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Bartender
04-03-2009, 07:02 PM
Has anyone heard or Spider Lake located in Desolation Wilderness? Any tips on getting there?

- GH

Ikan_Mas
04-03-2009, 07:25 PM
I think there is a trail from Loon lake

retiredrookie
04-03-2009, 08:22 PM
Yep, trail is right out of Loon campground. Boyscouts use it often for daytrips. Trailhead is very easy to locate, just ask the camp host.

retiredrookie
04-03-2009, 08:29 PM
By the way, if you had a good 4x4 you go right by the lake on the rubicon trail. If you don't know the trail don't try it by yourself.

Bartender
04-03-2009, 08:33 PM
Do you know if the fishing is any good? Someone told me that the fish are real spooky their and they hit salmon eggs like there is no tommorow. I would rather cast a fly :D

GH

retiredrookie
04-03-2009, 08:47 PM
I have just started to try fly-fishing. Last summer as the sun was setting I tried casting (for practice) from the bank. Low and behold first cast little trout on. It was only 6-7 inches but the fight on a fly rod was fun. Called to my sons and they brought their rods down. All were catching fish of that size for about an hour. Even had the coleman lantern on the beach with us. That was at Loon. The following day my boys took a hike to Spider and came back to report the same activity at Spider. Don't ask what fly I was using. All I can tell you is that it was small and dark.

Bartender
04-03-2009, 09:08 PM
Does the lake have any size to it?

retiredrookie
04-03-2009, 09:10 PM
No. Spider is very small. That's why most camp/boat at UVR or Loon and do a day trip to Spider.

JMat
04-03-2009, 09:34 PM
I wouldn't waste my time at Spider... It's pretty much on the Rubicon Trail and is desperately over used. There may be some fish in the lake but the trash and human waste around it pretty much turned me off. My $.02.

JMat

Mickey_Thomas
04-04-2009, 07:12 AM
In the old days (1980's-2000) we'd Jeep up to Spider a lot, used to be a great fishery, I wrote a story about it, if you want to read it here it is;
http://www.fishsniffer.com/thomas/111703rubicon.html

fernley_tim
04-04-2009, 07:26 AM
In the old days (1980's-2000) we'd Jeep up to Spider a lot, used to be a great fishery, I wrote a story about it, if you want to read it here it is;
http://www.fishsniffer.com/thomas/111703rubicon.html

Nice write up Mickey 8-) did doc or Dave proof read that for you? Your crayon was sharp that day ;D

ric1ric
04-04-2009, 07:27 AM
Darn Mickey thats the only real fishing report I have ever seen from you. It was excellent! So what happened?

rc mckokanee
04-04-2009, 08:12 AM
i did some hiking in desolation wilderness in the 60's and 70's. last time i went, was on a fallen leaf lake trailhead and we hiked to a lake just below lake aloha. fishing was not very good that weekend. used to walk the trail next to horsetail falls off of hi way 50. the second lake we came to had fish. now you need to reserve your hiking in desolation and it costs ya. beautiful place though. i never have been to loon lake . always started my trips from horsetail falls or the tahoe side. not sure how good fishing is now

Bartender
04-04-2009, 10:56 AM
Very good article. Sounds like you had fun. 8-)

GH

Reel_Lost
04-04-2009, 07:50 PM
My mother who is 90 was raised in Georgetown. I have a picture of my mon and dad in a 1936 Ford in the sluicebox going to Rubicon Springs for a dance. They would stop at Spider to fish and I made my first trip to Spider in a 1942 jeep, I was six months old.(1949) I was on the Jamboree committee for a number of years and build all the outhouses at Rubicon back in the late 60's. Fished Spider many a time when there were only brookies. Then the all wise decided to start planting and the fishing went to hell. Just a little history and my 2cents