AUGUST 11 | CLUB MEMBERS “PACK TRIP 2021”

FOLLOW GARY SCOTT, BOB KIELING, RICK FERRANTE & JIM KOTTRA’S SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION as they share ALL the details on their July 2021 Packtrain Adventure!


GREAT FLY FISHING ACTION and the UNEXPECTED helicopter exit of Gary Scott due to an accident that kept him from riding out. Little events like this make outings all the more MEMORABLE!

ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS MEETING:
* Food & non-alcoholic beverages provided by the club.
* Fly tying > President Gary Scott’s “#14 – Royal Coachman Trude”.
* Short BOD presentations.
* PLEASE bring your own chair (camping folding chair is a good suggestion).
* BYOB (alcoholic beverages to share).
* If you would like to be a guest to our meeting, please email the meeting director at: conejovalleyflyfishers@gmail.com



READING GARY SCOTT’S PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE WILL BE ALL THE “TEASER”
YOU’LL NEED TO WANT TO HEAR THE
WHOLE STORY IN PERSON! READ BELOW: 

I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR RECENT PACK TRIP INTO THE BACK COUNTRY
along Bear Creek for almost six months. The excitement of planning, preparing, and coordinating has been a thrill. Camping and fishing in unfamiliar territory had a sense of uncertainty but also the sense of exhilaration…Could we be fishing in solitude for eager wild trout….?

As our trip/journey began traveling to one of the most remote lodges I have ever seen, we wondered if we had chosen properly. We arrived at the Vermillion Valley Resort which was first created in the early 40’s as a hunting and fishing lodge for the thousands of Edison employees and friends working on the Florence Lake/Big Creek dam and power project… Although old, it was clean and inviting with good service and a cold brew!

THERE WERE NO KEYS FOR THE ROOMS AND NO CELL SERVICE
just an occasional satellite phone service…And we saw little water in lake Edison due to the years drought and lack of snow fall… Oddly, no city power as everything ran on a large generator which starts at 7 am. and shuts off at 9:30 pm. While the food was expensive and fair, the pie was to die for . . .and we were hungry!

THE FOLLOWING MORNING, WE EXPERIENCED RICH MEN’S PARADISE AND A SLIGHT CHANGE IN OUR TRAVEL PLANS.
We had too much gear to pack in and were severely overweight. Too much beer and plastic doughnuts. We also were not allowed to carry our fishing vest/backpacks in while riding the horses. Apparently, an insurance procedure we were not familiar with. So, we hastily rearranged our packs and loaded an additional mule (totaling 5 mules and 4 horses) for all our gear.

The travel into the back country for almost 10 miles and 3000 ft elevation gain was actually easy having been on the horses for 4 hours. We arrived at our destination of Kip Camp located along the JMT and Bear Creek at 8900 ft. elevation.

THE BUGS WERE THICK BUT THE RIVER LOOKED LIKE HEAVEN WITH AMPLE WATER FLOWS, CASCADING FALLS, AND PLUNGE POOLS.
We wasted no time setting up camp including our fishing rods for an afternoon session on the water. My first catch in front of our camp was a spectacular 9″ golden trout eating my flying ant pattern.

CHANGE WAS ABOUT TO OCCUR . . .
as we all were chased off the river by thunder and lighting and a hail/rainstorm which lasted about an hour. The next two days we ate, drank, and fished to our hearts content in paradise. We caught 100’s of wild pure strain Goldens, Brook and Rainbow trout ranging from 4″ to 10″, all on dry flies…
Change once again occurred. Late in the day I was fishing about a mile downstream from camp with Rick Ferrente, in search of new fresh water. I was moving across the slick granite rocks when my feet went out from under me. I twisted sharply to catch my balance and not hit my head on the fall. I knew and felt something horribly wrong when I landed. Rick said I looked like a flailing upside down turtle.

MY FISHING EXCURSION WAS DONE FOR THE DAY AND ULTIMATELY FOR OUR TRIP.
The two of us limped back to camp as it was getting late in the day. I spent a sleepless night in my tent reviewing my options for achieving medical care for the intense pain and getting out of the paradise we were in. I will save the rest of this story for our upcoming presentation of which I’m sure you will want to hear as it gets even more exciting.

IN CONCLUSION, I HAVE HAD SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR FLYFISHING EXPERIENCES.
I have learned that change occurs with all of us even while flyfishing! Being prepared to deal with this change makes our journey so much more rewarding. Any of us could fall along any river at any time and have done so multiple times. Conditions even change while flyfishing like weather conditions becoming threatening, water flows rising and or falling, bug hatches starting and stopping.

Be observant, fish with trusted friends, learn to read water and weather, know your surroundings, and plan your entrance and exit while fishing. It is easy to get caught up in the moment of excitement while catching fish especially wild trout. My experiences have taught me well and is the reason I’m here today to share with you. Hope to see all of you and hear about your experiences at our next meeting.

Gary Scott