So last year I did the South Fork of the Stanislaus from the bridge in Strawberry. This year I wanted to hit some more remote terrain and so was asking around about access points to the Middle Fork. There was a campground (can't remember name ... bad blogger!) about 8 mi. down from Pinecrest that was recommended, but I figured that being near a campground it'd get fair pressure. Unhelpful Old Forest Service Guy wasn't very helpful. Younger Forest Service Guy recommended Beardsley Reservoir. Fellow camper said he had gotten advice to try the Clark Fork, so that's where I went.
View Clark Fork Stanislaus River in a larger map
Feh. Nice scenerey, water was quite low and pleasant. Caught about 10 "fish" in 2.5 hours, but they were absolutely tiny. Not so much joy in it when they're so little. Not to mention I had the stomach bug that ravaged our tent circle and just wasn't feeling enthused.
Next year I am either trying Beardsley or maybe some of the obscure forest service roads revealed by the map.