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Hello I am new to this forum and in search of someone that can help me out, I want to do a backpack fly fishing trip where I'm in the backcountry with no trails or campsites fly fishing and eating what I catch, camping wherever for 5 days or so, where could I do something like this if even possible? Thanks in advance
 

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No trails? Wind River Mountains in Wyoming-

And after awhile you'll be wishing for a trail-
 

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Just pick literally any wilderness with lakes that are not on a trail. You better have good orienteering skills because back country with no trails is dense, slow going, frustrating, and disorienting.

No trail is usually a sign of poor fishing ;)
 

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Haha..bushwhacking sucks! If there was an easier way to get to a lake, that's where the trail would be. The trail is where it is...because that is the easy way. And as said...almost all high mountain lakes in Colorado ...with fish...have a trail. If you're willing to drive some miles to southwestern Colorado..I know the perfect trip you could take. Five days...five lakes..It would make for a fantastic backpacking trip and you won't see too many people at all.
 

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Beaver creek below Skagway. Bring your mtn lion, bear and rattlesnake repellant. No trail for about 8 of 10 miles. Small creek. Decent fishing for small trout. I did some research but never hiked more than a mile or two from each access. Has potential.
 

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Me and my buddy Rodger hiked/fished Beaver Creek from end to end with a two car shuttle back in the eighties. The fishing was below average at best...small browns.. and pretty non-existent the last four miles. Between the rocks and boulders, the jungle of overgrowth and having to traverse/scramble up, down and around numerous obstacles...I wouldn't have done it then if I'd known what I knew after the hike ... and I'd never send anyone there that I liked. Other than the old power plant...that was kinda cool.
 

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Backpacking, most fly anglers I've seen come dressed like they are going for a Lunar landing, might as well take a moonbuggy to transport all the junk!
 

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You want trails my friend. There is nothing worse than busting brush. Add in the ticks in some areas and you'll be wishing for sidewalks before the day is done. I look for any trail, even a rabbit path to crawl on while bow hunting. If busting brush is what you like then follow the words of Tangler. Good luck and don't poke your eye out. lol
 

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The Fossil Ridge Wilderness area has some really quality cutthroat and a great brook trout lake. While there are trails, they are very lightly used as the Gunnison area is not nearly as well-known as many other areas across the Centennial State.
 

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There are a ton of places to do this in Colorado. Every year my buddy and I choose a high mountain lake to backpack into and every year I get more frustrated that I wouldn't be able to hit all the spots we want to if I had 2 lifetimes. Don't restrict yourself to 100% off trail all the time. There are a bunch of places where you can start on a well used trail branch off to a little used trail and finish up with some bushwacking. We hit a lake a couple years ago that has a trail for much of it, but then fizzles out and you try to stay on elk trails the rest of the way. I doubt the lake sees more than a half dozen people all year if that.

The collegiates, san juans, holy cross wilderness, grand mesa, flattops, etc all have places you can disappear.
 

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A lot of great info given out for other members seeking the same... :thumb:
 
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