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Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Aug 1, 2015 - 11:48am PT
Glad to see the posts from lurkerville, Chief. Might want to change that to lunkerville. Looks like you're doing very well, fishing and otherwise.
My docs just changed my fall Wall plans to fishing and fly tying plans. thanks for the inspiration.
The Chief

climber
Lurkerville east of Goldenville
Aug 1, 2015 - 08:12pm PT
Hey Wade... get out and do it. It actually works. Got 191 days on the waters some where on the Eastside so far to date. Most all by myself on waters that no one is any where near.

These three were my fav secret tubing spots in the Owens Valley up until the end of May...

Highly Classified LMB and Redear Tubing pond with not a soul to be had...
Highly Classified LMB and Redear Tubing pond with not a soul to be had.
Credit: The Chief

Waterboard me all ya want.. I will NEVER surrender. Bad to the bone Se...
Waterboard me all ya want.. I will NEVER surrender. Bad to the bone Secret Bass and Redear pond in the middle of the Owens Valley.
Credit: The Chief

Tubing for LM Bass way north of Bishop and not a human to be found for...
Tubing for LM Bass way north of Bishop and not a human to be found for at least ten miles.
Credit: The Chief

One of many of the way north of Bishop Owens Valley LM Bass. Sucks hav...
One of many of the way north of Bishop Owens Valley LM Bass. Sucks having these very secret LM Bass/Redear ponds all to yourself.
Credit: The Chief

Pound for pound, these bad boy Redears are some of the strongest fight...
Pound for pound, these bad boy Redears are some of the strongest fighters around. Another fine example of how very powerful things come in small packages. Tons of fun!!!
Credit: The Chief


The Chief

climber
Lurkerville east of Goldenville
Aug 1, 2015 - 08:45pm PT
Hey Ron, ya gotta get one of these bad boys cus they get ya onto ponds etc that no one can access otherwise...

One of the most versatile vehicles an avid FFers can have in order to ...
One of the most versatile vehicles an avid FFers can have in order to access spots that most have no idea exist.
Credit: The Chief
The Chief

climber
Lurkerville east of Goldenville
Aug 1, 2015 - 09:21pm PT
Hey Rdog, that wouldn't be at the Carson City Sportsmans Warehouse would it now???


If so, that place rocks as far as Fly Tying Materials. You all have the biggest assortment of Fly Tying goodies in the entire Reno/CC area and for that I am grateful. That includes Cabela's and the other big joint off of 80.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Aug 1, 2015 - 09:56pm PT
The Chief . . . much respect for your fishing ethics.

Beautiful photos too, thank you!
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Aug 2, 2015 - 07:44am PT
NIIIIIIIIIIICE!!!!!!1
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 11, 2015 - 07:48pm PT
Anita and I decided to celebrate our First Year Shagaversary by going climbing at Bon Echo. But the fishing was so good, we never touched the rock!

Here is an 18" 3 lb 12 oz smallmouth that we caught on a Rebel Pop-R, right next to a deepwater weedbed. I put the fish on the stringer for a moment so that Anita could hold him up for the photo, but we live released him moments after this picture was taken.

Anita and her 18" 3 lb 12 oz smallmouth bass, Skootamatta Lake, Ontari...
Anita and her 18" 3 lb 12 oz smallmouth bass, Skootamatta Lake, Ontario
Credit: 'Pass the Pitons' Pete

So instead of going climbing, we hit the beach.

Anita hitting the beach after a hard day of fishin'....
Anita hitting the beach after a hard day of fishin'....
Credit: 'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Training for big walls, you know. {wink}
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 11, 2015 - 07:55pm PT
Nice catch Pete!

Oh yeah,
the fish is nice too. ;)

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 11, 2015 - 10:10pm PT
In fishing parlance, Anita is most assuredly a "keeper". I put her on my stringer. ;)
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Aug 13, 2015 - 05:47pm PT
I was really into flyfishing from about 1985 to around 2000 and then suffered "fish-burnout." I still enjoy fishing, but I'm just not going fishing 70-90 times a year. Please bear in mind that I live a mile from Choss Creek, which is a great little trout stream.

