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Here are the recipes, separate photographs and further information on the attractor patterns I posted on my previous post…I use attractor patterns as lead flies in multiple fly rigs and often use them solo to work places where big Trout might be lurking and in the mood for the “get out of my space” syndrome…

“RAIN, KIDS…messin’ around”

There are additional attractor patterns I will be posting soon because…

This box is not full yet, attractor patterns are really fun to tie and one can let their imagination stretch beyond boundaries…

RED/ ORANGE PT (BUFFALO JUMP)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 , TMC 100 SP BL,  #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Brown, to secure tail, rib and abdomen

TAIL: Lemon Wooduck

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown wire SM

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail fibers...then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0 Fl. Orange

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

WING CASE/ LEGS: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I am particularly influenced by color of the water and stream bottom color when choosing an attractor pattern…given the name of this guy, one might suspect where it would be employed…

YELLOW/OLIVE PT (178)

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 # 14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Ginger

TAIL: Yellow Pheasant tail Fibers, 3-6

RIB: Wapsi, Green Metallic Wire, SM

ABDOMEN: Yellow Pheasant tail fibers…then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0, FL. Pink or Red

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub 50%, Olive squirrel 50%

BEAD: Black Brass ( stuffed with lead or lead sub.) or Black Tungsten

Pictured below is a location that might find me using this pattern…especially in high water in the early Summer…

Somewhere off Hwy 178…

TUNGSTEN PARROT NYMPH

HOOK: Dai Riki 135 # 16, Daiichi 1120 #14-#18, Mustad CO 68 #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Orange Fl., 6/0

BEAD: 7/64 Gold Tung for #16 ( or 1 size, oversize for # 14 and # 18)

RIB: SM Gold or Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Fibers

OVERBODY: SM Mylar tinsel

THORAX: SLF Spiky Squirrel Dub …I used a combination of Mink and Sable for air bubble retention…

HEAD: Fl. Thread in front of bead

This fly imitates a Caddis and was developed for the Missouri River in Montana. It imitates the bug in it’s transition stage. It is meant to be fished dead drift and deep with a little Frog’s Fanny brushed on the thorax. This pattern comes out of the BIG R FLY SHOP, in Great Falls, MT. Poke around there…interesting other patterns to be discovered…

CHARTRUSE PARROT TUNG NYMPH

HOOK: Mustad CO 68 #14-#18, Daiichii 1120, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Fl. Chartreuse 6/0

BEAD: Black Tung one size larger than normally called for

RIB: Sm Black Wapsi wire

OVERBODY: SM Mylar Tinsel

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub 50%, SLF Prism Peacock 50%

HEAD: FL. Thread, Wapsi, Chartruse 6/0

OK, I like this color and just could not resist tying up some of the Tungsten Parrots in chartreuseI have had great success with this color on a number of rivers where me and the guys FF…

OLIVE/PINK PT (BIG REEDY)

HOOK: Mustad CO68, #14-#18, Daiichii1120, #14-#18, TMC 2457 #14-#18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Olive

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi Pink wire, SM...then

THREAD: Wapsi Fl Pink, 6/0

WING CASE/LEGS: Pearl Krystal Flash

THORAX: UV Pink, Ice Dub

BEAD: Gold Tung, sized to hook

This be the BIG REEDY

…and, these colors kick butt in here…

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HOOK: TMC 3761 #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 140 & 70 Denier, Black (based on Hook size)

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Wapsi Chartreuse SM

WING CASE: Black Thin Skin…then

THREAD: Wapsi, Chartreuse 70 Denier

THORAX: Olive squirrel dubbing 50%, Ice Dub Olive Brown 25%, SLF Olive 25%

LEGS: Olive Partridge, V notched

BEAD: Silver Tungsten sized to hook

Tis pattern WORKS anywhere up or down 395…and some other places… in and on the edges of YNP…

龍戰士 (DRAGON WARRIOR)

HOOK: Mustad c49s, Tmc 2487, Daiichi 1130 #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Black

