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So for her Birthday, Ally Nick and HERO headed up to the Eastern Sierras to camp overnight and to wander in some desert locations looking for black, shiny obsidian thingees…here is a record of that experience…

HERO…”Are we there yet ??? “…

Ally & Hero  at Red Rock Canyon State Park…North of Mojave on Hwy. 14 on the way to Lone Pine…

Interesting formations…

Some of the “Flash Gordon” film serial was shot here in 1940…

Ally & HERO looking for the “Rock Men”

Looking for a campsite in the Alabama Hills above Lone Pine, CA…

Sunrise for HERO with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Checking out the local scenery…

Wait…there’s Ally’s  G -Ma making a movie ( “Rawhide” 1950)…

This has become a very popular spot to visit…

Mom with Tyrone Power, in a burial scene from Rawhide – shot in this area…

Another view, looking North along the Sierra Range…

Out in the middle of nowhere on the way to Goose Lake…Ally’s friends in the road…

Goose Lake…looking North…

Another view…

 

A bit to the South…we have been coming here a looking for a very long time ( early 50’s)…

Looking for Charlie’s Butte….

Gotta’ pay attention when I take you there – Ally !!!…

Not too shabby !!! …

They will join these…

On the return, Owens Lake at Olancha at dusk…

 

NEXT: Preppin’ for MONTANA…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

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Can’t do this anywhere around NYC…

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Sierra Sunrise…

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Smalltown U.S.A – at dawn…

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Owens Valley sunrise…

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Storm front comin’ in…

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Something Black and Shiny…

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Charlie’s Butte…

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More to the point…

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Lower, lower “O”…

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Windy and cold…

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Desert gourmet lunch…

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The quest for the “perfect” cocktail onion continues…

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THIS ain’t it…

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Some “Old Guy” wandering around in the desert, with a stick, doing something…

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The return, at sunset…

 

Next: Moar Bugs…

 

 

PT/TB

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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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Back to what I do every Fall and Spring, more Baetis/BWO’s…These little guys are always about in some instar, just about everywhere, in moving water…I never have enough…and yes, there is a box full...My favorite time of year… BIG PINE FALL

…the first fly below the box is the last of eighteen patterns. The recipes, links and additional information are now below… FALL BAETIS 2014  

BAETIS/ BWO BOX – FALL 2014… COMBO BAETIS SH

COMBO BAETIS SH …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Chironomid Trout Fly Hook, #17

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck Fibers

ABDOMEN: Combo Thread 6/0, Yellow/Brown – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

THORAX: #.13 Dark Honey dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Dun Hen Neck

I wanted to try this hook out on a soft hackle fly pattern,,,I would also go with the Gamakatsu C13U just because it provides a different profile from the standard soft hackle hooks…it’s what I do… Mat COMBO BAETIS SH

Materials COMBO BAETIS… COMBO BAETIS SH GRP

COMBO BAETIS SOFT HACKLES… . KLINK CDC OL BAETIS

K-BAETIS EMERGER (Olive) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1160,1167, #20 – and smaller when Daiichi makes ’em…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: AZ Simi Seal, Olive – fringed side out

ABDOMEN: Goose Biot, Olive

RIB: UTC x-sm, Gold Wire

WINGCASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Black

THORAX: Emergence Dubbing, #.3 BWO – Nature’s Spirit

LEGS: Marc Petitjean CDC fibers, Dun

Totally experimental…I never use Hans’ designed hooks for their initial, intended purpose. Maybe one day… Mat K-BAETIS EMERGER

Materials K-BAETIS EMERGER… K-BAETIS EMERGERS

K-BAETIS EMERGERS…   MOO OWENS LOWER MOO…working his MOJO on the Lower Owens… BAETIS BLUE 14

BLUE FL. PT/BLACK BAETIS …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18, Daiichi 1110, #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Fl. Blue Pheasant Tail – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Gun Metal Blue, x-sm UTC Wire

WINGCASE: Midge Flash Lt. Blue Dun Pearl

THORAX: AZ Simi Seal, #.21 Black Blue

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook For really cold and blustery late Fall days…

Blue can work miracles on such days on the Lower Owens River… Mat FL BLUE PT BAETIS

Materials FL. PT/BLACK BAETIS… FL BLUE BAETIS GRP

FL. PT/BLACK BAETIS…

OWENS BROWN DEPART

Fall friend…

PEARL ON PEARL BLACK BAETIS

PEARL ON PEARL (Black) BAETIS…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black – * not pictured in materials

