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man2316
05-30-2007, 09:22 PM
Well, I finally uploaded some pics from opening weekend and the following weekend, so I'll give those reports plus the pics from this weekend at Devil's Postpile.

For opening weekend, my girlfriend, Jen, and I went to Tahoe to fish the area streams. We started at Cold Creek on Sat. with no luck, then headed over to Independence Creek. My girlfriend decided to nap in the truck while I hit the first hole. Three casts in and I brought in a gorgeous rainbow of 17".
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/DSC02159.jpg
(I had to wake up the woman to take the picture) Jen said that since she was awake she would take a few casts. I pointed the spot out to her and on the first cast she caught another rainbow, this one a couple inches bigger than mine. I was unable to get a pic because as I was taking my sweet time getting the camera ready, the fish squirmed out of her hands. :'(
Those were the only two we got out of Independence, so we headed to the North fork of the Yuba River. http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0083.jpg I managed two nice rainbows of 15 and 17", the latter of which my girl was able to capture with this pic:
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On Sunday, we fished our way down I 80 with no success and then headed down Foresthill Rd. to the outlet of Oxbow Res. I was able to land two small rainbows before it started getting dark and we headed home.

The following week, we decided to take my Jen's eight year old sister camping in Kings Canyon at Cedar Grove. We drove up on Friday night so we could get an early start on Sat. We drove down to Road's End and started down the trail to Mist Falls. Between the three of us, we ended up catching and releasing about 15 fish, all rainbows, including the young one's first ever trout! (she didn't want to touch it.)
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0094.jpg
I did manage to get one brown of about 14" that we fried up as an appetizer to dinner that night. The next day I think all three of us will remember as long as we live. Not only did Jen's sister catch her first brown, but it blew all of our other fish out of the water! 18.5" and roughly 3.5 lbs. [smiley=yikes.gif]
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0103.jpg
(again, she didn't want to touch it ;D )
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_01041.jpg

The rest of the day was pretty normal with the three of us (mostly Jen and I) catching about 15 more, probably 2 to 1 browns.
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0111.jpg
We decided to keep two each for dinner back home.

Now on to this past weekend... Jen and I decided to spend the weekend in Mammoth to visit the Devil's Postpile area and fish the Middle fork of the San Joaquin. Again we drove up Friday night and tried to get an early start. We drove into the monument at around 10 a.m. (so much for early) and visited the Postpile before heading down the Rainbow Falls trail.
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/DSC02294.jpg
I was able to catch and release 12 fish (7 rainbows (1 planter), and 5 browns) while poor Jen couldn't get a bite. She was able to get a good pic of the falls and some nut-job (guess who) fishing at the base.
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/DSC02279.jpg

The next day was a little different. We got the same late start as on Sat., but still had a fine day of fishing. We really on fished in two different spots, but we caught and released over 20 fish and kept 7 for dinner. My first fish was this beauty, a rainbow/golden hybrid:
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/DSC02314.jpg

a couple fish later I brought this one in:
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0145.jpg

It may be small, but taht was a VERY important fish as it gave me the sierra Grand Slam: Rainbow, brown, golden, and brook trout, all out of the same stream.
After that fish, I decided to let Jen have some time on the water while I man the camera
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/DSC02315.jpg

The two of us managed to pull over 15 fish out of that hole, this one I happened to pull out three different times (I know it was the same fish because he had very distinctive markings on his side and a big hole in the side of his mouth where I caught him the first time)
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0148.jpg

...and one more picture of a beautiful golden/rainbow hybrid:
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/514/IMG_0150.jpg

Some info on gear and bait...
All fish were caught using crickets on 5' Ugly Stick spinning rods and Shimano Sedona spinning reels.

Sorry about the lengthy post. ;)

Until next time... Tight lines!

Captain Compassion
05-30-2007, 09:43 PM
Wow. Thanks for the wonderful pictures. I haven't fished the Post Pile area in 10 years. Makes me want to go there again.