TAIL: Pheasant tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Black Holo Flash, or SR, Holographic Mylar Motion 1/64″ (coat thread base with cement before wrapping – I use Hard As Hull)

THORAX: Wapsi Raibow Sow Scud Dub

WING CASE: Pearl Mylar Tinsel

Forget RAINBOW Warriors…from the same creator, Lance Egan…tie some of these with Red and Green Holo Flash abdomens too…

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2T-S (Two Toned SURVEYOR)

HOOK: TMC 2457, Mustad CO68, Daiichi 1120, #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0, 8/0,  RED (based on Hook size)

BEAD: Silver, Tungsten, sized to hook

TAIL: Natural Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Silver wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dub (light)

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dub (dark)…I used Hareline Dark Shade Rainbow Scud Dub

WING CASE: MED. Pearl Tinsel, Thinskin….I use Spirit River, Holographic  Mylar motion, Black, 1/64″

Another Lance Egan pattern which works…REAL GOOD…

BBDF (Blue, Bleu Dun, Frenchie)

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #14-#20

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Grey, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Grey

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Lagartun , Blue, Fine or small

THORAX/COLLAR: UV Ice Dub Dun

WING CASE: Optional....SM or MED Pearl Mylar Tinsel

My take on another Lance Egan pattern. Different collar colors, PT colors and hooks (Daiichi 1560, TMC 100 SPBL) may be utilized. For more on using this and other patterns specifically designed for European Nymphing, check out Aaron Jasper’s just released DVD:

AVAILABLE HERE:

PERFORMANCE FLIES

Meanwhile, Michael will get busy…losing flies…

On the Owens River…in Spring…

Ally will just look good in the sunlight…

ATTRACTORS III

MORE ATTRACTOR PATTERNS

NEXT…More ATTRACTORS

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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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…

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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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…and Ally, Nadia and Michael…a mixed bag before and after…

JMH KID BW

A throwback…

JMH MT TAM -1-Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, 1978…

JMH NO STREET

New Orleans…1978

JMH ABOVE RF CO -1-Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen, CO…1978…

In Aspen highlands…1981…

JMH HAWAII !

Somewhere on an island…

JMH JEEP RODS

Jeepin’ it on the Frying Pan River, CO…

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A special place in the Southern Sierras…

JMH RF ROCK 15

On a boulder in the Roaring Fork River, CO…

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL…

 

In Hawaii…

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On a boat, with a friend, in Mexico, just before I met her…

JMH BOAT MEXICO 1

More boat…

JMH NO STREET BUS -1-New Orleans, September, 1978…and a visit to:

JMH PAT O'BRIANS NO -1-Where we shared this:

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After sharing THAT…

JMH NO AFTER PO -1-BLITZED…

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Cooking Pheasants for Thanksgiving…

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Jean, on the beach in Malibu , BBQ Chicken…ummmm – goooood, 1981…

Wading the Frying Pan…1981…

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Ally at 1 ( 1990), hamming it up…

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Jean and Nadia in Bridgeport a long time ago… 1980

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Jeep BABE…Frying Pan River, CO…

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Defiant Asian chick…1978..Owens Valley…

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Michael, Ca/NV border, East Walker River, 1990…

JMH on the Roaring Fork…1978…

Graduation GIRL – U.C.L.A. – 1981…

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More Graduation Day…

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Cover shot…

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Tossed hair look…

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Making Nadia laugh at the Faire…

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Tim And Jean, 1983, Michael very much on the way…

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Jean and Michael on the beach, Santa Barbara, 1988 – (the day I found out Ally was coming)

Same day at the beach…

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Skiing in Mammoth…

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Ally and Michael at Xmas…

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Here’s ALLY!…

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Jean and Kasmir, our first cat…

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Ally, About 1 year old….1990

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“Here, wear this!!!”….1984, Michael

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Ally & Jean Marie…

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All of US…

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With Michael at Griffith Park…

