After a long summer of disappointing stocking on the East Carson, it seems there are finally some fish in the upper East Carson. There have been fish in a few spots this year, but it doesn’t seem like there were nearly as many plantings this summer. I fished the upper, put and take, catch and kill, shake take and bake section of the East Carson yesterday with Don and Greg, from Martinez. It was one of those unexpected cold Sierra mornings and the cloud cover didn’t burn off. So, aside from having a hard time tying on flies with shaking hands, the cold weather of course was beneficial to the morning’s angling. The water temps were nice and cool and the cloud cover made for less wary fish. I turned rocks to see just how long the giant stonefly nymphs were going to be around and found 4 huge nymphs under one rock. Of course, at these flows there aren’t a lot of deep slots to throw the heavy stones, but when you do, they are still being grabbed. We located a group of three piggies in one such slot and Greg and Don managed to hook all three, landing one around 20″ and weighing about 4 pounds, A FATTY! Two of them ate the stone and one the San Juan. It is my personal experience that this is the latest I have ever seen the huge stoneflies around.. It has been great, as it has made the big bug fishing fun in the eves. We have been turning bigger fish in the last half hour of light with big stone patterns. When fishing in the stock market, change flies, as even they wisen up after the 10th pass of that same fly! Have fun and take a bag for garbage with you.
Corey Funk Guide/Instructor TFFO