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Dustin Rocksvold

Dustin Rocksvold

I took Katy the Wonder Dog out for her first fishing adventure today.  I decided that I would take her to one of my favorite local spots, the NF Mokelumne below Tiger Creek Afterbay.    I got in some casting practice to help knock off the cobwebs on my bad casting.

Katy had a blast running around throught he bushes exploring.  Why did I call her Katy the Wonder Dog?  Every time I turned around I was wondering where she had taken off to.  Luckily for me the dam halts upstream progress and it was easier to figure out where she was.

I managed to hook one little rainbow on an EC Caddis, had it on briefly before losing it, before the fishing cooled off.  I was concentrating so hard on where my casts were falling and how the fly was drifting that I did not notice that Katy the Wonder Dog had come out to see what I was doing.  I guess I should call her the Wonder Dog because I was wondering why I wasn't having any luck.  I turned and looked upstream and this is what I found...

She was intently watching me fish the run and pacing back ad forth on top of this rock.

Fished the north fork of the Mokelumne River below Salt Springs Reservoir on Friday May 24.

I got on the water about 1:00 PM.  I fished until 4:00 before heading home.  I lost track of the number of fish hooked versus landed.  All of the fish I landed this trip were Rainbow Trout.  The biggest was about 8".  Most of the fish were hooked and landed on a size 12 or 14 Tan Elk Hair Caddis.  I also had a few fish interested in a grey EC Caddis.  

All in all it was a fun afternoon.  I fished water that I had not fished in the last trip.  Cindy came along this time, but did not fish a whole lot as her back has been bothering her.  Since she was out of sight, she did not get any pictures of my fish.  I had left my camera in the truck thinking that she had hers and would be fishing with me...  Such is the luck.

Fished the north fork of the Mokelumne River below Salt Springs Reservoir on Saturday May 10.

I got on the water just before noon. I landed 4 browns and 3 rainbows and lost 5 more. I fished until 4:30 before heading home.  Fishing was definitely better below Cole Creek than above.  

Most of the fish were hooked and landed on a size 12 Tan Elk Hair Caddis.  One fish was hooked and lost on a size 12 red Copper John.

North Fork Mokelumne River

Wednesday Cindy and I had a lazy morning and finally made up our minds to hit the Owens River.  After obtaining a map and some intel earlier in the week I was actually able to find a spot to hit what I thought was the Owens.  What I found must have been a side channel because there was barely any water flowing in it and only a few dinks rising.  

After moving farther upstream to avoid some other anglers that showed up we found what must have been the main channel because there was a lot more water in it.  Unfortunately we didn't see any fish here either.  High sun and barely a clound in the sky makes for wary fish.  Throwing only dry flies did not help much either.  After an uneventful hour and a half and plenty of lost flies later we bailed.  Maybe next time we will hit the water earlier, or later.  I was not overly impressed with dodging cow pies.

Owens River Casting Practice


So today's expedition found us entering Devils Postpile National Monument bright and early to beat the shuttle buses.  We drove down to the Rainbow Falls trailhead and walked down the trail to the falls.  A beautiful sight indeed.

Rainbow Falls

After visiting the Troutfitter and gaining some local intel, Cindy and I headed over to Convict Creek East of Highway 395 for a bit of afternoon exploring.

We parked the truck and started bushwhacking our way down to the creek.  We found a nice marshy side channel to muck our way through on the way to the creek.  Once we found the creek we headed downstream intending to fish our way back up.  I found several willing little Brown Trout along the way.  A few hours of exploring will pay large dividends on the next trip.  

  1. Next time I will park all the way down at the end of the road to minimize the walking.  
  2. I will also bring a shorter rod on the next trip.  I am noticing that working a 9' 5 weight is not working so well in the brush along these small creeks.  Next time I wll bring the 7.5' 4 weight with me for easier access in these tight little areas.

Finally an open stretch!

This was the one open stretch that I found.  I got one fish to rise in here.

Cindy and I hiked up and fished McCleod Lake this morning.  We packed the pontoons up the trail and set about trying to catch the Lahontan Cutthroat Troat that supposedly inhabit the lake.

We saw one fish rise while we were getting ready, so we started out with floating lines and dry flies to see if we could encourage the litlle buggers to come up to the surface.  After  a half a lap around the lake and no love for the dry flies we switched to buggers.  The wind was blowing really hard, and really cold.  I get chills just thinking about it now.  That is also about how hot the fishing was as well.  I made a full lap trolling a bugger right near the color change but had no luck.

We stopped into the Troutfitter on the way down the hill and I was told that I needed to fish deeper.  Next time I will remember the full sinking lines and go dredging for some nice cutthroat.

Cindy and I got to Mammoth Lakes on Friday 8/24.  We made sure to stop by the Mammoth Brewing Company to pick up some suds along the way.  We unpacked, ate dinner and started trying to plan out what we would do on Saturday.  We decided to do some exploring and walking around to acclimate ourselves to the elevation change.

The first place we stopped was at Mammoth Creek Park.  We found the creek inside the park to be quite overgrown and not very fishable.  We did see several trout that appeared to be planted fish just upstream from the Old Mammoth Road bridge.

mammoth creek 1

My friends Bill Heger, Jim Heger joined me for a day of fishing on Sunday, August 5th.  

I had done some homework and found that there were not very many places upcountry that had decent flows of water.  After checking in with one of the sources, I found that Blue Creek below Lower Blue Lake was flowing at ~15 CFS.  While not perfect, it was better than most of the other waters around there.

They picked up great boxed lunches from the Payless IGA grocery store in Pioneer on their way to pick me up.  

We got on the water just before 11:00 and fished until 2:00.  We walked down the jeep road and then split up.  Bill took the most upstream spot, then Jim downstream a little, and I proceeded all the way down almost to Clover Meadow.  

Klamath River Restoration Begins: Scoping Meetings Scheduled July 7 - July 15

“We’ve studied the problem to death,” says Leaf Hillman, Natural Resources Director for the Karuk Tribe. “We believe that when viewed through the lens of objective science, only one conclusion can be reached and that’s to implement these agreements. Otherwise none of the communities and economies on the Klamath River can survive.”'


Media Contacts:

Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe: 916 207-8294

Steve Rothert, American Rivers: 530 277-0448

Chuck Bonham, Trout Unlimited: 510 917-8572

Karl Scronce, Upper Klamath Water Users Assoc.: 541 281-2053

Mark Rockwell, N. CA Council, Federation of Fly Fishers: 530 432-0100

Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations: 541 689-2000

Curtis Knight, California Trout: 530 859-1872

Greg Addington, Klamath Water Users Assoc.: 541-892-1409

Jeff Mitchell, Councilman, Klamath Tribes - 541-891-5971