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Kyle Meyer
(kylemeyer) - M

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
(kylemeyer) - M

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.