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Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:14:22 AM »
Saudust, it does look a lot like Ellery Lake.  Not right but you’re getting close. 

I know about altitude sickness, so I too take it easy for a few days before any big hikes.

Upstream and downstream of the campgrounds works.  There are a lot of pull offs down the hill where you will find some decent pools of water, some full of fish.  The pond near the Glacier store is a good spot.  Just downstream of the first falls has some great pools.  If you hike up 2 miles to the Actor Lon Chaney Cabin, the creek slows down and some wonderful opportunities there.

Some great 4-wheeling close by. Coyote Canyon, Coyote Flats is right next door.  Take Sugar Loaf Rd off of Glacier Lodge Rd. and go as far as you want.  You can actually drive to a couple of decent lakes (Bows), and drive within 1 ½ miles of a Golden and Cutt lakes.  You can get a sierra slam before lunch up there, hardly any pressure.  Lots of creeks up there too with Baker Creek my favorite.  Lots of Mines and Mills too.  I would only go if you really want to break in that new truck of yours.   :lol2:   Otherwise, stick to Big Pine Creek.

Lots to do there.

Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: May 31, 2012, 05:59:59 PM »
Some of you are closing in on the location.  Sure helps to have “Detective” Sierra Girl to know the roads being a local and all.  :lol2:   Another hint coming tomorrow that shows the man-made structures there which should leave no doubt where this is at and what lake is there.

Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: May 31, 2012, 06:52:30 AM »
Clearer look at this mystery popular spot.  There are several hints in the picture.  Can you guess where it's at now?

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 31, 2012, 06:49:25 AM »
Half Dome - Yosemite

Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: May 30, 2012, 10:05:29 PM »
All good answers, but incorrect.  Will give a good hint tomorrow.

Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:35:47 PM »
Still guessing. :lol2:    It it above 9,000 feet.  Not Fern Lake, Long Lake or Lundy Lake.  Gardisky Lake?  I'm not that crazy High Sierra.   :lol2:    Some of you are getting close!

Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Black Gnat, Flying Ants for dry flies.  Hares Ear Nymph, Pleasant Tail Nymph and the Hawk Special will work in the creek and the upper lakes.  Small spinners were working well too.

Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: May 30, 2012, 01:15:27 PM »
Some good guesses, but not quite right.  There is a frozen lake in the picture.  I came back to this spot two days later and it dumped another 2-3 feet more snow.  I'll show that picture tomorrow and should clarify the location.

Anything Goes / Re: Mystery Location
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:34:09 AM »
No to both.

Big Pine Creek is a good choice.  Stream fishing at the campground was good for me, and as you fly fish, it should work well for you.  There are some large fish in the creek besides the normal stockers.  I always enjoy a hike up to Big Pine Lakes for some lake fishing and killer views.  I think it's one of the best hikes for scenery, and not bad fishing either.

Anything Goes / Mystery Location
« on: May 30, 2012, 09:55:57 AM »
Can you guess where this picture was taken?

This was taken in late May 2011, one year ago with the massive snowfall we had last year.  This is in the Eastern Sierra and I’m sure most of you been here at this popular location, minus the snow.

Hint:  I had to walk 1½ to 2 miles on snow shoes to get to this spot.  Snow was 15 to 20 feet deep where I’m standing.  Where Am I?

I agree, it's great to hear of other reports from out of the Sierra.  Thanks for sharing.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« on: May 30, 2012, 07:45:49 AM »
Nice trip report Gary!  Most people would probably not have gone up at due to the wind and cool temperatures, but did not stop you our your fishing buddies.  Were you at Long Lake?  I have seen the big browns cruise before up there, but only in the fall.  Their smarter than the smaller fry, and that's why they get so big.   :fishing3:

No, you need to take the Morgan Pass Trailhead which is located at the tungsten mine, which is past the Trailhead parking for Pine Creek Trailhead.  You have to jump a gate in order to start your hike.  After the gate, the switchback road eventually turns into a very steep trail.  At about 3.2 miles, take the cutoff to the right to get to the mines.  But the elevation gain is significant, about 3,000 feet at this point.

