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The Chief

climber
Laughing at all the Sheep
Aug 5, 2014 - 11:03am PT
Nabbed this beauty last weekend (at a secret hole just below 12K where Pig Brookies abound up to 22") on a 12 weighted Black Chim pattern I tie...
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 5, 2014 - 11:19am PT
That is definitely not one of those muddy Kirman Lake pigs. Nice fish.

There is that fenced-off pond on the trail up to Kirman. I can't remember what it is called. It is full of Kamloops Rainbows and it is very illegal to fish there. Some kinda brood stock. There is a story there but I'm pleading the fifth.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 5, 2014 - 11:23am PT
Hmmmmm Junction reservoir perhaps Wayno?


I know a story or two about that lil pond. Like when the Jarheads from P Meadows decided to do some grenade fishing.



As far as Kirman, ive personally seen up to 7+ pounders dredged up there.


Credit: Ron Anderson

labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Aug 5, 2014 - 12:27pm PT
Wow! Chief the colors are fantastic on that fish. What a picture!
Erik
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 5, 2014 - 12:56pm PT
Yep, that's the one, Ron. I have fished Kirman many times and yes those are some big brookies but after eating a few, it is all catch and release. Those fish taste like mud. They can't be healthy. Obese, if you ask me. That brookie that the Chief has pictured is way more healthy looking and I bet it tastes as good as it looks.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 5, 2014 - 01:03pm PT
I actually prefer to eat warm water fishies like yellow perch, bluegill, crappie and smaller bass. Two of those fish on the towel were mounted, one for me, the male, and 1 for a buddy- the big female. The rest were smoked. Thats been my biggest brookie ever. BITD, Kirman hardly saw much angling pressure as the shrimp throughout the summer months kept the brookings too fat and happy to chase any fake offerings , And there were no cuts in there at the time. Dick Pagent was the game warden and he loved to cruise up the backside of the hill off the highway to spy with glasses.
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Aug 5, 2014 - 01:16pm PT
Ron, nice haul from BITD. Rick Roekel, who used to run Ken's Sporting Goods in Bridgeport back in the 90's said he thought the Kirman brookies died young from heart attacks brought on by too much cholesterol from eating all those scuds (freshwater shrimp). Don't know if that's true but they looked like little footballs!

It's really a shame in my opnion that they began stocking cutthroats in Kirman.

Chief, that's a nice brookie shot and great looking fly!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 5, 2014 - 01:23pm PT
No doubt BG, but a brookie has to have a few years on him to get to 7 pounds. And yes the planting of cuts to make a "summer fishery" was a boondoggle .


I learned to hard way NOT to try and tube the lake after forgetting your fins down at the parking lot on Kirman lol! Up canyon breeze and i was off the the steepass NW shore..
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 5, 2014 - 03:18pm PT
Rick Roekel was a heck of a guy. He told me the same thing about those Kirman brookies. Is he still around? He is the one that turned me onto Green Creek. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone. Rick always had some solid tips on out-of -the-way spots to catch some wild fish. He told me about Lobdell Lake, although I hear it is no longer fish-able. Nice setting and a chance to catch some Graylings.
The Chief

climber
Laughing at all the Sheep
Aug 5, 2014 - 05:37pm PT
Nope! No where near Kirman.

This is a lake at 11,290' out of South Lake some 4.5 miles from the TH that was heavily stocked back in the 70's with large Brookies from back east by Parcher's and other local packer's for their clients. They ceased running people up there when the USFS restricted them from doing so on their annual permit some ten or so years ago.

Only a handful of local folks here in Bishop know of this story and of the population of Brookies that exists in that lake. One of em is a local FF Guide who hooked up on a 22"er with a 4wt sinking line two years ago. I am headed back up there this weekend with just that and a series of my secret weapon ties. I will report back with pictures.

Oh yeah, them Brookie pigs are in there and they are big.... really really big. Saw over a dozen of em trolling some 30 or so feet below the surface along the boulder strewn shore. This "Alpine" lake is very deep.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Aug 5, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
Nice Rick, Brookies are cool looking fish. I may head up "there" the end of this week. I'll try to leave you a few, hah! Jim
ruppell

climber
Aug 5, 2014 - 07:34pm PT
BG

Go up and hook into a few of those Cutties and you might change your mind. I think they're a great thing for the lake. There's plenty of food to go around.

The Chief and Stimbo

You got me checking the map. lol I know of a lake out of the South Lake drainage that has some big brookies but it's not even close to 4.5 miles in. Way less than that. It's not that deep either. Wonder if it's the same lake?.
The Chief

climber
Laughing at all the Sheep
Aug 5, 2014 - 08:45pm PT
This lake that you presume I am mentioning, what aspect it is directly below, rupell? And yes, it is ... deep.



PS: As if I am going to give the exact mileage/location. No it is NOT T-Lakes, ML Lakes, Incon... Lake, Bull, Choca, Ruwuuu nor Long/Spearhead. It is beynd all of em. The last one is 3.9 miles from the TH btw.

Hint: It is 30 or so mins past the hill in the middle below....

ruppell

climber
Aug 6, 2014 - 07:44am PT
Nice The Chief.

I like this game. My alpine memory sucks so I'll have to take a hike up there and take a better look. I've spent a lot of time looking for bigger fish in alpine lakes and have a pretty good list going but it's always nice to add to that list.

It's not the lake I mentioned earlier. I'm sure you've heard of the lake I'm talking about. And yes there are some very big brookies in it. And yes it is closer to the trail head.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Aug 6, 2014 - 08:56am PT
Rick, I hope you know I'm just kidding around with you....

I will be out there Thursday or Friday but in all honesty, I have no clue where it is exactly that you are referring to. Your clues are enticing. There are some gems in that drainage as you know... which makes me want to keep poking around for more. Too much water, not enough time.
The Chief

climber
Laughing at all the Sheep
Aug 6, 2014 - 09:00am PT
Stimbo.. MAKE time. Ask Dan about it. He is the one that hooked the whale a couple of years ago.


If FFing, I highly rec that you take two sticks. Both 4wt/9'. One Med/Fast floating with a standard 8-9' leader/tippet(4or5x) and one Fast with the same but a sinking line in order to get down where the whales are trolling when the lot do their proverbial shut down around noon through 4PMish.

The food of choice for them dudes up there is this blackish/chartreus/red headed 1/2-3/4" long stonefly looking thing. They hit the water and instantly sink. Which in turn get eaten within ten seconds of them doing so.

Thus my tie you saw in the photo above.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Aug 6, 2014 - 05:24pm PT
Yo Rick, I stopped by the shop today but it was all closed up. Looks like a Friday assault somewhere in the canyon, perhaps Saturday as well. Thanks for the beta.

Check out the lower O below the Power Plant. It is ragin' now AND it is fishing well.

The Chief

climber
Laughing at all the Sheep
Aug 6, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
Hey Jim, was at the PP run last Friday when it was at 81 (@86 today) and yes, it was fun throwing my streamer ties.

I'll be at the office tomorrow from 7ish till around 2ish. Come on by.

Sent you a rtn email... Dave not Dan.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 9, 2014 - 01:31pm PT
Anita's first EVER fish!!

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 9, 2014 - 03:12pm PT
Congrats Anita, on your first micropterus Dolemieu ! I fish an area loaded with them. Scrappy even the small ones.


carson river smallmouth, virginaia cut..
carson river smallmouth, virginaia cut..
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