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Gene St. Denis
09-16-2012, 05:40 PM
This Post ( part One, part two, and Part three) will contain Extremely Graffic Pictures of Eric and I on Our September 2012 High Sierra Nevada Golden Trout Adventure..( we hit 4 Lakes and will protect the exact names to protect them, outside of Bishop , California)..... Namely........ Breakfast at Nicely s at Lee Vining,.....Driving up to the Trail Head........6 Days of Large 65 Pound Packs and Switch Backs for Miles, Heat , Extended Backcountry Travel , Expedition Hiking and Mountaineering, Sweat, Dirt, Granite, Golden Trout Leaping Every Were in a Massive High Alpine Lake ,Rock Climbing over 12,500 Feet Pass's with Packs , Great Towering Granite Peaks over 13,000 and 14,000 feet Tall, all Around, Fish being Expertly Filleted and Cubed and tossed in Ritz Crackers and Maple Syrup ,What a Smell !!..Fresh Fish being Cooked and eaten...mmmmmmm GOOD !!, Tents, Very Stinky Socks ..etc..., and Amazing Star Gazing and Alpine Glow !! Hot Coffee in the Early Morning with Fish Rings as far as the Eye Can See , Pancakes and Syrup in the Morning , Canteens Freezing up at Nite , During the Day We were Tossing Kastmasters, Tasmanian Devils, Panther Martins, Fly and Bubbles, and a tiny piece of power Bait or Grass Hopper for Golden Trout from 14 to 21 inches, We lost several Monsters....Eric was in Heaven !! Released Many Kept the Bleeders for Eaten ,Red / Orange Meat, The last day we hiked out all the Way Back out and Over to the Trail Head and Truck and Headed Home, with stop at Mammoth and Mc D's, then Home to Lake Tahoe and the Big Water !! Picture Book Essay Follows..... Enjoy.... Aloha !! Eric St. Denis and Gene St. Denis of South Lake Tahoe , California gst http://imageshack.us/a/img706/8166/002xiu.jpg
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Gene St. Denis
09-16-2012, 05:49 PM
Part Two....... http://imageshack.us/a/img694/9944/061bg.jpg
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Gene St. Denis
09-16-2012, 05:58 PM
Part Three....... http://imageshack.us/a/img831/908/262jv.jpg
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Gene St. Denis
09-16-2012, 06:04 PM
Part Three.......Long Way Home..... http://imageshack.us/a/img513/695/125pig.jpg
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RideNfish
09-16-2012, 07:16 PM
I don't know what to say... Outstanding!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Steve079
09-16-2012, 07:59 PM
Nice! Such extreme terrain, brings back fond memories of the trips my Dad and I did when I was about your son's age. Great times!

isdaann
09-16-2012, 08:19 PM
That is a dream trip of a lifetime, does Eric know how lucky he is to experience that? And have many years to look forward to, Eric treasure that, when you get older pray for good health.

sollimes
09-16-2012, 08:22 PM
WOW!!!! Thank you for sharing..

serge
09-16-2012, 09:34 PM
AMAZING!!!!!!!! I sure do enjoy looking at all your pics and reading your posts... I can't wait to do that type of backpacking. I just got into the simpler backbacking this year and I LOVE it!! Will do more extreme next season :) thanks for sharing and keep on posting!

auraleedal
09-17-2012, 05:05 AM
Stunning photos of a wonderful trip.

Owlman2
09-17-2012, 07:53 AM
Amazing pics, thanks for sharing them.

I am particularly surprised at the size of the fish...I was under the impression that golden trout were typically 6-10" or so.

Marv
09-17-2012, 09:12 AM
All I can say is that Captain T and Eric definitely have Jedi powers!!! Truly awesome post Captain!!!!

Chris y
09-17-2012, 10:05 AM
The pics r gone

redneckpunk
09-17-2012, 10:29 AM
the pics r gone

??????

~rnp

CRABBY
09-17-2012, 11:00 AM
Post of a lifetime Gene.
What an adventure,reminds me of younger days packin around Kennedy meadows,an in the immigrant wilderness area from Cherry lake......Don

Chris y
09-17-2012, 11:56 AM
Ok got the pics back, I've been talkin about fish in that area for forty years, I better get on that, times a tickin, thanks for the push!!!

CRABBY
09-17-2012, 03:30 PM
When Gene does a big post sometimes it takes your server a lot of time to load them up...Be patient.....Don

Shawnb
09-18-2012, 12:03 PM
Unbelievable!!! Thanks for the post. Lot of fun to read.

Lifted
09-18-2012, 12:29 PM
Great post, thanks for sharing! What is the food supply in those lakes that allows the fish to get so big? I would imagine that a high alpine lake like that would have smaller fish due to less food in the smaller, higher elevation, more rugged environment. I'm bet those lakes get a solid layer of ice in the winter too.

