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This is a compilation of different photos of the the Eastern Sierra areas we visited on our trip to Bridgeport this May..in no particular order, a little bit of everything…

Hot Creek, before it flows into the Upper Owens River...

Michael with another nice Brown from the East Walker River…

Bridgeport at dusk…

Michael…the Brown Boy…

He catches them in the snow too…

The East Walker, on a nice day, in the section above the meadow…

Another Brown from the bend…

That kid just won’t stop

Michael…looking for MORE…

He’s killin’ me…

Release !!!…

Gary Cooper goes Fly Fishing…with Beef Jerky…

The “OLD GUY” gets one…

He’s got that MORE on again…

Driving down to Hot Creek…Mono Lake in the foreground…and “Grey Guy” has his Simms waders on…

Michael walking and working Hot Creek…

A nice Rainbow from Hot Creek for Michael…too windy…

Michael preps a Brown for Aimee’s Bronica…

Another Brown at the bend for MOO…

STOP..I am dead already…  

The West Walker up in the meadow…

Aimee with her camera up in the canyon of the West Walker River…

Up in the canyon…

Robinson Creek at Doc and Al’s…

Lower Hot Creek…

Mono Lake…

Main StreeT, Bridgeport, CA…gettin’ ready for dinner…

The SPORTSMENS maybe ???…

NAW…Virginia Creek Settlement for dinner…

Brown to net…

Brown in hand…

SMILE…that one came from the white water above…

MOO, workin’ the meadow section when the flow was at 400 + cfs. …

PT gets one more…

Wading the “SUCKER TRENCH”…did take a nice ‘Bow and Brown in here…

Keep ’em coming…

Michael chases something big around the bend into heavy water…

Michael working the far bank as shadows start to fall…

Aimee, camera at the ready on the West Walker River…

Robinson Creek, before the meadow…

COWS, for ALLY, along the Upper Owens River…

GREY GUY wadered up and ready to go Fly Fishing…

A cold morning looking North at the Sierras in Bridgeport, CA…

Past Bridgeport Res. and on to the East Walker…

Michael selects a fly pattern (one of Aimee’s photos that will appear elsewhere – I will link )…

OLD, “Hippie Dude”…fly fishing the East Walker…

Michael at the bewitcin’ hour on the East Walker…using a Simply Red…again…

The Bar at the Bridgeport Inn where some BOZO “threw away” his first sobriety in 1987…only  spicy,”Virgin Marys ” for the past 17 years…

The camera that took most of the photos…

ALLY’s ” ‘TUDE “… on PT & Son’s GREAT Adventure…”Take me shooting again !!!…”

Next: UNFINISHED CADDIS

PT/TB  

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Every morning, rising at about 5:15 AM, I would stir the critters (Aimee and Michael), have a cup or two of  “jet fuel” Java, put on the warm underclothing, waders, lace up the wading boots, heat up the rig and head out to the River…

Sometimes, it took a while to heat up the rig…

Looking North on Hwy. # 395 at about 6:30 AM…In Bridgeport, CA…

Where one turns left to head down to the East Walker River…that is the East Walker in the foreground, before it flows into the reservoir…

This is the dam on the East Walker…

This section, at the dam, is known as the “Glory Hole”. It holds some of the largest Trout in the river and is frequented by hardware slingers, bait dunkers – who sneak in at night- and those who want to test their angling skills and post photos to leader boards. The hostility level there is commensurate with increased testosterone levels – alcohol is sometimes known to be involved…

Some of the smaller locals found in the East Walker at this time of year…

A resident Brown poses…

PT nymphs in front of, to the sides of and behind a large rock in the meadow section early in the AM…

Here are three more patterns that provided Michael and I with continuous action:

TAN GRAPHIC CADDIS…

Hook: TMC 2457, Diiachi 1120, TMC 2488, 2488H 0r 2499SP-BL # 14-#18

Thread: White Uni 8/0 for body or Uni 8/0 tan, olive or grey.

