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Many years ago, up on the East Fork of the Carson River, near Markleeville, CA, I took my rig in for a week of Fly Fishing. Four wheel drive is required to get into this spot …there is a river to ford and thankfully, not another person around.

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This was in July, just after the 4th. I got into a wonderful time of catching very large Cutthroat Trout on drifting October Caddis larvae…the only problem…I did not have enough larvae patterns in the right size to keep on hooking the Trout. Now, I always carry fly tying materials with me when I go into remote locations. In those days, that consisted of hooks, fur, feathers and synthetics in a collection of cardboard boxes and cigar boxes. So, I set to tying up these little guys on a wooden bench. A huge gust of wind came up and blew my boxes and materials off the bench and into the river…

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THAT experience resulted in my building the following box – which was featured in an old issue of Fly Fisherman Magazine…it has been everywhere with me since that disastrous occasion…

The BOX…EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:  H- 15 1/4 ” – D-15 1/4″ – W 13 3/4″

REAR view of The BOX…and, the piano hinge that makes it work…A brass handle is on top for carrying…

Interior view of The BOX…along with my old Thompson vise…I use the Renzetti Travler now…

The trays I use for holding gadgets…the bungee cords and hooks in the back of The BOX are for securing necks and hanging materials. I put a metal file box inside to hold liquids, wax and fragile tying tools…All of the materials used can be picked up at a hardware store or Home CheapO…the dimensions are based on what one wants…I built it around the pull out trays. It amazes me on how much I can stuff into this contraption…I can set it up in the rear of my vehicle in inclement weather…I can create anything I need anywhere-anyplace…

“THE BOX”, on the road in Nye, MT…

The RIG…the PACKMULE TRAILER allowed Michael and Ally to sit inside the JEEP…instead of being tied to the roof…

PT/TB 

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The Domeland Wilderness and Monache Meadows are part of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains and Sequoia National Forrest. I began visiting both areas back in the late 70’s when I got my Jeep CJ 7 and had it tricked out. It is no longer possible to drive into the Domeland to get to the South Fork of the Kern River, one has to hike in. Monache Meadows is still accessible by vehicle. A high center, 4X is a good idea, although, I have seen cars in there on occasion…

There are good populations of Rainbows and Browns in the lower section of the South Fork of the Kern River in the Domeland, in wet years…I have been in there in dry years- hunting –  when barely a trickle was running through…There are lots of “buzz worms” about and black bears are part of the local population…

Looking down at the South Fork of the Kern River in the Domeland…

Monache Meadows…in the meadow…

The South Fork of the Kern River in Monache Meadows…

WEIR SFK -1-The weir on the South Fork of the Kern…

Monache Meadows has populations of Rainbows, Browns and Hybrid Golden Trout in it’s lower reaches before the weir. The weir was constructed to prevent the Rainbows and Browns from moving upstream on the river and replacing the Golden Trout population. Unfortunately, there are no pure Golden Trout now present in this watershed, the introduction of hatchery Rainbows into this system, before the weir was built, had already contaminated the pure strain…

Michael, a long time ago, with his first Golden hybrid Trout caught on this:

Rio Grande Trude, Peacock

HOOK: Mustad 9672 #12-#16

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Black or Brown

TAIL: Golden Pheasant Tip barbs

BODY: Peacock Herl

WING: White Hen Hackle Fibers or white calf ( or today,  Zelon) tied over body

HACKLE: Brown , tied as a collar, in front of the wing

I have been using this pattern on almost ALL Southern Sierra waters on the Western slope… and this fly is a killer pattern. It may be fished dry or wet and I have yet to find an attractor that will out fish it…

Wet version of the Rio Grande Trude…

The Monache Meadows section of the South Fork of the Kern River is one of the prettiest places that I fly fish. Most of the Trout found here will not be large. It has been a great place for me to go with Michael and Ally while they were growing up… it is a resource, upon which, one must tread lightly. Everything that is brought in, MUST go out when one leaves…

My experiences here, on the South Fork of the Kern, has taught me that the further one goes, up through the canyon…the better the fishing…

MONACHE MEADOWS -3- (1)Coming into Monache Meadows…

The SFK is not a large river in the section above the weir…

MONACHE MEADOWS -3-Just a spectacular place…

It is a great place to get kids started in fly fishing…

 

 

 

PT/TB

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I think I take too many photographs..Naw…

BONJOURCHEESE’S BLOG Link is to ‘yer left…that’s our son Michael and his amor – Aimee’s current Euro trip…

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Michael in Paris…

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Michael and Aimee…

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Michael, eating breakfast and getting ready to send Dad an email….

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Well, it IS Colorado...

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Yeah,yeah…

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Twilight, off the Roaring Fork


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FF Babe, peeling waders…#1

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FF Babe, peeling waders…#2

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What a smile…

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Not the only one who does…Er, let me make that who did

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Nice Jeep!!!…

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Another “LOOK”…

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Castles section, Frying Pan River…

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Pink on The Frying Pan- 1978…

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Tired, after a day on The Fork…

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Even with her tongue out…she looks good!!!- 1978…

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Who cares about the fish? – 1978…

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Above the Roaring Fork – 1978…

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Aren’t those mountains in the background BEAUTIFUL ? – 1978

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Look at the JEEP and don’t think of Blue Bears

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Frying Pan River – 1978…

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Pensive – 1981

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Frying Pan below Reudi Res. …

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All wet – 1981…

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Fidget with the hands…

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Hot Jeep….

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Even walking away…

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Through the windows on the JEEP…

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A cool one on a hot day…1981…

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Thoughtful…1981…

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PT on The Fork…

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This is what I caught – A nymph!!!

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Jean and her sister Cindy – 1981…

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PT, Frying Pan River, CO, 1978…

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Ready for fly fishing…

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I picked up this “HOTTIE” in a parking lot at the base of Mt. Ajax…

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Sister Act…Rocky Mtn. style…

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Casting on The Roaring Fork…

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Glasses that would fit in today…1981…

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One more by the Urban Assualt Vehicle…

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Re -riggin’ on The Fork…

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Casting into a quiet pool…

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Lookin’ up the Frying Pan…

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Pretty girl sweeping hair back…a lot of really, pretty girls do this…(and, shake their heads at the same time)…

My FAVORITE photo of Jean Marie, Aspen, 1978…


BEFORE THERE WAS GRACE PARK…

 


PT/TB

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