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Duke363
09-30-2008, 03:21 AM
So I was slated with coming up with a fishing trip for the boys in the family, I'd checked on here to get advice and I must thank those of you that recommened the Bridgeport area. *This was the first guys weekend in about 20 years so I'd have felt like a zilch if I'd chosen somewhere that didn't produce. Mostly fished the West Walker and productive it was!! *Got about *80 trout in two days - all but a handful were released unharmed.

Got a cabin for 6 at Twin Lakes Resort - which I highly recommend. *The crowds were light, friendly staff, super peaceful and clean... and the deer were plentiful and not shy about inserting themselves into the campfire circle. *I know it looks like a kangaroo there, but no, it was a deer.

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Fished Robinson Creek and Upper Twin for a few hours when we arrived. *Not much action here, but we were kind of rushing. *There were tons of spawning Kokes (at least I think they were Kokes) in Robinson

Next moring we woke up early to go meet our guide in Bridgeport. *Myself and a few of the guys really wanted to learn how to Fly fish, so I'd arranged a guide service. *Got to the meeting spot and after an hour of waiting, it became apparent that the guide was a no show (despite that I'd confirmed with him the day before!). *That was kind of a bummer, but hey, poop happens. *So we headed up to the West Walker at Sonora Bridge to toss gold PM's and crawlers. *Nothin for us here, though the other folks at the bridge were having some luck on fly rods. My dad was determined to try tossing the fly, and though he had no luck on it he got to practice the art. *I believe his lack of luck was due to his poor choice of hat, but the scenery was beautiful.
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After the big skunk at the bridge I was getting nervous. *I'd dragged the fellas all the way up here from as far away as Orange County, and here we were with the guide I had carefully chosen pulling a no show, and a giant zero on our first hole. *Fish needed to be found. *We moved north up 395 and stopped at a day use turn out. *The river seemed pretty low in lots of places, but we did find plenty of nice pools and runs with ample water.

*As we were all getting skunked here I started walking north along the stream to cover more water. *Much to my relief I walked right into the holy grail, in the form of a stocking truck, and Captain Compassion. I recognized the Captain from his posts so I introduced myself and thought I'd watch the master in action - we needed help! *Good to meet you Captain and thanks for the tips! *Dad, cousin and I kept walking north in search of water to wash the stench of skunk away. *And wash away it did...*From here through the next 2 days it was non stop action, in every spot we hit. *
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Between us we caught a few small browns, and many, many, many, bows. *The lure of the trip was by far the gold PM in any size, followed closely by the 1/5 oz. gold/silver Thomas Bouyant. *Yellow Rooster tails, and Blue fox in gold also produced.

This one was C&R'd mid canyon on the Thomas Bouyant. *It put up a beautiful fight on our ultra light rods, jumping multiple times before being landed. *I respected the fight in him so much I had to let him go!

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On our last day we invited a few fish back to the cabin for some lemon, butter, and bbq... they were excellent dinner guests.
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After a messy fish cleaning party which only seemed to attract hordes of deer, we had a great trout bbq for our final night. *Everyone packed up and left on Sunday, but my cousin and I couldn't bear the idea of leaving this place and going back to the valley. *We got a room at the Andruss Motel in Walker, which I also highly recommend (friendly, clean, great location), and hit the river again.

Here's some contestants in the Andruss lobby for the upcoming rubber ducky race on the Walker.

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We hit the river in Leavitt Meadows on our way west on 108. *Lots of nice water here too, but only had a few fish on.
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We tried to prolong the trip for a while but really had to get moving home. *Wives and kids were calling even up here out of cell phone reach. *Headed up the Sonora Pass just in time for some rain. It was *slow going driving down 108 in the rain.

Looking back at the meadow *from the top of 108, rain moving in.
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We couldn't help but stop along the Stani near Kennedy Meadows, the water looked so inviting and we C&R'd 4 bows on gold PM's and Rapala CD #5's in rainbow.
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I used my waterproof camera to take this shot from below the surface of my cousin casting a line. *I suppose it shows what the fish see when the angler walks up on the stream.
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In all, a good time was had by all. *We got to explore an awesome new area with some great fishing. *And it was good to get all the boys together for the first time in so long, we're going to try to make this an annual thing now. *Once again, many thanks to those who suggested the Bridgeport area, it really is Gods country up there.