TAIL/SHUCK: Darlon, Amber

ABDOMEN: 1 strand of Black Krystal Flash

RIB: 1 strand of Krystal Flash UV Pearl – * coat abdomen with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Pearl

THORAX: Iridescent Peacock, Black

LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Black – 6-8 strands each side

A small Black attractor type Baetis…for those time the Trout are up for something a bit different… Mat PEARL ON PEARL B BAETIS Materials PEARL ON PEARL (Black) BAETIS… PEARL ON PEARL B BAETIS

PEARL ON PEARL (Black) BAETIS… RTO BWO 1

RTO/BWO…

HOOK: Gamakatsu R17-B, #18 – #22

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – thorax forward

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive

RIB: x-sm UTC Gold Wire – * coat abdomen with Hard As Hull for durability

BURST WING: Marc Petitjean Dun CDC

THORAX: AZ Simi Seal, #.12 Olive

BEAD: Tungsten, Black, 1/16″

New hook from Gamakatsu that makes for a slim design…which is exactly what most Baetis/BWO’s are… SLIM Mat RTO:BWO Materials RTO/BWO… RTO:BWO GRP . MOO FLY SHOP

MOO does some FLY SHOP recon (back East)…good things come in small packages MOO FLY SHOP 2

…in early September…  SKARKA EMERGER BWO

SKARKA EMERGER BWO – Dennis Skarka/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, 2457 , #18 – #22

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Olive Antron

ABDOMEN: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Copper Wire

WINGCASE: EP Trigger Point Int’l Fibers

THORAX: Micro Fine BWO Olive

LEGS: Dun Hen Neck fibers or Nymph Shear Lt. Gray – I tied ’em with both

The SKARKA EMERGER was originally designed to imitate the Sulphurs on the Delaware System by Dennis Skarka of Roscoe, NY. Me and Michael will pay a visit to Catskill Flies and pick up some of his other ties…in the near future Mat SKARKA EMERGER BWO

Materials SKARKA EMERGER BWO… SKARKA EM GRP

SKARKA EMERGERS BWO… NANO BAETIS OL -1-

NANO BAETIS NYMPH (Olive) …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #20 – #22

THREAD: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Sparkle Organza Fibers, Dun

ABDOMEN: Nano Silk 12/0, Olive

WINGCASE: Midge Diamond Braid, Black

THORAX: #.9 Baetis – Nature’s Spirit

LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Gray – 10- 12 strands each side

A little generic Baetis/BWO using Nano Silk. This is great stuff once one learns how to start it on the hook shank. It is now available through Cascade Crest and I had my bud Dean, at the Spot order, almost every color for me in 18/0…It is a GSP thread that lays extremely flat and will bend saltwater hook before breaking… Mat NANO BAETIS 

Materials NANO BAETIS NYMPH (Olive)… NANO BAETIS GRP

NANO BAETIS… . LOWER OWENS TWILIGHT LOWER OWENS RIVER …at twilight… GFORCE 2 NYMPH BAETIS OLIVE

GFORCE NYMPH (Baetis Olive) – Glen-Young/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – under abdomen and thorax

TAIL/SHUCK: Nymph Shear, Lt. Gray

OVER ABDOMEN: Krystal Flash, UV Pearl – 1 strand – * color entire abdomen with a WP marker in Olive

RIB: Lagartun, x-fine Gold Wire

WINGCASE: Holographic Mylar Motion 1/32″, Black (1/64″ for #21)

THORAX: SLF PRISM, Peacock

LEGS: Nymph Shear, Lt. Gray

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, Midge

HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, Red * Cover the back and wingcase of fly with UV Resin of choice…hit with UV Lamp and do final dry/hardening in  sunlight

This is a pattern from South African tier Gary Glen-Young. He spent a lot of time developing it and I have no doubt a lot of Eastern Sierra (and Montana) Trout will gobble this fly. It has a lot of the triggers that I like ! Here is the video… Note how few have witnessed this video, at this point…pity GFORCE UV LIGHT 1

GFORCE NYMPH (Baetis Olive)…UV Torched… Mat G FORCE NYMPH

Materials GFORCE NYMPH… G FORCE OL

May the “G” FORCE be with ya’ !… BURST WC BAETIS L:O

BWC BAETIS (Lt. Olive) …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Uni 8/0, Lt. Olive – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive  – thorax forward

TAIL: Partridge Fibers, Brown Olive

ABDOMEN: Super Hair 3-4 strands, Olive

RIB: DNA Holo Fusion, Pearl – 1 strand of flash

THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Olive

WING: DNA Holo Fusion Pearl, small strands and 2 strands of flash, mixed and cut short

WINGCASE/LEGS: 6 strands of Midge Flash, Black

BEAD: Killer Caddis Diamond Bead, Midge – * not pictured in materials for this pattern – see fly pattern above

This is primarily a dropper pattern I would use in the Spring or Fall behind a larger pattern like a Missing Link Caddis that imitates  Brachycentrus… Mat BWC BAETIS

Materials BWC … BWC BAETIS OL

BWC BAETIS (s)….. FIVE BRIDGES LO

Below FIVE BRIDGES on the Lower Owens River outside of Bishop, CA… 5 BRIDGES BAETIS -2-

FIVE BRIDGES BAETIS (Olive) …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Antron, Copper Brown

ABDOMEN: Working thread

RIB: Ice Thread, Rusty Brown

WINGCASE: Midge Tubing, Black

THORAX: Micro Fine Dubbing, Gray Olive

LEGS: Nymph Shear, Pale Olive – * tie in fibers as a group, pull over thorax and tie down, split and pull to the rear and tie down, then, pull midge tubing over and tie off. Clip the fibers, just past the thorax, on each side

A simple, thin, easy and effective tie. I have never seen anyone using midge tubing for a wingcase…I don’t know why… Mat 5 BRIDGES BAETIS

Materials FIVE BRIDGES BAETIS (Olive)… 5 BRIDGES BAETIS GRP

FIVE BRIDGES BAETIS… QWENS BAETIS 14 BAETIS/BWO HEAVEN… BRN SHEER BAETIS -1-

BROWN SHEAR BAETIS…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rust – Under abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – thorax forward

TAIL/SHUCK: Nymph Shear, Brown – Cascade Crest 

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown  – solid fibers and one strand of flash

RIB: Lagartun x-fine Copper Wire – * coat abdomen with Hard As Hull

THORAX: 50/50 mix SLF Prism, Hare’s Ear – Hareline #.33 Seal Brown (retro stuff) use a soft brown rabbit dubbing

WINGCASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Brown or Black, 12-14 strands tied in at thorax, pulled over and split

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

HOT SPOT: * not pictured in materials, 14/o Veevus Thread, Fl. Orange

A flashy Brown Baetis nymph for searching and somewhat off colored water on the Lower “O” – like when the DWP is messing with the flows… Mat BRN SHEAR BAETIS

Materials BROWN SHEAR BAETIS… BRN SHEAR BAETIS GRP

BROWN SHEAR BAETIS… TRIG LOOP EMERGER BWO -1-

TRIGGER LOOP EMERGER/CRIPPLE BWO UV2 …

HOOK:  Gamakatsu C16-B, #18…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – under abdomen and thorax / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – head

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Amber

OVER ABDOMEN: of white thread – UV2 Turkey Biot, BWO

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry, BWO

BURST WINGCASE/WING: Looped EP Trigger Point Int’l fibers – Dun

HACKLE: Whiting Midge Saddle – Dun

An Emerger/Cripple half in and out of the surface film…these are interesting hooks that I will be playing with a lot more… Mat TRIGGER LOOPBWO

Materials TRIGGER LOOP EMERGER… TRIGGER LOOP BWO GRP

TRIGGER LOOP EMERGERS… T TRIG NYMPH GRY BAETIS

TUNGSTEN TRIGGER NYMPH (Baetis Gray) – Mercer/Variant …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1560, #18/Daiichi 1110, #20

THREAD: TIemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – thorax forward

TAIL: Partridge Fibers

ABDOMEN: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

RIB: Ice Thread, Black – * coat abdomen with Hard As Hull for durability

LEGS: Partridge Fibers – Feather V-Notched

THORAX: Micro Fine Dub, Baetis Gray

WINGCASE/TRIGGER: Ice Dub, Purple – tightly spun on thread, pushed down into a ball and pulled over thorax

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

A Mike Mercer pattern that as usual, I have taken artistic license with…Purple wingcase – but of course!!! Mat TRIGGER NYMPH BAT GRY

Materials TUNGSTEN TRIGGER NYMPH (Baetis Gray)… TRIGGER BAETIS GRAY

TUNGSTEN TRIGGER NYMPHS (Baetis Gray)…. OWENS FALL (BAETIS 14)