CC

YakMotor
05-31-2007, 04:49 AM
GREAT write-up and photos show. (DANG I wish my old fart body could carry me to spots like that!) But alas, at least I have the forum and posts like yours to remind me how wonderful it is to hike and fish mountain streams. THANKS!

jrj
05-31-2007, 05:23 AM
Some fantastic pictures and shared info...Thanks

Farrier_Frank
05-31-2007, 05:36 AM
Incredible report and super pics. It's great to see some stream fishing posted with pics, reminds me of my fly fishing days which I really miss, especially after reading a report like this. And your youth shows: You guys covered a lot of ground in that report, literally.

Good job, man2316. We appreciate the effort you made in this report.[smiley=thumbsup.gif]

JoeTech
05-31-2007, 06:20 AM
Thanks for the very detailed report and love the pics.

GCinGV
05-31-2007, 07:05 AM
Man,
Excellent report and congrats on the Grand Slam. The Yuba to the Post Pile, that’s really covering some water. With that kind of consistent success in all those places you got to be pretty good at reading a Trout stream.
Great pics.
GC

vvbob
05-31-2007, 08:02 AM
Well written post & very nice pic's.
As was stated you did fish a lot of water. Congrats on the Grand Slam!

metalmouth
05-31-2007, 08:12 AM
Awesome post and pics! Sweet Slam.

MM

hunkfisher
05-31-2007, 09:14 AM
Nice Slam Man, great report well written and onderful pics, makes me ready to head up the hill tomorrow, better buys some crickets ;D

Brad "Hunkfisher"

[smiley=swimmingfish.gif]

Chuck
05-31-2007, 09:33 AM
Beautiful pictures. Just please wear a PFD when fishing along the area of slippery rocks and when you are by ourselves. I fell in one time below the entrance to Yosemite(North End) in fast moving water and scared myself silly.I hope I do not sound like a fuddy duddy but I was given another chance to keep fishing and the like. Best to you and yours

_Gone_Fishin_
05-31-2007, 09:47 AM
Great post and Pictures! And take Chucks good advice and wear a PFD ;)

troutfan
05-31-2007, 10:04 AM
Thanks for the awesome pics and great report. *One of the best Iīve ever seen. *Good Job! :) *I m in Mazatlan, Mexico fishing and soaking up the sun but itīs not hard coming home when your backyard is the High Sierras.

MattMan
05-31-2007, 10:07 AM
Sorry about the lengthy post. ;)

No apologies necessary. ;) That's a great post with some great shots. Sounds and looks like great fishing trips with lots of memories. Very Nice. And congrats on your big Slam, and all out of the same stream. ;) You sure did cover some water. ;)

Mickey_Thomas
05-31-2007, 05:09 PM
That was the best stream reports and pic's that I can remember, really enjoyed you trip, thanks for sharing 8-)

Manteca Steve
05-31-2007, 05:29 PM
Great pic & post. board pretty much said it all. :) Congrats on your slam.

maui_mark
05-31-2007, 05:51 PM
Way To Go! Nice Slam! Great pix & post! Thanks!
... so how far in is the falls? What kind of altitude changes? I noticed the knee brace on your girlfriend ( and I am also afflicted with bad knees, 50+ years of living life as if I was immortal, catching up to me big time). I could do the whole "get a topo" and stuff or "googleearth" it, but you've been there, and thats what attracted me to the sniffer site in the first place... first hand accounts and knowledge. Not to mention good folks!
Its kind of strange how we all seem to come from such different backgrounds: educations, neighborhoods, ethnicities (sp?), differing economic groups and social strata... but we all fish, and that gives us a common language and reason to get along and bond... wish we could do that with the rest of the world and its problems... there I go... thinking again... and its not even the cocktail hour yet.
Great trip! Thanks for sharing the photos and descriptions and memories with us. mm

bankerbull
05-31-2007, 06:37 PM
great post Mark, I agree 100%.....I had some tiny issues in here a few months back, but its all cleared up...and you are correct, everyone here is 100% very good and very helpful...I sure hope everyone feels the same as I do...thanks all for everything !! [smiley=cheers.gif]

man2316
05-31-2007, 07:06 PM
maui_mark,

The trail to Rainbow Falls is roughly 3 miles round trip. Take water with you as it is dusty and there is NO shade due to the Rainbow Falls fire of 1992. It is well worth it.

