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On July 15, Jean Marie flew up to Pullman, via Seattle, WA and Lewiston, ID  to spend some time with Ally, Michael, Hero, Nick and the old guy. Another trip down to the airport in Lewiston…

…and the now traditional stop at Starbucks after the airport…Ally, Jean Marie and Michael

…a drive along the left side Clearwater River going up towards Orofino, ID and The Red Shed Fly Shop

…cross the bridge to the right side of the Clearwater River…

Michael, Jean Marie and Ally at steelhead Central in Peck, Idaho…

Lost in the aisle…with Spey Rods above…

Richard Wheatley Fly Boxes…most of the clip variety for Salmon and Steelhead fly patterns…

Family Fly Fishers lost in Nirvana…

More stuff for tying and the fly bins…

Ya’ won’t see this anywhere else…

Big Moo picked out a few bugs for his August trip to Oregon ( more on this trip to the Metolius River and Deschutes River… later )…

Pretty Barred Rhea for Steelhead Spey flies…

A few words of wisdom from Poppy…

Down the road to the Canyon Inn for lunch…

Sign between the restrooms…

Pop – Grilled Cheese, Big Moo – A  BLT…

A short drive back towards Lewiston to check out the flows on the Clearwater River…This is downriver…

Jean Marie strolls down the boat ramp…

This is upriver…

This particular day, it was cranking at 16,000cfs. – Flows here…Michael checks out the slippery, bowling ball rocks in the river…

Nobody is wading in there today…

Proof the Big MOO was here…

Wrap thy Steelhead…

Shadow and light on the drive from Lewiston to Pullman…

Dinner that evening at Pullman’s finest…The Black Cypress

Indeed…

Those guys…

That look when one discovers that they are about to become a G-Ma for the first time…

Baby Bean Barker…arriving January 2020…

The following day, Ally and Jean Marie devote their day to shopping in Moscow, Idaho…

Thrift store Ally…

Big Moo and Ally… NOW …

Downtown Moscow, Idaho…don’t blink…

Big Moo and Ally… THEN…

Time to head back to Pullman and get those Lamb Chops that have been marinating…on the grill…Nick is Chief Chef…

HERO, Guardian Of The Lamb…

Ally, Guardian Of The Cabernet…

Chops and Greens on the Barbie…

Just about ready…

Jean Marie digs in… with mint jelly too…

The following morning we took Michael down to Lewiston so that he could return to NYC. On the way back, we drove from Lewiston to Moscow for an appointment I had at the Gritman Wound Care Center…pretty landscape I had not seen before…

That evening, we returned to Moscow, ID to dine at an Italian joint that I selected…Ally wanted this VW Van parked in front…

Maialina is one of the nicest restaurants I have been to since the old Villa Capri in Hollywood, CA back in the 50’s with my Dad and twin brother…

Part II…

Getting a good reaction here…

Ally says yesssssssss…

A salad…

Antipasto…

I was so hungry I could not wait for a photo…

The cappuccino was delish…

We left at dusk…

The next morning, we set off once again for Elk River…It was a bright sunny day…

Elk River, Idaho…

Getting busy real quick…

Hero takes a dip…

He gets real interested with the Trout…

Another Rainbow to the net…

One of the quaint buildings in Elk River, Idaho…

Back to the Huckleberry Heaven General Store for more goodies…

No whipped cream this time…

Back to Trout fishing…

Long shot of Elk River Reservoir with some old guy on a dock, way down there…

HERO, Ally and Jean Marie…

Loungers in the late afternoon…

Those guys from another perspective…

So Jean Marie said this was an eagle…

More Rainbow Trout…

Nick and Ally moved closer to where the river enters the reservoir and caught a few small Brookies…It was a productive day… we caught and released a lot of Trout…no Pumpkinseeds this time…

On the road back to Pullman…

 

 

NEXT: Down to LA…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael decided to fly out from NYC to visit us on July 13 to spend a few days with Ally, Nick, Hero and myself and to get me out on the water for the first time since my surgery back on May 15, 2019. His Mom, Jean Marie came up a few days later but those events will be saved for the next post…

Driving down to Lewiston, Idaho to pick Michael up at the airport…about a 40 minute drive from Pullman, WA…

Coming down the grade into Lewiston, Idaho…The Clearwater River joins the Snake River down there…

Michael, as usual, was hungry when he arrived so we headed over to Roosters Landing in Clarkston, on the Snake River for lunch…

Roosters has a collection of fishing related gear that has been used on the Snake River since people first arrived there…I took a lot of photos but will only post this one…

I split a burger with Moo…Mmmmmmm good !!!

