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Pack Trip Wrap Up

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Golden Trout Wilderness Horse Pack Trip

Host: Ange Graceffa

Our group consisted of five fly fishers, one host and two wranglers, and we set off for five days into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We were hunting for the California state fish, the Golden Trout. A wild fish of unimaginable color, you can find them high in the Sierras - accessible only by horseback.

We made base camp at 10,600ft across from the lowest of the three Alger lakes. The wranglers did the bulk of the work, putting up our tents (you bring your own fishing gear and sleeping bag) and cooking the meals.

All but one of our group were new to fly fishing prior to this trip. It was the perfect place for the newcomers to learn and plenty of golden fish were caught (then released).

Each day was started with some fishing instruction with plenty of time for everyone to fish alone or explore the surrounding area. Some folks used this afternoon time to hike to the 3rd lake.

A couple of our explorers (a bit younger and with more energy) decided to hike up to the crater above the third lake - 12,000 feet!

Another day the group decided to trek to the mine shafts we spotted with binoculars from our base camp across the valley.

We had some rain, some sunshine and lots of fun.

Who should go next year? New fly fishers that are ready for their next adventure and experienced ones looking to get off the grid and into the wilderness.