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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.

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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.  

Ted Nahhas and I floated the Lower Mokelumne with Bill Heger on Monday February 22, 2010.  It was a cold and dreary day and the fish were not very cooperative.

We tried throwing everything but the kitchen sink at them, but the bite did not turn on until after lunch.  We were below the Highway 88 before we found willing fish.  The hatchery juvenile steelhead were still present and was mostly what we caught.  We caught most of them nymphing on black Copper Johns and a few on Micro Mayflies.

We were on the water about 9:00 AM and fished until 5:30PM.  A nasty wind came up in the afternoon and we raced the storm to get off the water before the rain hit.  We managed to get the boat out and secured and were in the truck when it started to sprinkle.  Not bad timing at all.

Here are some pictures:

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Bill showing Ted a few pointers

Craig Martini and I floated the Lower Mokelumne with Bill Heger on Monday February 22, 2010.  It was a beautiful day and the fish were vary willing.

We lost track of the number of fish that we caught, let's just say it was probably well over 50 fish landed between the two of us.  The hatchery at Camanche had turned out a lot of 8-10" juvenile steelhead, and it was all we could do to hook something larger between the little guys grabbing our flies.  We caught them swinging buggers on sink-tips, we caught them nymphing on red Copper Johns as well as blue Copper Johns.  They were spread out from the launch point to the takeout at Mackville, and probably lower.  I managed to land a few fish between 12-15" amongst the juveniles and I lost one large fish that was much bigger.  I never got a real good look at him, but he was definitely heavier than anything else I hooked.

Bill Heger and I fished a certain tailwater on Saturday 11-14-09.  I had tried to persuade Bill to head upcountry and hit some waters that are due to close tomorrow, but he talked me into going down the hill.

He stated that flows in a certain tailwater had been consistent all week and that it should be fishing real well.  Something appeared to have happened overnight as the water level had recently receded about 6" in some places.  The fish seemed to be a little put off by the flow change.  We fished from noon until just before dark.  We started out working our way downstream swinging streamers on sink tips.  We both picked up fish with Bill landing a beautiful rainbow that looked to be about 18".

After a few hours of fishing downstream we switched over to floating lines and used nymphs under an indicator to work our way back upstream.  I ended up getting ahead of Bill and fished farther upstream than he thought I had.  I picked up a bunch of small rainbows up to about 8-9".  Bill said that he had gotten into fish in some of the spots that I had   fished through rather quickly and kept wondering when he was going to run into me.  It was only after I came back downstream and started shouting for him that we ended up finding each other.  By that time it was getting close to dark and it was time to head for the truck.

Here are some pictures from the trip:

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