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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby richlong8 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:21 pm

Great first report! Pictures are great. There have been some great reports this year , haven't there?

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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby Herm » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:16 pm

Thanks Richard. I agree, there have been some really interesting reports this year. Wandering Daisy's epic is particularly interesting. Wish I had more time to get out there before fall is upon us, but alas, it is not to be. So, I will have to live vicariously through these reports, which I hope keep coming.
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby richlong8 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:34 pm

I am hoping for one more trip for 5-6 days, beginning 2 weeks from today, if the weather holds. After that, I will be on hold till next year.
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby Herm » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:23 pm

Hope the weather holds for you Richard, so that you can get out there for your final trip. I wish my schedule would allow for another trip, if only to see the aspens turn in certain areas of the eastern Sierra. Good luck.
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:19 pm

Yes, it's too bad I couldn't make the Cordilleran meeting last spring. Too many good meetings, not enough time. I know Diane and Jeff and I met John a few years ago. As for UCSB geology profs who like High Sierra fishing, I know two, both of whom are retired: Ken Macdonald and Cliff Hopson.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby SSSdave » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:37 pm

Taking a picture of wet freshly caught trout is often difficult in the sun because of bright reflections that often result in overexposed highlights. Generally one ought to shoot minus one-third or minus two-thirds stop on just about everything in the outdoors else highlights are likely to be overexposed. Easy to post process slightly dim images up but impossible to recover overexposed elements. If one has a tripod or something to stabize a camera on, standing in front of the sun so the trout are shady will help produce a more even rendering that can be easily post processed. The shade will however slow the shutter speed thus the need for camera stability. One strategy in the sun is to put the trout in a shallow area of water that will act much like a polarizer, and then position the camera at right angles to the sun. Out of the water, a good background is to lay trout atop green turf with the camera again offset at right angles to the sun. The advantage of being off angle is to reduce bright wet sun reflections.

This shows how the part of the trout under water is fine while areas of the stones have overexposed reflections.

http://www.davidsenesac.com/_a-z_evad/golden_golden.jpg
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby Ozark Flip » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:17 am

Nice report! Your shots of the Glacier Divide from Mesa brings back some very recent memories. I fished quite a few lakes in that area earlier this month and my biggest golden came from Mesa. My best fish-per-cast ratio was from Muriel. I only fished Puppet and Alsace on the French Canyon side of Carol Col but I did hit a few of the Glacier Divide lakes. The brookies from Tomahawk were succulent! A side note, I fished Desolation HARD for nada. Perhaps it is fishless? Goethe, on the other hand, is a different story....

Thanks for allowing me to tag on to your report, this area has been well hit this year.

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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby Herm » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:50 am

SSSdave;
Thanks for the the photo tips, they make sense. For the future, I need to commit to some experimentation with the camera, along with making notes of settings to find out what works best. The best shots I took of fish were on the western and eastern shores of the lake, where the sun shone at nearly a right angle in mid-afternoon. However, it was on the northern shore where I caught the most fish. Since I was not keeping any of the fish, I wanted to do my best in handling them as little as possible, and tried to keep them in the water. Now, if I didn't have so much food and needed the fish for food, I would not have hesitated to set them on the grassy ground for better photos. Thanks again for your interesting feedback.

Ozark Flip;
Thanks for the comments. I wanted to spend a night at Muriel, as I have had success there before (not like yours), but the howling wind and the amount of smoke in the air drove me out. Given that this was my first time solo, I was rather cautious, and did not venture afield nearly as much as I could have. But there will be a next time. My wife is even expressing an interest in returning to Humphreys Basin, where she caught her first and only golden trout out of Muriel Lake back 2004.
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby rlown » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:06 am

Excellent report, Herm! Feels like I was right there with you.. oh wait, I was.. :p

Wish we could have stayed longer at Mesa, and maybe shared some Pasta Puttanesca and 151 with you, but we were on a Mission (my TR to come). Glad to see you got some nice fish out of Mesa. Upper Desolation is not dead, btw. The south side off the points East of outlet were hot with 14" fish. We hooked up on them with both fly and lure.

Now, tell us more about this Frog biologist you met.. As it turns out, we met a DFG fish survey team on the other side of Carol Col, and had a very interesting discussion.

Great to see you posting..

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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:36 am

WOW...where did this come from....teach me a lesson. Great report first of all. The pics are worth 1,000 words. Now aren’t solo trips just the best? Nothing like having to depend on yourself in the wilderness. Looks like you kept well and had a good trip. Thanks for sharing.

Now where in the heck are the rest to the TR for that area (Russ)....Im waiting! Someone must of caught a hog....because the boards are too quiet for as many folks visiting French Canyon this fall.....
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby windknot » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:58 am

Bad Man From Bodie wrote:Now where in the heck are the rest to the TR for that area (Russ)....Im waiting! Someone must of caught a hog....because the boards are too quiet for as many folks visiting French Canyon this fall.....


Tell me about it.. the suspense is killing me!
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Postby Herm » Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:45 pm

Russ;
Nice meeting you out there at Mesa. As I said in the original report, I caught the first fish right around 11AM, just as you and Paul(?) were cresting the ridge on your way over to the French Canyon side, and I could even hear your voices from up there. Two more nice fish came from right in front of where you were camped. I bet your Pasta Puttanesca would have been better than the black bean (paste) tacos that I ate that evening, but I will take a good zinfandel with dark chocolate over the booze any day. I am sure the company would have been nice, though. Concerning Upper Desolation, you must have had the good fortune of little or no wind, because when I stopped there on the way out Monday, the wind was absolutely howling, and the smoke was choking me. Glad you did well there.
Regarding the frog biologist - on Monday morning, I was slowly packing up, standing there without a shirt so I could clean my stinky armpits, and up walks this guy (tall, lean, dark hair streaked with gray, early to mid-50's I'd guess), and a much younger man (shorter, maybe early 20's), both with backpacks. The older of the two did all the talking, asked me about the fishing, and I told them pretty much what I laid out in this report. He said something to the effect that you never really know when or what they are going to bite, then said he has been telling the DFG for the past 30 years that Mesa is strongly self-sustaining, and that any efforts at air dropping that particular lake are a waste of resources. I asked what he was up to, and he said he was a frog biologist out doing a survey of Humphreys Basin, with a basecamp at Mesa Lake. He told me that Wedge Lake and Square Lake were fishless due to being too shallow, and the Tomahawk Lake had a good population of "fish" but wasn't specific. Then he left to set up camp, and I put a shirt on.


Bad Man From Bodie;
Thanks for your comments. I really enjoyed my first solo trip, and will definitely go solo again. One of these days I want to start eating some of what I catch, but with the campfire ban, my options are limited. Learned a few things that will be useful in the future.
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