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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #125 on: September 07, 2016, 06:35:05 AM »
Looking back down Green Creek Valley




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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #126 on: September 08, 2016, 06:40:01 AM »
Before you you see West Lake, there is a earth dam with a flow control gate that backs up the outlet creek and forms a pond of sorts.


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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #127 on: September 08, 2016, 06:41:36 AM »
The pond before you reach West Lake.  Somehow I expected more snow to be around the pond and lake.  If you get skunked at West Lake this is the best place for some easy Brook Trout fishing.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #128 on: September 08, 2016, 06:43:41 AM »
Brook Trout taken from the pond average about 6-9”.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #129 on: September 09, 2016, 05:37:50 AM »
What is the elevation change from the trail head to West Lake, wshawkins?  Looking back down Green Creek Valley makes it look steep!
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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #130 on: September 09, 2016, 06:52:40 AM »
Elevation change from the trailhead to West Lake is about 1900 feet.  Most of the climb is from Green Lake to West Lake as the trail is fairly steep throughout the hike. :hiking2:
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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #131 on: September 09, 2016, 06:54:33 AM »
West Lake - Hoover Wilderness


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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #132 on: September 09, 2016, 06:56:26 AM »

West Lakes holds Brookies and Brown Trout.  What I didn’t know until this trip is that West Lake also has a small population of Rainbows.  I mostly catch Brook Trout in West Lake but some Browns have known to land on my fly.  Brookies average up to 11” in West Lake.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #133 on: September 10, 2016, 06:45:02 AM »
9 out of 10 fish you catch at West Lake will probably be Brookies.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #134 on: September 10, 2016, 06:47:56 AM »
First Rainbow I ever caught here – it was quite a surprise!  This one was about 13” but I saw bigger ones cruising.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #135 on: September 10, 2016, 06:49:44 AM »
There are Browns in West Lake.  I sight casted this one which was only 10-11” but there was a much bigger Browns in this lake but very difficult to catch.  There is some truth in the saying that the bigger they get the smarter they are!  Don’t quote me on that! 



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #136 on: September 20, 2016, 06:55:12 AM »
Looking back down the trail towards Green Creek Trailhead with thunder showers about to hit me.    Still one more surprise on the way back to the trailhead.




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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #137 on: September 21, 2016, 06:38:49 AM »
Beavers dammed this outlet creek to this unnamed lake.  There’s no trail to this lake as you need to go cross-country hiking to get to it!  There are several lakes in this area and many more lakes in the Eastern Sierra that have no trails or names to them.  I spooked several fish as I was peaking in at the dam so I knew it had fish in it but what species?



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #138 on: September 22, 2016, 06:49:32 AM »
This unnamed lake was about 5 acres but somewhat deep.  That’s important as the fish would be able to survive a serious cold winter.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #139 on: September 23, 2016, 06:50:00 AM »
This unnamed lake was full of Brown Trout!  What a nice surprise.  Nothing huge (10-14") but still nice size.



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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #140 on: September 29, 2016, 12:40:07 PM »
Just got done with a week long exploration of Lee Vining and another creek in the area.  Lots less water and tons of wild fish.  Finally, were tired of having to release them and cut the tips off the barbess flies and got a tug if they were swimming away and self released coming at us.  Had some great fishing but never had to handle the fish.  Win for both of us.


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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #141 on: September 30, 2016, 06:47:39 AM »
I use the Ketchum Release tool when I’m just c&r.  I’ve been using it 3-4 years now and it’s very effective.  You never have to handle the fish!  To use, simply place the leader in the groove on the tool, slide the tool down to the hook and the hook pops out!  By landing the fish quickly and by avoiding handling of the fish, the fish has much greater odds of surviving.  If you only c&r, this is the way to go!

Beautiful picture by the way!


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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #142 on: September 30, 2016, 09:39:34 AM »

Good advice to anyone who releases fish.

Have had the midge and regular size since they came out.  Normally, that is the way we release.  Catching so darn many at one time, the back starts complaining as I want the fish to remain in the water.  Cutting the tips off gives me the tug and I can "count coup" but the fish releases themselves within a few seconds.  I have had them stay on all the way in and they just fall off the hook when I slide the took down.

The Ketchum Release tool is an easy way to release fish without harming them.  Something that will be important in years to come as fish stocks dwindle and fishermen increase in numbers.
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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #143 on: September 30, 2016, 12:59:16 PM »
Pretty slick tool  :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #144 on: October 01, 2016, 08:54:41 AM »
Glad to see you're feeling better.  Always love your original posts. 

For those that fish and don't keep fish, it's pretty handy. 

We arrived the day after the Owens River Fire broke out near Big Springs.  We had to change our plans because of it.  The 6,000 acre fire was putting up a pretty good Pyrocumulus Nimbus cloud that was no doubt affecting the rapid rate of spread.    Although this cloud didn't seem to have the energy to rise over 20,000 feet as some have, erratic winds loft seemed to be churning it enough to stifle some of the energy.  They often grow to great height and then collapse as the hot gases cool and push the fire in many directions at once. 

Here is an image of the beginning of the Pyrocumulus cloud from the Station Fire on the Angeles National Forest.  That one created internal lightning raindrops.
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« Reply #145 on: October 01, 2016, 04:22:58 PM »
Wonderful photos and thanks for sharing your knowledge on the inner dynamics of these clouds.

So.....in the 1st or top photo of the clouds, does anyone else happen to observe the cloud's unique formation in the upper right quadrant?

The section that rise upwards?

Has the appearance of a 'one finger salute'?
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« Reply #146 on: October 01, 2016, 08:54:34 PM »
I've always found meaning and imaginative things in the clouds.  I'm sure some could say that but I just see a force of nature rising in the sky.....or maybe you could be on to something.
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« Reply #147 on: October 02, 2016, 03:59:12 AM »
I saw the one finger salute and thought of it as Mother Nature having her say due to the lack of rain. http://rockcreeklake.com/board/Smileys/default/lightning.gif

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Re: 2016 Sierra Nevada Pictures
« Reply #148 on: October 02, 2016, 08:56:38 AM »
The lack of rain is becoming a real factor in the amazing amount of our state that is being destroyed by fire.....whether by nature or man caused.  Hoping for real wetting rains and massive snow dumps this year.
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