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Just as we did last year,  Salim and I took a quick trip up the McGee and hammered the big cutts.  Salim secured the services of local guide Joe Contaldi once again this year and we got trout up to about 27 inches....

In the afternoon we took a ride up Rock creek,  the water was roaring everywhere,  but we were told the true heavy runoff had not even begun!  With this weeks warm weather that's bound to change!  FYI,  don't be afraid to try the saturday evening prime rib special at Tom's  :clap:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Lot's O' snow is on the way...
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:35:07 PM »
Believe it or not,  I have seen counts of only 50-70% of normal snowpack so far this winter,  but this should help a whole lot...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Another fire!
« on: September 18, 2016, 11:12:49 PM »
This one started near Owens River road north of Mammoth.  Big Springs campground along with some other nearby areas have been evacuated.  Over 4500 acres have burned.  At least some of the cabins on the Alpers ranch have burned.  We'll have to see what kind of update they have in the morning...

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / 2016 club event
« on: July 11, 2016, 08:20:12 PM »
Another great trip is in the books!  Much smaller gathering this year due to several club members being under the weather,  nevertheless,  the stream was flowing,  much better than the last several years,  the fish were biting,  and the food and company was good!

That's off the I-5,  Todd,  not the one in Nevada lol.  For those of us that fish places outside the sierras :)

Eastern Sierra Fishing / BIG McGee creek trout
« on: May 22, 2016, 08:40:22 PM »
It was another great trip with Salim last weekend.  This time we actually stayed a night in Mammoth instead of the usual one day dash,   enjoying a lil pizza and suds at Giovannis.  Next morning Salim brought in local guide Joe Contaldi to show us the tricks of the trade in finding the big cutthroats that come up the creeks out of Crowley lake to spawn every spring.  We got them to 24 inches,  and even got one huge Loc Levin (kind of an "English" brown).  Got them all on San Juan worms with strike indicators.  It was great to see the snow and the creeks running strong again.  Great trip again!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Your favorite camp breakfast
« on: February 29, 2016, 12:02:43 PM »
Ok folks,  for me,  it's Bacon and eggs,  nothing is better in the camp to start the day.  Well,  except maybe Wayne's feast that he always prepares :)

Eastern Sierra Forum / Fishing the Rock Creek Drainage
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:44:24 AM »
Since the board aint too active,  let's see about posting a few polls here.  By the way,  when I say the "creek",  I normally refer to the creek below Mosquito Flats.  Anything above there I consider as LLV,  at least on this poll.  By the way,  for me,  it's flyfishing the LLV Creeks.  I could catch 6 inch brookies all day and be a happy guy.  I don't have baitfishing LLV as an option,  people actually do that?   Lol,  let's have some fun here...

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Kamikaze time!
« on: October 06, 2015, 05:34:58 PM »
Hopped in the car with Salim the other day...and you know what that means!  Three kinds of trout,  2 streams,  Schatts Bakery,  and pie,  including cheddar pear...all in one day!!  Last Saturday was another great day in god's country,  got out just before the snow! 

Eastern Sierra Forum / Some snow could be on the way, however...
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:28:41 PM »
This storm coming into the Northern section of Ca is rather warm,  mostly with rain.  That is not a terrible thing,  but it might not do much for the snowpack.  It is still better than January,   when San Francisco,  for the first time in 165 years of record keeping,  did not record one drop of rain for the entire month.  Plenty of rain seems to be headed there now,  and the predictions are for a foot of snow at Mammoth Mountain,  with maybe another foot or two at the highest elevations as the storms sags a bit south.  Then...another week or two of dry weather...ewww...

Eastern Sierra Forum / The Mammoth is covered in snow!
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:56:57 AM »
They got about a foot last night!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Snowpack!!
« on: October 25, 2014, 05:48:55 PM »

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / Kamikazi time for Salim and Topwater again!
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:18:40 PM »
Well,  had to make one more trip up for pie and fish catching!  Did not mention ahead of time that we were going,  didn't want other folks to change plans,  and you know who you are :lol2: :lol2: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:!  So,  Salim and I left Sylmar about 7 am and hit the pie shop around 11:30,  and were full of shock and awe that cheddar pear had just sold out!  We went ahead and ordered several other slices of pie,  and just as we were paying a very tired looking McGee dude showed up.  He'll have to tell you about his lack of sleep over at McGee creek due to a hungry Yogi feeding a bit too close to his campsite  :tent:  Either way,  we scarfed down the pie,  then headed on up to the flats and hiked up a bit to one of Salim's favorite spots,  where the three of us proceeded to catch several dozen brook trout between the three of us.  I also got a small brown and rainbow,  just missing the grand slam.  The weather was perfect,  a bit chilly in the shade,  with a fresh dusting of snow on the mountains and incredible colors in the aspens.  The raw fall beauty of the area was just amazing.  We headed home about 5 pm,  and stopped by the pizza factory in Lone Pine,  where they once again messed up my order,  but they finally got us our pizza,  and it was freeee!!  All in all,  it was a nice trip as usual,  great fishing,  pie,'s all good!

Disclaimer...this brook trout was BARELY in the grass for a couple of seconds for a pic,  then went right back in the water  :fishing3:

Eastern Sierra Forum / It's on the way!
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:25:53 PM »
For all those "folks"   :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:  who always ask what the weather is gonna be like,  well...fall is on the way,  was 32 this morning in Mammoth!  Wonder how many flatlanders will bring only shorts and t shirts next weekend  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / There's always Montana!
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:35:56 PM »
So,  on the way up to the club event,  Salim asked me if I wanted to ride up to Montana with him come late July...ha ha,  that is like asking if I want free pie,  sounds good to me!  We headed out about 10 am from L.A. with a total of four of us in the Van,  and headed North!  It went from a high of 113 degrees when we went thru Vegas to a Low of 28 when we entered Yellowstone the next morning around daybreak. 

