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I have been waiting for this guy to show up for the past three months so we could travel North to wet our lines in some Eastern Sierra water…

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Michael…”Let’s go Dad !!!”…

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From here to there…

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Red Rock Canyon...

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The cinder dome at Little Lake…

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The Dino Hut…Olancha, CA…

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Eastside Sports, Bishop, CA…

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Mahogany Smoked Meats, Bishop, CA…

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PT, takin’ a break in Lee Vining, CA…

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Mono Lake…

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The Mono Inn

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The East Walker River…Fly Fishing here for the first time in four years…

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Four years of drought have done the following…Silted the bottom in the “Miracle Mile” section and most of the river down to the pond, allowed the growth of weeds the likes of which I have never seen in the river since I started coming here, on a regular basis, in 1974 and turned the water to a dingy, chocolate color…

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PT workin’ the milk shake…The water temp., at 4PM, was 62 degrees, I was picking up weeds on every cast using a #18 Frenchie jig…

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Michael… experiencing the weeds…

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Dam !!!…

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Downriver MOO…

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In the soup…

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Where I once have taken some very large Brown Trout…

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“Are we having fun, yet ???”…

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More frustration…

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In 3 1/2 hours, I took one 7″ Rainbow…Moo…ZIP…On the upside, because this river has not been receiving the usual foot traffic, the stream side vegetation has come back with a vengeance…that is a good thing !

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The Dinner was excellent at The Bridgeport Inn

 

DAY2……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Up to Lower Virginia Lake …

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7:30 AM…

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“Row me Dude !!!”…

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“Yep, right about here”…

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Moo’s first Rainbow on a #16 Peacock and Partridge Soft Hackle…

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The fly on the right…

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Looking good…

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I tied on one of these…in #12…

PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

…and the hits by football sized ‘Bows, just kept on coming…

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#1…

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#2…

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#3…

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#4…

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#5…

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#6…

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#7…

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#8…

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#9…

Michael switched over to one of these…

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OWENS “OFFENDER” II, Brown / Black …

HOOK: TMC 5263 #4- #6, Daiichi 2220 #6 – #10

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Brown or Olive

WEIGHT: .015 Lead or Lead Sub.

TAIL: Black Marabou

TAIL FLASH: 2 strands each side, Flashabou Dyed Pearl, orange, 6967 / 2 strands each side, Black Krystal Flash

RIB: UTC Copper Wire, Med

HACKLE: Ewing Bugger Hackle, Brown Grizzly

BODY: J. Fair Seal Sub Dubbing, Dark Brown

CONE: Wapsi, Copper, SM

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #5, Fl. Orange

…and took several more Rainbows…

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All in all, it was a great day! We brought an uncountable number of Rainbows to hand using both patterns…

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Sunset…

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Down the mountain for dinner…

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…at the usual location…

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Virginia Creek Settlement…

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Tired MOO…

 

DAY # 3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Back to Little Virginia Lake and up there…

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A brief pause for cell service…

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I’ll just look around…

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…towards Nevada…

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Moo’s first Rainbow…

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Not bad…

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We will be back for you !!!

Michael hits the trail while I play with different fly patterns…

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Trail info…

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More trail info…

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Trail to the summit…

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A lake along the way…

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Looking back, down at Big Virginia Lake…

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…another view…

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Another lake on the way up…

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Almost there…

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At the top…

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Meanwhile… a lot more Trout for Dad, including this Brookie…

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Tired PT…

DAY #4 Rosaschi Ranch, Nevada………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It’s here:

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View from a bridge…

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Michael takes a look…

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Downriver…

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Upriver…

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We started here, about 1/4 mile down stream…through the “wait- a- minute” bush…

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Michael ties up with a hopper and midge dropper…

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The water temp. was 57 degrees, a lot less weeds and much clearer than on the CA side. There was evidence of flooding from rainfall and it was hot and humid…

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Did I mention HOT & HUMID ???

