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What a trip ! Michael flew out from NYC for some time in the Eastern Sierras with me, his sister Ally and HERO the DOG…Oh… and Nick too! This is where we went…and what we experienced…

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Bridegport, CA and surrounding area…

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One knows they are well out of Los Angeles when arriving at Red Rock Canyon, on both sides of Hwy. 14, outside of Mojave, CA…

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…and this would be Little Lake, CA

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The volcano, at the entrance to the Owens Valley and Fossil Falls, just to the right and foreground of the mound…Me and the kids have spent a lot of time wandering around that cinder cone, looking’ for stuff…

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On this trip, Michael and I did not make the usual climb up to the portal at Mt. Whitney, so we let Ally, Nick and Hero do that for us on their trip up to meet us three days later…

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This is Eastside Sports in Bishop, CA. I make a point of frequenting this shop every time we hit the Sierras…never know what I might find and then need. These are the hats that Michael was going through for his wife Aimee…

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Wait !…Michael got one for himself and me to keep the sun off of the back of our necks while fishing the lakes…

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One just does not go through Bishop without stopping at Mahogany Smoked Meats…It’s more important than Sierra Trout Magnet (The Fly Shop), across the street (sorry David !)…

CHILENO PEPPERS

Then the quest to pick up some of these...the MOST RIGHTEOUS peppers on the planet…normally, MSM’s carries these but they were (horrors!) out of stock and nobody else had them in Bishop either…that, required a quick phone call to Ally to implement plan “B” and she picked them up at a shop in Lone Pine on the way up. F.Y.I. these are going to be difficult to get for the next year because of a crop failure on the other side of the Sierras during the growing season…

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Mono Lake, about 35 miles South of Bridgeport, CA where road repairs required us to wait, while only one lane of traffic was open at a time…This is where brine shrimp are cultivated for use as fish food in aquariums. At one time, an interesting group of native Americans, known as the “fly eaters” dwelt on this lake’s Eastern shore. It is too salty to support any fish populations…

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I get to say, “Are we there yet?”…

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Yay !!!…The Walker River Lodge … I have been staying here since 1974, when I first brought my Father up to Bridgeport…

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…time for dinner at the Bridgeport Inn

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The “Virgin Mary”…extra spicy…

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…and garlic bread, of course !

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…up at 6AM and a visit to Nugent’s Bakery, before heading up the mountain…

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…main street, Bridgeport CA at 7AM…not too alive…

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…the arrow designates the way South to Conway Summit and the turn off to Virginia Lakes…

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…along Hwy. 395, headed South…The peaks to the left, in the photo are our destination…

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…getting closer…Michael wanted to pull off the road to make a call back East to his wife…the bars indicated service…

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…my phone does not get service ( thanks, unmentioned carrier) up here so I used it for some photos…Looking South towards Mono Lake…

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Little Virginia Lake…our first spot on the Itinerary…

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…The “Old Guy” in a reverse view…Virginia Lakes closes up for boat rentals at 11AM on Tuesdays so that the staff at Virginia Lakes Resort can go down the mountain to Bridgeport or Mammoth Lakes for recreation and taking care of personal business…be aware if ya’ don’t take some other type of water craft with ya’…

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…so Michael and I headed over to Trumbull Lake to fish from the shoreline…a trek through the “Mule Ears”...

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Trumbull Lake, looking East…this lake has Browns, Rainbows (planted) and Brookies. The Rainbows are the most plentiful. I have seen a 7 lb. + Brown taken from this lake and there are probably some larger ones in here as well…

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…on the far side of the lake, by the scree and talus…one of my favorite spots, here…

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…Michael slackin’ off with his new brim…

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…looks like a rise to me…

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…yep…

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…a typical Trumbull Rainbow…

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…and another…

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Trumbull Lake… approaching sunset…

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…a rise in deeper, dark water…

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,,,a beaver lives just below that fallen pine…

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...A Callibaetis Spinner Michael picked off the surface film…

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…down the mountain for dinner at the Virginia Creek Settlement

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…what’s on the menu ?

