Gary and I decided to try our luck on the North Fork of the Mokelumne on the afternoon of Friday Augst 7th. We drove up Highway 88 and then down a freshly chip-sealed Ellis Road. I guess some of the fine PG&E paid regarding the Power Fire is being put to good use. We found a spot to park and then started making our way down stream.
We worked downstream for an hour or so without so much as spooking a fish. The flows were around 19 CFS. Gary checked the water temperature and found it to be 66F. We decided to head back to the truck and move further upstream to find cooler water.
After moving upstream to a spot that I have had good luck at in the past, we finally managed to find some fish. We actually landed a few as well. Gary was fishing a tan size 12 Adams and I was using a tan size 14 EC Caddis. Gary landed more fish than I on this trip, with a final count of 7 to 4.
This was a good reminder to check the water temperatures and fish where the temperatures are more ideal. At the second location the temps were running around 60F and there were actually fish present.
The fish were a mixture of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, with the largest fish being about 8".