Mines are not hard to find.  Most have a barrier blocking the entrances.  When you first enter the canyon, look up to the right and you will first see the Shirley Temple Mine and next to it is the Randolph Scott Mine. Many more movie star mines in the area.   It was very stylish thing to do as movie stars to invest in mines in the 30’s and 40’s.  If you continue about a mile up the canyon you come to the Main Mine Tunnel that goes completely through the mountain to the Pine Creek Tungsten Mill.  At this point you will begin to see what's left of the tram system and ore bins. 

To your right you will see a jeep road that goes to the top of Broken Finger Peak and the Adamson Mine at 13,000 feet.  You will find a lot of mine debris around there, including an open adit or two and ore cars lying about.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Guide to fish in the Eastern Sierras
« on: May 29, 2012, 04:39:52 PM »
I was up at Mills Lake about 3 summers ago and it appeared fishless to me.  No activity whatsoever!  I would be surprised if there are any golden trout in the outlet stream as the outlet goes underground as it leaves Mills Lake, it's very rocky there.  Has a decent spawning area in the inlet stream, so not sure what happened to this lake as I have caught goldens in the past in the 8-11” range.  Still, it's a pretty site, a crystal clear sierra lake, above tree level.  No frogs here either!

There is still goldens in the Treasure Lakes in Little Lakes Valley.

Mills Lake

Crystal Clear Water

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Memorial Day 2012
« on: May 23, 2012, 08:39:18 AM »
I'm leaving today to Bishop for the Mule Days Celebration.  I got my fishing gear and may sneak out for a day at PRV or the Lower Owens.  Might drive up to the creek.

Anything Goes / Re: Wild Justice
« on: May 22, 2012, 06:00:53 PM »
Your right the limit is 5 with 10 in possession.  Then your math gets fuzzy.

The limit per day is 5 fish.  If you eat the five fish you caught for breakfast, you still can’t go back out to the lake and keep five more.  Limit is 10 fish in possession.  That counts the fish you just caught plus any in your cooler or frig.  You also cannot keep 10 fish the first day; the limit is 5 fish each day, Period.

Say after two days you have 10 fish and decide to eat them all for dinner.  The next couple of days you can keep 5 per day up to 10 again.  No problem there.

What the fishermen did on “Wild Justice” was catch their daily limit at one lake, ate them and went out again in the same day and caught 27 more fish, all over the limit!  That’s 27 fish over the limit in one day!  They broke the rules and will pay dearly for it.  That’s what poaching is.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:45:17 AM »
El Capitan - Yosemite

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:35:41 PM »
Nice picture wshawkins!  Where were you standing when you took this picture?  Never seen this angle shot before of Half Dome and the falls in one shot!

Glacier Point.  The four mile trail from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point starts here (or ends!) depending where you start.

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Deadman Creek Campground
« on: May 21, 2012, 10:13:23 AM »
There are actually two Deadman Campgrounds’, Upper and Lower and are across the small creek from each other.  Only tents in the upper campground and RV’s & tents in the lower campground.  You could get a small pop-up trailer in the upper campground.  Table and grills at each site.  No bear boxes as of 2009 when I was there last.  Yes, lots of trees at all sites, so shaded nicely!

There is fishing in the creek for Brooks and Bows.  Fishing is good for stockers at the campgrounds, but I recommend to fish upstream for seclusion and some wild fish catching!

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Re: 5-10 thru 5-13
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:13:20 AM »
bstolton, looks like a good trip.  Big Virginia Lake is ice free and is now fishable, you just missed it.  Hike up to Sardine is tough as you know.  Caught some nice size Brooks in there a few years ago!  Nice to be able to take your dog along on these trips.  Good report!

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:04:51 AM »
Half Dome - Yosemite

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Vancouver BC Trip
« on: May 20, 2012, 08:07:27 AM »
Our family spent some time in Vancouver before a spring time Alaska Cruise.  Spent a full day on Vancouver Island looking around and spending time at Butchart Gardens, the countryside and in Victoria.  Just a beautiful place to visit.  Thanks for sharing.

Strictly Media / Re: Eastern Sierra Photos
« on: May 19, 2012, 07:35:32 AM »
From the same trail as Fern Lake is Yost Lake.  A Pretty but somewhat shallow lake.

Yost Lake

Yost Lake

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