Took a trip to fly fish the eastern Sierras with my brother in law. We camped out at Aspens camp on the Lee Vining River just east of Yosemite off of Hwy 120. Marc caught his first fish on the fly on this trip!
We fished the Lee Vining River with some success. They had stocked the river just days before. The next day we hit the Virginia Lakes area. We spent the whole day at Little Virginia Lake. They stocked days before also but this time with Alpers Trout.
Alpers trout are 2-4 pounds when they are released into the wild. When we got there I walked out to where a couple float tubers had just finished fishing and were getting out. On the ground I see a 17″ 4 pound rainbow. Wow, this was going to be good.
After a slow start the action picked up and we were able to land some fish. I ended the day with 6 fish landed and 3 that came off before I could snap a photo.
The third day we stopped and fished Saddlebag lake. Not much action. Just one for me. Then we stopped and fished Lee Vining creek again but this time the section that comes out of Saddlebag. Caught one.
After that we stopped on the Tuolumne River. I took a nap in the hammock and Marc fished some more with some bites.
The meals we had were great this trip. Lamb tips with rice, Tri tip with green beans and onions, tri tip egg breakfast burritos. All of it cooked over campfires and camp stoves. We had some really top notch tequila that Marc got from an employee. Smooth with no bite. Well not until I woke up in the middle of the night.
While at Virginia Lakes I hiked up the side of the mountain next to the lake to take some photos. I took lots of videos as well so look for a video post soon…
This was a great trip. Had tons of fun, and relaxed as well. I love the Eastern Sierra for it’s ruggedness and for the fly fishing. One of the fondest parts of this trip was fly fishing in the float tube in Little Virginia Lake with beers in my net hanging in the water. I landed a few fish with the beers in there. Something about floating in the middle of the lake out in the wilderness, fishing, drinking, and relaxing.