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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Last post by Marine One on May 26, 2018, 05:33:17 PM »
It all looks very good! I love everything about it. I would not add anything as you are trying to go with the bear minimum
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Eastern Sierra Forum / New Season Is Here
« Last post by amp0909 on May 25, 2018, 06:19:19 PM »
So who's excited that the new season is here?  What are your fishing plans?
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Strictly Media / Re: Photobucket is hurting and making changes.
« Last post by Little Hardrock on May 25, 2018, 09:46:19 AM »
well this is good news!   hope they keep it up
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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Last post by wshawkins on May 25, 2018, 06:41:13 AM »
Yes, quite a few over the years but usually after Labor Day.  If you want to look what’s possible out of Sotcher Lake, head over to Reds Meadow Resort and check out the large Browns on the wall in the Store/Café.

Sotcher Lake is spring fed and has a nice 1 ½ mile hike around the lake.  On this lake hike you cross several spring fed creeks, one is if you follow the creek a bit you come to what’s known locally as the “Water Cave”.  One of many cool finds in this area of the Eastern Sierra!


Water Cave


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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Last post by Fishing4Gold on May 24, 2018, 11:54:35 AM »

I fish Sotcher Lake quite a bit when I’m in Mammoth.  Usually head down after 5pm for a couple of hours after the Park Rangers leave the gate.  Always done good there catching planters. For your info, the road down to Sotcher Lake is closed and not expected to be open until mid-June.  Check the website for updates.
https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Thanks for the link WS! I've been checking the reds meadow website which says they plan on opening in late May /early June, hopefully the road will be open by the time I get up there! I've heard about big browns in t he lake, but have only caught some good rainbows in there, have you ever pulled a brown out of sochter? Tight Lines!
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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« Last post by wshawkins on May 24, 2018, 07:00:43 AM »
Maui – Hawaii


Haleakalā Crater






Driving down to Lahaina
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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« Last post by wshawkins on May 24, 2018, 06:57:10 AM »
Maui – Hawaii


Haleakalā Crater








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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Canyon Weather
« Last post by wshawkins on May 23, 2018, 04:13:21 PM »
Interesting website, I bookmarked it.  Can anyone explain to me how to use the water flow tables?  Last year the creek was largely unfishable due to super high water.  I'll concentrate on the lake, if that's what to expect.
Also, as to the weather chart for Rock Creek, if you look closer, the reported area is at 12,000 feet.  Colder and windyer for sure.


Owens Valley water flow tables are a useful tool to gauge if the creeks and rivers are fishable.  For instance lower Owens River showing flow of 318, which is fishable but too fast for wading (Your safe wading flows are below 250 cfs).  Lower Owens flows can fluctuate greatly due to the needs for water in L.A.  Rock Creek at current flow of 17.7 is very fishable.  If you remember last year’s flows were 2 to 3 times that at this time last year.   

As for the weather chart, you can customize your own weather page for anywhere in the east side.  Start with the one you bookmarked.  Open Rock Creek weather forecast page.  Go down to the Forecast Area Map.  Switch from topographic to satellite, which allows you to see lakes and creeks better. If your fishing location is by a road, switch from topographic to streets.  Where do you want to fish today?  Say for instance you want to fish Tioga Lake which is in Tioga Pass area.  Hold mouse down and move map until Forecast Area is over Tioga Lake.  Click on Tioga Lake.  Now you have a custom weather forecast for Tioga Lake.  Bookmark it or save it to your computer or smart phone for future use.

I have my own weather page similar to The Trout Fitter with over 20 saved areas I love to fish and camp in the backcountry.  But as Corey Baer said, prepare for anything and everything it’s the Sierra.
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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Last post by wshawkins on May 23, 2018, 04:11:48 PM »
Thanks for all the tips! Ill probably go with a clear intermediate for fishing the lakes around the loop. Will also be heading down to sotcher with the float tube to try fly fishing it for the first time. Anyone fish down there often? One of my favorite places in the ES.


I fish Sotcher Lake quite a bit when I’m in Mammoth.  Usually head down after 5pm for a couple of hours after the Park Rangers leave the gate.  Always done good there catching planters. For your info, the road down to Sotcher Lake is closed and not expected to be open until mid-June.  Check the website for updates.
https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/hours.htm
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Eastern Sierra Fishing / Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Last post by Fishing4Gold on May 23, 2018, 09:34:19 AM »
Thanks for all the tips! Ill probably go with a clear intermediate for fishing the lakes around the loop. Will also be heading down to sotcher with the float tube to try fly fishing it for the first time. Anyone fish down there often? One of my favorite places in the ES.
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