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06-21-2012, 10:09 AM
I never should have taken Marv (Bassboy) high sierra fishing for trout a week or so ago. The day before this trip he was down right giddy! I picked Marv up at 03:35 and headed up the hill. We headed back up to the Kennedy Meadows area but this time fished further down stream starting at Pigeon Flat. The water here is a bit faster with deeper pockets and I wanted him to experience different waters. The section I picked out started out easy enough but over the years I have forgotten how difficult the terrain became. I haven't done this much pushing thru brush and wading in a long time. You had to wade sections since there was no way to stand on the shore. Subsequently we were catching a lot of wild trout and Marv got his first brookie. http://www.outcastanglers.com/forums/images/smilies/more/thumbs_up.gif The average size was down from the previous week but we didn't want to fish the "campground planters".

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06-21-2012, 10:13 AM
We did something new though a bit of a pain in the butt. We each carried two rods. I never experiment enough since I don't want to re-tie all the time and this way we could try different things in the same hole and move on. Marv had a Panther Martin in firetiger on one pole and salmon egg on the other. I had a tube jig or trout magnet on one then a wooly bugger on the other (sometimes and egg though). This was the least I have ever fished salmon eggs in a river all my life and it was fun. The two rods were troublesome when pushing thru brush and while fishing during the wading since you had no where to set down a rod. In the belt it went.

Marv did draw first blood on a salmon egg (I think) and got us stated pretty quickly. I then started and finally had some success with the tube jig. I think I caught about 5 or 6 in one short area on that jig. You can see the jig in the fishes mouth. I think the color was pumpkin or something to that effect.

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Here is Marv and I working the river in our oh so scenic surroundings.

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We worked it HARD all day and moved to three different areas to fish. IT was getting later in the afternoon and I wanted to fish this flat riffle area that I thought might be a good wooly bugger area. There was a huge deep hole there too but I was interested in the shallows. We were able to produce a few fish out of there and in the last flat before moving on I caught 3 on a tube jig. We were just getting ready to turn around to wade our way out and we saw a decent fish jump by this submerged rock that sort of stood out. So I turn around and chuck out my purple wooly. My line swings to that spot and Marv is watching for something to happen. I never do this but I decided to fake a hit since he was focused on what I was doing. I yank back on the rod and said, "STRIKE" then quickly say just kidding. As soon as I got those words out as I was facing towards Marv away from my rod the rod takes a dive and it was fish on. We laughed about that one and Marv scooped up the fish for me.

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For those of you wondering about the dots on his wrist in the above pic... No, not some gangsta tats. I had no idea until this point that he was marking his wrist with his fish count. haha. If I was doing the same you would of seen a LOT more dots. Bwaaahaaa

Here is Marv with another pretty little fish but the flash washed out the colors.


We then fished for a bit at Clark's Fork but just at the west end no where near the campgrounds. We didn't catch anything and decided to call it a day at about 18:30 So about 13 hours of pushing thru brush, wading, and fishing plus three hours travel time make for a long day. Final count was Marv 10 fish and myself 22. Not too bad but we worked hard for them.

On the way home I asked if he wanted to see the Donnell Look Out. He had never been there and I knew the re worked some of the trails and grounds since it was closed last year. Even though I have seen it many times both Marv and I were in awe at the sight. Here are a few pics of the view. Sorry for the haze in the sky.

The look out platform

Looking west at the dam of Donnell Lake

Marv soaking it in

Where the Stanislaus enters the lake

Thank you much Marv for the great time. I like how you will work a river the way I like to. It's hard work but more than not pays off and is always a good time regardless of the fish count.

06-21-2012, 11:30 AM
Great job! Fun stuff...your braver than me with the two poles.. oh yea invite your off the hook this time cuz we we had a good trip ourselves :) oh yea you know cuz atleast i gave you all an invite.:) we did some good old wading an brush hopping on other side of woodsford bridge an up out markliville. Bouncing eggs an mini crawlers got some nice 2 3 pouders bunch 12 15 inchers and some lil cuts ended day with 19 for me think 14 for miwokfisher and 7 for bo it was fun first river outing not the numbers i caught in past but good stuff mite got more if we didnt see bout 25 fish belly up from improper C&R THATS VERRY SHAMEFUL IN MY EYES AND A WASTE TO THOSE WHO FISH AND EAT...anyways good times guys and good times for us. Fish eat be happy. Chris

06-21-2012, 12:26 PM
Great trip, Ride-n-Fish!! The color of the water reminds me of the Merced River in Yosemite. Just stunning.

06-21-2012, 01:06 PM
We didn't meet a beast like MarinPaul, but we did get some very nice looking natives. Two rods are a pain in the ass I almost left my 2nd rod on some rocks as we waded down stream, oops. I will continue to do it though as it is worth being able to toss more stuff.

I wish I would have slowed down to snap a pic of my brookie, but I really wanted the little guy to live and he was spazzing out so it was a quick release.

Thanks Ride for showin' me the ropes and sharing some pristine country :)

06-21-2012, 01:40 PM
Bassboy, you get used to carrying two rods over time. Be careful in the beginning, though. I did leave one behind last year and it was gone when I went back a few hours later. Now it's automatic to pick up the second rod when heading on to the next hole. As to catching a big fish on the Stanislaus, I suspect that may be a once in a lifetime kind of thing unless they are regularly planting trophy fish and I just don't now about it. And I always wish I took more pictures, especially of the scenery variety. Thanks again for sharing your trip.

06-22-2012, 06:57 AM
Great pics and trip you guys...glad to see RideNFish is getting his high counrtky fix....he was gettin a bit antsy to get up there...no doubt he really loves that area...hope the fishin stays good for you up there it is magnificent country...luck to ya...mariahpup

06-22-2012, 07:10 AM
Been in the North State so long I have forgotten how beautiful the sierras are. It's beautiful in the Siskiyous also but just not as rugged.

07-11-2012, 06:43 AM
Thanks for posting the beautiful pictures. I have family in town and we are headed to Pinecrest this week. More family fun than a fishing trip. After seeing these pictures I want to drive a little further up the road one of the days and let them look at Donnell Lake. Beautiful fish and scenery, thanks for posting.
- Clifton