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    Default backcountry campsites question

    Hi

    Are campsites such as #18 open in late November through late December?

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    Parzival,

    Are you referring to back country campsite #18? If so, backcountry sites are open year round unless otherwise noted.
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    Parzival,

    Here's the NPS link for road and campsite closures:

    http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrouseMan77 View Post
    Parzival,

    Are you referring to back country campsite #18? If so, backcountry sites are open year round unless otherwise noted.
    Yes I am.

    Im just curious because it's the only time that I can get to go. It's too hot out right now and I like a chill in the air when Im fishing and camping.

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    Parzival,

    Just in case you have not been to that particular site... #18 is great. It is a very large area with at least three different tent areas (18A, 18B & 18C). The hike from Tremont is easy. The last time I was up there, mid spring, my wife and I packed out a ridiculous amount of trash.
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    I've never been there. I guess I'm suffering from information overload to a degree. I just don't know where to begin out there so I decided why not just try #18 and fish the little river for a few days and see how it goes. I just got into fly fishing in the past 18 months or so. What's the fishing like right there? Will I have a shot at catching anything around the campsite that time of year?

    Sad to hear about the trash. I will bring an extra trash bag just in case.

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    Information overload can be a nightmare. #18 will be a great place for you to start. There are several nice stretches of water that flow right through the middle of the site. As far as catching anything, it should be all bows in waters that around #18. I have not made it (fishing) too far up past the site and don't know if any brookies are a possibility further up or not.
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    what kind of flies would you recommend at that time of the year?

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    Parzival--Backcountry campsites never close because of the time of year. They can be closed because of bear activity, all spaces being reserved (in some cases), or, in winter, because rangers deem your equipment inadequate for potential weather conditions. I've never actually known of the latter happening, but it could (and makes sense). Jim Casada

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    Parzival,

    The fly in particular won't matter as much as presentation and what kind of water you are catching them in.

    Some good dries to have for November are orange stimulators or palmers.

    I would also have a variety of nymphs (prince & BH if nothing else).
    Jason

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