Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Django Unchained

The Eastern Sierra will once again be immortalized on the Silver Screen with the filming of “Django Unchained” directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film will be shot in Mammoth California and at least one source claims that some filming will take place in Lone Pine, a small town famous for its Western film history. This Western will have many great actors, Kurt Russell, Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few, playing key roles.

It is always exciting to see the movie industry turn to the ideal Western setting for a great Western film and the small towns from Lone Pine to Mammoth CA. appreciate the added business from the presence of the cast and crew.

The film is to be released in December 2012 so I think it’s fair to assume that there will be some long hard days ahead for these guys. I would just like to tell them… If you start to get tired just look over your shoulder, you might see John Wayne off in the distance with that “let’s keep it movin’ pilgrim” look on his face. Make sure you take some time to admire the beauty of the Sierras and try to get down to Bishop to visit Erick Schat’s Bakery, “home of the original Sheepherder Bread”. Quentin if you Kurt or any of the other cast and crew feel like doing some creek fishing look me up. I’d be happy to show you the best places to hook up with some nice Rainbow and Brown Trout! The film is sure to be a hit and we’re all looking forward to seeing it.

I would never use the term, “Break a Leg” to a creek fisherman because that could mean the end of the season, but to the Cast of Django Unchained, Break A Leg!

The Creekside Angler

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How To Fish A Creek

There are many ways to fish a creek.  Some anglers sit in one spot all day and hope the fish come to them like they would on a lake shore.  Some go at it with war like tactics, radios in hand, constantly communicating their location to one another.  Some run frantically from one hole to another without taking time to read the water.  I like to follow behind all these types and catch the fish they overlook.  My method is simple, take a moment to look at the different features of the water, notice changes on the surface which might indicate submerged objects that would provide hiding spots for hunting fish, take notice of the banks and look for places where the water may have carved out a pocket and above all is the whitewater.  While each part of this approach is equally important, lets look at the whitewater and what you can get from it.  Hungry Trout will hunt in the whitewater for any type of food source carried downstream from higher water.  If the water is moving at a good pace it will cause the fish to strike quickly as they may only have a split second to snatch a meal.  These quick strikes will get your heart racing and provide you with one heck of a fight.  You might see your line zip toward one side of the creek or the other as the fish tries to retreat to it's hiding spot.  On many occasions I've had Trout jump out of the water before my fly or bait even touched the surface.  The main thing to remember is that each spot on the creek is different and taking some time to understand what's going on above and below the surface will increase your odds of a successful experience.  Here is a link you might find helpful, "How to fish a small creek". 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Small Water Payouts

Small water creeks are fun to fish and can deliver some nice rewards.  Working the pools and banks might be the ticket!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kents Lake, Utah

Over the Labor Day Weekend we decided to return to one of our favorite lakes located just outside of Beaver, Utah. We left Las Vegas, Nevada and the 109 degree heat Friday afternoon. Three and a half hours later we arrived at Kents Lake in the Fish Lake National Forest. The 70 degree temperature was a welcome relief. We turned off the Air Conditioner in the truck and remembered how to roll down the windows to enjoy the cool breeze. The original plan was to find a camp spot in the woods off of a fire service road, but as we passed the upper Kents Lake campground we noticed a few open spots and decided to drive in and take a look around. We pulled in and saw a sign that read,” register here”, in front of the campground host’s site. He was outside making a fire so we stopped to get the skinny on the digs. The host told us that he only had two sites taken so far and that he chased away a big Black Bear from his trailer door a few days ago. He said the fishing was good everywhere on the lake, and that we should keep our food locked up in case the bear comes back. We thanked him for the info and walked away thinking that the bear deal didn’t make for a great bedtime topic, but with the promise of good fishing it would be worth it. We passed site after site then found one that looked perfect for our rig and just up from the lake, site #15. We took our time setting up camp, getting the fire pit the way we wanted it and getting the poles ready to roll. I didn’t sleep well wondering if a bear was going to rip the trailer in half and gnaw off my head or something else, but with some campfire coffee in the morning I was ready to hit the water and catch fish. We fished all day Saturday and caught Cutthroat, Rainbow and Tiger Trout ranging from 9 to 16 inches and enjoyed the different fight of each type. Back at camp we relaxed and made plans for the next day.

Sunday after breakfast we tried the other side of the lake and did well. We decided to go back down into Beaver to pick up some ice and look around town for a minute. We found a neat little shop that sold sporting goods and a bunch of really old buildings that were still in use. One place that looked good was the Cache Valley Cheese Factory. When we left town we thought it would be a good idea to take an off road trail.  It turned into a game trail and ended up taking us 40 miles from camp but we got to see some things that I’ll never need to see again for the rest of my life. When we got back to the lake we fished for a while and agreed on Tiger Trout for dinner with campfire coal baked potatoes. Dinner turned out great. Afterwards we sat by the fire and watched everyone down at the lake fishing. One thing that was really cool was seeing all the kids catching fish. It made me think back on my first fish I caught with my Dad.

I forgot about the bear Sunday night and got some good rest. Monday morning we hit the water early, fished for a couple of hours, then headed back to break camp and load up. It turned out to be a great weekend not too far from home. If you get a chance to try this lake I’m sure it would be well worth the trip.
Here are some links to check out!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Aspen-Mirror Lake, Utah

On recent trip to Utah I found a great little lake just outside of Duck Creek Village called Aspen-Mirror.  This is a great place to check out if you get the chance.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Wind Smashed My Shower Tent!!!

Dog gone that wind!  I guess 60 M.P.H. was just too much for the old Gal.  Good thing I put a bunch of rocks in it!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Les...The best campground Host In the World!!

I tried out a campground in the Eastern Sierra.  My favorite camp at Tuttle Creek was closed for upgrades.  We traveled a little further north on 395 and decided on lower Greys meadow campground just outside of Independence.  When we pulled into the campground I was stopped by the host.  He suggested site number 49 after taking a look at my rig.  We stayed at the camp for 3 nights, and each afternoon I would spend a while Talking to Les, (The best campground host ever), about the events of the day.  His stories were captivating,  His advice, correct.  I looked forward to seeing him at the end of a long day fishing almost as much as I looked forward to trying out one of the many creeks that run down the eastern slopes of the Great Sierra.  Les took the time to make sure that we were having a great time.  He always let us know where the "hot spots" were,  cautioned us about safety, and told us a few stories about big fish that were caught in the creek.  You need to meet this man to fully understand what I mean, he is The Best Campground Host In The World!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

After a long morning of catching fish in the Eastern Sierra we decided to head back to camp at Tuttle creek.  We had left early and traveled 60 miles north to Bishop where the fishing for the day began.  Big pine creek was a river, but we still manager to hook up with some nice fish.  Taboose and Goodale offered calmer water and a few 14 inchers.  Back on the road headed toward Independence we passed a sign that said,  "The Historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery".  I've passed this place 100 times, but this time I decided to stop in and take a look around.  A castle at the base of the sierra with walls three feet thick made of Granite.  Almost 100 years old and looking great.  When it first opened Mules carried metal canteens full of Rainbow and Golden Trout up the mountain to the many creeks along the Eastern Sierra.  Take some time to check out the link. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Back on The Creek

Eastern Sierra, Tuttle Creek, This one's for Dad. 

So much has happened, life got busy, I lost my father, (friend, fishing buddy, mentor, life long advisor), so I'm going to keep this short.  I think a picture is worth a thousand words.  Thanks for understanding.