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Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby flyfishinpacker » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:08 pm

Hey guys, just got back from a ten dayer through the western sierras. What a trip. I had a 60 pound pack and covered around 65 miles .Heres some pictures of the area i was hiking through. Can anyone guess where it is?

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It was an amazing trip and the fishing was great. Hot flies for the trip were ehc #16 and olive streamers. The best part of this trip was that i had music the whole time. If anyone has ever been out for ten days, they know what I am talking about. I bought this solar powered ipod charger and speaker that saved me at night around the fire. The speaker sounded pretty good and it was easy to use. I would charge it in the sun while i fished and then play it for hours around the campfire. I also got a really cool camera case to carry my camera and keep it from getting wet. heres the website if anyone is interested, they have some pretty cool camping electronics.


Hope you guys
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby maverick » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:25 pm

Hello Flyfishinpacker

Welcome to HST, and thank you for posting, but I cannot play along since your
wearing a Yankee's hat, and we may meet up in the World Series, after we take
care of the Phillie's.
Go Giants!
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby bheiser1 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:57 pm

Hey flyfishinpacker ... call me old school, but it's only been recently that I've started seeing (and reading about) people backpacking with [electronic] music. To me that's like the antithesis of my reasons for being on the backcountry. I go out there to experience the wilderness, connect with the earth/universe/nature, and to hear nature (or, even better, absolute silence)...

I'm curious what motivates wilderness travel for those wanting tunes along the way.

Could you please help enlighten us (old-schoolers?)? :)

p.s. the only area I can think of that seems familiar based on your photos is the John Muir Wilderness, east of Bear Diversion, near Florence Lake.
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby Cross Country » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:40 am

Whether music in the backcountry is good for me or not, I believe, is irrelevant. If it's good for you I'm all for it. There's nothing like a great 10 day backcountry backpacking trip. Some people might think old school shouldn't include fishing. I always went fishing and that's what worked for me. You are one of the good guys. Virtually all of us here are. Some of us forget this at times. Great trip and good for you and your music.
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby bheiser1 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:03 pm

jthomascarter wrote:Whether music in the backcountry is good for me or not, I believe, is irrelevant. If it's good for you I'm all for it. There's nothing like a great 10 day backcountry backpacking trip. Some people might think old school shouldn't include fishing. I always went fishing and that's what worked for me. You're are one of the good guys. Virtually all of us here are. Some of us forget this at times. Great trip and good for you and your music.


oh, I wasn't criticizing the music either ... I don't care if people listen to music with their ear buds. I'm just curious about it since that's the very kind of things some of us go to the woods to get away from :). If it works for you, all the power to you!
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:08 pm

I've been on long solo trips and see why someone brings music for evenings. I definitely do not think music on the trail is appropriate, but evenings can get long, particularly in Fall so music helps when you do not want to go to sleep at 6PM! I think music at night is no different than bringing a book to read at night. I personally do neither, just because I am obsessive about a light pack and the extra weight prevents me from taking either books or electronics. If someone comes up with a 2 oz. book or music gaget, I would take it. But if I had music, it would be classical. I can see me sitting at sunset at a spectacular mountain site listening to Bethoven (sorry I cannot spell). I suspect the poster, being younger, was listening to much more modern music! I also think even if you have music, you should still schedule a few nights for silence and really listen to the sounds of the wilderness. I do not see this as an "either" "or" issue. You can do both old school and new school.
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby paul » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:44 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:If someone comes up with a 2 oz. book or music gaget, I would take it. But if I had music, it would be classical. I can see me sitting at sunset at a spectacular mountain site listening to Bethoven (sorry I cannot spell).


I have a couple of different MP3 players, both about 2 oz with battery (they take 1AAA each). One battery will give you about 15 hours of symphonies and cantatas. only about $25.
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby lostcoyote » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:09 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:I definitely do not think music on the trail is appropriate, but evenings can get long...


may i ask why?
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby maverick » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:14 pm

I won't call it inappropriate, but would never use one myself either.
To me part of the wilderness experience is hearing the sounds around me, which puts
me in tune with my surroundings.
I have lost count of how many times I have come up on someone with a headset on
to pass them, and startled the heck out of them, some even jumped off the trail
almost losing there balance, and falling if I had not grabbed them.
Also if some animal would be near by I would never have a chance to hear it, or
a small hidden falls/cascade beyond some trees would be missed if I had a been listening
to music.
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:49 pm

this thread was more a TR. There was another thread on music, but i can't find it..

BTW, nice fish..

Personally, I agree with Mav.. I also get tired of having to repeat myself to fellow hikers because they have an ipod stuck in their ears on the trail.. Cant even hear the pikas screaming at you or the birds screeching at you..

In the tent, ok..
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby sierramel » Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:50 pm

30 years ago I tried taking my 12 year old daughter out on a couple of short backpacking trips, and she could never get along without taking along a cassette recorder which she would play while hiking. It nearly drove me crazy.
Over the years since then, the only time I ever took along canned music - and classical at that - was on a three week solo hike I did on the JMT about 25 years ago. It was OK - but I did it out of the worry I had that I might get lonely out there for so long by myself. I found out differently. I never did it again - even on longer solo trips.
I like to listen to the water, the wind, the birds, and screaming squirrels and pikas. The splash of that trout jmuping in the lake.
I too dislike seeing someone coming down the trail plugged into a ipod, bopping along to music I can hear as they get close to me. GET A GRIP!
I also HATE cell phones in the backcountry - but don't get me started on that.
I mean, what did everyone DO 20 years ago before cell phones existed?! Scream for their mama when they couldn't figure out how to light a fire, or wanted to know if they had mail? God-forbid they can't call out for an immediate rescue. That's why God made backcountry rangers. Sooner or later you or a hiker passing you will get a message out. You rarely die.
I don't have a cell phone. I think they're barbaric.
Say, didn't this thread start out being about a fly fishing trip?
Somewhere there is a thread about thread disintigration after so many posts.........
Big Pardon here for this...... I'm glad your fishing trip was so good and I really enjoyed your picture(s).
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Re: Backpacking fly fishing the sierras for ten days

Postby sierramel » Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:25 pm

......I should keep my big mouth to myself. I wanted to tell you that is one damfastic fish you have there. I'm probably just jealous that you caught it instead of me.
The next thing you know, I'm going to start complaining about people taking cameras into the backcountry instead of sketch pads and pencils. ;)
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