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Arctic Creel with Coke,Squirt and water…

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Typical riffle water…

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What Michael was using… Winston WT, 9′, 5wt. with a Tibor Tailwater…I uses a Winston Nexus 9′, 5wt. with a Hardy Lightweight…

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This looked interesting…I said “looked”…

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Michael hooked a 5″ Brown here…

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Almost back to the bridge…

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Let’s see…this old dude vaulted one 3″ Rainbow 15′ upstream…catch of the morning…

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Upstream after lunch…

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Michael switched to using the Nexus…

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Working a long run…

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Score…

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A smallish Brown…

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Nope… nothing for PT here…

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But Michael gets another small Brown…Must be the rod !

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Michael… working beneath the willows…

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It certainly looks “fishy” in there…

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PT TRUDGE…

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This is a very pretty river…

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Another likely spot that did not produce…

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Old dude in the sage…by the river…

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Back to the vehicle…

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Late afternoon, looking downstream…

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But WAIT !… Michael wants to give this spot, next to the bridge another try…because there has to be something big, behind the rock…

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” Just ONE more cast, Dad!!!”…

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Right here…

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Michael’s GREAT CATCH – a Tui Chub

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There was more activity in the hornet’s nest on the side of the bridge…

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Notice…

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Back to Bridgeport and dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

DAY 5, slowly back to L.A. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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A quick trip up to Trumbull Lake…

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Something from The Trout Fly in Mammoth Lakes…

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Mmmm…Schat’s Bakery in Bishop, for lunch…

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Up to North Lake for one last fly fling…

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Aspens above the lake…

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“Cast over there MOO !!”

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Limit in a hour…all released…

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Recon at The Homestead near Ridgecrest. It would appear that there is construction activity going on here. This was a favorite dining spot focus for many years …hope springs eternal !!!

 

NEXT:

  1. Complete the PMD’s
  2. Complete Waiting for the son
  3. Tie Baetis/BWO’s for me n’ Ally to use on the Lower Owens in October

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That time of year to hit the higher elevation (Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains) and try out some of the patterns I have been working on this past year. We did not experience an exactly “stellar” Winter here in CA, so the snow pack and subsequent stream and river flows are down. This time last year, the East Walker River was running at about 400cfs. This year it has been fluctuating between the high 80’s cfs. and up to 137cfs. and the useful patterns and lies of the Trout reflected the existing conditions and water temperatures…here is the trip:

Where we were…

Coming over Conway Summit, this is the view one sees on the left, coming down into the Alpine valley where the town of Bridgeport, Ca is located…

Bridgeport. CA at dusk…after a great meat loaf dinner at the Bridgeport Inn…

My favorite looking chop in the EWR…thar’ be TROUT in that swirling stuff…

One of the guys who jumped into my net the first afternoon of FF…

The above Trout’s brother…

His cousin…

Michael’s favorite bend in the “MIRACLE MILE” section where I C&R’d those fish and five others in about 45 minutes of FF, that afternoon…ON THESE:

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGES … #18 – #20

Early AM at the parking facility on the EWR…my starter on my heap (which I replaced before this trip) went SOUTH just as I arrived in Bridgeport…so I was the crazy guy who had to park on the hill to “pop the clutch” every evening when I left…to start it on a flat surface, I resorted to the “beat the starter” with a long torque wrench and hammer – method…

Early AM (about 7AM)…on the East Walker River…

Mr. Brown Trout to hand…

Repeat…

Where MOO – Michael got his “biggie’ back in September 2011…and I smacked a few with THIS:

BLACK HALO HOTTIE…recipe in post to follow…

Looking up towards the dam on the EWR…where the below pattern took a couple of nice Rainbows…

COPPER LONG WING TUNG DIP…I began using this pattern consistently as my lead fly behind about 18″ of just under 1/2 a twist-on. I kept my leader as long as my rod and used the smallest white Thing-a-mabobber made…about 12″ of tippet off the bend of this fellow to my dropper…it works !!…*NOTE…I had to clean moss off my flies after every other cast…the water temps. were 58 degrees – 60 degrees. With the lows flows and rising daytime temps., expect moss to become a significant problem – while nymphing…

Brodin, Thomas & Thomas Paradigm 9′, 5wt., Tibor Light, #20 Cream Miracle Midge = BT on the East Walker River…”I love it when a plan comes together” – Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard)…

Where a lot of Trout were hanging out…in the chop/white water…I found that putting one’s flies into this- from a directly downstream position, reaped nice rewards…most people would fish this from the side. With the lower flows, it was quite possible to stand in the current below such spots…just wade slowly and use caution…Remember to work the water in front FIRST…the largest Trout might be one foot off the bank !!!

