San Joaquin River, Middle Fork

Mammoth Lakes, California

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Two wild trout fisheries, split by the put-and-take waters around the Devil’s Postpile. California wears its geology on its sleeve. If you don’t agree, just have a look at Yosemite or to the south and a little west, the Devil’s Postpile. This textbook example of pipe-like stems of basalt towers over the upper reaches of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin, one of fewer than three dozen designated wild trout waters in the state. If you plan to fish, and want to drive in, get there early. You can leave whenever you wish. Otherwise, you’ll have to use the shuttle bus which leaves from the gate below Minaret Summit. Once you’ve transported yourself into this wilderness, what do you find? Rainbows, brookies, browns, goldens, and that hybrid rainbow/golden with flanks as orange as flame azalea and bellies to match. The river along the three campgrounds is heavily stocked with rainbows. This stretch of two miles is essentially tumbling pocket water. Species: Rainbow, brown, brook, golden, rainbow/golden hybrid. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Two wild trout fisheries, split by the put-and-take waters around the Devil’s Postpile. California wears its geology on its sleeve. If you don’t agree, just have a look at Yosemite or to the south and a little west, the Devil’s Postpile. This textbook example of pipe-like stems of basalt towers over the upper reaches of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin, one of fewer than three dozen designated wild trout waters in the state. If you plan to fish, and want to drive in, get there early. You can leave whenever you wish. Otherwise, you’ll have to use the shuttle bus which leaves from the gate below Minaret Summit. Once you’ve transported yourself into this wilderness, what do you find? Rainbows, brookies, browns, goldens, and that hybrid rainbow/golden with flanks as orange as flame azalea and bellies to match. The river along the three campgrounds is heavily stocked with rainbows. This stretch of two miles is essentially tumbling pocket water. Species: Rainbow, brown, brook, golden, rainbow/golden hybrid. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Mammoth Lakes
Access: Easy to Difficult
Season & Limits: Late April through October
Local Maps: Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to San Joaquin River, Middle Fork

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May 2018