Tag: Gold holo tinsel

Overbody: Micro tubing clear, tan, olive or gray

Thorax: Gray , Black or Tan Ostrich Herl

Wing: Mottled Partridge Natural, dyed brown or olive

John Barr and his buddy Charlie Craven tie this fly on TMC 2499 hooks. Whichever hook is chosen, it is important to build a pronounced hump at the hook bend before wrapping the gold holo tinsel tag. Charlies’ Flybox has a great tutorial on this guy. I have noticed that most commercial ties do not use the appropriate thread or micro tubing colors to match Sierra Caddis hatches. Solution, tie ‘yer own. Fish dead drift with weight and let the fly swing in the current. Anticipate a hit and be prepared to use a “slip strike”….

Michael asked me early one morning what he should use… knowing that Caddis of hatch before Baetis and other small Mayflies on this water, I suggested this pattern:

Michael with a nice Brown that took a Tan Graphic Caddis…

CREAM MIRACLE MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130 #18-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 White/14/0 Black for head

ABDOMEN: White floss or 70 Denier Ultra white thread ,thin, 1 wrap back and forward…

RIB: Wapsi x-sm wire

* I give the head two coats of Hard as Hull

“What’s in the net son ???”….

“Why, it’s a MIRACLE (Midge)….”

COPPER KF BH SERENDIPITY…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68 #18-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi, x-sm, copper

WING: Light Coastal Deer Hair

BEAD: Copper or Copper Tung, sized to hook

Yup, it’s bent and dinged at the point. The last guy that was on this hook did that…I didn’t land him…

“Hey Dad, I got another one !!!”…

SOMEBODY’S TUNG BEAD ROCK WORM #10…

What’s wrong with this picture. I found this beast in some foliage on the far side of the river…Michael found one bush that was decorated like a Christmas Tree with flies. In this case, some dolt did not remove the barb from the hook before casting it…this is barbless flies ONLY water…

Michael releases another nice Trout…

Michael thinks it is funny that PT caught a sucker…

“That’s better Dad…”

“Mo’ Betta’ Dad…on a Buffalo Jump Attractor…”

Dad helps Michael out…

Aimee shoots a Trout…far cry from models in NYC…

Michael, at the gauge, at 7:00Pm, it’s SNOWING…I’M freezing..”Just one MORE cast Dad !!!”…Yeah…Right…

Damn…he did it again !!!…

The EMPTY parking lot at dusk...ALWAYS the LAST to leave the River….

Yummmmm….

THE BRIDGEPORT INN FOR DINNER…

 

 

Next: 8 Days on the EASTSIDE (SIERRAS) PT and SON…PART III

 

PT/TB  

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The first time I introduced my son to Fly Fishing was on Father’s Day weekend in June, 1987. Jean and I went to Bridgeport, CA to try our luck at Virginia Lakes, the East Walker River and Green Creek. Michael was four at the time and was required to put on an overly large orange life jacket to go out in a boat on the waters of Little Virginia Lake. He looked like the “stay puffed” marshmallow man… Michael has a video of this excursion, that Jean put together, which I will post herein when he brings it to me and shows his computer illiterate Father how to do it…There is a portion of the clip in which I bring a dry, # 18, beetle caught Trout to the boat, lift it up and swing it back – boinking the tot directly in the kisser..what an intro to FF!!!

This is PT, Michael and “PINKY” at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, near Independence, CA on Oak Creek, in 1985. I weaned the “Moo” on trips to this location so he could see the life cycle of hatchery raised Trout. He always got a nickel to buy the little brown pellets to feed to the brood stock in the pond behind us. That is where Michael saw his first “rising” big fish…

Michael -AKA: “MOO”, scoping out the Brook Trout in a holding pen…

I believe that to get kids interested in Fly Fishing, they must first have the experience of feeling the tug of a Trout on the end of their line. This is Michael on a trip to lone Pine, CA with PT and my Father at the Symms Creek Sandtrap. This a great location to introfish with kids – swivel, bubble, 5x tippet , #20 treble hook and POWERBAIT… the fish are stockers…My Dad would chide Michael by saying, “You puttin’ bubble gum on that hook again?“…