MattMan
09-30-2008, 05:46 AM
Well, I think this just might be an example of a GREAT report. ;) Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Duke. It sounds like you and the boys had a great time. And hey, you even got to meet the Captain. ;D

Captain Compassion
09-30-2008, 06:52 AM
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Excellent report sir. Beautiful pictures of beautiful fish on a beautiful little river. Sorry about the guide but it seemed you compensated well. It was a pleasure merting you. God's country is right.

CC

shadbuster
09-30-2008, 09:32 AM
All I can say is awesome report, makes me want to go fishing right now.

troutfan
09-30-2008, 11:51 AM
Well, I think this just might be an example of a GREAT report. *;) Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Duke. It sounds like you and the boys had a great time. And hey, you even got to meet the Captain. *;D
Great report and it sounds like a great time.

cgagex3
09-30-2008, 12:43 PM
Great report Duke,
You are right about the beauty of the area. By the way didn't you know that the planter truck follows the Capt around to see where the fish are supposed to be.
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Hope to head up that way Saturday if Mother Nature decides to help out.

CG

fishguts
09-30-2008, 12:57 PM
So what a minute here. Did you say CC showed up with a stocking truck? Man that is one serious sniffer to help a guy out when the guide is a no show. Would be interesting to know why he didn't show.
Anyway, that was a great story and excellent pictures. Thanks so much for sharing the adventure.

Duke363
09-30-2008, 05:19 PM
Thanks guys,
Yes meeting the Captain was a highlite for me, so was seeing how they planted those Alpers. Loved it up there!!

I should add, I got an email from the guide today, he had a valid reason for missing us, and was very apologetic. He even offered a guided trip in the future at no cost to us. I thought that was a nice way to make it right, and I'm very much appreciative of it.

shon42073
09-30-2008, 06:11 PM
soounds like agreat time, i love that area. How about you give us the name of the guide service so none of us decide to use him, that'll teach em to mess with a mans fishing plans ! totally unecactable.

Chadzilla
09-30-2008, 06:28 PM
Nice report Duke. I thought only my dad wore funky hats flyfishing, so now I feel better knowing I'm not alone! You're fortunate you only got rained on during your trip back up 108... pretty soon those start to turn into unexpected snow showers and temporary road closures.

Duke363
10-01-2008, 09:32 PM
soounds like agreat time, i love that area. How about you give us the name of the guide service so none of us decide to use him, that'll teach em to mess with a mans fishing plans ! totally unecactable.

Yeah, I had considered putting the guides service out there, but I wrote this report before I had heard from him. *I realize that things beyond our control happen sometimes, and up there where it's tough to communicate due to the lack of phone service, I realized that he may not have been able to reach me in case of any contingencies. *I've communicated with him and I thought his reason was a valid one, and he's offered to make it right. *Research I've done tells me *that he's reputable and I would not want to wreck someones reputation or livelihood because of a one time thing that was beyond their control. Perhaps if when I'd asked him about this incident and he had a bad attitude or didn't seem to care about it, or some lame excuse, that'd be different. Then I'd name him for sure. I understand the desire to want to know, but I really believe it was a one time thing beyond anyones control, and I'd *give them another chance.

cowboyfisher21
10-02-2008, 01:20 AM
When i used to have my own guide service i used to have to miss some apointments due to family emergency and i was always appreciative of fisherman like you Duke who understand that life does not always go to plan. I like how he offered a FREE trip as i did the same in that situation. Way to go on those beautiful fish! The Walker is a gem in the sierra and a pretty well kept secret. Not near as much pressure as some of the rivers in Cali. Those Alpers sure are gorgeous and the Captain is one hell of a guy! Once again great job Duke! ;)

fat_fish
10-02-2008, 10:55 AM
well done duke. i like the pic of the bow smilin for the camera with a gold lip ring that looks like a pm.

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