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06-14-2012, 09:50 AM
RideNfish has spent years fishing the mf stani in the Kennedy meadows/Dardanelle area. I've never been up 108 higher than pincrest. Im still a trout newb in general and i've never river/stream fished in my life,lol. So I was not sure what to expect Ride picked me up @ 3:30am and we were off to the moutains. We got to the Meadow@ 5am Ride drives "slow" haha. I have to admit when I looked at the river I though to myself, there isn't fish in here the water is knee deep and moving fast. Boy was I wrong, I drew first blood minutes after Rides crash course on, how to drift a salmon egg. Funny how a 12" fish takes so much skill to land in rolling white water. At a lake the fish do all the work, lol. In the river you have to do the work, and work we did.


We used woolys, salmon eggs(patzkie,power eggs,Mike's jumbo shrimp) worms, spinners, and more. We were in the 50 fish area combined total :)

RideNfish is a great teacher as this was my first river/stream trout fishing trip ever. Thanks for the wonderful time and lessons :)

06-14-2012, 10:05 AM
It was a great time for BassBoy and I. Marv did extremely well on his first trout stream attempt. He is naturally a very good fisherman so it was just a matter of pointing him in the right direction.

Here is Marv with a bendo in action and the resulting fish. He learned that a 14" fish with light tackle, strong current, rocks sticking up our of the water, and finding a place to land a fish amongst the boulders is more challenging than landing a 5 lbs trout at a lake in open water. I had a couple in the 17 or 18" range that I was showing him how much pressure I had on him with my 4 lbs test and a rod bent way over and couldn't of put more pressure on the fish. I had to wait for them to give me a bit. He lost a couple on brake offs where he thought he could reel it in like at a lake but quickly learned from the mistake.


Resulting fish

We had a great time granite hopping and he kept admiring the scenery and talking about it. Whether it was looking down the stream or up at the granite mountains around us. I was very glad that it wasn't only about the fish. For some reason I wanted him to soak in and enjoy the country around us and he did fully.


I stopped at a little spot to show him on the way out. He loved it and asked that I take a pic. Pretty cool.


We went non stop all day from 03:30 until 21:30 was a long day. But one I won't soon forget.

Was a great time Marv and I was honored to be the one to introduce Marv to the magic of high mountain trout streams.

Cheers :party:

06-14-2012, 10:20 AM
No trout were harmed during the filming of this trip, lol 100% c&r. See I know how to act :) trebles were trimmed down with barbs pinched too hands were wet, quick pick, get'em breathing good and then they all zoomed off to see another day.

06-14-2012, 10:25 AM
Nice report guys. Have fished and camped that area my entire life. Have fished many of the exact spots you were in.

06-14-2012, 11:10 AM
Great thread guys an really sweet pics,like fishnmike I used to fish up there quite a bit when I lived in Tuolumne city,the whole area is full of rivers with many forks,the stani,tuolumne,clavy,etc....You guys did good,Congrats.....Don

06-14-2012, 08:53 PM
Thats how you do rivers and streams men 50 fish days are what its about. Thanks doug for the invite i can understand you didnt wana get schooled uh huh. Thanks for sharing brothers....good stuff.

06-14-2012, 09:07 PM
Great post!!!! Pictures are better than any story!