One of my favorite places…in the Fall… BOB 2

BOB (Brown/Olive Baetis) …

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive TAIL: Coq De Leon, Medium Speckled

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Olive – fine strands and one strand of flash – * coat with Hard As Hull

WINGCASE: 4-6 strands Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: #.8 Brown Olive Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

LEGS: Brown Olive Partridge, V-Notched

Something in thin and small on a wide gape hook with just a hint of flash… HOOKMat BOB NYMPH

Materials BOB (Brown/Olive Baetis)… BOB NYMPH GRP

BOB(s)… MOO LOW O -1- Where these would be used this Fall… SNIPER BAETIS RUST -1-

SNIPER BAETIS – Rust – Ramirez/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 – #24

THREAD: Lagartun 74 Denier, Rusty Brown- Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown – Thorax forward

TAIL: Hen Back Fibers, Natural

RIB: UTC Wire, x-sm, Black

WINGCASE: Veevus Holographic Tinsel, Brown, Medium

THORAX: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Brown – 8-10 strands each side (* I tie this in as a group , pull over the thorax and split…pull back to either side and wrap a couple of turns of thread. Then I pull the tinsel over and whip finish. I then add a coat of Hard As Hull to the top of the tinsel for durability)

A nifty little Baetis pattern from the Hopper Juan/A.K.A Juan Ramirez that can be tied in a bunch of colors including PURPLE. It is an offering from Montana Fly CoMat SNIPER BAETIS RUST

Materials SNIPER BAETIS – Rust… SNIPER BAETIS RUST

SNIPER BAETIS – Rust…. DIPHETOR HAGENI -2-

DIPHETOR hageni – family Baetidae …

HOOK: TMC 100SP BL, #18 -#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Light Speckled

ABDOMEN: 3-4 twisted Golden Brown Marabou Fibers

RIB: x-sm UTC Wire, Gold

WINGCASE: 0.5MM Razor Foam, Opaque Brown

WINGCASE SPLITS: 1 Black Goose Biot tied on each side of wingcase

THORAX: #.19 Dark Honey Dubbing – Nature’s Spirit

LEGS: Speckled Hen Feather, Amber, V-Notched

DIPHETOR hageni would be this guy. Formerly known as Baetis pervus, this little Baetis is the Brown one on the Lower Owens River that is seen in the Fall and Spring. The nymph poses HERE…not a bad idea to have some of these in the fly box… Mat DH BAETIS

Materials DIPHETOR hageni… DH BAETIS

Some DH’s… CDC BUBBLEBACK BLK BAETIS -1- CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS, BLACK – Silverman/Variant …

HOOK:  Daiichi 1130, #18- #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

TAIL: Hen Hackle Fibers, Black

ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion,Black – thin fiber strands and one flash strand – * coat with Hard As Hull for durability

BUBBLEBACK: CDC feather, looped loosely, MP – Lt. Mallow or Dun

WING CASE/LEGS: Midge Flash, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

BEAD: Brass or Tungsten, Silver – sized to hook

A Joel Silverman pattern/variant similar to Trina’s Bubbleback Emerger…I am kinda’ partial to using black materials for the wingcase on most of the May Fly Emerger patterns I tie…mostly because May Fly Emergers and nymphs, that are active in the drift, have dark wingcases. Marc Petitjean offers some of the best hand selected CDC that is available in the U.S. I get mine at that place behind the Orange CurtainMat CDC BUBBLEBACK BAT-1-

Materials CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS, BLACK… CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS GRP -1-

CDC BUBBLEBACK BAETIS … WD-50 GRY -2- WD-50, GRAY – Stout/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18 -#24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

TAIL: Lemon Woodduck

ABDOMEN: Working thread

BURST WING: Mallard Flank Fibers. Medium Dun, cut short

WING CASE: Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/32″, Black

THORAX: Micro Fine Dub, Baetis Gray

A variation on the WD-40 designed by Carl Stout. They may be tied in a number of different colors and work exceedingly well in the Eastern Sierras… Mat WD-50 GRAY -1- Materials WD-50, GRAY… WD-50 GRAY GRP -1- WD-50(s), GRAY… NEXT: A couple of streamer patterns, then…the usual small faces…of Diptera

 MORE BAETIS/BWO’s

PT/TB 

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Michael and Aimee came in from NYC for Christmas and Michael and I wanted to do something with his sister Ally that we have not done together in awhile…at his time of year…

ICE GOOSE LAKE LP -1-A pond which will remain nameless somewhere in the middle of the Owens Valley around which native Americans lived and hunted…

