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OldSarge

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After Labor Day...
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:41:13 AM »
Our crew headed up to the Creek on Wednesday. As we drove through French Camp when we arrived, we noted that the place was nearly deserted. I’d say less than twenty camp sites occupied.
The entire campground was open; the upper loops were not closed. That’s a good change.
Our favorite site was taken, so we opted for #68. I think we have a new favorite.

After setting up camp, we drove up to RCL and fished the point. Not much of a bite, but it was great just to be there. Had a Coyote prowling around; very close to humans. Got just enough rain to get everything wet.

On Thursday morning, the host came in and asked us if he could replace the old burned-out and rusted fire ring. Of course, we didn’t mind, we were on our way to Saddlebag.
We usually fish near the dam at Saddlebag, but because they didn’t get enough water to fill the lake after repairing the dam last year, we opted to take the water taxi to the other end of the lake. It was a good call. We got hit with rain and hail, but the wind was generally to our backs, and the fish were active, and larger than we normally see. Really fun day.

Friday, we fished South and Sabrina. Both lakes really low. Fishing was slow at both, but worth it just to be there. Yellow Jackets were very all over at Sabrina. While there, we saw two people stung, just walking on the trail. They bugged us, but we weren’t stung. We got to watch an eagle eat a fish, and also heard an odd whistling call that repeated over and over. We could not see what was making the sound for quite a while, until one of us spotted a tan colored deer. He had a small rack, and was not as large as the grey mulies we are used to seeing. I assume that he was a white-tail. He moved up the hill, away from the trail around the lake, maybe 300+ yards from us, continuing to make the call. I imitated him the best I could, and he stopped and looked right at us. As I made the noise intermittently, he turned and began to make his way down and towards us. I must have said something rude in deer-talk.
When we got back to camp, I googled deer calls, and came up with one that sounded similar. It was a “wheeze”, and is something that a male does to challenge others or to drive them from his territory.

After being skunked at South/Sabrina, we decided to go back to Saddlebag on Saturday. Did the water taxi thing again, and fished the same spot. It was another great day. Had good weather, cooperative wind, and lots of good fishing. Plus, another good meal at Nicely’s.

There were thunderstorms up and down the Eastern Sierra, and when we got back to camp, the ground was wet, and there was evidence that a small stream had run right through. No standing water, no damage, but there was that good, clean smell in the air that you get after a good high sierra rain.

Hope to make one more trip before the end of the season. Fall is always beautiful.

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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2012, 12:01:39 PM »
You guys are killing me with your trip reports. I'm really looking forward to this weekend, I need me some mountains! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 01:42:38 PM »
Sounds like a fun trip, thanks for sharing. :clap:

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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2012, 06:11:18 PM »
Good to see you getting out again OldSarge!  I also had great success this year at Saddlebag with larger than normal size fish.  That's always a plus! 

Just for your information, LA Water & Power controls the water in the lake.  It's their water.  The lake could be full by now if not for LA's thirst for water.  I noticed Tioga and Ellery Lake are down also.

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2012, 06:27:05 PM »
Looks like I'll be up at Tom's this weekend for a few days, It's not camping but it will be nice to get some fresh air. We have had some really foul air in LA the last few days, something about a fish die out at the Salton Sea.
Hope they still have some :pie2:

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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2012, 07:01:54 PM »
I'm leaving next Tuesday for a week up there...... I've been waiting for 5 years for the host to replace the broken fire ring in site 66.

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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2012, 07:52:43 AM »
I'm leaving next Tuesday for a week up there...... I've been waiting for 5 years for the host to replace the broken fire ring in site 66.

The host said he gets about ten per year.
You ought to ping him as soon as you get into the camp.

If you get lucky, talk too him about the placement of the ring.
The crew put #68 facing a huge rocks, so it limits chair placement.
A small thing, but attention to detail is important.

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Re: After Labor Day...
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2012, 01:53:50 PM »
The last 4 years when I talked to the host and mentioned the fire ring,, he said I get you a new  one....Spending 40 plus days a season in that site I won't hold my breath waiting for a new ring  During opening weekend,, my first day  he said I'll get you one tomorrow...  I'll bet a months retirement check that when I go there next week the same fire ring is still there...