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Postby krudler » Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:21 pm

Thanks Dave!

Thanks gb, all your previous comments about lakes and differences in fish due to spawning habitat, feeding habits, etc, was really sticking in my mind the whole time! :) I had really hoped Hortense would not disappoint me, based on a rumor of good fish I had heard or read somewhere earlier this year. Once I saw a pic of the place I decided I just had to include it on a trip! Once interesting thing was Tully Lake. I really thought there would be goldens in there based on what I had read about it and seen documented elsewhere, but I was surprised when we started pulling out nice brookies. Maybe they were still in there somewhere though. Wish we had been able to get up to Red&White too, but my friend was kind of ready to go I think. I figured I would have plenty of time to do more the next week (I was going to go to Pioneer Basin on a solo 5-day trip) so I didn't push it, but as it turns out my father-in-law was in the hospital so I had to cruise home for a few days and that changed the plans. Once he was ok though I was able to backpack up the Kern River a ways (about 5 miles above the J-dale bridge) on a brief 3-day trip and I caught one of the biggest trout of my life, a 15.5". PLUS a 14.5. On dry flies! Granted I only caught 5 fish in 3 days but those two really made it worth it, it was cool.

Anyway thanks for all your fishing info and tips especially with regard to this trip, it was a big help.
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Postby wingding » Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:58 pm

Thanks for sharing your trip report and pictures. I really liked the pictures of the Hortense Lake area and the shot in the hot springs. I've never run into hot springs while out backpacking.
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Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:41 am

Great pictures, interesting report. Hortense Lake is a favorite of mine--got to get back there someday--and the X-C from there to Cotton Lake/Fish Creek tarns is a great one.
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Postby hikerduane » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:23 am

Yes, thank you for sharing. Some of your photos look like the stuff I went thru on my trip a few weeks back. I tried xc over to Hortense but as the norm I didn't study my map enough and got into trouble within 30 minutes. I should have just hiked up the hill out of Izaak Walton and I would have been there. I did that on my first trip thru the area some years back, but only went as fas as to see the lower lake was a drop down and I didn't want to do that on that day. Your trip was more enjoyable than mine I am sure as I was solo.
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Postby krudler » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:53 am

Thanks duane, all your previous comments and info really helped me out. Seems the easiest way to get from Izaak to Hortense is indeed to just go right up the hill to Mace Lake and then from there its a short and easy hop to the upper end of Hortense. Scenic as all getout for sure.

Thanks Tehipite Tom - in fact I'm going to Tehipite myself in about 3 weeks....cant wait!

Thanks Kathy, but I was just trying to meet the pretty high bar you've set with all your great pics and trip reports in the past! :)
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Postby giantbrookie » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:21 pm

krudler wrote:Thanks Tehipite Tom - in fact I'm going to Tehipite myself in about 3 weeks....cant wait!


My goodness you're doing some good trips this year! I can't wait to see your report for that one.
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Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:51 pm

krudler wrote:Thanks Tehipite Tom - in fact I'm going to Tehipite myself in about 3 weeks....cant wait!

Awesome! I haven't been there since 1999, and I'm itching to go back...

...but then there are so many places I want to go back to, and so many places I haven't been to yet...so I'm torn.
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Postby krudler » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:27 pm

giantbrookie wrote:My goodness you're doing some good trips this year! I can't wait to see your report for that one.


Aye, I'm trying to get them all in. There is a pretty good chance (or at least a hopeful one) that a year from now I maybe living somewhere else, like Montana, or going back to Florida. Depends on how long the father-in-law can withstand the lung cancer. I made a pretty strong committment this year to try to make sure I was able to knock out some trips I have wanted to do for a long time, as there was a pretty good chance this season might be my last opportunity.

I for sure promise a Tehipite report with pics! It will possibly be the crown jewel of my adventures here.
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Postby huts » Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:27 pm

Thank you for reminding me of the beauty of this area. I met my husband a little downstream of the bridge in Fish Valley and we haunted this area for several years. We did make it to Red and White Lake (ye-ha!) but we were too busy on the creek most of the time to take the trip to Hortense. Other than that we did much the same as this trip...but in reverse.
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Postby madeintahoe » Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:44 am

Krudler....I love the plunge pools..this area in the forest and the creek reminds me a little of a few places here in Tahoe. Really looks like this was nice trip. That Hortense Lake is gorgeous. Your pictures are gorgeous! I can't see all of them as there are those silly RedX by a few, I will keep trying
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Postby Buck Forester » Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:29 pm

Fantasic images! What a great adventure! Hey, I might see you in Tehipite Valley... we're planning on going up the M.F. Kings River to Tehipite Valley sometime in October, starting at Yucca Point, weather-willing. We need low flows and no storms. We're remaining flex on the dates, watching the weather, but that'd be cool if we were there the same weekend as you!
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Postby krudler » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:53 pm

Wow Buck, if I see you out there, in one of the most remote and rugged spots in the range, that will be too cool! :)

We're going Sept 30 - Oct 6, which means we'll be on the valley floor Oct 2,3, and 4 (and I guess half of the 1st as well, that's when we'll arrive). If you see 5 or 6 guys flyfishing, that's us!

Although, I guess that's pretty obvious since there probably wont be anyone else around :)
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