The Further Adventures of the Noobie

Blue Lake

My obligatory shot of the pass up behind Blue Lake.

You might remember that last year I took my friend and former co-worker, John L’Etoile, to the East Walker where he not only fly fished for the first time, but caught his first fish ever!  At the end of that post I had said it was now John’s turn to teach me how to surf.  Well, that didn’t work out.  He injured his shoulder and just wasn’t sure he could deal with the surf board.  So, we went fishing.

This time I introduced him to float tubing.  I’ve found that many people are hooked more by the tubing that the fishing Continue reading

Virginia Lakes – July 15, 2010

I had planned to go fishing this week for quite a while.  Jen and the boys are up at Lake Tahoe at 4H camp and I am playing bachelor.  I figured I would take advantage and go fishing, which I did.  Twice actually.  I originally planned on an all day outing, but it didn’t turn out that way.  I got up early and drove the hour or so up to Virginia Lakes.  There is a lot of good fishing in that chain of lakes.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of people too.

First cast!

I arrived at about 7:45 am and after checking out Little Virginia Lake ($5.00 launching fee and I didn’t bother asking if a float tube was a “water craft”) I ended up at Virginia Lake (I don’t think it’s officially called Big Virginia, but who knows – or cares?).  The lake was glass and some fish were rising.  One boat, a couple of tubers and a handful of shore fishermen were all that were there.  I glided out just off shore, cast and BAM!  First cast I had a beautiful brookie of about 11 inches. Continue reading

Flashback – August 11, 2001

As I was digging through my old pictures, I had a thought.  Why not write up trip reports from the past. Even though the trips were a while ago, they can still provide some good information and good reading.  The first is a day hike trip I made back in 2001 to Blue Lake, above Virginia Lakes, and then to McLeod, above Mammoth.  Yep, two drainage in one day.  And back when I was fatter and more out of shape than I am now!

Anyway, I bought a little book (literately, its very small) about day hikes in the Eastern Sierras.  It is called Eastern Sierra Fishing Guide for Day Hikers, oddly enough.  Anyway, this got me thinking about doing a little day hiking.  I choose Blue Lake to start because its only about 20 minutes from the trailhead.  It is a picturesque little lake full of small brook and rainbow trout and has a series of shallow ponds out the outlet.

Looking northwest towards Virginia Pass and the Hoover Wilderness

Looking northwest towards Virginia Pass and the Hoover Wilderness.

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