M A GOOSE LAKE LP -21-Déjà (Ally & Moo) vu…

MOO GL LP -5-Michael checks the map coordinates…

HERO ROAD DOG LP -2-HERO says, “This must be the place !!!”…

ALLY GL LP -3-Ally says. “Yup, he’s right !”…

GL LP SIERRAS -7-The black obsidian and yellow or red jasper thingees may be found in the surrounding area…

GC LP -8-Ally and HERO at the George’s Creek Sand Trap…a stop for a bit of lunch and a lot more water than when we were here in March…

MOO GC LP -9-Michael prepares the Sierra standard…

LUNCH GC LP -6-Mmmmm…good stuff !!!…

ALLY HERO GC IP -8-HERO gets his handout…

CREEK BIG POINT LP -9-Back in the day, I found the largest obsidian spear point ever…along that creek bed in the distance…my Dad wore it around his neck in a gold setting…

MOO CREEK LP -10-Michael scours the landscape…

MOO LP CREEK LP -17-A stop by Lone Pine Creek where Michael learned how to fish when he was little…

ALLY LP RD  LP -11-Ally in the parking area below Whitney Portal…getting ready to look for a snowball to hit Pop with…HERO lurks in the background…

PORTAL RD LP -12-There was a little snow up there…

PORTAL RD DOWN LP -15-Looking down the same road towards the Owens Valley and Lone Pine below…

PORTAL RD LP -14-The colors at sunset…

LAST LIGHT LP -19-Last Light…Mt. Whitney Portal RD.  ….

BRIDGE LP -20-The Bridge on Lone Pine Creek…

MAH LP XMAS 13 -1-Ally, Michael and HERO…hanging out for a time before…

SEASONS LP -16-…dinner here…

SEASONS DIN LP -19-…eats…

ARR HEAD PLATE LP -18-A plate of stuff we found, during the day…Hit some areas we had not been to in about 15 years…lot of much older obsidian on the plate…

NEXT: Finish the SCUDS and then some new attractor patterns including Euro Jigs…

PT/TB 

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So Ally has been asking me to take her and her rescue pup, Hero, up to the Owens Valley to do some exploring, arrowhead hunting Ally’s favorite pastime and getting her dog familiar with the great outdoors and it’s inhabitants (ie. the ability to distinguish between a lizard and a buzz worm). What follows is a pictorial record of that one-day experience in the present and some related experiences from the past…

lone-pine-area1The general Lone Pine area…

OWENS WHITNEY SR -1-The view of Mt. Whitney as the sunrises in the Owens Valley…

OWENS WHITNET SR -1-A closer view of the morning sun striking the peaks…

OWENS SUNRISE -2-Looking a bit South at the Sierra Range…

OWES A H ST -1-Pit stop for Hero…

OWES GEO ST -1-…at the Georges Creek Sand Trap…I have never seen the water this low in here. The was no outflow. This is one of the spots I brought Ally and Michael when they were young, to catch planted Rainbow Trout, first on Power Bait and later on a fly and bubble…

mikelonepinesandtrapA smaller Michael using a spinning rod, bubble, sliding sinker and Power Bait in the Georges Creek Sand Trap…looks like he has got something…

OWENS GC ST -2-Hardly any outflow…

BOX SCANS I 14Michael, lounging at the Georges Creek sand trap when he was thirteen and there was a lot more water…

OWENS ALLY H -2-One more walk about for Hero…

OWENS CMP RD-1-A long, long climb up from the Owens Valley floor to this spot,  just at the base of the Sierras…

OWES CMP ENT -1-We walked in here, this time…it is a tight fit for 4X4 although it can be done…

allygunAlly has been doing this, here, since she was five…

ALLY .40 OWENS 3 -1-Target away !!!

ALLY BHP GC -1-In Winter too…

OWENS ALLY 9 -1-She’s pretty good now…

tim-ally-mike-rocks-01Michael has been up more than once…

OWENS CAMP -1-This is what is at the end of the road…

OWENS GC CS -1-Among the Oaks…

OWENS GC -1-…and this as well – Georges Creek – and there are Browns in here that get up to 18″… I have caught them…

OWENS VALLEY FLR -1-Looking down on the floor of the Owens Valley…

OWENS RIDGE R -1-Ridge running towards Independence…

OWENS SOUTH -1-Looking South to Lone Pine, CA…

OWENS NORTH -1-Looking North, up the Owens Valley…

OW HERO SC -1-Hero cools off in Symmes Creek…the vegetation has yet to turn green at this elevation and the water is running low…

HERO CREEK -1-Hero seems to like the water…

OWENS LL -1-Back down to the desert to look for these…

OWENS ALLY ARR -1-Three perfect bird points and 1/2 top and 1/2 bottom – all obsidian…

tim-ally-angelo-sitting-2Ally, when she was younger with our dog pal Angelo, who loved this spot…

MOO ROCKS -1-…and a selection of “SPARKLY” rocks Ally and I picked up for my Grandson, Miles – per his Mother’s instructions….

