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trouter

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Fall backpack/fishing trip suggestions
« on: September 03, 2015, 04:39:33 PM »
We are going to do a back country fishing trip the last week of September. A four day loop hike of 40 to 50 miles total mileage +- that includes as much fishing as possible.

Of course knowing the bite is a bit week that time of year.

Any suggestions for Eastern Sierras?

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Re: Fall backpack/fishing trip suggestions
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2015, 06:46:19 AM »
Lot of good choices to select from.  Some of my favorites:

•   Rae Lakes Loop.  Very popular hike in Kings Canyon NP with great scenery.
•   South Lake to North Lake Loop.  42 miles total with dozens of fishing lakes to choose from with goldens/hybrids in most lakes.  You can also do an Out-and-back trip from South Lake to Dusy Basin, or North Lake to Humphreys Basin, both excellent fishing adventures.
•   Cottonwood Lakes Loop.  Cottonwood Pass to Rocky Basin Lakes then over to Upper Rock Creek returning back over the New Army Pass.  Great fishing here!
•   Crabtree Pass/Miter Basin.  Cottonwood Pass Trailhead, Over New Army Pass, head to Rock Creek, Crabtree Lakes, Sky Blue Lake and back down New Army Pass.  Large golden trout in some of these waters!
•   Lake Italy.  Out-and-back trip.  Pine Creek Trailhead to Lower Pine Creek Lake, then on to Lake Italy then return.  Good fishing.
•   Pioneer Lakes Loop.  Mosquito Flats over Mono Pass to Golden Lake.  Pioneer Basin Lakes to Third Recess Lake, Fourth Recess Lake, and Trail Lakes back over Mono Pass ending back at Mosquito Flats.  Love the fishing here!

As for the bite being weak that time of year, it’s almost always good in the backcountry!
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Re: Fall backpack/fishing trip suggestions
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2015, 07:02:19 PM »
Thanks for the help wshawkins. You need to publish a guide book. Seriously!

I'm looking forward to the end of season hike with the Aspens changing color and maybe a few back country trout. Last time I did this late September we had snow (which is actually better than rain) but a bit chilly for an Arizona guy coming from 100+ degree weather.  :cold: