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Old 03-15-2010, 10:58 AM
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Default Odd sort of Backcountry Question

Just throwin' this out there:

I used to backpack a pretty good amount in the park. I've done several backcountry backpacking trips...then I (re)discovered fly fishing.

Now, I measure a trip's success by how much time I get to spend on the water (catching some fish adds to that factor, of course, but it's not critical...to me at least). So, ALL of my trips are to front-country sites with good access to fishable waters. I get to do that about twice a year.

Lately, I've been toying with doing a backcountry trip. I'm sure I'd enjoy it, but I'm concerned that I'm going to resent the walking as a distraction from fishing. I can bang out a lot of fishing over three days when I'm camped next to the stream and don't have to move to my next overnight spot. (Admittedly, I'm getting lazy in my old age. I think I can make the adjustments to my gear, menu and adult beverages to pull it off; it's the walking I fear I will resent.)

Does anyone else share that? Anyone else had to overcome that?
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:53 AM
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One of the best things about backcountry fishing is getting rigged up in a remote camp with out the fear of other fisherman up or downstream of you. I think the walking is well worth it. You don't have to go too far to get away from everyone either. What I always liked to do was hike in the early a.m. while it is still cold/cool/no bugs on the water, set up camp, fish 'til dark and then sit and by the fire and think about what a great day I had. Wake up the next morning and repeat. If you like backpacking and fly fishing, the smoky's is a great playground.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:54 PM
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I used to do quite a lot of the backcountry camping/fishing in my younger days...I had one sight where I could camp and fish different water every day for three or four days...have taken my son several times and when he was young he began telling me how much fishing time we wasted hiking in(this was when he was struggling with even a small pack and a two hour hike took 4-5 hours)...I generally did this so that I could fish some of my favorite waters without having to hike 3-4 miles each way several times a week just to get on a particular stretch of water....would also hike in early so that I could fish that afternoon and the next morning just eat breakfast and wade into the river and for the most part not have any company...especially if it was during the week.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:02 PM
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Either way you are outside doing to of the most enjoyable things that I can think of. That said, I slightly prefer the backpack fishing trips.

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Old 03-15-2010, 09:21 PM
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In my opinion the hike in and out is part of the experience. I like the hike into the backcountry, because you never know what you will see during that time, the peacefulness and solitude, and the anticipation to get on the remote creek full of eager trout. Finally, I think backcountry camping/fishing trip is definitely the way to go.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:15 PM
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I like the hiking part of the backcountry trips. I have done allot of backcountry hiking/camping in the park and am now just starting to fly fish in the park. For me the easy part is the hiking/ camping the hard part is the fishing. I have been on two fishing camping trips and my pack weight was allittle to much. I need to really go over my fishing gear and only bring the bare essentials. I also think that for a fishing trip/hiking trip in the park it would be more fun to stay in one place at least two days.
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