OWENS LPC -1-Back up the mountain to Lone Pine Creek where I learned to fish for Trout…

malonepinecreek…and so did Michael and Ally…

ALLY HERO 13 -1-Ally and Hero – posing…

OWENS A H LPC -1-Ally and Hero, waiting for sunset, above Lone Pine Creek…

OWENS 13 -1-Sunset falls on the Alabama Hills – looking towards the White Mountains…All’s Grandmother made a few films down there, in those hills…

MOM RAWHIDE -1-Mom in “RAWHIDE”… in 1951…I was there with my brother and Dad…

OWENS LP -1-Ally and I grab a quiet dinner at the Mt. Whitney Cafe as a storm brews up, blowing  60mph. winds down the valley…rough ride home…

NEXT: Finishing the Simuliids and bumping it above this post…

PT/TB  

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As is the custom in our family, we generally spend a day or two up in the Eastern Sierras during Thanksgiving weekend or, later during the Xmas Holidays. This time, Ally and I did a quick up and back to the Owens valley to recon some places for us to initiate my Grandson Miles (or Moo 2) into the Troutastic angling arts…I had mentioned in a previous post – “THE MUTHA’lode…”, that I would put up some information on places that MY Dad took my twin brother and I to fish for Trout when we were little – here is a bit on Lone Pine Creek…we also spent some time looking for “pointy obsidian and jasper” objects and roamin’ around…that’s how we roll…

The Owens Valley, just after sunrise, from the White Mountains…

After a long “mush’, up from East of Independence, we stopped here for some deserty activities

We pulled in here for some lunch and spent some time flipping over pieces of shiny black flakes…

Desert GOURMET lunch…

This place has been quite productive through the years…my Dad would get my brother and me out here at the crack of dawn on really cold December days…

It would be worth it to find a batch of these…this time we came up with only pieces…not a single complete point…

Ally wanted to send some pills out of her BHP… “THE SHADOW” documented her efforts…

Sunlight was getting short so we decided to gain some altitude…

Ally, bushwackin’ Lone Pine Creek…

Ally with Mt. Whitney in the background…it gets very cold when the sun drops below those peaks…

PT stands on a boulder overlooking Lone Pine Creek…this is one of the spots I would take my Dad into, to fish the creek…when he was two years younger than I am now, he refused to go down this hill, fearing he would take a fall…As Ally said: “What a WUSS”

My Dad, Jess Barker, about the time he became a WUSS, in 1974…along Lone Pine Creek…

Ally, preparing to clobber her Dad with a snowball where the road was closed heading up to the Mt. Whitney portal…

PT shows Ally where her Grandfather would make us sit and fish with a size # 18 Mustad, gold, treble hook and Velveeta cheese for planted Rainbows…while he wandered off – elsewhere…This is at the bridge above Movie Flats road…

Ally checks out the water on the upside of the bridge…it looks like this…

While we were standing there, we saw a 17″ Trout wave out into the current, just above the mossy rock…

A reminder of memories past and fishing Lone Pine Creek with salmon eggs, crickets and red worms…

Somebody else, sitting on a rock at Lone Pine Creek, with FRYE BOOTS, when she was about Ally’s age…

Looking East towards the White Mountains from the base of Mt. Whitney at dusk…

Another location along Lone Pine Creek where one has to slither in like a serpent to present an offering to the residents…there are Rainbows and Browns in this creek…I have taken Browns up to 18″ in here if I do my part…

The sandtrap at the bottom of Lone Pine Creek just before it enters the LA Aqueduct…this will be the location of my Grandson’s first Trout outing…Ally MADE this decision…

My son Michael, explaining to Muy ( Miles ), the size of the TROUT he will catch with his Grandfather…on Thanksgiving…

Mt. Whitney at sunset…

OK…time for dinner…and Virgin Marys…

…and the best spot for food on the EASTSIDE is:

SEASONS…Lone Pine California…hands down !!!

Back to tying…

PT/TB

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