The view of the Snake River from our table…

Big Moo has a craft brew…

While Ally has her traditional rabbit food…

A warning to parents who do not keep a watchful eye on their spawn…

After lunch, a brief stroll for photos…

The old guy with Ally & Nick…

A visit to the local Albertson’s in Lewiston to pick up lamb chops to BBQ when Jean Marie arrives…The only place I have seen those chops in the immediate area…

Can’t make a visit to Lewiston without hitting The North 40 Outfitters mega store…

Driveway Pork Chop BBQ in Pullman, WA…👍 Nick !!!

Oh yeah !!!

Big MOO chilling…

Dart gurl Ally …

HERO taking it all in…knowing that the next day will be a busy trip tp Elk River, Idaho…

Up early on Sunday morning and on our way to Elk River Reservoir … This is just East of Moscow, Idaho…

Coming into Deary, Idaho

Entering the sprawling metropolis of Elk River, Idaho

This is the place…

Setting up the gear…and yes, we used spinning rods and the fly & bubble technique, ’cause this old geezer ain’t quite ready to toss streamers with a fly rod (yet) and this allows for the maximum amount of stillwater coverage…

This platform / dock works for a start…only Pumpkinseeds caught here…no Trout…

PLOP !!!

Moved to another casting location and was rewarded with this guy…

Ally, Nick and HERO decide to engage the Trout with their stealth watercraft. Nick works at one of the world’s largest suppliers of whitewater boating equipment in Moscow, Idaho (NRS) and this is one of their products…how convenient…

Haul that puppy in and stash it on the Landcruiser’s roof for a lunch run to Elk River…

This place is to die for…Huckleberry Heaven Lodge & General Store

Smiling faces with the goods…

Cone…

…or shake…It’s delish !!!

Back on the water…Hot Spot Conehead Seal Buggers were the ticket…

These…

…or the colorful, gaudy ones…ALL worked !!!

Fast or slow retrieve with twitches…

…and BANG …

Nice shot by Big Moo from the raft…

Another Rainbow…This link, to the State of Idaho, provides a wealth of information on this water…

Working from the deadfall back to the dock proved to the most consistent and successful retrieve…

Michael and I hooked up together quite a few times…ALL the Trout were released…

This is the far end of the reservoir, at the dam. Fishing here was exclusively Pumpkinseeds

HERO on alert for those devil-ish Pumpkinseeds…

We retuned to the other side of the reservoir and continued to catch Trout. This was Michael’s and the last of the day. We really had a great time and it was just gratefully good to be out on the water, once again…

 

 

NEXT: Jean Marie visits us in Pullman, The Red Shed, lotsa’ food and back to Elk River…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A little tardy in getting this post together. This is a trip I took with my daughter Ally, her boyfriend Nick and Hero the dog back in the middle of November in 2018. It was cold and the current state of steelhead runs, both A & B, coming up into the Snake river system are just awful – to put it mildly. WE left Pullman, WA way too early in the morning and arrived at the bottom of Rattlesnake Grade before the sun came up. Did I mention that it was really cold ???

A few new things I got for this trip:

Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling Pack

NAUTILUS CCFX2 REEL…

I almost picked up one of the rods but will wait a few more months before doing so…Buelah Platinum Spey Fly Rod, 13’2″, 7wt. Below is a map location of The Grande Ronde River in Southeastern Washington…

Grande Ronde River Map…

XMAS lights in Lewiston, ID at 4:30 AM…

Coming down Rattlesnake Grade way too early in the morning...

Chemtrails above the Grande Ronde…🤪

Ally putting on Hero’s warm jacket along the river…

So we drove around for awhile to warm up. This is above Boggan’s Oasis, the only outpost of civilization along this stretch of river in Washington…

Frosty parking spot for Nick’s Landcruiser above the river…

Hero takes Ally for a walk…

Ok there it is, go for it…

Ally  – The Packmule…

Looks like someone arranged those rocks for soaking in the Summer…

Nick wades in and starts nymphing…

Up river, or looking North…

Down river, or looking South towards Oregon…

So, while Nick was nymphing, I was swinging #6 bugs…these are the results…

These guys laughed at me and left…

So did these guys in the gallery…

They were everywhere !

We moved to another spot up river, where I actually ran into a guy who was float fishing and he said he caught one smaller Steelie…this was the only person that I spoke to , all day, that caught a fish…

Hero, Ally and Nick…warming up in the sunlight that finally came over the canyon walls…

A campfire pit at our next stop…

Lunch time !!!

