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Agnew Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Part 4

Postby oldranger » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:11 am

Waiting for breakfast the next morning precluded an early start but ensured that I would be well fueled for the fishing adventure ahead. It was an easy walk to the lake below rlown’s favorite CT lake but I foolishly decided to negotiate the s. shore and encountered some steep rock and large talus.
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View toward Raferty Peak/Johnson Peak Ridge
The n. shore would have been a walk in the park. Did find some interesting flora around the outlet stream from my target lake.
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What are we looking at?
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Monkey Flowers
Following rlowns suggestions the route to the lake was steep but not unduly difficult.
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looking up the lake
About 1 or two casts and I hooked a 12” plus CT that was brought close to shore but when I turned to get my camera it shook off the hook. Oh well that meant I didn’t have to stress it anymore. The fish was as golden as a golden, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen but … not very game, kind of like pulling in a stick that somehow shook every few seconds. I soon had another much larger fish on but when it came into view it too shook off and again did not put up much of a battle. Another hour of fishing brought up not a single fish but 3 other non anglers did show up but quickly left the area. One even took a photo of me just as I was leaving the lake.
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Looking toward outlet old fart ruining good shot!


Scrambling down and around the lower lake I angled up the ridge to the big lake to the n.
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Looking back S as I was heading N
I had the lake to myself though several people hiked the trail that passes n. of the lake. Starting at the sw corner of the lake I worked my way n trying a variety of z-rays and pm lures. After 40 minutes or so for some reason I decided to put on a glow in the dark z-ray that simply appeared off white in the day light. On about the second cast I got strong strike and the battle was on, not at all the same as the wimpy CTs I had on earlier in the day. I did my best to take a couple of photos then released a beautiful 15” rb, my best of the year.
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15" Rainbow in lake markskor can't catch a fish!
I continued slinging for another hour to no avail before heading back to the HSC. Another washcloth bath and a glass of wine and I felt about as good as a man can feel. Dinner was great and we sat in on the first of 3 ranger-naturalist talks we were to experience as a ranger guided group had caught up with us and would be spending the next two nights at Merced Lake as would Kathy and I.
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Sunset on Vogelsang Peak


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Re: Agnew Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Part 4

Postby maverick » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:33 am

Great report Mike, it was worth the wait.
Which packers do the resupplying to Vogelsang, and Merced Lake?
Do the food supplies need to be in a bear canister?
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Re: Agnew Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Part 4

Postby rlown » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:21 am

Thanks for posting the TR, Mike. Brings back a lot of great memories..
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Re: Agnew Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Part 4

Postby windknot » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:02 pm

Nice job on the rainbow, and on the (almost) cutt lake. This is definitely helping cool the cabin fever!
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: Agnew Meadows to Yosemite Valley, Part 4

Postby Rockyroad » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:54 pm

Nice report and pictures. I tried my luck at that CT lake in early Sept. After about an hour without any bites, I finally gave up. As I was putting my rod away, I heard the loudest splash, as if the fish was claiming victory! I still enjoyed the scenery though.
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