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Megan P
(meganpetruccelli) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Fishing in Northern California on 05/20/2013 21:09:56 MDT Print View

Hey Everyone,

I have never done any fishing while backpacking and this trip I'm bringing my fly rod. Any tips?

I'm going to be in the Emigrant Wilderness, and backpack almost solely in Northern California. Just for fun, but it would also be fun to catch something. Anyone have any ideas on which flies should I bring for the lakes? I'm not too sure it they're high alpine lakes, but they are higher up and probably cold at this time of year. It's pretty obvious I've never done this so any advice on a set up would be great. Thanks so much!!


Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Flies for backcountry fishing on 05/21/2013 07:28:55 MDT Print View


I've only fished a couple of times in the California backcountry, but my limited experience was similar to what has been the general rule in the Rockies. Thanks to the altitude the ice-free season is relatively short, and the fish see relatively few artificials. They are hungry and stupid and will go for most flies, particularly attractors such as wulffs, humpies, adams, and trudes and general streamers such as wooly buggers or mickey finns. But your best bet is to call a local fly shop for advice.

Tight lines, Richard

Megan P
(meganpetruccelli) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Thank You on 05/21/2013 10:47:14 MDT Print View

Ok great. Thanks for the info. At this point anything helps :-)

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Fishing in Northern California on 05/22/2013 20:28:27 MDT Print View

Sorry can't recall their technical names. I use several mosquito patterns, the bestest has been a grey/striped mosquito, red mosquito, at least with a reddish tail, several types of bead eye nymphs or whatever they are called with what looks like green peacock feathers. A Humpy? too. There are maybe half a dozen that work best, others may be needed during a specific hatch. I've had killer days with the correct pattern black gnat and on another trip, used a winged red ant I'd carried for years and wore it out. Get a couple each at least of the hotter patterns. I do best or catch fish when they are biting good. If in the area of Rae Lakes, give them a shot and keep fish from there to thin them out, they are over populated.

Justin Mckinney
(sierrajud) - M

Locale: California
N.California Fly Fishing on 06/12/2013 22:25:51 MDT Print View

Hi Megan, really simple : Nymph- bead headed birds nest, Dry Fly- lots of caddis in various sizes. LOTS of terrestrials- ants, beetles, ect.

stephen jennings
(obi96) - F

Locale: Deep in the Green Mountains
Sierra fishing on 06/16/2013 18:57:02 MDT Print View

Everything you'll need to know will be found here,

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Flies for NorCal trout on 06/16/2013 21:25:07 MDT Print View

A Parachute Adams is killer for on top, and I like a small maribou leech for under water in lakes and ponds, with bead head nymphs for under water in streams.