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BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 3, 2017 - 09:24pm PT
hot creek ranch
hot creek ranch
Credit: photo by yvonne gaines

Ah yes, Gnome...the good old days of Hot Creek! A survey in 2008 estimated 12,000 fish per mile, but after the drought years, in August of 2016 the estimate was down to 1,000 fish per mile.

Hopefully things will bounce back, with 8,000 rainbows and 4,000 browns stocked every year until the fish begin to sustain themselves again. But it won't be really good again for probably six or seven years, with good winters.

Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote in 2007 for Southwest Fly Fishing:

Hike upstream in the canyon and you arrive at a barbed-wire fence that marks the boundary of the Hot Creek Ranch property. There is a nice little pool there. One fine spring day I found myself there with my wife, lying on the grass, relaxing, picnicking, and occasionally fooling some juvenile rainbows on some tiny midge imitations Yvonne had tied.

Suddenly, the telltale hooked jaw of a huge male brown trout broke the surface as the fish rose straight up out of the water, exposing half of its massive body before splashing back down, slapping the surface like a breaching whale. I had never seen such a big fish in such a small stream. Yvonne and I turned to each other and simply said "WOW.!"

The big trout settled under the far bank, directly under the barbed wire fence. After I'd lost half a dozen flies, all of which soon dangled like spiders under the fence, the huge fish had had enough of my foolishness, slowly swam upstream, and disappeared into the ranch water.

I gazed lustfully over the fence. There were no anglers in sight. The ranch water seemed to run a little slower and deeper, and the meadow grass even looked a little greener. I turned to my wife and said, "I guess that's where the big fish hang out."

BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 4, 2017 - 06:29pm PT
hot creek bow
hot creek bow
Credit: BG
craig morris

Trad climber
la
Oct 4, 2017 - 07:21pm PT
Credit: craig morris
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 8, 2017 - 10:07pm PT
No updates from Pyramid yet?

On another note, went to the lake with my brother and our wives that was the cause for my fall lake fishing questions.

Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Our wives threw spinners while my brother and I fished dries and wet flies at and under their surface. It was epic, especially for 9,500 feet. Next time I'll bring some sinking line and see what lunkers lie beneath.

Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
With a 10 hour approach, two passes, and some of this I don't know if there'll be a next time for the wives :)
WTF

climber
Oct 9, 2017 - 10:29am PT
Pyramid report is that itís slow on the shore. The water temp was 64 which is a bit high for the fish to come in close. I did manage to hook one on the opener it was a nice fish but it hit on the end of the cast and it unbuttoned itself at the ladder. The only other fish I saw caught were spoon chuckers throwing way out there.

It was a total sh#t show on opener. Iíve never seen so many people camped. I also saw some of the poorest treatment and handling of fish Iíve ever seen. Dragging fish up into the sand and then releasing them to die. Having fished the lake my whole life itís sad to see these things happen. You get back what you give in life and those asshats are screwing all of us.

Things will pick up in the next few weeks as temp drop. If you want to come up come up in early November through December.
Spufi

Trad climber
DeLusion, Ca
Oct 9, 2017 - 01:13pm PT
Great underwater photo Craig!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 9, 2017 - 01:47pm PT
Two posts and nobody has commented on Limpigcrab's success up there at that mystery lake. Nice Bows Bro!!! Way to get out there and work for it. Those things are hawgalicious!
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 9, 2017 - 07:55pm PT
Dang- limping crab, those are some big fish for a high sierra lake. I've found a few with good fish, but nothing like that.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 10, 2017 - 09:05am PT
Limping.... yes those are very very nice fish.

Did they taste good?

So 10 hrs... up talus and through the bushes, that narrows it down some.

Got anymore photos? with some background scenery?

limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 10, 2017 - 01:30pm PT
Ya, we only ate two medium ones but they were tasty!

Well, if I discovered this place on my own I'd share, but because someone told me about it I probably shouldn't. The pictures were chosen intentionally to avoid any background scenery :)

It's in SEKI.

ruppell

climber
Oct 10, 2017 - 05:24pm PT
limping

Don't worry about the location man. I've got 20 lakes over 10,000 feet that I have "discovered" and I'm not sharing. All of them hold Goldens and all of them hold big Goldens. There's a few lakes that hold some big Bows as well. One of them gets hiked right past by every climber who's ever done Whitney or Russell. I'm not telling which one though. lol
drF

Trad climber
usa
Oct 10, 2017 - 06:01pm PT
Three days on the SF Snake River. One night at the SF Hilton ;-)

They were staging in the shallow's. Crushing streamers. Boiling BWO's during the rain.

All phone pics sadly. My camera had an epic ;-(

Cuttyville
Cuttyville
Credit: drF
Credit: drF
Credit: drF
Credit: drF
SF Hilton
SF Hilton
Credit: drF




Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Oct 14, 2017 - 09:20am PT
Well done "crab" and DrF!

I just returned from an extended road trip that involved lots of fishing and photos from Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Here are some highlights, enjoy!

Grizz!
Grizz!
Credit: Stimbo
Junk yard
Junk yard
Credit: Stimbo
Pike
Pike
Credit: Stimbo
Browntrout
Browntrout
Credit: Stimbo
drF

Trad climber
usa
Oct 14, 2017 - 06:22pm PT
Fugg yeah Stimbo! Variety is the spice of life. I love me some junk car-yard fish ;-)
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 14, 2017 - 09:38pm PT
Nice brown Stimbo! Looks like you had a great trip.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Oct 14, 2017 - 09:50pm PT
Thanks Bob and drF. It was a fun road trip. I fished the Upper Madison, Firehole, a couple of places on the Henry's Fork, E Gallatin, Bighorn, and finally the Beaverhead. All great places..... there is so much good water.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 15, 2017 - 10:38am PT
Thinking of a time I was fishing at one of the upper Virginia Lakes on the east side. Was using a bubble and fly (gold/green bead headed nymph). Wasn't having much luck. Well, no luck at all. Was about to pick up the rig and re-cast when a monster bow struck my clear bobber. Dayum!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 15, 2017 - 10:55am PT
Nice fish guys!
TFPU
BG

Trad climber
JTree & Idyllwild
Oct 15, 2017 - 07:48pm PT

Oct 14, 2017 - 09:50pm PT
I fished the Upper Madison, Firehole, a couple of places on the Henry's Fork, E Gallatin, Bighorn, and finally the Beaverhead. All great places..... there is so much good water.

Hey Stimbo, just curious since I've never fished there but would like to.......of those rivers, which one was your favorite, or which two were your favorites?
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Oct 15, 2017 - 08:45pm PT
just curious since I've never fished there but would like to.......of those rivers, which one was your favorite, or which two were your favorites?

Hmmm.... that is a good question and hard to answer because they are all good, and all have unique personalities. But, if you want the most bang for your buck, I think I would lean towards the Upper Madison and Firehole. Geographically they are super close. And for icing on the cake, Henry's Fork is less than 45 minutes down the road and can have off the charts dry fly fishing to large rainbows. There is so much water up there....
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