I wondered if this had fallen off the edge of the earth. I didn't know about any PMs going around; sorry if it turned you off Dustin. Now Pan hangs a "carrot" like the Selkirks out there . . . ; what's that sounding like to folks? I've never backpacked anywhere in Idaho, but I've dreamt about it. Just don't make it July 12-13; I signed up to go salmon fishing in the ocean then. Would this likely be an August adventure?
I'd like to get in on this. I've never "actually" been hiking and I've been meaning to try it. So any tips on what would I need to bring? And anytime works good for me. And I would definetly wanna fish some moving water.
Backpacking means alpine lakes to me. Rivers with fish in them are at low elevations and generally have a road following along nearby. Any backpackable streams I've seen are small to tiny creeks flowing into and out of high lakes with limited - but sometimes interesting - fishing options for up to one person. Maybe different in the Selkirks.
I think hiking hard and far is good for some things but not likely the best for a combined social backbacking event. Other than hiking in the Pasayten, most backpacking fishing destinations in the Cascades or Olympics are not very far, maybe up to 8 miles.
Colton & Arthur,
If fishing moving water is a qualifying criterion, that means hiking up the Quinault or Queets Rivers unless you want to go backpacking along a road. I'm sure there are exceptions, but this gives a general idea. I've hiked along the upper Stehekin and Methow, but you're fishing for 8" cutthroat. Alpine lakes offer better opportunities for trout large enough to eat.
I'll give you guys a lake hike that has a little of everything. Turquoise Lake up off the Icicle. It's about 11 miles in from the trailhead. A little over half the hike is along the Icicle River and then it zips up the ridge to the lake. The last 3/4 mile to the lake is via game trails as the the "trail" to is is non-maintained. Old intel said the lake had cutts in it in the 14-15 inch range. Cuitan Lake, nearby has a rough trail to it that is mistaken for the trail to Turquoise.
Hike can be hot as it's a south slope. The "zip" up the ridge does get hot as there's no water between the Icicle River and Turquoise (or Cuitan)
I'm a fan of Twin Lakes cutts so that's why I did this one in the mid-90's.
It sounds like you really haven't been backpacking. 11 miles up a hot south slope is a long ways to carry a float tube, waders, and fins, AND all your camping gear. Or maybe you're young and a glutton for punishment. We could throw a few good sized rocks in your pack if you're too fast for everyone else. Methinks Zen's suggestion is aimed at gleaning the hikers from the non-hikers. I'm carrying a Curtis raft (2#) in my pack.
I was hikinh in the mallard larkins and my buddy found a rock that looked exactly like the classic face of the Matterhorn. He had to have it so he straped it to the top of his pack and hiked out with it. It is not a small chunk of granite either...