Highway 4 is also the highway that has Union Reservoir (fished last year), Utica Reservoir (for future fishing), the North fork of the Stanislaus River (fished last year), and a reservoir named in the last post.
After some back and forth on Highway 4 at the Bear Valley Ski Area, we found Bloods Creek. Sorry to say, it seems Bloods Creek bled to death already. I don't think there was enough water to support any fish let alone good Brookie fishing.
So we went to plan B. We stopped at the North fork of the Stanislaus River and within fifteen minutes were eaten alive by mosquito's. One now has to worry, not only about mosquito bites, but West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus so we canned that gig and headed for Plan C.
We went to check out Hobart Creek that flows into Spicer Meadows Reservoir (mentioned in the last post). Yuki was concerned about where he was fishing last time because Hobart Creek doesn't open until July 1st. He showed me the rock he was standing on and he was in the lake, not the creek.
Since we were already there and Yuki had good luck last time, we decided to throw a couple flies. Note to self: Take 9' fly rod as well as "3". Really hard throwing a fly in gale force winds with a 5'9" 3 wt. fly rod.
I decided to take some photos of a pretty awesome lake while Yuki continued to fight the wind.
|This is the launch ramp.|
|You can see it a little better here.|
|Where Hobart Creek enters the lake.|
Took a couple more photo's.
|Nice little island in the middle of this part of the lake.|
|Across the lake|
Didn't get any interest in pink, so I switched to silver. My butt was firmly planted in the red Coleman camping chair when the hit on the silver Kastmaster came. Struggling to extract myself out of the chair, I let some slack get into the line and the fish (which felt pretty big) was gone. More casting of the silver Kastmaster produced nothing so I changed to gold.
A couple casts, and the fish was on. I was still firmly planted in the chair, but made sure no slack got into the line this time.
Once out, the fight continued.
I got it to the shore, took a picture, and sent him home for another day.
|About 13" Rainbow.|
|Yuki's shot of the island.|
|All over the place.|
Back up at the truck after getting slightly fried (it was 100 at the house when I got home) probably 80's at 6621 feet I took a shot of the island. Just looked like a nice photo.
|My shot of the island. Great minds and all that.|