Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Panguitch Lake Cutthroat

The Bear Lake Cutthroat Trout at Panguitch Lake in Utah were fun to catch.  These beautiful fish put up a good fight too.  This is a short video of one of the many we caught on our trip to Duck Creek.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Duck Creek Campsite

Fishing new water is always a treat and seeing some beautiful scenery makes it even better.  One thing I look forward to on any fishing trip is the chance to set up camp at a new campground.  I like to look around until I find a spot that feels right.  It's a place to settle down for the night alright, but if I'm going to "live" there for a day or two I'm going to have to eat.  That's where some of my gear comes into play.
I think I can rough it just as well as the next guy, although you won't find me living on pine nuts and berrys, or gnawing the bark off a tree stump.  I like to eat good at camp.  Coffee on the fire, eggs and bacon in the morning, beef stew or a pot roast for dinner.  After a long day of fishing the least a man deserves is a good old fashioned campfire dinner.  You can burn up a bunch of energy fishing all day and I think everything tastes better cooked outdoors.  That's why I like to take along my cast irons.  They can stand up to the heat of the fire and they last forever.  A good coffee pot, dutch oven and a box full of spices and I'm set.
This campsite at Duck Creek was set up pretty good, even had a nice spot for a walk around the woods after dinner.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Panguitch Lake Utah

Panguitch Lake is located about 30 miles north-east of Duck Creek Utah.  I knew the lake was know for it's good fishing, the name means "Big Fish" so I decided to give it a shot.  We rented a boat for the day, grabbed our gear and hit the water.  I had some spoons with me that I wanted to try out, so after clearing the no wake zone the lines went out.  We hooked up right away.
I had read about the "Bear Lake Cutthroat Trout" that could be found in this lake and outside of a few pictures that I pulled up on-line I had never seen this fish.  I couldn't find any information on how they fight or what they go after so I fished them like any other Cutthroat.
About 2 minutes into a slow troll the rod tips went down and we had fish on.  These fish fight well and take line at will.  Throughout the day in spite of 30 mph winds and white caps from time to time we caught and released fish after fish.  The spoons produced well as did rapalas following willow leaf lake trolls.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Off To Southern Utah

I'm getting on the road this morning headed for Utah.  I've got the itch to check out some new water.  Most likely shoot a few hundred pictures so there should be some cool stuff to check out when I get back!  This should be interesting....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Like a Rock

Among the many aspects of the Eastern Sierra that can grab your attention are the views of the solid rock faces that can be seen from Whitney Portal.  Weather you're in the area for fishing, camping or hiking at some point you will find yourself scanning the range as each turn on the trail opens up a new point of view that can't be missed.  The one thing that has always crossed my mind is how in the world do trees thrive in the cracks of a granite wall?  At night the stars seem so close that you could throw a rock and hit one.  It's a light show like no other.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of the awesome Sierra.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lower Lone Pine Creek

There is a section of Lone Pine Creek that follows the highway up to the campground.  The creek is often overlooked by anglers that are in a hurry to get to where they are going.  I always take some time out to fish a few holes in this area and most of the time you'll hook up. 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Phelps Lake

The Grand Teton National Park has more to offer than words can say.  One of my favorite hikes is up to the Phelps Lake overlook.  It's not the easiest stroll in the park but it's worth the effort to be sure.  The smell of the pines on the whispering wind can give you a whole new outlook on life.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Why Do I Do Things The Hard Way?

Most of my favorite creeks are located between Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes California.  Many of the creeks in this area can serve up some tough fishing.  At the higher elevations the water that barrels down off the side of the mountains can move boulders the size of a house, and the lower parts can be so thick with undergrowth that getting to the creek requires a belly walk.  Around the campgrounds the creeks have been cleared and fishing is easy.  You just follow the well beaten paths to the many spots that are stocked regularly with pan sized Rainbows.  That's not where I fish.  If I don't drag myself back to camp scratched, scraped, spider bit, wounded and dehydrated I just don't feel like I've been on the right part of the creek.  If you happen to be driving in the mountains and see a guy with a fishing pole running for his life while being chased by hornets, stop and say hi, it's probably me. I do creek the hard way, I think it's in my blood, but some people can make tough fishing look easy.
On a recent trip to Big Pine Creek My wife and I decided to revisit a spot where we both had caught and released a few good fish two weeks earlier.  The weather had warmed up and changed the amount of water in the creek drastically during that time.

Casting your bait across stream without rapids taking your line down is tough.  After a few unsuccessful tries I was taught how to do it.  She said, " just look where you want your bait to go, throw it, and there ya go".  Then she caught a fish.

I guess I need to work on my casting before the next trip.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Eastern Sierras at Sunset

I took this picture after the sun had gone behind the mountains.  It had been a long day of fishing at Tuttle Creek.  Clouds passed by from time to time, big clouds that would block the sun.  It was the kind of deal that made you stop fishing for a minute to look around and see what was going on.  The same type of feeling you get when someone important says, "May I have your attention please".  A few times I put down my rod and just watched the shadows move across the valley.  "I'm going fishing" those are the words we say, "did you catch some fish" those are the words we hear.  Sometimes we catch things that are hard to put into words.  Things that set us down and make us think.  When the cloud passes by and we pick up our rods something makes us look back just one more time as if to say thanks, that just made my day.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rock Creek Rainbow

Took a trip to Rock Creek last weekend.  That little piece of water gave us a workout.  With the recent warm weather the snow was melting fast and the runoff had the creek all over the place.  Just about every channel that would hold water was full and running.
This is going to be a great season!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

When to take a break.

After a long hard day a body can get tired.  Going here and there and making sure all the bases are covered.  Thinking about what's for dinner and making the most of every minute.
When you get a moment to rest it's priceless.  Find something good to watch, get comfortable, and relax on a recliner!