New "Backpacking Angler" Website:
It is launched and now off and running - the new "Backpacking Angler" website.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the only website devoted strictly to
backpacking and fly fishing
From the very first time Craig mentioned this to me, I have thought it was an
excellent idea. There is a huge amount of information (that would be of little
interest to anyone otherwise) to be revealed about backpacking into remote
This type of fishing has been going on for years, even here in the Smokies. There
is nothing new about it other than Craig's effort to devote a website to it. My only
advise to him was to not make it regional. Although backpacking into the
backcountry in the Smokies is popular, it is not nearly as popular as backpacking
into many other fishing destinations.
I remember my wife and I flying to Canada into the English river system in Ontario
in the early 1970s. I can remember there was no electricity in the camp and I can
remember taking along some big canoes in addition to our packs. My Yankee
brotherin referred to this as portage. Portage my you know what. My father would
have called it "toatin boats on your back". We fly in from Kenora (probably
spelled wrong) about a hundred miles north in a float plane to the canoe hiding
spot and then we started backpacking boats.
My pilot, Jim Gray, and his wife were along with us for the trip. I had a brilliant
pilot. He could come up with all types of exotic fishing destinations that we could
only reach via plane. For some reason, I would not stop to think, "he is going
along too and even worse, I am paying him to go fishing.
We flew to Kenora but from there on in we flew in on a float plane chartered by
our outfitter. From that point on, we were backpacking. I must stop now, or
otherwise, I will turn my website into a non Smoky Mountain website. Flying
Back to the subject (almost), we must remember the typical one-hundred year old
and older backpack trips anglers made to fish the small lakes in the
Sierra-Nevada mountain range. I almost forgot the ultimate backpack trip I made
into the backcountry of Alaska. That was strictly done to catch "rainbow trout" on
the fly in places no one had fished up to that time. I said Rainbow Trout. I should
have said huge rainbow trout - up to ten pounds. Here I go again wondering off
the subject back into time. I could go on and on with my own backpacking
experiences. The subject isn't a small one by any means.
Craig took my advice. I believe he is just as smart as my pilot was. He immediately
thought "in order to write about backpacking into other places, I first have to go
Check out his website www.backpackingangler.com and support his efforts
please. His efforts will be useful to many others for years to come. You will see a
report on his "labor day" backcountry backpacking trip on this site. Later, I am
sure you will be able to get a lot more detail from his website.
Copyright 2008 James Marsh