Golden Trout Wilderness

We all have those fishing experiences that you want to relive time and time again.   For me, it's the Golden Trout Wilderness in California's Sierra Nevada.  The hiking, friendships, and adventure always make the trip worth remembering.  Most of all though, it's the California State Fish (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) that stands center stage on any trip into this hidden gem of the Sierra!  

You might spend an entire day without seeing another group of hikers, you'll see even fewer people with fly rods. Solitude at its finest. 

Packing is critical.  Be sure to plan accordingly. 

High mountain passes will take your breath away. Cottonwood Pass | 12,126 ft

An example of the average Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita).

The creeks are all small enough to jump across and the water is refreshing on a hot summer day. No need for waders, just bring your polarized sunnies, you'll spot 10-30 fish per run!

Hiking through the high Sierra's can be a challenge but with views like this, the effort is well worth it.

The Golden State's (fresh water) fish couldn't me more appropriately colored.

Sweeping views of one of the many creek crossed meadows. Here, its Big Whitney Meadow.  

Small fish can be delicate, especially these threatened species. #keepemwet

Unfortunately these trips must come to an end.  The good news...this place makes an amazing annual trip destination. 

If you're looking for more inspiration, check out this great video (Liquid Gold) from California Trout.