approach and you should do just fine.

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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Ruby Lake Fishing
« on: May 08, 2012, 07:39:30 PM »
Ruby is one of the prettiest lakes I believe.  It’s a joy just to hike up there and look at it.  It’s a Brook lake with 7-10” average.  Fishing is good anytime, but if you come in the evening the whole lake comes alive and fishing is great.  The biggest and fattest fish I caught is from the right side (north shore) near the first inlet.  To the left is a large rock slide that’s unstable.

I was up Mills Lake 3-4 years ago and it appeared fishless.  DFG no longer stocks it (Frog issue).

Another good spot is the outlet stream where it ponds up below Ruby Lake.  Have fun!

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: May 4th - 7th
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:32:30 PM »
Looks like you did all right, considering you had a "Supermoon over the weekend.  Your video's are getting better too sierraslam.  Thanks for sharing.

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Anything Goes / Re: Saudust 1,000 post
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:28:08 PM »
Maybe he’s going to post the “trip report” of the year for his 1,000 post!  With high definition pictures that will blow us away.  Takes time to set-up a good trip report.  No pressure Art! :lol:

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Opeining Weekend.
« on: May 08, 2012, 05:58:31 AM »
Nice pictures Mcgee Dude.  Not that hard to find a fishing hole where people are scare if your willing to work the creek.   :clap:

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 08, 2012, 05:54:40 AM »
Bear Track - 20 Lakes Basin

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: FIRST TRIP REPORT 2012
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:50:01 PM »
Great report as usual Chris.  You sure know how to open the fishing season.  I've caught quite a few Brooks in CSI lake but yours looks like a football!  Way to go.   :clap:

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:16:14 PM »

I only pack backed to this lake.  It’s a 5.75 mile hike to Hungry Packer Lake according to the trailhead sign.  Fishing with flies was excellent at Hungry Packer Lake, but I would also bring your favorite lures as this is a deep lake.  There are other excellent fishing lakes in the vicinity, including Midnight Lake, Moonlight Lake, Echo and Dingleberry Lake.  A 5-pound brown was taken from Dingleberry Lake in 2010.  It's hard to go wrong in the Sabrina Basin.  Throughout the Sabrina Basin I found fish in every lake, stream, pond, and puddle I passed.  A fisherman’s paradise!

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The Brownstone Mines would be my choice for a day hike.  Drive down to the end of Pine Creek Road and park at the trailhead parking.  Take the Trailhead for Pine lakes/Italy Pass and follow the mine road to where it ends at about 2 miles.  The mines are on your left up the hill.  Look at the equipment left lying around and check out the mine entrances if you wish. 

The mine itself has extensive workings and many ladders going down deep, deep down into the mountain.  It is pitch-black inside with some scary deep cored shafts you could fall into.  What I’m trying to say is it can be very dangerous to go deep into the mine and I do not recommend it.  The top floor (The mine entrance) is fine as you will see a tool room, some offices, and locker and shower rooms to browse about.  Bring a flashlight or 2 and maybe a bump hat, as the ceilings are low with piping hazards overhead.  Send me a pm if you need more info.

Also get a early start as the trail is exposed all the way to the mine, can get hot!

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:07:23 AM »
Troutmom, what I think Trev Dog trying to say is if the fish is on a stringer, you should keep it! 
Catch and release is tricky to get right sometimes.  But you should never place a fish that you’re going to release on a stringer.  A stringer that runs through the gills is almost always a death sentence.  Any time you scape anything across fish gills, you impair their ability to breath.  If the gills are damaged, they will die.  He may swim away normal like but will die in a few hours or less.  But I hope he made it.

But the pictures are great!  Love the sunrise!

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 05, 2012, 08:01:35 AM »
Treasure Lakes #1 - out of South Lake

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:02:40 AM »
Blue Lake - out of Lake Sabrina

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Trip #1 2012
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:41:27 AM »
Don’t think you’re going to need luck Sierraslam.  The bite is wide open everywhere you’re going, the weather will be great and the crowds will be gone.  This could really be an epic fishing trip.   :fishing:

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:24:59 AM »
Nice pictures exodus.


Bishop Pass

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Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:45:39 AM »
Looking back at South Lake - on a trail to Treasure Lakes

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This is the final piece of this Pine Creek Tungsten Mine story and will focus on the mining on Mt. Morgan/Wheeler Ridge area.  This is where over 90% or more of the mining was done.  Mining started in 1918 and as I said it before, manual labor and mules carried the ore to the mill.  They built a rough trail down to the mill so the packers could deliver the ore on mules.  This was a tough job as this was a year around job.  Some of the miners worked on the highest mine, The Adamson Mine, at 13,000 feet elevation in winter! 

To get to the mines, the miners took “The Gray Bus” through Rock Creek over Morgan Pass to Wheeler Ridge.  The bus ride was not for the week of mind, as this was an E-ticket ride.  Many men did not last the week and quit.  Lot of good stories on this subject in the book, “The Mine in the Sky”.

Things slowly improved.  In the late 30’s, early 40’s they built a wooden trams system from the mines to the mill, so mules were no longer needed.  They also built a tram system from the Adamson Mine down to the lower mines.

Finally, they cored 2 miles through the mountain with 2 thousand feet elevation to the mines in the Wheeler Ridge area.  The tram system was no longer needed.  The electric Mules were used until the mill closed down in the early 2000’s.

There were dozens of mine shafts in this area but most are buried now and the area cleaned up.  When I lasted hiked up this valley, you can still hear the wind whistling through some of the old mine shafts.  The mine shafts that are still there are mostly blocked off solid, so not much to look at today.  But if you walk up to the old jeep road to the top of Broken Finger Peak, Adamson Mine still has some mining equipment and adit to look at.


Ore Bin



Mine Entry



On Broken Finger Peak looking at Mt. Morgan



Ore Car at Adamson Mine at 13,000 – “Mine in the Sky”




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Anything Goes / Re: 50% off retail entire site
« on: May 01, 2012, 08:32:32 AM »
Sweet!  Thanks Gary.

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Eastern Sierra History / Re: The Story of the Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
« on: April 30, 2012, 02:15:34 PM »
Is there are another way up to Hanging Valley Mine?


You can reach it going up the Gable Lakes Trailhead.  Its 4 miles to the first Gable Lake and another 1 mile to 1 1/2 miles to the mining road on Mt. Tom.  It’s the same mileage for the Horton Lake trailhead.  They’re both bad trails because of the scree along the trail route.  If you’re going, buy the new “scree” hiking shoes/boots.  They do help, as they grip rocks real good.  I bought some for last season.

I would choose the Horton Lakes route as you can fish at these lakes.  Gable Lakes are fishless.  Good luck if you go.

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Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Opeining Weekend.
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:36:52 PM »
Nice report Mcgee Dude.  If I was going to a opener, I would head to Rock Creek, Mcgee Creek or Rush Creek to do my fishing and get away from the crowds.  I've been known to fish on my knees to sneak up the fish!  Great fun.  Thanks for the report.

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