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MOO and Mom at the edge…

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Another cover shot…

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A smaller Michael at Monache Meadows on the South Fork of the Kern River…

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At the crib in Mammoth Mountain…

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Michael and Angelo, freezing on the Owens River, 2003…

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Jean, Ally & Auntie Morgana…

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Jean being ridiculous about FOOD, Malibu Beach, 1981…

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Ally and Jean at Grandma’s house…

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Michael and Ally in the rocks, Hogback Creek, 1999…

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Spinnin’ Ally…

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Taken by the friend who introduced us, at her office on Sunset…1978…

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Lake Tahoe, July 5, 1981…

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Jean and Ally at about 2….1991

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Jean’s favorite photo of Michael – 1989…

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Birthday Bunch…

JMH HOME XMAS -1-XMAS..at home…

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Looking at an old ARK II episode, December, 1987…

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Jean’s “MOMMY LOOK” for a composite, before she had Michael and Ally, 1982…

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Michael, Oggie and Ally…

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Beachy- Malibu, 1981…

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Michael, Fly Rod MASTER, South Fork of the Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Mom of MOO…on a river…

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Of course Jean was a CHEERLEADER…’73-’74…

JEAN MALIBU

Malibu….

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Nadia and Jean, Bridgeport,CA 1980…

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Jean, commercial shoot, 1984…

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More Malibu…

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Jean, Michael and “Pinky” – Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery about 1984…

JMH LP CREEK STAN -1-Lone Pine Creek…

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Michael. Hot Creek, 1987…

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Ally and her “BUDDY”, Angelo. 2002

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Beach dining – Malibu , 1981…

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Ally, North Lake, Bishop, 1999…Ally is using a Fly and Bubble Rig…

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Michael and Jean, 1984…

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A hint of skepticism, perhaps???….

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Michael comes home, September 1983…

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Jean, Chinatown Queen, 1977…

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Stylin’ in Aspen…

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Ally, swings Angelo, Owens Valley, 2002…

JMH THROUGH JEEP ASP -1-Through the JEEP, Aspen, CO…

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Michael and Dad, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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With friends at Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean…Mammoth Mountain…

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Jean, cooking at home ( not rice – again!!!)….

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Ally comes home – Michael pleased – 1989…

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With Ally…

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Michael, shooting with his Nikon, Deep Springs Valley, 2002…

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Ally at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, 1995…

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Michael’s first bath, 1983,,,

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Ally, being a HAM, 1990….

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Michael, chillin’ at the campsite, Monache Meadows, 1987…

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Just a nice head shot…

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Ally and Dad, 1990…

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Jean and Michael at the campsite, Fall, 1987…

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Nadia, attempting to play the piano, 1987…

JMH SANTA BAR -2-Santa Barbara, CA…Ally in the oven…1988…

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Michael and Ally – Who’s Driving??? – 1990…

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Michael and Dad in the Owens Valley, 1986…

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Jean, AUDITIONING for “The Price Is Right”, Xmas, 1988…

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Ally and Angelo, scattering Grandpa’s ashes, Owens Valley, 2000…

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Michael, Jean and Tim, Mammoth Mountain, 1990…

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Same boat,1977…

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Bedtime story, Chimney Peak, 1986…

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Michael with Golden Trout, South Fork of The Kern, Monache Meadows, 1988…

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Jean, at about the time I got out of the service 1970-71…

With Michael and Ally in Santa Barbara, CA…

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Jean, San Francisco, 1988…

MICHAEL WEST WALKER -1-Michael, West Walker River, 2003…

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Studying…

Santa Barbara, CA…1994…

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With Ally at Michael’s wedding…

JMH NADS GRAD -1-At Nadia’s Graduation from High School…

JMH ALLY LIL MOO 2 -2-Jean Marie and Ally on the occasion of  our Grandson Miles’ two year Birthday…January 26, 2013…

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Huntington Gardens…(12.27.2018)

With Michael, Huntington Gardens…

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Flowers in the Campfire Light – East Fork of the Carson River, 1987…

PT/TB

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