I spent some time working with Nick on his nymphing style. This is the first time he had nymphed for Steelhead…

This is a nice section of the Grande Ronde…

Another view from the same spot…

Time to move again…

Further up the river…

Another bend in the river…

One more…

Last stop…the sun was going behind the canyon wall at 3:20 PM…

Nick casts and steps down with a wet #4…

Boggan’s Oasis…This is the new building, the old, original structure burned to the ground the previous year…

Menu…

Placemat…

Ally has a BLT…

Pop has the Steak Sandwich…

Nick goes for the French Dip…

The “Get Away” driver holds down the fort…

Starting up Rattlesnake Grade

Getting curvy…

Into the hairpins…

…getting snakey…

Into the sunset…

Moonrise in Southeast Washington…

Pullman, WA is on that rise in the distance…

 

Next: Down and back and in-between…

 

 

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So…on Monday, July 9, I said goodbye to Los Angeles after forty seven years and headed North with Ally, Nick and Hero for the Pacific Northwest, Steelhead and Salmon,new adventures and a stone’s throw from Idaho…

Under the bougainvillea gate…

Past the LA Aqueduct, on the hill, that brings water from the Eastern Sierra and Owens Valley into the San Fernando Valley…

A gourmet, tailgate breakfast with the crew in Mojave, CA where the wind always blows…

Through Red Rock Canyon State Park

Past Little Lake on Hwy 395…

Goodbye, for awhile, to the Dino Hut outside of Olancha

…and Owens Lake nearby…

Through Lone Pine, CA where I caught my first Trout when I was five and the Pizza Factory – (“We toss ‘Em , They’re Awesome”) that Michael loved when he was little…

High Sierra Outfitters in Lone Pine where my Father bought Salmon Eggs and Red Worms for my twin Brother and I, back in the 1950’s…

…and, of course , the Frosty Chalet where the best hot dogs, french fries and chocolate shakes I ever had  – after hunting for chukar, quail and pheasant in the Owens Valley back in the day…

This was the Georges Fire that had started the afternoon of Sunday, July 8 and was ragging in the foothills of the Sierra as we headed North towards Independence, CA…I spent a lot of time up in that area, through the years, fishing for Trout and later, teaching Michael and Ally how to target shoot…

Looking down towards the Owens Valley way up along Georges Creek…

The White Mountains below Independence, CA…

Ally’s favorite BBQ in the Owens Valley…Copper Top in Big Pine, CA

Along Hwy 6, North of Bishop on the way to Nevada…

Ally & Hero at the stateline…later California…

Up the grade…where’s the truck?

S’Socorro’s Place, Mina, Nevada…

Ally…healthy eating…

“Don’t ask me…”

There is the truck !…on to Winnemucca !!!

Winnemucca …1st. stop.

Overnight accommodations…

Morning in Winnemucca…

Halfway there…

Looking East, North of Winnemucca…

Last Chance to gamble … McDermitt, NV..

Flagman…hurry up and wait…almost in Oregon…

Rustic indeed…

Southeast Oregon…more desert…

There’s that truck with Nick !…

Always with the stickers…

Pit stop for Hero…

Dropping down into farmland in Idaho…

Somewhere near Arcadia, Idaho…

North of Fruitvale, ID on Hwy 95…

Near Weiser, ID…looking North…

Looking South…

Entering Payette National Forrest

Finally, some forested mountains…

This is a very pretty place that needs some additional exploring…

45th Parallel in Western Idaho…

Little Salmon River... headwaters…

The Summit above White Bird, ID

The Salmon River…

Outside of Lewiston, ID…

Lewiston Hill…Entering Washington State…

On to Pullman, WA…

Apples in the front and backyard…

Ally & Hero…

My new view…  🙂

 

NEXT: Lil’ Moo in Maui then BIG MOO on the Madison River and other places…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So Ally and Nick traveled to the Philippines to visit his cousins in Manila. What follows are photos Ally gave me of their trip there, in going and coming back from The People’s Republic of China. I am filling in some Blog gaps here because I am in the process of having long overdue cataract surgery on both of my eyes and will not be tying or fishing again until the procedure is finished and after having completed a move to Pullman, WA.

Manilla then on to Punta Fuego for some water activities…

Arriving at Punta Fuego

Some water for a jet ski…

Nick & Ally at 60mph.   

A view with smoke in the background…On their return trip from China, Ally and Nick went to Coron Island and Kayangan Lake to do some exploring  and snorkeling.. .I will let the photos speak…

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Next: Ally & Nick in the People’s Republic of China

 

 

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Michael and Aimee came in from NYC for XMAS so we decided to take a trek up to the Owens Valley to do what we do. This year, Michael, Ally, Ally’s friend, Liz and Hero participated…

Ridgecrest, CA at 5:30 AM on Hwy. 14…

PT, Ally and Hero…at sunrise in the Alabama Hills below Mt. Whitney…

Liz soaking up some sunlight…

The Alabama Hills with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Ally and Hero ready for a hike…

Ally, Liz and Hero in panorama…

Looking South along the crest of the Sierras…

Doughnut Rock…

Looking East toward the White Mountains…

An expanded view of the Alabama Hill and the Sierra Nevada Mountains…

Hero, Michael and Ally…let’s go guys !!!

