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View Poll Results: Do you catch and eat fish on any of your backpacking trips?
Yes 12 80.00%
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:13 PM
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Fishing on Backpacking Trips

Do you catch and eat fish on any of your backpacking trips?

Also, if you have photos, please share.

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:55 AM
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Do I catch and eat fish in the back country? No. I'm a terrible fisherman. Fish line up along the bank to laugh at me and watch me try. The catching part seems to be the weak link... Of course, if someone else catches the fish, I am more than happy to help with the eating part! (Pitiful answer, I know...)
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:41 AM
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I do catch and eat fish on most of my trips. Some trips are mainly just to get to places to fish. Most of the time I catch and release but I will eat a few, nothing like fresh trout when your out on the trail. In New Hampshire the Fish and Game department stocks fingerling trout by chopper into remote ponds that you can only get to by hiking. They have been doing this for many years so there is some great fishing if your willing to work to get there.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:16 AM
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When I hike with my brother in Montana, we usually fish... and occasionally catch enough to avoid starvation. If I'm not hiking with him, I'm content with the food I caught at the store and placed in my pack before I hit the trail.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:25 AM
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I'm with GGervin here - i try, but i don't succeed a lot of the time. not sure if it's lousy site selection, lousy technique, or i'm a comedy act for the fish.

but when i DO catch something, man howdy... that's fine eating.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:42 PM
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I always have hooks, line and sinkers with me, and if I notice any bait around camp (think grasshoppers), I can’t resist testing any convenient likely fish spots.
During last summer’s John Muir trip, our fish adventure started when we noticed grasshoppers on our afternoon walk after setting up camp one day. Rob just had to catch some, so I just had to try them on the fish we had seen near camp. One thing led to another, and with three trout and no more grasshoppers, the problem was how to cook them. We had no frying pan. Firewood was at a premium and I knew it would waste a lot of wood to build up a bed of coals. The following pics show the rock oven I made to capture the heat from the sticks we found, then return the heat to bake our fish. Fish were caught with a hand line of 4 lb test, with one split shot and a #12 bait hook.


We noticed fish in the above pool.


Fish landed!


Making an oven . . .


Heating the oven . . .


Baking the trout . . .


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Old 06-14-2013, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for sharing the photos, richwads. Very nice.

They sure taste great from stream to fire to mouth.

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Old 03-23-2014, 01:56 PM
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eating fish

Well, I regularly hike with a group that hikes primarily for the objective of reaching high mountain lakes to fish. For the past 10 years we've carried float tubes, rods, etc to spend several days in the wilderness to pursue trout. Nothing taste better than a fresh trout.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:39 PM
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Trick question

I fly fish on most of my backpacking trips, but almost never eat the fish. Once in a great while, when we are camped in an area that won't be impacted, where fires are legal, and where my wife finally complains enough that I keep few fish, I'll eat some.

But 98% of the time, it's catch and release.
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