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Gary C.

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Overnighter in the backcountry.
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:25:40 PM »
A few friends and I had decided that we wanted to go backpacking over the holiday weekend. With no reserved permits available we headed to Lone Pine Friday morning to see what was available as walk ups. We got our first choice destination with no problem for a Saturday departure. Staurday morning the weather was still overcast with light snow but we went anyhow.  The fishing was good when you found out where they were but it got cold at night. It was somewhere in the teens Saturday night so Sunday at about 4pm we opted to hike down off the mountain in search of a steak dinner.

From camp on Saturday.




I managed to catch Browns, Brookies, and Bows






It's kind of hard to believe that a guy could get mad and frustrated catching such a fine variety of fish but we did. The reason being that we couldn't get any action from some of the big boys that were hanging out. I'd guess this brown to be about 22-23" but there was one we saw several times that was over 30".


My buddy Mark added a whole new species to his life list. Maybe he will add some pictures and tell the story himself. I'll just have to be content with wild backcountry fish like this one that came clear out of the water a half dozen times.

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 12:20:45 AM »
Awesome report! Those fish are Beautiful! Especially that First Rainbow!

That Brown is massive!


Thanks for the pictures, Glad you guys were able to get up to where you wanted to go and run into a lot of fish too!

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 06:51:04 AM »
sounds like a fun time. Beautiful fish, always frustrating when the big boys swim by, but don`t want to play.
gone fishn, hope to be catchn soon !

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #3 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:
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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 07:54:41 AM »
Good times!      looks a bit chilly... but LOVE the scenery!

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 08:17:42 AM »
Looks like you did OK Gary.  I was working the "Mule Days Celebration" and everybody was complaining about the wind and cold weather.  Glad to see somebody enjoy the back-country last weekend.

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 08:32:29 AM »
Looks like a fun trip and good results, Gary.  Beautiful fish.  I was up at CSI one autumn and had the big browns on the surface in front of me about 10 feet away and couldn't even raise one bit of interest from them.  They don't get that big by being stupid!.....maybe we need one of Chris W's pintails in our arsenal  :puzzled:
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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 08:45:39 AM »
Good report and great pics, thanks Gary C. :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 09:24:35 AM »
great pictures and report
   thank you Gary

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 10:05:47 AM »
Great post and pictures Gary!  Thanks.

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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 11:46:41 AM »
Real nice fishing trip!  Looks cold to me.  Thanks for posting Gary.

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2012, 06:16:16 PM »
Great report Gary!
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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2012, 08:43:02 AM »
That just looks like a pile of fun right there!  Thanks for the post!

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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2012, 09:12:50 AM »
Interesting colors on that last fish picture.  Too bad them big browns were teasing you.  Think they were looking for something than a fly to eat.
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« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2012, 09:25:32 AM »
Great trip and pictures. Living through all these trip reports until I can finally get back up there. Thanks Gary.

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2012, 05:18:22 PM »
Good post Gary!  With three species already under your belt, it must have been tempting to forgo the steak dinner and swing around yonder mountain for a golden trout as well.

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2012, 10:03:19 PM »
Good post Gary!  With three species already under your belt, it must have been tempting to forgo the steak dinner and swing around yonder mountain for a golden trout as well.
That was on the schedule for Monday on the hike out. I was still game for following that plan because I had brought my 5 degree down bag. I wasn't about to disagree with the guys that had 20 degree bags and froze the night before. I've been there and it makes for a lousy nights sleep when your cold.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2012, 12:39:46 PM by Gary C. »

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« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2012, 06:15:01 AM »
Great report as always, thanks fredb

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Re: Overnighter in the backcountry.
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2012, 09:19:43 AM »
Too cold for me.  :lol: