The Desert trouts V2 - TR

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Re: The Desert trouts V2 - TR

Post by Spicytuna » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:22 pm

The food on that trip is as good as the fishing and company.

Glad you made teh trek out. I had to pass on this one this year due to bad timing on the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing the rest.
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Post by fishpimp » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:00 pm

So are non-motorized boats allowed on the lake? I’ve never seen a pic with one...
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Post by Transylwader » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:00 pm

fishpimp wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:00 pm
So are non-motorized boats allowed on the lake? I’ve never seen a pic with one...
Hey Phil, I saw a bunch of boats over the three days we were there. Mostly motorized, saw what looked like a yacht. Check out this website:
I wouldn't be ballsy enough to go boating on that lake. winds can whip up to 70MPH and of course, 6foot chop. When I went to Crosby lodge to get my license, there were three guys missing. That lake has a dark history. Many have perished and never been found.
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Post by chadroc » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:08 pm

just outstanding tranny.
holding it down on the other side of the border

enjoy your catch (it died)

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Post by mrl0004 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:00 am

Good stuff, Mike! Now the bluelines are calling!
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Post by woolly bugger » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:11 pm

saw this thought of you....
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Post by Transylwader » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:45 am

Trudged back onto camp to prepare dinner.
If anyone has had the good fortune of having Cornholio make you some grub, you know it needs no explanation.
Spring rolls, skrimps and grilled veggies on point.
Sat by the fire and got a lil likkered
Got up lank early and cashed in a Pilot Peak Lahontan. They look like silver bullets in that morning dawn light.
One by one the sleepy heads emerged from their campers.
Neil was not pleased with Jose's brother.
Wind reared it's speed and whipped the lake up pretty good by noon.
Made the executive decision to GTFO since there were reports of snow arriving around Donner Pass. Great call...
Sure enough
Mieskie clouds?
My last day, Joe was awful kind enough to take me over to the Pacific to see a few sights.
And just like that, it was all over, return to the confederate, go back to work, plan the next escapade, fish here, fish there, drink, sleep, dream of fishes in far out places.
Joe, I cannot thank you and Jeff enough for y'alls incredible hospitality. This trip was one of my most memorable in the past decade. Here's to you, yours and the keepers of the beloved desert trouts :cool
Until we cross paths again, keep you safe my friend :bow
Fave pic of the trip. :smile
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Post by FredA » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:02 am

Excellent stuff Tranny!

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Post by Bigguy » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:32 pm

:cool Frickin’ awesome!

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Post by Average Joe » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:39 pm

Way back in December of 2015, I received the following PM from Tranny.

Seasons greetings! Tranny here. I am chomping at the bit to hit up (the desert lake) in March/April next year. Will you be going? I plan to fly to (the nearest airport), get a rental drive that POS like it's stolen and hopefully get on a ladder and do some fishing. Air ticket prices are dirt cheap right now.
Let me know, I am all in!

I’d never had any contact with him prior to this.

I responded that I had no plans to visit the desert lake in 2016, but followed up by telling him that if fishing that particular body of water was something he really wanted to do, then I’d try my best to join him once he set some dates.

Nothing ever came of it.

In March of 2017, Tranny posted this.


After reading it I thought, “This guy really has a passion for desert trout,” and then remembered the PM he’d sent me two years earlier.

My brother has hosted an annual trip to the desert lake for many years now.

Some years I go, some years I don’t.

This year I told him I’d be happy to join him, and asked if I could bring a guest.

“Sure,” he replied, “But just one.”

When I reached out to Tranny, he jumped at the opportunity.

I told him to give me a list of what he would need, and started gathering provisions for our four day adventure.
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I arrived at the airport at 11:30 PM on Thursday, and after getting Tranny’s luggage we hit the road and started our long drive east.

I’d been awake for over twenty-four hours by the time we reached the lake.

A sensible man would have taken a nap.

Instead, I cracked a beer, strung up a rod, and donned my waders.

Upon walking into the lake, water entered my waders via a number of leaks that hadn’t existed the last time I wore them.

I fished in wet clothes for the rest of the trip, which is now becoming something of an unwelcome trend.

Neil had arrived at the lake the previous day, but left camp Thursday afternoon in order to spend the night with a “friend” in a nearby town known for its many venues of adult entertainment.

Late Friday morning he returned to camp.


He then went to work cooking a midday meal of corned beef hash with fried potatoes and eggs.

Cornholio arrived sometime that afternoon and cooked a kickass dinner.

Later that night I looked at my watch and said to myself, “You’ve been up for over forty-hours now.”

Then I did something completely out of character.

I went to bed.

The next couple of days (for me) consisted of little more than fishing, taking off wet clothes, putting on dry clothes, eating great food, and drinking.

Tranny caught a couple fish.

He was happy, and I was happy for him.

I caught nothing.

The weather turned, so we left a day early.

On the drive home I said, “So where would you like to stop for dinner?”

Tranny replied, “I could really go for some sushi.”

“I’m sure you could, but that’s not going to happen. Pick something else.”

The next day I compromised and took him to a sushi restaurant that also served cooked food.

I had beef teriyaki and deep fried popcorn shrimp.

Tranny had something…. raw.

He said it was good.

After dropping Tranny off at the airport, I went to work cleaning my gear and putting everything away.

I was somewhat surprised at all the beer he didn’t drink.
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Thanks for coming out Tranny, and for generously covering the trip’s fuel expenses and road meals.

I’m glad you were able to check two more species off your list.

You’re welcome to come back anytime.

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Re: The Desert trouts V2 - TR

Post by CC Riebeeck » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:12 pm

Can't think of anything more fun than casting from a ladder all day...


Good company at least

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Post by fatman » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:13 pm

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