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…well, this is just part of what is offered…the Italian servings are great and so is the pizza…

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…after dinner moon…

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…the following day, back at Little Virginia Lake with the “Old Guy” rowing…

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…Michael nails a 2lb. / 10 oz. Rainbow on an Owens “Offender”…The overall fishing on this trip was difficult. Normally, we catch and release a lot of Trout when visiting these lakes. Jim Reid, owner of Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport, had some thoughts on just why this was occurring this season. I will not go into his explanation – but I do concur…

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This is the East Walker River, an Eastern Sierra classic, “Blue Ribbon” water. Because of our current drought, the water flows are very low and warm. The river is choked with weeds and algae and the mosquitoes are out for blood…Michael and I left our favorite river – alone…

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…more East Walker, close to the Nevada state line…

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…looking downstream…

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…another downstream view…

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…Bridgeport Reservoir …the source for the East Walker River and the lowest I have seen it since it was drained in 1987…

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…one fellow, working the river below the dam. Michael watched him take a 18″ Brown from this section…like I said, I leave it alone…

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…this is Lower Twin Lakes, outside of Bridgeport. The level is down 15′ and we took photos rather than fish it…

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…another view, looking Southeast…

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Upper Twin Lakes…more water, deeper and colder…there were only two boats out on the lake when we passed here and we did not fish it…I visited again with Ally,Hero and Nick on a very wet evening, a few days later…

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…exploring time for Michael…what follows are some places and images that Big Moo documented while Pop pounded the water with a gazillion fly patterns…

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..Red Lake…

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Red and Copper…

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Carolyn Webb told me there was a submarine sized Brown in here…haven’t met ’em…yet…

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…more Red Lake from the non-red side…

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…patterns in the water…

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Summit Pass …11,100’…

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…more form and texture from Summit Pass…

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…Alpine flora…

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…something for Nadia’s next kitchen counter project…

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…and Koi Pond…

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Alpine trickler…

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Big Virginia Lake and the WALL…sit over there in the evening with a float tube or pontoon and use beetle and flying ant patterns…

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…looking back towards Big Virginia Lake…

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…a good casting location which Michael always seems to find…

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…another view from the Summit Trail back towards Virginia Lakes…and Nevada in the background…

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…another lake I don’t know the name of..way up there…

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Peak scenery…

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The Jolly Kone in Bridgeport…the burger and hot dog palace, which appears to have a new offering…

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Nope, don’t see it on the regular menu…

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Enough food…back up to Little Virginia on an overcast day which was marked by thunder and showers…

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One of the locals (Scud) that motored by our boat just as the rain stopped…

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Then, Michael added this to his tippet…

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…and BAM !!!

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Michael brings the Trout up to the Lodge to have Carolyn put it on the digital scale…

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Carolyn lets Michael know the scale is off by 2 ozs. under…

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…almost ready for the report photo…

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Carolyn shoots…

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Michael goes on the board a second time…

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Pop shoots Michael for posterity…this is the largest Trout he has landed, to date…

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…and who shows up moments later…ALLY !!!

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…and Hero…

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Meanwhile, back on the lake, I pick up…

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…a few Brook Trout…

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…using this little red peacock soft hackle…

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Pretty little guys…

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Back down the mountain to celebrate with pizza at the Virginia Creek Settlement…

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Thanks Nick !!!

