Sunday, October 23, 2005

Dave's Lifetime Species List

Genus Oncorhynchus

Coastal Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus
Date Caught: October 1, 2004

Coastal Rainbow Trout - Steelhead
Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus
Date Caught: October 31, 2004

Columbia Basin Redband Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri
Date Caught: June 30, 2006

Warner Lakes Basin Redband Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss newberrii
Date Caught: August 29, 2008

Upper Klamath Lake Basin Redband Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss newberrii
Date Caught: August 29, 2008

Goose Lake Redband Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss newberrii
Date Caught: October 2, 2004

McCloud River Redband
Oncorhynchus mykiss stonei
Date Caught: June 22, 2005

Redband Trout Subspecies
Oncorhynchus mykiss subspecies
Date Caught: August 21, 2004

Golden Trout Creek Golden Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita
Date Caught: August 3, 2005

South Fork Kern Golden Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita
Date Caught: August 4, 2005

Little Kern River Golden Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss whitei
Date Caught: August 10, 2005

Kern River Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss gilberti
Date Caught: August 9, 2005

Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi
Date Caught: July 16, 2005

Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki bouvieri
Date Caught: July 9, 2005

Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki behnki
Date Caught: July 2, 2005

Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki utah
Date Caught: July 5, 2005

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki pleuriticus
Date Caught: July 6, 2005

Greenback Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki stomias
Date Caught: July 17, 2009

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout - Lake Form
Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi
Date Caught: December 10, 2004

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout - Stream Resident Form
Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi
Date Caught: August 20, 2005

Humboldt Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki subspecies
Date Caught: June 29, 2006

Paiute Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki seleniris
Date Caught: August 2, 2005

Apache Trout
Oncorhynchus gilae apache
Date Caught: July 14, 2007

Chinook Salmon (King Salmon)
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Date Caught: July 2011

Chum Salmon (Dog Salmon)
Oncorhynchus keta
Date Caught: July 2011

Coho Salmon (Silver Salmon)
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Date Caught: July 2011

Sockeye Salmon
Oncorhynchus nerka
Date Caught: July 2011

Genus Salmo

Brown Trout
Salmo trutta
Date Caught: August 19, 2005

Genus Salvelinus

Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis
Date Caught: July 2, 2004

Bull Trout
Salvelinus confluentus
Date Caught: August 29, 2008

Arctic Char
Salvelinus alpinus
Date Caught: July 2011

Dolly Varden
Salvelinus malma malma
Date Caught: July 2011

Genus Thymallus

Arctic Grayling
Thymallus arcticus
Date Caught: July 12, 2005

Genus Prosopium

Bonneville Whitefish
Prosopium spilonotus
Date Caught: July 4, 2005

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Two shadows and the light was one

Sunrise looking east, hiked over the ridge and caught the sun setting to the west...

...and the fishing was great on both sides.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Silver King II

Day 2...

After the biking and fishing trip we drove down 395 and up into the Carson iceberg Wilderness where we camped out. The next morning we did the 15 mile round trip hike once again. It was me, BW, and DL. This was to be a pretty special trip as the next day the creek was scheduled to be treated with rotenone to remove the rainbows and make room to restore the native paiutes. Here are BW and DL at the entrance to the protected area:

This sign is about a mile from the trailhead. From where you reach this sign, is about a 3 mile shot straight down to the creek. Even if you were not going to head all the way up stream to the falls to take a shot at a paiute, this area would be worth the walk because it is just chalk full of rainbows. Interestingly, there are no browns in the river here because of a barrier falls downstream. This fact is important because it proves that the downstream barrier is effective - if it were not there would be browns up here that came up from the Carson.

After turning upstream and walking three tough miles, not tough because of the hiking but tough because of walking by so much pristine looking water, we arrived at the falls. Here we are at the campsite that is just at the base of the falls. This would be a great place to stay for an overnight trip, but be careful because there are active and attenuated bears in the area.

After a quick lunch we were off to catch some fish. The catching was as fast as my experience here a few weeks earlier. BW hit the falls and I helped him land a few to see if we could come up with a paiute. No luck. DL was fishing downstream and catching quite a few fish, but also no paiutes. I tossed out a streamer that BW had tied up based on the WCS Big Ugly and caught a few decent fish, then I moved downstream and put on an Adams. Then it happened again: I caught the rarest fish in the world for the third time! Here he is:

We fished as long as the daylight would allow, considering we had another 7.5 mile walk out. Unfortunately we would not see another paiute this day.

DL just could not stand to pass by some of the better looking water in the lower meadows.

We managed to finally put the rods away and get back to the trailhead just before dark. When we got there DL's DFG coworkers had already put up signs notifying people of the next days rotenone treatment.

Unfortunately the next day we would find out that a misguided environmental group would block the treatment for the 3rd year in a row with some unscrupulous legal maneuvering...

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Biking and fishing...native Lahontans!

Hooked up with a good buddy and fellow native fish fanatic for a serious weekend of hiking and fishing. We started by biking in about 10 miles to a very very small little ditch that holds some really rare and unique fish. The creek was located way up this valley.

It was quite some time before we found any water. Actually it got a little dicey for a while--after ten miles in 100 degree heat we were out of water and spent an hour looking:

We realized we had actually gone to far up the valley and circled back cross country and finally got into some fishable water. This is fishable water!

And the fish were there... Native Lahontans that were noticeably red in color thanks to their scud rich diet.

These fish also had some pretty cool spotting on their eyes.

After a great downhill bike ride out we packed up and headed off for day 2...

Friday, August 19, 2005

Upper East Carson Backcountry

Hiked in on the Carson River Trail about 5 miles to the area that is nearby where Silver King comes in last week. The river in the area is pretty spectacular and the fishing was great. Hoppers, Stimulators, and most everything would move fish. Pictures follow....

My favorite roadsign:

Some nice looking water:

A nice looking run:

Pulled out quite a few of these:

And a handful of these: