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Kyle Meyer

Locale: Portland, OR
Fish show & tell on 10/22/2011 16:10:56 MDT Print View

Let's all share photos of the fishes we catch on our hiking & backpacking adventures as they happen. It'd be great to share the location, the rod used, the fly or tackle, and anything else of note.

I'll start!

10" Cuthroat on Pup Creek Falls

I caught this cutthroat in Mt. Hood National Forest on a side creek of the Clackamas River yesterday. I caught him on a 12' Fountainhead Caddis Fly rod with a #14 Parachute Adams. This guy was in a pool part way up a large waterfall. My friend and I climbed the slick rocks with fly rod in our teeth to get to the pool and after only a few casts I saw a bright flash and this guy struck my fly hard. Here's an illustration of where I found him:

Pup Creek Falls

Okay, your turn!

Edited by kylemeyer on 10/22/2011 16:15:58 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
cutbow on 10/22/2011 17:48:08 MDT Print View

Pintler Wilderness this past August, after throwing spinners w/ no luck my wife suggested grasshoppers as she some near the meadow where our tent was setup, caught a few and then had to improvise a bobber.

Two casts later I caught this on 2# test (I really didn't think there was any fish near this size in the lake!) after I saw what I had on the other end I didn't think I had a prayer of landing it, but somehow managed :)


Kyle Meyer

Locale: Portland, OR
Re: cutbow on 10/23/2011 11:12:09 MDT Print View

Fishing in Minnesota is like cheating! Holy moly that is a giant trout.

Ben Wortman
(bwortman) - M

Locale: Nebraska
Fishys on 10/23/2011 18:47:11 MDT Print View

Rainbow, cutthroat, and golden in the wind rivers. Caught with gold kastmasters and Mepps Black fury and chartruse spinners.




Edited by bwortman on 10/23/2011 18:47:57 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: cutbow on 10/23/2011 20:18:27 MDT Print View

Kyle said "Fishing in Minnesota is like cheating! Holy moly that is a giant trout."

never have fished in Minnesota, but the fishing in Montana isn't half bad :)

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: fish stories on 10/23/2011 22:01:10 MDT Print View

LOL Mike. That is a big fish.


Not far below Schaffer Meadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead, on a 3 day packrafting trip, we floated over a deepish gravel bottomed pool and necks snapped when someone pointed out the shoals of huge trout holding station on the bottom. We camped not far below, and I waded up to hunt 'em. The second or third cast with my TenkaraUSA Amago (10' 4 weight level line, 6x tippet, probably a size 16 yellow humpy) brought this one in. He fought and fought, and Justin (who had never seen Tenkara in action) was impressed with the bend in the rod.

There were much bigger fish seen and hooked on that trip, but none landed.

Edited by DaveC on 10/23/2011 22:02:37 MDT.

Holger Goehr
(Holger) - F
Fish show & tell on 10/24/2011 00:49:07 MDT Print View

We go once a year kayakfishing to Fraser Island. In fact I am drying food right now, we gonna have our anually trip next week.
The north west corner of Fraser is pretty isolated and everybody has to be totally self sufficient. One week kayaking, fishing and camping on the beach. Water is our biggest limiting factor, there is just so much you can carry(30L).


Longtail Tuna off Fraser Island, on a Squidgy Paddletail red/white. Caught of a kayak.

Golden Trevally

Golden Trevally off Fraser Island. Caught on a Halco crazy deep 8+, caught of the kayak.

Love your pictures guys, I'd love to go fly fishing for Trout!

Edited by Holger on 10/24/2011 04:04:41 MDT.

James DeMonaco
(jdemonaco) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco
My last trip on 10/24/2011 02:23:04 MDT Print View

Mike, that is totally cheating, but awesome none-the-less.

So I went fishing/backpacking in the low season of the San Gabriel river up in Iron Fork in Southern California a month ago.

This is what the river looked like

Iron Fork

Was catching trout with some panther martins. This is the biggest one I caught, but unfortunately I didn't show anything else in the photo for scale, haha. Its probably around 12 inches, was the only one I kept.


And this is a pic of me and my grandpa fishing near the sierras when I was little, just found it the other day so I thought I'd share :D


Edited by jdemonaco on 10/24/2011 02:24:35 MDT.

Paul Gibson
(pgibson) - F

Locale: SW Idaho
Re: Fish show & tell on 10/24/2011 17:44:14 MDT Print View

Great Thread, I love Fishing pics. :)

Here are a couple from a day hike along a small river in the mountains here in Idaho.


Last backpacking trip fish was in mid September into some alpine lakes in the Sawtooths. Hit some rarely seen lakes well of trail from our base camp. The lakes were loaded with strong Cutthroats.

Cutt 1Cutt 2

All were caught on Tenkara-Fishing gear, most were taken with Kebari's though I have also had a lot of success this year with Mini-Hoppers.

Francis DeRoos

Locale: Mid Atlantic
re: Fish show & tell on 10/27/2011 21:12:02 MDT Print View

This is a brook I caught this summer on a 3 wt fly rod w/ a size 20 pale gray midge just at dusk at Marie Lake on the JMT. Took 60 min and probably a dozen flies until I found one this rising fish would take.brook trout on JMT

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Fish show & tell on 10/31/2011 12:33:24 MDT Print View

I don't fish much... I'm mostly "trip photographer," so I don't know all the details of what gear was used, but on a trip into Los Padres National Forest back in May, my buddy landed a couple of Rainbows.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Fish show & tell on 10/31/2011 15:44:13 MDT Print View

Lake Vernon, Yosemite NP

Russ Porter

Locale: Anchorage
A few fish from AK on 11/01/2011 15:32:35 MDT Print View

Below are some varied photos of fishing including my first steelhead!!! (actually second didn't get a pic of my first.steelhead

Grayling on backpacking tripgrayling

Jim Leonard
(mxracer33x) - F

Locale: West Coast
First Tenkara Monster on 01/05/2012 14:49:15 MST Print View

Here is my Fisrt Tenkara Monster :D This was the first fish I caught on a tenkara rod. Funny thing is, they only got smaller from there that day!

Tenkara trout

Jeffrey McConnell
Re: First Tenkara Monster on 01/05/2012 20:08:31 MST Print View


No shame in that monster! That's about the size of the first fish I caught with my tenkara rod as well. No picture though - it was dark and came out blurry.

Tony Beasley
(tbeasley) - MLife

Locale: Pigeon House Mt from the Castle
Re: Fish show & tell on 01/05/2012 20:26:40 MST Print View

I caught this fish last Tuesday, it had a snake that was just about as long as it was in its stomach.

Snake in trout
Snake in stomach

Snake length
The snake was just about as long as the trout.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Brook Trout, Kearsarge Lakes, High Sierra on 01/05/2012 20:43:24 MST Print View


Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Fish show & tell on 01/07/2012 18:45:10 MST Print View


Edited by skopeo on 06/17/2015 16:51:45 MDT.

Yuri R
(Yazon) - F

Great on 01/12/2012 13:55:12 MST Print View


Moments like that are remembered for a long time. Thanks for sharing !

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Fish show & tell on 01/12/2012 14:07:20 MST Print View

"6 weight Sage fly rod

Islander reel with a slow sink tip fly line.

The fish was released."

Mike: Very nice. You are pure in a way I am not. A silver on a fly rod must be a handful - silvers seem to fight more per pound than anything else we have up here.

That is a tasty fish you're holding. We had his brother for Thanksgiving - whole fish in foil poached on the BBQ grill.

Lots of fish in the freezer caught with a net - go for scokeyes.

A few fish caught on rod and reel - silvers are far more exciting.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Phoebe's First King on 01/12/2012 14:25:21 MST Print View

September 17, 2011, my wife and 7-year-old daughter went out with a friend and his two girls in Kachemak Bay trolling for king salmon. He made this one minute video of it. He's got a number of such shorts of clamming, etc, all in a humorous style.

Editted to add: Gear was probably 30-pound test off a downrigger at 90-100' down, then 20 feet of line to a flasher, 30-inch steel leader to a hoochie / plastic squid.

Edited by DavidinKenai on 01/12/2012 14:47:09 MST.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 01/12/2012 14:30:44 MST Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 05/28/2012 17:21:40 MDT.

Thomas Knight

Locale: Sothern Nevada
Ruby Mountains 2011 on 01/13/2012 16:27:20 MST Print View

September 2011 on a grouse/snowcock hunting expedition with my good friend Daryl. He brough along his Pen Rod and reel combo and some powerbait. I had left my gear at home, expecting to hunt more than fish, but used his rod a bit. I wont go into how terrible the rod/reel combo was, but here a few of the trout that we caught and cooked!



This was in Favre Lake, south of liberty pass. it was a great trip.
Those trout were seasoned with lemon pepper and cooked with olive oil and a bit of water to keep them from sticking to the pan. Also they were stuffed with deer+elk salami. Enjoy


Mike Garcia
(mountainfly) - F

Locale: Aurora, Co
Hello, and great catches everyone! on 04/15/2012 17:18:38 MDT Print View

Hello everyone. I'm new around here, but I'll share some pics. All these fish were caught in Colorado on an Orvis Superfine Touch 8ft 4wt.

South San Juan Winderness spring fed pond. Fooled this one with a Turks Turantula.
SSJWA Brook Trout

Rocky Mountain National Park Green Back Cutthroat Trout. Caught on a yellow asher.
RMNP GreenBack Cutthroat Trout

Snake River Cutthroat in the Ten Mile Range. My own cutthroat streamer pattern got this guy.
SNake River Cutthroat

The rarest Trout in Colorado, and yes they do exist in our state. You just need to hike a long way into the West Elk Wilderness to find them. This little guy took a caddis.
Golden Trout in Colorado

Bon Appetit!

Edited by mountainfly on 04/15/2012 18:30:14 MDT.

Christopher Jenkins
(Jinkle) - F
Last summer in the Sierras on 04/17/2012 23:14:57 MDT Print View

That's about the biggest we caught last summer doing South Lake to Onion Valley but it was a blast nonetheless. Don't get that kind of fishing here in Arizona!

Edited by Jinkle on 04/17/2012 23:15:45 MDT.

Galen Benson
(wanttoknow) - F
Rio Grande Cutty on 04/20/2012 07:06:45 MDT Print View

Rio Grande Cut throat from the San Pedro wilderness NM. Caught on a spinner with a collapsible rod given to me by my daughter.
Rio Grande Cutty

Mike Garcia
(mountainfly) - F

Locale: Aurora, Co
Re: Rio Grande Cutty on 04/26/2012 13:51:53 MDT Print View

Do you ever venture into the Pecos Wilderness?

Sean Rhoades

Locale: WV
South Platte CO 2009 on 04/28/2012 22:59:39 MDT Print View

My brother and I took a week long fishing trip to Colorado back in 09. We fished Deckers Creek, Cheeseman Canyon, and a private section of the south branch of the South Platte river (pictured). I used a 9ft. 5wt rod and I believe the cutbow was caught on an egg pattern and the brown on a caddis pupa or a stone fly.


edit: rod/tackle

Edited by kingpin on 04/28/2012 23:11:33 MDT.

Galen Benson
(wanttoknow) - F
Re: Re: Rio Grande Cutty on 05/01/2012 08:12:23 MDT Print View

Mike I've not had the opportunity to get up to the Pecos area. Still on my wish list.

Doug Wolfe
Ken lockwood Gorge on 05/17/2012 07:26:39 MDT Print View

Brown Town
Little day trip up in northwestern NJ hiking and fishing Ken Lockwood Gorge. Caught on a parachute Adams with the Tenkara rod.. Sorry bout the upside down pic. It was the only one that showed the fly best..

Edited by Wolfie2nd on 05/17/2012 07:31:13 MDT.

Mike Garcia
(mountainfly) - F

Locale: Aurora, Co
Mt. Evans WA 5-19-12 on 05/23/2012 08:48:27 MDT Print View

I got up to the Mt. Evan Wilderness area here in Colorado to fish a lake around 12k this weekend. The lake had already iced off. I fished a streamer with a dropper and caught fish on both.

Mt Evans WA

It Snowed most of the day.

snow att lake


I release 99% of the fish I catch, but on this day I introduced a buddy to Rocky Mountain High trout sushi.
trout sushi

Mike Garcia
(mountainfly) - F

Locale: Aurora, Co
Another Ice off trip on 06/11/2012 11:30:19 MDT Print View

I hiked in at night to find a high mountain lake mostly covered with ice, and unfishable. After a warm night the lake opened up. By mid day I hit the upper lake to find it opening up. During ice off the biggest fish in the lake will show themselves. I caught a few fish on a Parachute Adams & Copper John, but the fish of the day was caught by my buddy Jon. Again this lake was around 12k.

ice off sd

ice off upper

ice off cutty

Russ Porter

Locale: Anchorage
Nice fish! on 06/17/2012 23:05:52 MDT Print View

That fish is a hog!!!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Fish show & tell on 06/21/2012 00:08:33 MDT Print View

It was small, but DELICIOUS. High country fish are the best. Caught on the lower monarch lake out of mineral king in sequioa national park. This was probably the one of the biggest fish in the lake actually. This upper lake probably had bigger fish but had sketchy ice all around it.

Edited by justin_baker on 06/21/2012 00:10:45 MDT.

Karl Myers
(kmyers1234) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Show and Tell on 06/23/2012 22:58:52 MDT Print View

Cutthroat in the Morning

About a 10-12" cutthroat caught on a TFO 4wt and #14 elk hair caddis.. Fun little fight and an even better looking fish

Mountain stream fishing.. theres nothing like it

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Show and Tell on 06/25/2012 11:53:08 MDT Print View

Trout 1Trout 2

Some of the few I caught in Holy Cross Wilderness last week.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Fishing Alaskan style on 07/25/2012 21:03:35 MDT Print View

Here are Drake (12) and Phoebe (7) with the sockeye salmon they caught in the surf in the salt water of Cook Inlet at the mouth of the Kenai River (north side). 10 fish, 80 pounds total, 90 minutes of effort. Drake got two fish and then went back to reading his book. Phoebe really liked the bounancy of being in waders in the salt water and bounced up and down the whole time.July dipnetting