man2316
05-31-2007, 07:12 PM
Oops, elevation gain: 640 feet down to the falls and 640 feet back up. It's really an easy hike.

maui_mark
06-01-2007, 11:58 AM
Thanks man2316. I think I'll give it a try, if I can just get some time away from work... Its definetly going on the list of things to do! Again, good post & Thanks. mm

Athlete24
06-01-2007, 04:37 PM
Nice fish, way to go! I really like the pictures of the golden/rainbow. They have a lot of color.

When you fish with crickets do you use weights or just let them drift. What kind of hook, I might try using them in the Bridgeport area creeks.

man2316
06-01-2007, 05:48 PM
Thank you all for your compliments. When I fish crickets, I use enough weight to get it on the bottom, and I usually use a size 14 treble hook.

cjskier
06-01-2007, 08:18 PM
Very nice some beautiful fish.

Were you fishing independence creek off of hy 89? If so that is closed to all fishing, all year.

man2316
06-02-2007, 10:40 AM
This is from the 2007 regs.:

(79) Illinois River and tributaries (Del Norte Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(80) Independence Lake and tributaries
(Nevada and Sierra cos.).
NOTE: ALL LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT TROUT TAKEN SHALL
BE IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE WATER.
(A) Independence Lake tributaries and
Independence Lake within 300 feet of the
mouths of all tributaries.
Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Independence Lake except Independence
Lake within 300 feet of the mouths of all
tributaries.
All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks
may be used.
5 per day
10 in
possession
(81) Indian Tom Lake (Siskiyou Co.). All year. 2

Nothing about Independence Creek.

cjskier
06-02-2007, 11:38 AM
This is from the 2007 regs.:

(79) Illinois River and tributaries (Del Norte Co.). Closed to all fishing all year.
(80) Independence Lake and tributaries
(Nevada and Sierra cos.).
NOTE: ALL LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT TROUT TAKEN SHALL
BE IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE WATER.
(A) Independence Lake tributaries and
Independence Lake within 300 feet of the
mouths of all tributaries.
Closed to all fishing all year.
(B) Independence Lake except Independence
Lake within 300 feet of the mouths of all
tributaries.
All year. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks
may be used.
5 per day
10 in
possession
(81) Indian Tom Lake (Siskiyou Co.). All year. 2

Nothing about Independence Creek.

It says right there, Independence Lake tributaries, closed. Unless I'm reading that wrong, I would consider Independence creek a tributary. I have always wanted to fish there, so maybe I'm wrong?

Athlete24
06-02-2007, 02:29 PM
Thanks for the info on crickets man2316.

I always thought tributaries flow into the lake. So as long as he was behind the dam, down stream of the lake, he is OK.

man2316
06-02-2007, 07:02 PM
A tributary is a feeder stream, or, a stream that flows INTO another body or water. We were fishing the lower portion of the OUTLET creek, near Hwy 89.

Athlete24
06-02-2007, 07:59 PM
That is exactly the way i read it too. You were in a 100% legal spot.
Great report, i might have to try some of those spots some time in the future.

cjskier
06-02-2007, 08:46 PM
got it. well in that case I know where I'm going tomorrow. ****, I live 10 minutes away.

maui_mark
06-02-2007, 09:51 PM
Good luck to you Cjskier. Let us know how you do. mm

fulltroutjones
06-03-2007, 10:18 AM
bows down..... awesome report and pics and congrats on that slam..