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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