An “older”Michael works a Seal Bugger with a “bubble” set-up at the Lone Pine Creek sand trap…

My first Tout was caught on a Bamboo pole with an Eagle Claw hook in a pond at the Sportsman’s Lodge on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, CA using bread dough…

It did not look like this back in the early 1950’s…but it was really close – I could ride my bike down the hill to get there…

SPORTSMAN'S LODGE copy

Later, in June 1987, Jean, Michael and I spent a long camping weekend up at Monache Meadows, on the South Fork of the Kern River. Michael went out with me and learned how to drift a cripple Caddis behind boulders to entice the Golden/Rainbow hybrids up and out of their lairs…

Michael, crashed out after a nice long hike up along the South Fork of the Kern River..

Within a year, Michael had learned how to tie a Uni Knot and set up his rig for Fly Fishing. His next trip up to Monache resulted in his first Golden – unassisted…

“MOO” with his first Golden Trout…

Working the water on the South Fork of the Kern…with a Winston 7 1/2′ Fiberglass Rod and Hardy Reel..

Michael learned how to “read” water by walking directly down the middle of Lone Pine Creek, below Mt. Whitney with a fly rod, six inches of 5x tippet, #20 treble hook and, salmon eggs or red worms. Here he is instructing his sister Ally on the method…

When we were not fishing, we pursued another favorite pastime – looking for arrowheads in the blistering heat of the Qwens Valley…

Michael sucking on a Villa Rica, GA product standing at “Charlie’s Butte” in the Owens Valley…

Michael soon learned the fine art of nymphing, swinging wet flies, dry fly tactics and bugger and streamer draggin’. Here, he works a wet along the bank of the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA using a 10′, 5wt, Scott “G” Series and a RAM Caddis…

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Ally, of course, was not to be left out. While Michael fished with a fly and bubble on Trumbull Lake, Ally went to the bubble and POWERBAIT technique which netted her this nice Rainbow stocker which she allowed her brother to hold…

Through the years, Michael has become quite accomplished at FF…here is a series of his experiences on some wonderful rivers, creeks and lakes throughout the West…

Michael at Hot Creek,CA…

Michael with his “Alpers” Trout at Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

Michael and Ally overlooking the Madison River Valley after a “FINE” meal at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael and Ally getting ready to wet a line at North Lake, Bishop, CA in the snow…

Cookie munchers at the Palisades, along the Madison River on a very cold and windy day…

Michael and Ally after a day of FF on the Boulder River, MT….

Michael on the Boulder River, MT…

Michael, freaking Ally out with a gift on the Stillwater River, MT…

Rigging a Wooly Bugger, Owens River, below Five Bridges…

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Michael, working an # 18 H & L Variant on the Stillwater River, MT during a PMD hatch…

 

H & L Variant ( Hammer Creek Fly Fishing )

In the Madison River, below Varney Bridge, Cameron, MT…

With a nice Brown, imitating Brad Pitt, above $3.00 Bridge, Madison River, MT…

Mike big Fish

A feisty Brown on The Madison…

“Which Fly should I use, Dad”,,,Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

Stillwater River, MT…a fish to hand…

“One last cast, Dad?”…Zipping a Seal Bugger with a Fly and Bubble, Lone Pine Creek Sand Trap…

DR’S SEAL BUGGER:

Creme Brule at the Continental Divide in Ennis, MT…

Michael’s “other” favorite pastime, Absarokee, MT…

In the “Honey Hole”, Madison River, MT…

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Fishing up through a run on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

Michael on the West Walker River, above Bridgeport, CA…

PT makes a pit stop on the Owens River, below Five Bridges…

Angelo and Michael on the Lower Owens River…

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That Place…

Hot Creek, as an adult…

A freezing day on the Upper Owens River…

On the East Walker River…shmutz on the Fly…

Michael and Ally on the Madison River…

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Goose Lake, looking for the Obsidian thingees that are pointy…

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Chest high in the Wild Trout Section, Owens River…

The GIFT I got….

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“Children may fail to listen to what you say, they will NEVER fail to watch what you do “…

PT/TB


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