West fork of the Carson River
Needed a break from the salmon fishing down here on the American so decided to head up to the Sierras and get into some trout action. After looking around at some threads and seeing CC's posts about the Carson, decided to try out the West fork of the Carson River as I had never been fished up there.
Had been told they had just stocked, and boy oh boy was that apparent from the moment we got into Hope Valley. We stopped by the 88/89 junction and peeked over the bridge and were delighted to see schools of trout. There were a couple of nice big guys in there that we figured we would come back and try to grab on the way out or something
We got up there around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday so only got an hour or so of fishing in. That night we went to the bridge just west of the Crystal Springs bridge and hooked into a couple. I was using gulp eggs with about a 20" leader and a single split shot above. My buddy was using salmon eggs. In about the hour of fishing, we both landed two before calling it a night. Nothing of great size, but still fun none the less. Did see about a three pounder landed though.
Woke up at about 6:45 a.m. to get to the holes early. Wow was it cold, ha. Was well prepared but could still feel the crisp in the air on my bare face. After a stupid move of leaving my phone on top of the car and having to go back for it on the road (amazingly I found it), was at the Crystal Springs bridge at about 7:30 a.m. Floated some gulp eggs down the current a couple of times and got one and threw it back. It is such a beautiful time of the year to be up there with the change of seasons and all of the yellow trees.
We decided to head west a little and see if we can get to an empty 88/89 bridge and get any of the bigger ones we had seen the day before.
The fishing at the 88/89 junction was ridiculous as just about every cast you would pull one out. I started with gulp eggs but quickly switched to salmon eggs after I saw how quickly my buddy was pulling them out, both upstream and downstream of the bridge. Not sure how many fish we ended up catching for the trip but it was a high number, not many big ones but did keep a couple to throw in the smoker. Probably caught roughly 40 before we decided to call it a day and get back to watch Sunday night football.
Had a hard time getting the bigger ones to be active, as they didn't seem to want to hit anything and the salmon eggs didn't last long enough with the smaller-ish ones around. Overall a great trip, and felt good to get that skunk off my back from the salmon fishing and feel some tight lines again.