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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:21 pm • # 1 
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My annual daddy-daughter flypacking trip. This time to the wild trout designated south section of the East Fork of the Carson River. For those who haven't seen previous years flypacking trips, my daughter and I hike/wade up the rivers in full packs fishing as we go. We camp each night where ever we end up and resume the next day.

Day 1 - hiking over the saddle, leaving Wolfe Valley
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Day 1 - late day fishing at Gray's Crossing
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Day 1 - Jaz gets the first catch
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Day 2 - morning coffee at our Gray's Crossing camp
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Day 2 - headed up the East Fork Carson River
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Day 2 - beautiful runs everywhere
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Day 2 - Jaz's best catch of the day is an 18" (hybridized) Lahotan cuttthroat
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Day 2 - lunch time
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Day 2 - step in the water, catch a fish
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Day 2 - fish on!
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Day 2 - the pinch in Gray's Canyon
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Day 2 - moving out of Gray's Canyon, into the Silver King Valley meadow
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Day 2 - another hookup
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Day 2 - rainbow in the net
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Day 2 - brown in the net
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Day 2 - bringing more fish to the net
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Day 2 - fishing the Silver King Valley meadow with Gray's Canyon in background
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Day 2 - another (hybridized) Lahotan cuttthroat
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Day 2 - working deeper into the meadow
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Day 2 - brookie takes a caddis dry fly with the Vaquero Cow Camp in background
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Day 2 - broad bodied brookie in the net
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Day 2 - most our catches were little guys
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Day 2 - the valley & meadow extend south for miles
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Day 2 - why yes, there is a fish under that boulder
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Day 2 - high mountain meadow daisies
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Day 2 - end of day camp explosion
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Day 2 - sunset in the valley with the moon out
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Day 3 - looking up at the origin of Silver King Creek in the distance
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Day 3 - scouting for juicy runs
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Day 3 - confluence of Silver King Creek (left) and East Fork Carson River (right)
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Day 3 - following the East Fork Carson River out of the meadow, we came across a fire pit with a large reflector wall
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Day 3 - another nice run, another hook up
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Day 3 - river life
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Day 3 - loops
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Day 3 - more loops
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Day 3 - humping over a ridge to bypass deep rapids
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Day 3 - still finding good runs between the meadows
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Day 4 - the fish were waiting for us to get back into the river
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Day 4 - this aquatic plant buds and blooms flowers UNDER the water (shot underwater)
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Day 4 - not so big, but pretty
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Day 4 - yet another bend of the rod
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Day 4 - my best brown (and there were a lot of them)
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Day 4 - the last fish that was not a brown trout
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Day 4 - opening to the upper end of Dumonts Meadows
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Day 4 - single hauling the 0wt
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Day 5 - hiking out, passing Silver King Valley meadow
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Day 5 - hiking out, passing near Gray's Crossing
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Day 5 - hiking out, looking back at Silver King Valley in distance
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:30 pm • # 2 
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Wow, that was excellent! thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:05 pm • # 3 
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Very nice and what views ! Ah , to be young again ! May I ask what state this is in ?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:15 pm • # 4 
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Great post! Thank you for sharing!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:01 pm • # 5 
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jangles wrote:
Very nice and what views ! Ah , to be young again ! May I ask what state this is in ?

Carson Iceberg Wilderness in California, about 25 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:58 am • # 6 
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Excellent post, thanks for the memories. The Sierra is the one thing I miss most since leaving California and moving to Michigan. People here think that Michigan has mountains...lololololololol


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:38 pm • # 7 
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Wow ,that was awesome....thank you.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:35 am • # 8 
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Beautiful!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:01 pm • # 9 
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Lightfoot wrote:
Excellent post, thanks for the memories. The Sierra is the one thing I miss most since leaving California and moving to Michigan. People here think that Michigan has mountains...lololololololol


Of course Michigan doesn’t have real mountains. The closest thing to them is the Porcupines.

That was an enviable trip on the East Fork of the Carson River, and it must be a pretty good trick to do all that wading and fishing while hauling a full pack.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:06 pm • # 10 
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Very nice!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:59 pm • # 11 
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Hi,
I read your East Carson river post that you did with your daughter. Excellent! I want to do the same trip with my son in law but not sure where you started from? Would it be possible to let me know the trailhead location or the full route you took? I have fished the Carson past Markleeville and Heenan Lake before but want to go further. Thanks!


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