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Back to the Walker River Lodge and some work for Michael…

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Michael cleans a Big Trout…

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Step #.1, – with a good sharp knife…

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Step #.2, all the way up to the initial cut…

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Step #.3, take the gills and entrails rearward…use  finger nails to remove all veining and blood…

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Step #.4, breathe…place in freezer…get ready for yer’ last day…

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…first on the lake, early in the AM on a day that did not see much action…

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Dinner and not mint juleps on the veranda at the Bridgeport Inn. Michael left the following morning to pick up his wife in Reno and spend a few days with her family up in Lake Tahoe…

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So it’s Ally, Hero and Nick. I got him started with a fly and bubble on a rainy day. Nick’s fishing experience on freshwater lakes was, shall we say…limited. He got a nice huge strike on a Tan Seal Bugger but did not set the hook in time – doh…

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…and I was having this kind of day…

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…while Ally, Hero and Nick went looking for Frodo and Mordor…

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…Nope, not here…

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…getting wet…

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Ally and Hero up there…

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A short trip up to Upper Twin Lakes in the rain…

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At the marina…

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Ally and Hero … posing…

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Boats at rest…

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The cafe at Annett’s Mono Village where Michael swears he had the best cheeseburger ever…( kid was delusional )…

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Last sunset before leaving Bridgeport…

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Since Nick had never been here, we made a point of stopping at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery which I have been visiting since 1952…

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The brood stock pond…the race ways, where large Brook and Rainbows were kept, were destroyed in a flood in 2008…they have not been replaced…More HERE

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When I was a little kid, my Dad would bring my brother and I here. There were thousands of Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Tiger Trout in the metal rearing pens inside this structure…

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Bring your kids too !!!

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Yep…Ally and Michael have been coming up for quite awhile…

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Ally, 1995, by the raceways that were destroyed…

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Michael spies some Brook Trout…

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Why I love this place…

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No story is complete without an ending…and nothing goes to waste…

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Michael does filets…

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Marinate for a little while…

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Grill…

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Add the sides…

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Enjoy !!!

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A little paddling on Lake Tahoe…and there’s the hat Michael got Aimee…

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Until next time…

NEXT:…

CONES HOOKS

…more of patterns tied on these…

PT/TB

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Here are some of the pictures we took on a recent FF trip to the Southern Sierras – the one where Michael, Ally and Josh accompanied PT. There are more that will be added when Michael returns from Portland, OR where he and Aimee are working on their respective portfolios for school. Some are in the Olympus camera that my son has with him ( that have not been developed) and the others are on a CD that Ally neglected to bring to me yesterday…DOH, again…

Michael.a pool and a waterfall…

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Michael, working the foam..

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PT, same location, working a nice pool under a waterfall in 2007…

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Michael, casting into an opening between the truck sized boulders, also in 2007…The Artic Creel is for drinks, Sandwiches and Chilean Peppers…

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A nice side pool off the main channel, 2009…

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One of the impediments to easy FF in this place…

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Some of the deadfalls and “wait a minute” bushes one has to navigate through- (Ally hates this)…

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What makes it worth the trudge!!!…

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I had a very good fish wrap me around a submerged log in here…

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Michael took several Rainbows and one Brown in here in 2007…

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Josh, Ally’s BF, “How do we get out of here?”…2009…

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Suggestive rocks in the H2O- I dunno’, Michael took this picture…
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More gnarly bushwackin’ ahead…

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Ally and newt, Spring, 2005…

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Looking upstream, the ONLY way to go…

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One of a good number of Trout that were caught by me and the kids that day…

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Angelo, hangin’ with the guys, Spring, 2005…

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Representative of some of the Rainbows in this water…

Sunlight dapples a pool while Michael tugs a streamer..

I will add additional photos to this post when the “EVIL SPAWN” get them to me. In the meantime, if anyone would like to know more about this place, *send me a PM *and I’ll ruminate on it…

PT/TB :secret:

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This is one of the places that is on my dream list of exotic locations to visit:

It is in the Eastern Cape/ Rhodes area of South Africa (Gateshead) just South of Lesotho. The entire story of the trip may be found here at FAOL . These waters run through some of the oldest rock formations on the Planet, The gentleman (MORNEB), who posted these photos, stated that one had to look out for SNAKES ( Puff Adder, Black Mamba, Green Mamba, Coral, Cobras, Horned Adder, Rinkhals, Boomslang and more)…SNAKES!!! SA has a number of species that are very dangerous…what we do for Trout…* Mario, from Custom Fly Rods  Co ,ZA, straightened me out on this snakey thing…Whew…I see more Rattlesnakes here in CA than the poisonous serpents he sees on these, his home waters..View comments…*

PT/TB :fishing:

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I’ve seen some of the photos,they will be posted along with the story A.S.A.P…

https://planettrout.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/mike-nf-tule-more.jpg

Michael on the NFT, 2003…*This spot was filled with bushes (in the water) on June 28, 2009…

PT/TB :p

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This is a US Company that manufactures Fly Rods in longer lengths at reasonable PRICES. I picked up this information at Fly Anglers Online…I prefer longer rods for nymphing and have been using them since 1985 when the Scott Rod Co. made up a 10′, 5WT “G” Series rod for me on custom order…I wish they still did that…

GREAT BAY ROD CO

EMG Series
The EMG series of fly rods are Great Bay Rod Co.’s intermediate line of travel blanks. These blanks are finished with beautiful gloss green finish and wrapped in thread colors that perfectly match the blank allowing you, the angler, to fish for your favorite species trout, salmon or bass. With 8 models to choose from with line weights 2 to 8 cover all your fishing needs in a moderately priced rod. Cork grips are made from the highest grade cork available and are hand turned for the perfect fit. Reel seats are beautifully appointed with highly figured wood inserts.

All rods are individually numbered and warranted for the life of the rod. Rod tube and bag are included with every rod in the series.

  • REC Premium Reel Seat
  • Select Cork Grips
  • Stainless Steel Snake Guides
  • Alignment Dots

New for 2009 are 3 CZ Nymphing rods. All three models are 11 feet long and were designed in conjuction with Ian Colin James. The Canadian Youth Fly Fishing Team will be utilizing these new rods at the World Fly Fishing Competition in Prague in June 2009. All three of the models have a medium/fast action and the same high quality components as all other models of the EMG Series. The CZ Nymph rods come in 4 piece models and line weights 4 through 6. Ian Colin James is one of the premier fly fisherman in North America, and has garnered a world famous reputation as a fly tyer, guide and speaker. Ian was instrumental in helping Great Bay Rod Co. design the new EMG rods, working on the project for almost a year. in addition to his responsibilities as a fly tyer, guide and speaker- Ian is teaching the first fully accredited fly fishing course in Canada at Fanshawe College.

MODEL                 STYLE           LENGTH     PRICE PURCHASE

EMG904-2         4 PIECE 2 WGT      9’0″        $299.99        

EMG904-3         4 PIECE 3 WGT      9’0″        $299.99        

EMG904-4         4 PIECE 4 WGT      9’0″        $299.99        

EMG904-5         4 PIECE 5 WGT      9’0″        $299.99        

EMG904-6         4 PIECE 6 WGT      9’0″        $299.99        

EMG904-7         4 PIECE 7 WGT      9’0″        $299.99        

EMG904-8         4 PIECE 8 WGT      9’0″        $299.99       

EMG1104-4       4 PIECE 4 WGT      11’0″      $349.99        

EMG1104-4FB   4 PIECE 4 WGT       11’0″      $349.99         w/ fighting butt

EMG1104-5       4 PIECE 5 WGT      11’0″      $349.99        

EMG1104-5FB   4 PIECE 5 WGT       11’0″      $349.99         w/ fighting butt

EMG1104-6       4 PIECE 6 WGT      11’0       $349.99        

EMG1104-6FB   4 PIECE 6 WGT       11’0       $349.99         w/ fighting butt

PT/TB:bowdown:

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The Maxia Series of Fly Rods from Modern Flies in Italy offers this longer rod in 3wt for those among us who fish extreme…Hmmmmm…a 10′, 2wt too…

They are distributed by Siman, CZ

The rod range is here: Maxia (scroll down)

PT/TB



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