Gene St. Denis
09-19-2012, 09:40 AM
Thanks Guys !!!! We select Highly specific areas to hit and explore . Many talk the talk, However,......Only the Few hard Core High Sierra Anglers are Ever Deep into the Backcountry of the Sierra Nevada's. It is Hard and Dangerous for Us , Let alone for the average Person. Cheers ! http://www.imhooked.com/forumsyabb/Templates/Forum/default/wink.gif gst + Eric

iggybabble
09-20-2012, 08:59 AM
A great post......stunning pictures of both the scenery and the quality fish

Jfitalia
09-20-2012, 04:41 PM
Do the mods realize that "Rock-o" always responds to Gene's threads and preaches catch and release and results to name calling. In fact most of his posts are condescending and have some underlining catch and release tone. Why is this guy still a member? There have been people banned for less around here.

CRABBY
09-20-2012, 04:55 PM
Do the mods realize that "Rock-o" always responds to Gene's threads and preaches catch and release and results to name calling. In fact most of his posts are condescending and have some underlining catch and release tone. Why is this guy still a member? There have been people banned for less around here.LOL,he is no longer with us J !!!......guy is/was a jerk.....Don

redneckpunk
09-20-2012, 05:11 PM
Do the mods realize that "Rock-o" always responds to Gene's threads and preaches catch and release and results to name calling. In fact most of his posts are condescending and have some underlining catch and release tone. Why is this guy still a member? There have been people banned for less around here.

You mean all 7 of his posts? In his defense, only 6 were preaching C&R as the 7th was about something else. LOL. Took care of that issue after that episode of preaching and insults. But thank for pointing it out

~RNP

iggybabble
09-20-2012, 07:42 PM
You mean all 7 of his posts? In his defense, only 6 were preaching C&R as the 7th was about something else. LOL. Took care of that issue after that episode of preaching and insults. But thank for pointing it out

~RNP

Of all the silly things to criticize a person for! Look at the situation, 2 guys hike a long way back into an area that hardly anyone fishes, that's #1! #2, the fish were big, the photos leave no doubt of that, how many fish could those guys eat even if they ate nothing else, maybe a couple a day at most? They hardly filled up ice chests and packed out bunches of fish! It sounds as if the fish that were lightly hooked got released, and the ones that were hooked badly ended up in a frying pan. Where these fish see so little fishing pressure, are they like the Lahontan Cutthoat in many lakes and occasionally rather suicidal in there strikes, I wonder? I've had several nice Cutts in Heenan that were hooked fatally, even though I followed the rules and fished barbless, single Siwash hooks on my lures........

piscolabis
09-20-2012, 07:50 PM
Capt.,
My wife, two friends and I passed by you on the trail either 9/9 or 9/10, I believe, as you were going in. Extremely nice fish! Largest I managed was 9" Golden and 12.5" Brown. However, my group would not leave or camp off the main trail and they do not fish. I was at their mercy. We were near the end of 9 days, 63 miles, and 5 passes.
- Tom

Gene St. Denis
09-22-2012, 03:25 AM
Thanks Guys !! As for the NUTS in the trail-mix......it is a Given. Aloha !! gst

Gene St. Denis
09-23-2012, 04:12 AM
In response to Queries, we used bear canisters and used Heat on a frying pan to cook the Golden Trout cubed fillets with maple syrup to PERFECTION... each day with Shore Lunch's and Camp Dinners .....mmmmmmm .. mmmm... GOOD !!!! And unlike bear grillis...we did not save or drink our urine. We mixed up Gatorade, tang ( for breakfast) and Hot Coffee and Hot Cocoa for Morning and Nighttime . As for entertainment costs.. they were cost wise ..free ... as it was AMAZING STAR GAZING !! See you out in the Field !! gst

Gene St. Denis
09-27-2012, 05:52 AM
Heading back in in a few weeks, will report back then.....aloha !! gst

sierranevada
09-29-2012, 01:41 PM
wow! what a great adventure!

Line Stretcher
09-29-2012, 04:26 PM
Pretty sure I know where you are/were. I packed that a couple of times and never been disappointed. Took a group in there in 74 and 92. Did by myself once in 83 while home on leave from the Navy. It was the last place I went before enlisting in fall of 74 and the first place I went when I got out in 92. If I'm right I've been to the top of the peak just behind base camp. 11,581 feet if I remember correctly.

I had a Wolverine follow my brother and I around the second upper arctic, the one you were climbing out of. We decided we'd leave him and his domain alone.

Yep, that's another one for my bucket list.

P.S. I've never seen a bear but the cattle will get your attention when you face a big old bull off as you come around a corner in the trail. I laugh now but it scared the pants off me at the time.

Gene St. Denis
10-09-2012, 03:22 AM
Thanks and see you out there !! gst