* Four days of May - Jeff Goyert and Jim Tolonen
We only had four days, and did not want to cross over into Memorial day weekend, so we left early Tuesday morning expecting to fish the Sonora Pass Stanislaus/Clark Fork area. Surprise snow closure caused us to re-route, to waters we had not fished before along Tioga pass. Caught a few nice rainbow each along both the Middle and Lower forks of the Tuolumne River; indicating and stripping. Then had dinner parked along Ellery Lake, spectacular in the cliffs and snow, and with trout slurping all over the middle of the lake, and a bald eagle watching. Maybe float tubes next time?
Made it down to Crowley Lake Marina through snow flurries, just after the gates were locked for the night, so spent the night at the pull-over waiting for our guided trip with Joe Contaldi ((818-288-0583; MatukaJoe@yahoo.com). Joe worked his butt off to get us each Crowley Lake grand slams of Browns plus Rainbows plus Cutthroats, with a 26 fish day, in some pretty nasty weather. The browns bit best during the hail storms! All long line nymphing, where Joe taught us a few new tricks.
Had dinner in Bridgeport, with a mandatory stop at Ken's Sporting goods, then on to the Owens bridge campground, for a hot shower. Joe had said the cutthroats were coming up out of Crowley to spawn, and were they ever! Big colorful fish holding in every riffle. Not all that interested in eating, but OK to fool a few huge fish who were waiting to see if they would get a chance to spawn.
Thursday afternoon we drove on to the East Carson and camped along the river outside of Markleeville. We had heard they had just put five hundred pounds of half to two pound fish in, but the snow, hail and rain had blown out the river. Tried hard but for naught. (Note, never leave fish to find fish!) Stopped at the West Carson for a couple hours on the way home, Friday, Jeff caught a brown and a rainbow between the parking area and the bridge. Home by dinner time, driving against all the three day weekend traffic. It was a great four days on four different waters, with fish every day. What a great place we live in.
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