Destination ,,,Goose Lake…

Looks familiar…

Ally, PT & Hero…

Middle of nowhere…looking Southeast…

Looking Southwest…

Across Goose Lake towards the Sierras…

Northeast, towards the White Mountains…

On towards Tinemaha Reservoir…when wet, that alkali dust will sink a vehicle over the wheels…

What’s this ???

This guy ain’t sayin’…

A view of the White Mountains across the Owens River…

I used to see these two guys hanging around here in the mid – 90’s…

A lot more water in the Owens River this year…

But a lot of dry and dead vegetation along the banks…

Heading back South, Michael and Liz wanted to check out the CO-OP in Independence, CA

Cool wall art and good coffee…

Some book shopping at the EASTERN SIERRA INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION…Visitor’s Center in Lone Pine, CA…

 A further selection…

I bought this book at the smaller center( now abandoned next door), back in the 90’s, when Michael and Ally were little. Michael is now reading it…

Back out to trudging the sand and dry lake beds…Ally & Hero…

A view towards the Southern end of the White Mountains…

I have been walking around out here since 1950…

Back up to the Sierras…

Looking East and down toward the Mt. Whitney Portal Road…

The Ice Fall at the Portal…this is the first year in a number of years that the road has been open this late in the season…

The Portal Pond that is stocked with Rainbows…one year, there were a number of them frozen solid in here…

The guys posing..Michael, Liz Ally and Hero…

Heading back down the Portal Road to Lone Pine, CA…

Liz… almost hanging off a cliff…

Owens Lake at sunset…

Michael, Ally & Liz…

One last sunset shot…

Ally, Michael & PT…

Dinner at Seasons in Lone Pine…

 

NEXT: Last Day in Montana…

 

 

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So Michael and Aimee flew into San Francisco from NYC and spent five days in the Virginia Lakes Basin before the rest of the family came up from Los Angeles…

Bridgeport, CA …a bit overcast and stormy up in the Sierras…

This dormant cinder cone, near Little Lake, CA, let’s one know that they are truly out of smog city…

The usual stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA to stock up on all things jerky…

Heading up the road (395) to Mammoth Lakes, CA…

Past Lake Crowley home of the very large Cutthroat Tout that make their way up into the Upper Owens River in Winter…

The TroutFitter in Mammoth Lakes, CA to pickup few items for Lil’ Moo’s first Trout experience…

Crusin’ by Mono Lake

Lil’ Moo explores the East Walker River behind The Walker River Lodge at 6AM…

BIG MOO has his cup of coffee with Lil’ Moo…

The East Walker River…

High mountain trail near Virginia Lakes…

Heading up there, out of Bridgeport with the gang in tow…

Dunderberg Peak on the right…

This guy’s first attempt at Trout fishing…with a fly and bubble

SCORE!!!

Boarders want Lil’ Moo… Aimee’s Dad, Michael & Aimee…

Little Virginia Lake in the setting sun…

A “SECRET” Bugger pattern that scored for BIG MOO…

The fly of the trip…Kingfisher Blue Peacock & Partridge…This, in #13 tied on an Alec Jackson covert nymph hook rocked the Rainbows…

High country mushroom…kinda’  Psychedelic…

The HIKERS…Hero, Michael, Ally Lalo, Greg, Aimee & Nadia…

Captain Moo & Crew…

The Old Guy with Mini Moo & Nick…Lalo observes…

Coming down from Virginia Lakes to 395…

395 to Bridgeport, CA…

The mob at the Bridgeport Inn under terrible lighting…but good eats…

Snowline hikers…Nadia, Greg & Ally…

Ally & Hero getting ready for the salami, cheese and Chileno Pepper tailgatefest…

East shore of Little Virginia Lake in the late afternoon…

West shore of Little Virginia Lake at sunset…

Oh…did Lil’ Moo mention ha caught some Trout ?… 🙂

Those guys just can’t stop hiking…

Last shot of Little Virginia in the late afternoon…

The family, on the steps at Virginia Lakes Resort…all of us have been coming up here since the kids were tiny…

Ally & Hero check out Jolly Cone T-shirts…

Ally makes a call from a Bridgeport “antique”…

These are some places Ally, Nick and I stopped by on our way back to Los Angeles:

Up to Lake Sabrina above Bishop, CA…

Lake Sabrina…Full for the first year in a very long time…

The Aspen Groves above North Lake…

North Lake where Nick tossed my Blue Peacock Soft Hackle and caught his limit in 15 minutes…

HERO makes friends with released Rainbow…

George’s Creek Sandtrap near Lone Pine where Michael and Ally learned how to catch Trout…

…another view of the sand trap looking East towards the spillway…

…and no trip to the Sierras is complete without a serious walk around this place…been doing it since I was seven…

 

NEXT: Completing the Soft Hackle Box with more photos, links, recipes and information…

 

 

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