Out in the current…behind and below the TARGET

…and now a little story…On Tuesday afternoon, May 22 at about 3PM, I was FF in this section using the above described nymphing technique (which my mentor Georges Odier taught me), working around some in stream boulders. I had just placed my flies to the left of the largest of the rocks when i noticed a flash as the pair dropped into the hold behind the boulder. I set the hook. For the next 15-20 minutes, I was engaged with the largest Brown I have encountered and caught, on this river, since about 1980. I thought that I would lose this guy more than once on the #18 Cream Miracle Midge and 5x tippet..twice he got below me and into the next run. My gear held. I finally netted this fish, head first into Michael’s Brodin Cutthroat. The tail stuck out about 6″-8″ above the rim of the net. As I was making my way to the bank to unhook and photograph this fish, I noticed a guy coming up the bank to my left. When I reached the bank and knelt over to hold the Trout, this guy, from behind me says: “YOU’RE GOING TO KILL THAT FISH !!!…I replied: “No I am not…and would you mind taking a picture?”. I unhooked my Pentax and handed it to the fellow. He steps around in front of me and the Brown in the net. The Trout immediately shot out into the current as this guy’s shadow fell on him…”Well, there he goes”, I stated…The guy handed me back my camera and I never saw him again…I guesstimated that Brown to be 26″-28″ and 6 1/2lbs. – 7lbs.

Unknowingly, he can be thankful I have almost 18 years in AA and 17 in Al Anon… Knowingly, I am…

There were some of these around too…BAETIS SPINNER…

The next few days were more of the same, a lot of Trout and waiting for Michael and Aimee to come over from San Francisco…

Standard EWR BROWN…

A nice deep pool where some of the residents liked THIS deep with three twist-ons…

BROWN/OLIVE OWENS SERENDIPITY#16

Like this one…

…and this Rainbow…

Then, on Friday morning, May 26, this happened…

SNOW on SAGE…

More white stuff…

Time for hot coffee…

Over night fall…

YAY!!!…Aimee…

AIMEE…

…and MICHAEL

…are HERE !!!

Hmmm…”Which pattern do I use Dad?”…

“Try a BROWN GRAPHIC CADDIS“…

Tan, Olive and Brown...ALL WORKED…in #16-#18…

“SEE”…the famous Trout Wave

“OK, I’ll try it Dad !!!”…

“It works”…unh – DER

Like on this one…

Working in concert…

…for this guy…

A VISIT TO A SPECIAL PLACE:

I have been coming to this little creek since 1977. I watched Jean Marie carry Nadia, on her back, up and down this stream so Nadia’s feet would not get wet -go figure. Ally and Michael have both taken fish with me in here…a lot of memories

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The meadow…back towards Bridgeport, CA…

In the pines…

A nice little pool going over a waterfall…

A side channel, gliding through the pines…

This is the head of a pool in which I hooked a five lb. Trout on a dry…back in the day…

More “fishy’ water…there a Browns, Rainbows and a few Brookies in here…

Another shallow glide…

Opening up towards the meadow…

Heading into the meadow where there are ponds with small snails in them…and the Browns get BIGGER (and crunchier off them)…

Wonder what’s under those overhanging willows ???…

The residents are very wary starting here…

Old cottonwood in the meadow…because I LOVE old cottonwoods…

Meadow flowers…

CONEHEADS“…Michael and Aimee…

Up the MOUNTAIN:

…to Virginia Lakes where Aimee wanted a photo of her and Michael (for a wedding invite – maybe?)…both have visted Carolyn and John’s resort since they were WEE TYKES

