Friday, July 28, 2017

What A Difference 4 Weeks Make

Just before the 4th of July weekend, I took a drive up to Upper Blue Lake. If you'll remember, I could only get up the road about 20 miles and then the road was closed. The Local Highway Patrol Officer said that even the Forest Service couldn't get up there.

So Yuki and I left the house about 8:30 yesterday morning with the goal of Upper Blue Lake.

On the way, we stopped at Woods Lake because Yuki had heard about it, but has never been there.

Woods Lake
There were a bunch of people fishing right at the outlet of the lake where Woods Creek starts. Seveal catching small Brookies.
Get them Brookies. 
Yuki would have been fine fishing there, but I drug him kicking and screaming back into the truck. I was going to fish Upper Blue Lake, period.

And here I am
The road was clear, the water was Coooold, and it was sunshine, blue skies, and about 66 degrees. By the recent temperature standards, it was AWESOME. I even managed some slightly sunburned arms.

It doesn't get much better than this.
Yuki managed one small Rainbow about 9", I managed two Cutts and one small Rainbow.

Definately a Rainbow
It was not the usual Upper Blue Lake fishing so we hung out until a little after Noon and headed back down to the West Fork of the Carson to do a little fly fishing. For some reason the four pictures I took have disappeared so all the photo's are courtesy of Yuki (My official blog photographer. Unpaid of course).

So here I am on the West Fork of the Carson River. Yuki was fishing a Sloan's Paralyzer so I decided to throw an orange Stimulator. Just to give the little (5 or 6 inch) trout something to play with. As usual there were a lot of hits, but due to a couple slow, old, Geezers no catches.

Well, that isn't exactly true. I did manage to hook up one little brown (lost photo), but that was it. Just a lot of fun playing with them.

Me in action
Then when we got down to the Paraplegic fishing area, our fishing was halted by the wedding party. Seems the couple was getting married in less than an hour and wanted to get the wedding photos along the river.

Another shot
Well, that was it. We packed up and headed home about 3:00 or so. 

From a nice 60+ degrees to 99 when we hit the house. 

Once again, HTML trouble. 

Stay tuned.


  1. Wow, Woods Lake is beautiful Mark! Why didn't you stay there?

    1. Upper Blue Lake was in my cross hairs. Woods Lake some other time.

  2. Whoa, great photos. I agree with Howard, but totally understand the tunnel vision, have definitely been there before. That first photo is everything I love about trout fishing.

  3. Mark
    You can't beat those mountain lakes for the sheer beauty and best of all along with the trout is the temps. Woods lake is one that I would have to revisit unbelievable beauty in those streams along with the brook trout.
    Have you ever heard of Fuller lake north of Sacramento, Jason and a friend fished it yesterday, he was using is new Kobie Kayak. I will be doing a post on the trip soon. I told him he should start a blog of his Kobie adventures.

    1. Hi Bill, little late getting back to you. Fuller Lake is over on Highway 80 about Emigrant Gap. For me, the other side of the world.

  4. Brookies, did someone say brookies.
    Well done Mark.

  5. 66 degrees! Take me there! Some great shots. Love the snow capped mountains in the background.

  6. Wow, that looks like such a beautiful place to just hike, let alone fish!