Fish & Trail Report
Highs in the 70's, lows in the
mid 40's, and afternoon T-storms made for another
gorgeous, albeit exciting, week of weather in the
high country. Thankfully no fires have popped up -
which we hope continues. Thus far we have received a
lot more precip than we typically see in July, and
we're hoping this is an omen of
things to come. With all of the talk of an "El Nino"
winter, we've got out fingers crossed.
All the passes remain clear but
the stints of rain and, sometimes hail, made life
interesting for some of the thru Hikers and
backpackers. A group doing the North Lake to South
Lake Loop of the JMT were caught at the top of Muir
Pass during one steady downpour and actually
preferred the hail storm, during which they remained
dry, to the heavy rain that followed as they headed
south. PCT, JMT and High Sierra Route hikers are
still out in force enjoying some of the best hiking
in the west.
The wildflowers are holding on
strong and are still very much worth a visit for any
photographer or nature lover. The cooler afternoon
temps and bouts of rain surely have something to do
with keeping the thirsty forest floor dotted with
flowers. One thing we've noticed here at camp is a
very high number of hummingbirds, also enjoying the
wildflowers, but more for nectar than for looks.
We've seen plenty of hummingbirds in years past but
never this many. It's interesting how life in the
high country changes year to year.
Excellent wild Trout reports
continue to pour in from the backcountry with
Kamloops from Green, Brookies from Tyee Lakes, Bull
Lake, Grass Lake and Long Lake, and even a few
Golden Trout from Humphrey's Basin. The afternoon
showers have no doubt helped to keep the mosquitoes
going, especially in the higher 10000ft + elevation
range. Skeeters here at the resort have calmed down
considerably but hikers are still cursing the bitey
devils. On the other hand, the dry fly bite has been
excellent, probably due to the same.
flows are slightly higher than normal for this time
of year but fishing excellent. Lack of storage at
South Lake has the creek flowing just like it would
without the benefit of a dam so it's interesting to
watch how the summer has played out. Weekly
stockings from the DFW has kept the bite steady to
great with most anglers finding fish regardless of
how they like to fish. The bait folks are doing best
with nightcrawler pieces and salmon eggs, lure
tossers are scoring on Panther Martins in the
yellow/red and holo-rainbow pattern, and the guys
and gals who prefer plastics are scoring on white
mini-jigs, king crimson jigs by Sierra Slammers and
Berkley mice-tails in pink/white.
fishers continue to do very well here with midges
working all day and m0squito patterns in the morning
or evening Plastics and bait are also
resulting in some nice catches. A
nice mix of Browns, Rainbows and Brookies were the
result for those prepared with waders. Apparently a
few monsters are still lurking around as our friends
at BCL weighed in a gorgeous 6lb 7oz Rainbow this
week from the Weir.
it is feast or famine at North Lake with some anglers
boasting about wide open catch & release anging
while others reported little or no action.
Fly/Bubble was a killer this week with dries fished
on top or nymphs or streamers fished
deep.Powerbaiters did well on pretty much any
brightly colored Powerbait.
action reported at the Intake this week for folks
fishing the northwest shore, the dam, and the bubble
hole. The water level is normal and overal fishing
has been solid in the feeder streams as well. Those
fishin from float tubes did well working off the
inlet closest to the campground.
Some did well, others got the skunk. A little
tougher bite than weeks past.
details from our friends at the landing,
outlet at South Lake produced some smaller model
Rainbows and Brookies but nothing to brag about.
Some brave anglers have carried kayaks down there to
troll at night in search of Browns but instead
managed the same mix of Brookies & Rainbows. Some
decent Browns in the 12 to 14" range were reported
by the inlet on worms or flies.
Jared Smith &
the Parchers Resort Crew
PS – As
always, we are happy to provide high resolution
images upon request to our friends in the press
Photos of the
6lb 7oz Rainbow from Weir Pond - caught the week
Young Mr.Ochoa with a nice bunch of fish from
Bishop Creek Middle Fork including one weighing in
Lots of smaller wild Brown Trout are being
caught & released in Bishop Creek, mostly on
spinners and flies.
Wonder Lakes above Lower Lamarck on the Lamarck
Lakes trail out of North Lake 7-18-14. The
wildflower bloom is stil lin full effect at the
Resort staffer Seth Blackamore at the top of
Piute Pass on his way to Humphrey's Basin
Wildflower along Bishop Creek after the rain -
just below Parchers Camp
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