This trip is most likely Sherman's last fishing adventure in California before he escapes this state into the outdoor paradise of the Pacific Northwest. I arrived at his place at the scheduled 4am and unloaded the contents of my Rover into his truck. Within a few minutes we were off, northbound to the sierra. After sevral hours on the road our first stop would be breakfast in Bishop before hitting the Upper.
By 10am we were on the water. Richard was on early. I followed suit with many to follow. Rich lost a 22+ brown that refused to budge until it finally spit the hook. I managed a not as nice but nonetheless respectable brown. While the length was not overly impressive, this fish was fat and football shaped. A nice healthy specimen. For the day I had at least 30 hook ups and I probably had 10 to hand. One hole alone produced a minimum of 20 hook ups between the two of us and 8-10 to hand.
We fished the same areas again from the previous day. Didn't have as much success as the day prior which is understandable. We fished together again switching off each hole. If I fished a good hole the day before, Sherman would have the first crack this day and vice versa. On my first hole, where I caught the nice brown, I managed a brown and a rainbow. Neither spectacular but nice enough. We did managed a double here as Richard fished the hole above me. Soon it shut down for me until I noticed that my indicator slipped and I was only fishing the top column of the river. After a quick fix it was no time my bobber was again dunking and yet still could not hook up. Most of these indicator dunks were very fishlike and even felt as if a fish was on when I set the hook. Rich was on fish it seemed everytime I turned my head and I wondered what he was doing I wasn't. I soon realized one of my flies was without a hook. After replacing the broken fly I managed two more fish later in the day at the "gloryhole." Richard also had a number of fish at this hole as well. By noon it was time to quit. On drive home we were stopped on the 395 as a big rig slid off the road. Looks like a few people won't be getting their Amazon shipments on time.