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The first of September marks Michael’s Birthday celebration each year…Ally and I had planned on visiting him and Aimee up in the Bay area for the Holiday weekend…HOWEVER, Aimee came up with this idea of meeting up in Bridgeport because Michael wanted to go FLY FISHING for his birthday present…So, me and the Ally escaped LA at 6:00 AM and headed up the Eastside…

My driver, Ally somewhere North of Mojave…

After the perfunctory stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA and two pounds of Jerky…up the grade towards Bridgeport and the old guy behind the wheel…We met Aimee and Michael at the Virginia Creek Settlement and tossed our gear and sleeping bags into a tent cabin while Michael set up his tent in the campground…then (finally) it was time (2PM) to hit this place…

East Walker River in the “Miracle Mile” section…

Michael rigs his rod while sampling the JERKY we got for him…

Old guy lands a dinky Brown on this:

SIMPLY RED # 18…on the right…

This guy has seen a hook before…

Michael works the water with an attractor lead and Midge dropper…the water was warm, with a lot of moss, that made deep nymphing  difficult. It required checking both flies for accumulated crud before each cast…

The Scott A2, 10′, 6wt. with a Tibor Freestone reel…I use this when the flows are high on the East Walker…they were running about 348cfs. on Thursday evening and the fishing was tough..but there’s always COKE !!!

Michael does his thing out in the heavy water as the sun sets on the East Walker…We were quite fortunate that there were very few people on this stretch of the river this particular evening…we had it to ourselves…

“MOO’s BLUE MIDGE” # 18…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12B Scud Hook, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Blue Krystal Flash

TAIL: Pearl Midge Flash

RIB: Wapsi wire, x-sm, silver

THORAX: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl (Spirit River)

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I tied a bunch of these up for Michael for his birthday and this trip, in #18-#20..I wonder if they work ???

So…I am standing with Ally at the gauge, having given Michael my rod with the above fly attached as a dropper…we hear this yelling above us and I see Michael being dragged down river from above us…he’s stumbling and banging into the bushes while he tries to maintain his balance…”DAD, he yells, GET your net out!!!”…So I do and LOOK what jumped into it…

Hmmmm…

DOUBLE Hmmmm…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

Time to return to Brown town…

Time for us to come back tomorrow morning…MOONRISE on the East Walker River…

Michael and PT plan the morning strategy…

The next (bright) morning on the East Walker River…

DAD’s turn to get into a fish…on this:


PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA PERON)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 -#20, Daiichii 1130, #18-#20…used above

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Black and White, 3strands, cut short

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

For some reason, the Browns on the East Walker just love this fly…

Michael works back up through the section he fished the night before…

…and plops his offerings back into the SAME slot…

NO takers…time for the traditional BARKER lunch…

Salami, Swiss Cheese, Coleman’s Mustard and Chileno Peppers…

THE BOMB…

NEXT: Part II…AIMEE and ALLY in BODIE, CA…

PT/TB 

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