…and I got to visit one of my “leetle frens” that over run the place…

THEN…

…on to Virginia Creek Settlement for PIZZA and SUPERSIZED Salad…yummmmms…

Aimee checks the wine list…a thing of the past for me…

Michael tests the hookability of an OLIVE SPARKLE PUPAE…they also worked !…

Yes INDEED

The MOO works a run…

…and picks up a ‘Bow that has been damaged in the past…

PT plays with a Brown for a minute…

Afternoon delight…

Michael’s favorite section on the East Walker…

…and he scores again…

Michael’s last morning on the river – a Rainbow…

another one at the base of the bend…

A last Brown before leaving…

Nice one too !!!

What we do…”C ‘Ya next time !”…

ALL things have a place…

PT contemplates…

…with good reason…

The “OLD DUDE”…lost in space…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…the hands down winner this trip… the next time the East Walker is visited and one sees ALL those other Fly Fisherman above, in the river, guess who is putting the midge larva in the drift…thanks guys !!!

…and great to have met some followers of this BLOG on the RIVER…that would be YOU…Dave & Dave…Al & Al !!!

NEXT:

1. The recipes for those flies I tied last time…

2. Some ties for two in the family –  who are headed for $3.00 BRIDGE

PT/TB 


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Outta’ here again, this time with Ally and –  meeting up with my son and Aimee , in Bridgeport, CA …The East Walker River, Little Virginia Lake and Trumbull Lake to celebrate Michael’s birthday on the water…looking forward to the TROUT WAVE !!!

Report on what worked ( or not ) and some bug photos to follow…

A few little somethings for Michael…

MIKE’S EWR “BLACKIE” & RED…SIMPLY RED & PURPLE… #18’s….

“MOO’s” BLUE MIDGE # 18…

Hmmm…he caught this on Thursday night, at dusk, on that “MOO’s” BLUE MIDGE # 18…I tied up for him…more photos to follow….

Ally overlooking Mono Lake…

…and a lot more photos between Michael and Ally that will go up soon…

PT/TB

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Here they are…DOGS COUNT TOO!!!

Michael and Ally at the TOP of the WORLD…Saline Valley…

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Children of dune…Saline Valley…

Michael and a person with their tongue sticking out…at Trumbull Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Ally gives shooting instructions to my mentor, Sal A. (guess she wants to do some writing…like I have to do)

Ally at the campsite with Angelo, Hogback Creek, 2002 Winter

This was a GREAT steakhouse that burned to the ground in 1993 on Hwy. 178 between Ridgecrest and Kernville. I tipped more than enough here before…Sal got a hold of me…

PT and Allo on the Madison, 2001, photo by Michael

Ally getting whacked by hailstones on the East Walker, August 2000

Michael and Ally DEEP in the VALLEY of the ” Aliens “…April 2001

Angelo,bookin’ it after a strange encounter…2002, January

Down the Wabbit HOLE….

Angelo, playin’ with pinecone, White Mtns., Jan. 2002

Big Pine Creek, Fall, 1999

Pond…off Big Pine Creek

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Michael, Jack Flat, North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Tule River…1987

He ate a BWO…Spring 2007

…and he ate a Bat Wing Baetis, Lower “O”, spring 2007…

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Ally in Bouquet Canyon…

This place has a spiritual nature… Winter, 2003

…maybe the people who left this grinding stone could explain…

Another time, another place…

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Michael, Charlie’s Butte, spring 1986

Michael, East Walker River, July, 2003

Michael, below the dam, East Walker River, August, 2003

Michael, North Fork of Middle Fork of Tule River, June 2002

Mr. Newt…NF Tule, 2002

Nice waterfall & pool on the Tule, June 2002

Wild Trout section, Owens River, December 2002

…and below 5 Bridges….

Upper Owens River, May, 2003

Nad & Pop, Hot Creek, 1976

Tule River, may 2004

Owens River, Fall 2001

Snow in the Owens Valley, 2003

Road to the highest weather station in the U.S., White Mtns., 2002

Ally, at her favorite eatery in the VALLEY – Lala, 2009…

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