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Groveland trip - washed out!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:00 pm
by grampa
Some of you may recall a trip last year about this time to a small creek near Groveland, CA.

I drove in there on Monday with my friend and fellow Tenkara enthusiast Jim, hoping to fish the necklace of pool after pool.

Here is what we found, looking upstream from the bridge:


And downstream:

With all snow melt moving through, we elected not to try these far from "cherry" waters!

BTW, the next person to go in there should carry a machete or similar tool to clear the trail of poison oak!

Re: Groveland trip - washed out!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:57 pm
by Davidpcvsamoa
I was standing on the same bridge a month ago and there was way to much water to fish. The volume has only increased since then. Cherry Creek above Cherry lake is supposed to be some of the best white water kayaking around and I can see why.

This past weekend I went up 108 to Kennedy Meadows. The middle fork on the Stanislaus River was a torrent with what I thought was a lot of sediment for river in the Sierras. I was Completely unable to fish.

Re: Groveland trip - washed out!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:53 pm
by sholgate
I know you are going to think I am crazy BUT in those situations it is worthy to check out the slack water along the edge and the new eddies. In high water trout still need to eat and they need a break from the strong current.

Just my $.02.

Re: Groveland trip - washed out!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:12 pm
by rsetina
Sorry to read you weren't able to fish it. That's alot of water and even though it might be productive to fish the edges sholgate, I don't think I'd chance taking a dip in water running that fast. Maybe I'm just more cautious than most.

Re: Groveland trip - washed out!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:16 am
by grampa
Steven, we thought very seriously about going down and fishing the edges. There are some nice little calm sections along the edges; easy to see in the downstream view, harder to see on the upstream. Three things held us back:

- the consequences of a slip or misstep;

- the fact that as soon as a hooked trout hit the mainstream, the leader would pop;

- and the impression that the trout didn't need more stress in such high water conditions.

Next time!