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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…

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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