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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 / Re: Pie In The Sky
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:17:08 PM »
Memorial weekend is when they open...

First off,  welcome to the board,  second,  not sure about Holiday camp,  if it is even open.  Tuffs or French Camp should be open,  and the creek next to it will be stocked too.  As far as the weather,  it changes hour to hour so just prepare for everything and have a great time!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Sierra water levels
« on: March 28, 2016, 02:24:26 PM »
We still had that ridge of high pressure much of the winter which moved most of the precip. north.  Just a sign of the times...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Weather in late June
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:42:29 PM »
Yep,  predicting the weather in the Sierras lol.  For example,  a couple of years ago we fished up around Marsh Lake in late June and weather was perfect,  prolly 65 degrees in the daytime.  A few years before,  we were up by Chickenfoot with the same situation...65 and perfect...late June...then two hours later the thunder started to rumble,  and it started to rain...then snow...we beat it outta there fast.  So,  weather could be perfect,  or it might not be.  That's just typical of Sierra weather...

Last I saw,  305 inches of snow on Mammoth Mountain so far this season,  and it does look like more is on the way in a few days :)

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Your favorite camp breakfast
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:48:48 PM »
I forgot because I rarely see you  :lol2: :rotflmao: :lol2: :rotflmao:

Anything Goes / Re: Campground Suggestions
« on: March 02, 2016, 06:29:35 PM »
Big Meadow and Iris Meadow might be good choices,  lot's of creek to fish.  Prolly best if you arrive in the middle of the daytime,  especially on a Sunday,   as that is when people are pulling out of the camps to go home.  I like East fork a lot,  lot's of non reservable sites,  but it is a large campground and get crowded at times.  Pine Grove,  another small campground,  can be an option too...

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 / Re: Kamikaze time!
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:13:41 AM »
Yes Wayne they are now lol

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 / Re: Fred the Baker
« on: August 26, 2015, 10:43:11 PM »
Welcome to the board Tom,  you did get here fast from the facebook post!  Hopefully Scout or Hawkins will see this post and might be able to help out.  They are a wealth of info...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: July Trip
« on: July 08, 2015, 10:28:41 PM »
Not sure about the lakes back there,  but fish the creeks in LLV,  and make sure to flyfish,  don't waste your time with bait.  Tons of brookies in those streams,  especially going into Chickenfoot.  Also,  just pull off to the side of the road (then again that might not be possible with the closures)  down near French Camp,  and collect a bunch of pine cones to burn,  you'll save money on firewood...

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Hook Count.
« on: July 06, 2015, 04:30:02 PM »
Ok,  I guess we'll be seeing you  :rotflmao:

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Hook Count.
« on: July 06, 2015, 04:20:56 PM »
East fork,  dude!   Saturday evening!  Club event!

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Hook Count.
« on: July 06, 2015, 09:29:25 AM »
Perfectly legal.  I still remember being amazed as a kid down on the river that a bass could spit out a three hooked rapala,  with was standard for the larger versions of a floating rapala...

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: July 02, 2015, 08:18:44 AM »
Watch out for lightning too,  as that is way more dangerous than other words,  you're going to be fine.  There have been 7 fatal grizzly attacks in about 130 years,  and that's with 2 million people visiting every year.  Also,  only about 200 moose in the park.  Be vigilant,  don't walk around with a frying pan of bacon,  you'll be fine! 

Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: First Trip to Yellowstone
« on: July 01, 2015, 11:54:28 AM »
I fished yellowstone last summer with Salim for a couple of days,  it is basically the holy grail of flyfishing.  We got cutthroats up to 20 inches in Soda Butte Creek.  Go back on the trips to elsewhere section,  I posted a report last year on our trip.  Most visitor centers can supply you with pointers  on where to fish,  what the regulations are,  ect.  Most of the park is barbless lures only,  some is flyfishing only.  Leave the bait at home.  As far as scenery and animals,  it is hard to find a place with that variety of animals,  with that kind of scenery-high desert,  alpine,  geysers.  It is an awesome place! 

Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: Targeting Brown Trout in the ES
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:32:42 AM »
Browns are NOT that hard to catch,  and if you are staying in the Rock Creek area,  why drive all the way to tim buc to while there are plenty of browns in Rock Creek?  The key is,  definetely lure fish,  preferebly flyfish (with a flyrod by the way!).  and don't fish all the community holes in campground areas...although they can be good!  Salim hammered them during last years club event right in the calm waters in the middle of east fork.  Rock Creek,  Bigpine,  Lee Vining,  they are all good,  so is the wild trout area of Rush Creek,  go get em!

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: A foot of new
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:01:27 PM »
Roy,  not only that,  but we really need the snow pack.  Water has been pouring into lakes like Shasta,  which has received over 40 inches of rain this season,  compared to only about 7 at this time last year.  It is still at only about 55% of capacity,  but is filling fast.  Still,  a slower snowmelt would be so much more beneficial,  but we have to have snow first before it can melt,  and we need about 15 more storms with a foot to catch up from the last three years of next to nothing...

Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Horrible news for 2015 fish stocking...
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:28:08 AM »
Yes,  and stocking fish in places that usually don't get stocked might be cool too.  Like maybe from the bridges in Mos. flats,  or a couple of the other bridges up the canyon,  not right in campgrounds where they are easy pickings.  Good work Scout,  thanks for the positive vibes  :clap: :clap:

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