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Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:08 am
by jburge
Had the recent opportunity to put my new Iwana to good use in the high Sierras. I couldn't have done it without Daniel's help. He made sure my new rod arrived on time before I left. Thank you Daniel!

I backpacked several miles into the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest and set up camp where I knew I could fish for a full day-and-a-half. It was a blast to have only the Iwana, minimal fly gear, and a river all to myself. I gotta say I caught more fish than I can remember, released (LDR'd) more than I can remember, and was totally stoked by landing my first 'bow on a version of a Takayama Sakasa Kebari that I tied myself.

You couldn't ask for more beautiful country or more hard-fighting wild fish. I plan on going back very soon.

On the way in:

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First 'bow on a Takayama Sakasa Kebari:

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The fish are wild and strong:

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A place I got to call home for a couple of days:

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John

Re: Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:14 am
by goneflyfishing
Awesome! One of the many places I would like to visit and fish. Did you catch any golden trout?

Re: Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:12 am
by rsetina
Great looking trip. GTW is a great place to spend time camping and fishing. I just never get up there and it's so close.

Re: Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:02 am
by ConorUK
lovely fish in a beautiful setting, thanks for sharing!

Re: Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:18 am
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
Beautiful fish! It's amazing that I feel like I can tell they are wild, just so healthy looking!
That's an area I have to visit still!

Re: Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:08 pm
by troutrageous1
Stunning beauty in those photos! Great post.

Re: Iwana in the Golden Trout Wilderness

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:07 pm
by jburge
Thanks, guys! I'm always impressed no matter how many times I head into that country.

goneflyfishing, You know the funny thing is, even though I was targeting goldens, I didn't land any and I worked a stretch of river at least half a mile long. I know they're there though. I caught this guy in the same stretch of water on a prior visit:

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You gotta admire his "big dog" attitude in taking a #12 rubber leg stimulator :-)

Also caught plenty like this in a prior trip to the GTW:

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The color never ceases to amaze me.

I can't wait to get back!

John