So ------back in the day, my pal Ned & I enjoyed going into less visited streams in Idaho and having big days catching & releasing mostly little fish. We collectively knew of 3 small streams that few folks bothered to hike into, where we could catch & release over 100 native wild trout each in a long day. The fish (mostly rainbows, but also brookies & an occasional cut) however only averaged 10" and ranged from 4" to the occasional giant of 16"

We once had a 200 fish each, day. Ned has passed on, and I haven't done that stuff since the mid-1990's.

However!

After a high mountain hike this week, I fled thunderstorms & got to a streamside car-camp close to middle-of-nowhere Idaho, about 5:00 PM, set up camp and went fishing. Within 100 yards of camp on a stream that averages twenty feet in width. (About the size of the stream by Donini's Patagonia place) I caught 22 native wild 8" -11" rainbows in one hour. I decided to eat three for dinner, due to the fish-killing influence of The Donini. (I had not killed & eaten a trout from 1980-2013, until we visited Donini's place in Patagonia in 2013, & I was informed that worthy guests catch & kill trout)
The salt from my tears for the trout I had killed added to their taste...
The salt from my tears for the trout I had killed added to their taste.
Credit: Fritz

The next morning, the weather looked really putrid with low lenticular clouds rolling in from the west and the mountain area to the east I wanted to hike to an old mine was actually hidden by clouds.

So I went fishing again. I started at 9:00 AM at a really nice hole & caught 16 rainbows in 10 minutes. I decided I was going for a 100 fish day, something I haven't tried since the mid-1990's. The weather improved, but I blew off hiking to some stupid mine to look for stupid & heavy mineral specimens. (Besides, I had found some nice garnets & hiked 1,600' vertical the day before.)

E. Fork of No Tellum Creek.
E. Fork of No Tellum Creek.
Credit: Fritz


I soon fell well behind my initial goal of a fish a minute. I then lost the Parachute Adams I'd been using and couldn't find another in my fly boxes. The trees and willows closed in tightly on the stream and it was soon like fishing inside a green telephone booth. I left the stream and hiked upstream to where things opened up a mite, but fishing still was slow. At one point I went more than 10 minutes without a fish & none of my flies seemed to be working.

Finally, in desperation, I looked in my small Caddis-only fly box, and found two more Parachute Adams in size 14. Life improved, but the creek closed in again, and I hiked to another open spot with only 52 fish caught so far, in 2 1/2 hours. I had a stretch of nice fishing holes again, and the fish were more than willing. I caught 15 out of one hole & at least a few in every decent spot. I suddenly reached 100 native wild trout caught & released & stopped at 104.

10" rainbow.
10" rainbow.
Credit: Fritz

I suspect an average of a fish every two minutes during a total elapsed fishing time of 3 hours & twenty minutes isn't bad for an old guy, although 20 years ago I would have went for the gusto of a 200 fish day. The fish mostly were 9- 11" with a small of 4" & a big of 12". There are some bigger fish in the creek. I saw a Bull trout years ago that must have been 18-20". I caught two much smaller Bull trout this trip.

Yes! The water was nice & cold & other than the three I ate, no trout died in the making of this story.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 13, 2015 - 07:07pm PT
Wow, you are far more of a "numbers" guy than me. Try as I might, I cannot get remotely excited by a ten-incher, no matter how many you catch.

Got some nice 18" native speckled/brook trout in Algonquin Park this spring with my dad. They tasted good.

I'm a day early with the Friday night post. Having some margaritas and beers down here in Cave City, Kentucky. Off to the World's Longest Cave tomorrow. We're going to make it longer still -- a New World's Record!!!
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 14, 2015 - 01:59am PT
Wow Pete, that is some catch!

And I thought boob threads were long gone...
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