Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

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Re: Humphreys Basin TR - 9/10/10 - 9/13/10

Post by giantbrookie » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:51 pm

Nice report. All of these great hiking fishing reports are driving me crazy, given that I'm likely shut out of going to those oh-so-close mountains until next summer.


Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;






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Post by Herm » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:30 pm

Thanks, GB. You certainly have posted a good number of your own reports. With patience, your rewards will continue to come.
I read in an earlier post that you may be able to get in some "field research" with one of your students. Interesting side note on my recent trip. I ran into a gentleman as I was hiking in, who teaches/taught geology at UCSB. My wife and I met in the geology program at CSUFullerton, taking many classes with the late Dr. John Cooper, as well as Dr. Diane Clemens-Knott, who has done a fair amount of research in the western Sierra around Lemon Cove. After we both obtained our Bachelor of Science in Geology at CSUF, my wife continued on in the masters program, and her masters thesis advisor was Phil Armstrong. The UCSB professor mentioned above (unfortunately, I did not catch his name), taught both Phil Armstrong and his wife Tish Butcher, while they were undergraduates at UCSB. My wife attended the recent GSA meeting in Anaheim, hosted by CSUFullerton, and I had hoped that she might make your acquaintence at the meeting.
Interesting the small world we live in.
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Post by richlong8 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:21 pm

Great first report! Pictures are great. There have been some great reports this year , haven't there?

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Post by Herm » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:16 pm

Thanks Richard. I agree, there have been some really interesting reports this year. Wandering Daisy's epic is particularly interesting. Wish I had more time to get out there before fall is upon us, but alas, it is not to be. So, I will have to live vicariously through these reports, which I hope keep coming.
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Post by richlong8 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:34 pm

I am hoping for one more trip for 5-6 days, beginning 2 weeks from today, if the weather holds. After that, I will be on hold till next year.

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Post by Herm » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:23 pm

Hope the weather holds for you Richard, so that you can get out there for your final trip. I wish my schedule would allow for another trip, if only to see the aspens turn in certain areas of the eastern Sierra. Good luck.
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Post by giantbrookie » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:19 pm

Yes, it's too bad I couldn't make the Cordilleran meeting last spring. Too many good meetings, not enough time. I know Diane and Jeff and I met John a few years ago. As for UCSB geology profs who like High Sierra fishing, I know two, both of whom are retired: Ken Macdonald and Cliff Hopson.
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Post by SSSdave » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:37 pm

Taking a picture of wet freshly caught trout is often difficult in the sun because of bright reflections that often result in overexposed highlights. Generally one ought to shoot minus one-third or minus two-thirds stop on just about everything in the outdoors else highlights are likely to be overexposed. Easy to post process slightly dim images up but impossible to recover overexposed elements. If one has a tripod or something to stabize a camera on, standing in front of the sun so the trout are shady will help produce a more even rendering that can be easily post processed. The shade will however slow the shutter speed thus the need for camera stability. One strategy in the sun is to put the trout in a shallow area of water that will act much like a polarizer, and then position the camera at right angles to the sun. Out of the water, a good background is to lay trout atop green turf with the camera again offset at right angles to the sun. The advantage of being off angle is to reduce bright wet sun reflections.

This shows how the part of the trout under water is fine while areas of the stones have overexposed reflections.

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Post by Ozark Flip » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:17 am

Nice report! Your shots of the Glacier Divide from Mesa brings back some very recent memories. I fished quite a few lakes in that area earlier this month and my biggest golden came from Mesa. My best fish-per-cast ratio was from Muriel. I only fished Puppet and Alsace on the French Canyon side of Carol Col but I did hit a few of the Glacier Divide lakes. The brookies from Tomahawk were succulent! A side note, I fished Desolation HARD for nada. Perhaps it is fishless? Goethe, on the other hand, is a different story....

Thanks for allowing me to tag on to your report, this area has been well hit this year.

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Post by Herm » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:50 am

SSSdave;
Thanks for the the photo tips, they make sense. For the future, I need to commit to some experimentation with the camera, along with making notes of settings to find out what works best. The best shots I took of fish were on the western and eastern shores of the lake, where the sun shone at nearly a right angle in mid-afternoon. However, it was on the northern shore where I caught the most fish. Since I was not keeping any of the fish, I wanted to do my best in handling them as little as possible, and tried to keep them in the water. Now, if I didn't have so much food and needed the fish for food, I would not have hesitated to set them on the grassy ground for better photos. Thanks again for your interesting feedback.

Ozark Flip;
Thanks for the comments. I wanted to spend a night at Muriel, as I have had success there before (not like yours), but the howling wind and the amount of smoke in the air drove me out. Given that this was my first time solo, I was rather cautious, and did not venture afield nearly as much as I could have. But there will be a next time. My wife is even expressing an interest in returning to Humphreys Basin, where she caught her first and only golden trout out of Muriel Lake back 2004.
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