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  • in reply to: Upper and Lower Granite Lakes #91112
    Jim Welch
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    I like the name “Skinny Granite” lake, makes it a more unique name. There are tons of UPPERS and LOWERS but no Skinny’s and Fats.

    The last time I was at (Fat) Granite (aka Upper) Lake (which is lower than Skinny-aka Lower- Granite Lake). I used my old nylon pack raft (still have it). I was using my sandals as paddles, there was a pretty good breeze blowing against me. It was really hard to paddle and fish at the same time, as soon as i stopped paddling, the breeze immediately blew me back to where I started. So I thought I would stop fishing, paddle hard up the lake and let the breeze push me back down the lake.

    I paddled and paddled and paddled for an hour and a half. Finally got to the other end…and the wind shifted 180 degrees.

    I was so pissed, I just walked back to camp and fished from shore the rest of the day.

    in reply to: Upper and Lower Granite Lakes #91110
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Ah! I knew someone here would shed some light on this.

    Now how did the name change from “Skinny” to “Lower”?

    Was there some policy at the USGS to give names to lakes via their relative elevations?

    in reply to: Upper and Lower Granite Lakes #91108
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    That would make sense if they were 2 lakes on the same trail, but the pathway splits at Lake Number 1.

    in reply to: Huge garage sale for guys #88236
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Pat

    Any salmon rods left over from your yard sale?

    in reply to: NCNP on KUOW #87008
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    @Rich OConnell wrote:

    Sandy – nice job. You handled the questions well. Also it was good that you spoke after the UW biologist as you were able to counter many of the statements he made.

    Did you notice how the UW guy was demonizing the fish, calling them “Voracious Predators”. The only thing I thought was missing from the interview is that all we are talking is less than 20 percent of the NCNP lakes.

    in reply to: Isn’t anybody going to post here #86467
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Ah! that’s why this forum is so barren, all the juicy stories are in the members section.

    So this one is for non members asking questions and such.

    in reply to: help with selecting Flyfishing setup #86460
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    So, I have been doing a lot of research in the last 6 months for this exact question. I used to fish the hi-lakes with an Eagle Claw Trailmaster rod set up, it was an ok spin casting rod and a lousy fly rod, you could remove the handle, spin it around and it looked like a fly rod.

    I like Brian Curtis, started taking a fly rod up with me and put a spin reel on the back, it did a decent job, but not a great job at both types of fishing

    As a result of one of the threads on the Trail Blazers forums, I saw a 7 piece rod from Cabelas called the Stowaway 7 that intrigued me. I also saw on the Orvis website a rod that the whole end section can be swapped out between a spin handle and a fly handle, but the outfit was above my pay grade (more than $300).

    I also did some research on the Stowaway 7’s and some of it was pretty good, it wasnt a Sage or Loomis level, but the reviews came back better than I expected.

    The last piece of info that factored into this equation was that I read somewhere that when you are bushwacking up a hill with a bunch of stuff on your back, its easiest and safer if everything is on the inside of your pack, I always had attached my sleeping pad and fishing rod tube on the outside, and I would always end up with a big wad of leaves caught in the cracks of the pack/rodtube and pack/sleeping pad connections.

    So I will be trying a new packing philosophy this season, EVERYTHING goes IN the PACK.

    I mean EVERTHING.

    so my current rod tub is too tall, the Stowaway 7 rod tube (with rod in it) is only 20 inches long and they were selling the blanks for dirt cheap around christmas.

    so I bought some blanks and put spinning handles on them, I also went on ebay and got some good deals on factroy made 7’s.

    So now I have the equivalent of the Orvis system only much cheaper.

    the rod cost me 85, the blanks cost 25 bucks each, and I got a rod case with the rod,. the spin handle costs 12 bucks.

    so now I have a system that I can swap out the butt end from fly to spin casting, and have the best of both worlds.

    Or so the theory goes…..

    Jimbo.

    BTW, the blanks and fly rod are a 5 weight, 8 foot rod. I have a TFO Midge reel with 3 cassettes, one with weight forward floating, one with weight forward floating with and intermediate sinking tip and one a full sinking line. I also have a small Shimano reel with 4 pound test line on it, I am looking for info regarding the new 4lb test that is the same diameter as 1lb test.

    and if you check out my posts on the Trail Blazers website you will see a file with what are the essential lures and flies the Trail Blazer and Hi-Lakers use.

    Good Luck!

    in reply to: Approach Roads (fewer and fewer) #86458
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Ah, the map with little colored geometric shapes, thats some of what I am looking for.

    What are the rules for transport beyond the blockages/gates etc…

    Is it assumed that outside the wilderness boundaries, all abandoned roads can be traveled by mountain bike or motor scooter?

    Thanks Sandy.

    Jimbo

    in reply to: Green and Cedar River Watersheds #86454
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    So has anybody fished the upper Green from Lester to Stampede?

    in reply to: Green and Cedar River Watersheds #86452
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    So how far west can one go over Stampede Pass until you get to a gate?

    in reply to: Approach Roads (fewer and fewer) #86456
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Yes, I have seen that also, but there is no comparison for boots on the ground, up to date info, as in a recent trip report. I am just thinking that something graphic would be even more useful.

    in reply to: 5 best high lakes lures #85533
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Wow, lots of great info, this image captures all the lures on this thread. Please let me know if I got something incorrect.
    I am going to find pictures of all these so when I run across one of them I will recognize them (I am kindofa picture guy).
    It would sure help if you see something that you posted to put the hook type-size or lure weight (or both) down (unless you want to keep it a secret).

    I tried to upload the spreadsheet but the site would not allow me to, so if you want the file (with the enabled hyperlinks), just email me (mojoduck@comcast.net)

    in reply to: Know this spot ?? #85779
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    A friend of mine was fishing the two lakes to the right of Snowking (Skaori and Naori) one September (about 10 years ago), it was after a couple of freezes and the fish were so hungry they were leaping out of the water and up on to the shore trying to get the bugs on the bottom side of the leaves overhanging the water.

    All they did was run back and forth and pick up fish for dinner.

    in reply to: Lets see your high lakes rod and reel set-up #85682
    Jim Welch
    Participant
    in reply to: Lets see your high lakes rod and reel set-up #85680
    Jim Welch
    Participant

    Albright 5 piece 4 weight and a 5 weight fly rod, Scientific Anglers flyreel with 5 weight line and a Shimano (really small) spinning reel. I usually take a bunch of roostertails and Mepps and a lot of different flies.

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