Just back from Markleeville and the East Carson Fishout. I arrived at the Indian Creek campground on Friday around 2pm and promptly headed down to hangman's bridge with Patrick Stauter, Lowell Sims and Chris Willard to try our luck. A few small fish but nothing to write home about. Friday night we met up with EJ and Gerson and then headed into town for dinner at the Wolfe Creek inn. Great burgers, craft beers and local musicians made for a pleasant evening and a respite from the high winds that started up in the late afternoon.
The next day we met Gail Miyahara and had breakfast in town. After eating we hit the general store for some local advice and then hiked down to the river. As I descended down a steep 4 wheel drive road it occurred to me that the hike out, at the end of a long day of fishing, was going to be painful. As the morning progressed the weather started to deteriorate. Soon we had high winds and rain squalls to contend with as we tried to catch wary trout. With the exception of EJ most of us worked hard for a few fish. I caught a couple with one nice 2 pounder thrown in to make me feel good. The hike out did not disappoint. As I staggered up to my car I made the usual note to spend a little more time walking and a little less time drinking.
Sunday we woke to beautiful weather. Sunny and the yesterday's howling winds were not a faint breeze. We fished the East Carson in the AM. At noon I started back to the Bay Area, stopping at the West Carson to try my luck on a small stream. The fish were rising to dry flies. I only fished for an hour but caught a half dozen and missed as many strikes. I must be getting old and slow.
I added some photo's to our album.