We arrived at Salim's place in Livingston a couple of hours later,  on this nice street with the Rocky Moutains in the background 
and with no rest for the weary,  headed out to hit the Yellowstone River that afternoon.  This was some big,  bad water,  much bigger than our creeks here,  and it took some adjusting to start catching fish.  The fish bit mostly in the evenings,  and wanted dry flies floating high right on the surface.  In town in was mostly rainbows and mountain whitefish,  with an occasional cutthroat and the the rare brown thrown in.  Some of the rainbows were up to 18 inches.  These were all wild trout too,  no trout are stocked in the state of Montana.  There are tons of rivers and creeks up here,  but most of it is fished by driftboat,  much of the waters are on private property.  Gotta pick your spots when fishing from shore. 

We fished a couple of days up in the park on Soda Butte Creek as well,  this was day fishing as there are too many animals up there that like to get active in the evenings.    In fact,  at one point,  we had two bison walk thru two areas we had just evacuated a couple of minutes before!  This was also all catch and release fishing,  barbless hooks,  for Yellowstone Cutthroats.  We caught several fish in the 16-20 range. 

We fished a lot,  ate a lot,  went shooting with some great Montana friends,  and overall had a great time! 
The capper might have been going over on the way back to stand right where Lewis and Clark stood,  over 200 years before,  where the Jefferson and Madison come together to form the Missouri.  Lots of history there!  It was a great week and a half in a home away from home! 

Well,  it was time this past weekend for another of our breakneck trips!  I had gotten up at 4 am to fish a club tourney at Castaic Saturday morning (another of my year round fishing spots,  as I do fish year round :clap:),  so by the time Salim dropped by my place at 4 pm,  I was already dragging.  At one point in the drive we were going through Mojave and the next thing I knew,  we were halfway to Lone Pine lol.  We sacked out at Salim's Uncle's Condo in Mammoth,  and the next morning we hit the Owens for a little while,  and Salim noticed a caddis hatch,  so he matched it and proceeded to catch about 10 fish in no time.  The whole time I was looking at my phone and thinking "ok,  I bet the pies are ready."  We finally got up to the resort about 11:20,  and we were both full of shock and awe that almost all the pies were sold out already.  We did manage to get some of the cream pies and pecan chocolate,  and when we walked out one of the employees informed us that some more fruit pies would be ready in a couple of hours.  We drove downstream "a ways"  to one of my secret spots,  I caught and released a couple of fish,  including a beautiful brown trout of about 12 inches,  drank from a spring coming out of a pipe in the side of the mountain  (a ways from my fishing spot of course),  and headed back for more pie.  Luckily we arrived just in time to buy the last several slices of strawberry rhubarb pie.  We then proceeded up to the flats and hiked up to one of Salim's favorite spots,  where we proceeded to catch at least 30 more fish,   including brookies,  rainbows,  and hybrids.  We hit it for several hours,  and just as we started to leave the wind died,  and the skeeters set in,  so we booked it back down to the parking lot,  and hit the road to come back home.  Hit Schatts just as it was closing,  hit the pizza factory in Lone Pine,  which was an adventure (I am gonna get a free pizza from them if it's the last thing I do),  and arrived back home about 11:30 pm...great trip as always,  pie,  trout,  and the mountains!  What else is there?   :fishing3:  We always like to prove that if you say you can't make it to the Club event cuz you don't have enough time (and you know who you are :lol2:),  well,  you don't need a lot of time!   It's Rock Creek,  get er done!

Eastern Sierra Forum / A cold opener!
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:46:37 PM »
With Mammoth Mountain receiving a foot of snow over the past couple of days,  I wonder how many unprepared flatlanders are freezing this weekend for the opener and wondering "I can't  believe how cold it is."  lol! :rotflmao:

Latest statewide measurement is 33%...better than January but still not enough...

I suspect we'll get a few more decent storms and bring the total up to 40 or 50%,  then we'll have to grin and bear it the rest of the year...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Here it comes...
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:39:05 PM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / Snow and rain
« on: February 10, 2014, 10:06:58 PM »
Sierra Drifters guide service reported up to 3 feet of snow at Mammoth and June Mountains from the recent storms.  Said the weather pattern was strange,  as the Bishop and Crowley areas were mostly left dry.  Also,  up North and west,  Folsom Lake rose 18 feet from all the rain they had!   :clap: :clap:

Eastern Sierra Forum / Yesssss...
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:31:29 PM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / Well, this is better news...
« on: January 28, 2014, 11:24:12 PM »

Anything Goes / 2013-dry dry dry...
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:13:02 PM »
This is from Sierra Drifter's Guide service:  Well it's official. The driest year ever recorded in California is now on the books. I hope I do not stand corrected by predicting a normal precipitation year; however it is not looking good friends, and this persistent ridge of ultra high pressure is forecast to remain for the foreseeable future damn it! The local bears are coming out of hibernation three months early! I have been forced for the first time in nearly twenty years here to water my deciduous trees, in a T-shirt-They are budding! 60 degrees does not seem that warm to ya'll in So-Cal, but for McGee Creek in mid January it is unreal. The "catching" remains excellent in several areas. Hope you get a chance to enjoy spring time in January. Beg, plead, do rain dances, use a last wish, pray, whatever it takes we desperately need snow and rain! be the fly

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