We've spent a fair amount of time writing about fishing in the backcountry. Regardless of how you define "backcountry", fishing there means getting away from roads and parking lots and finding rivers, streams and creeks whose banks see fewer bootprints throughout the year. So, if you've found lingering winter weather conditions or soaking spring rains keeping you from hitting the stream as often as you'd like to this spring, why not take advantage of your indoor residence to plan this year's angling departures from the beaten path. Sure, leaving the conveniences of access-point fishing means more work. But, as is commonly the case, with greater work often comes greater reward.
If you're considering exploring a bit more this year -- and we strongly suggest you do -- hopefully the resources below, published over the last couple of years, will help kick start your planning.
Backcountry: What, Where and Why
There are a myriad of reasons to fish the backcountry, both near and far. And there is a backcountry that's near. If you're looking for extra motivation, check out our introductory primer on Backcountry Fly Fishing.
Backcountry: Preparing / Gearing Up
If the backcountry excursion you're planning is a simple day-trip, then you likely already have all the gear you need, save for a stray item or two. If it is the week-long backcountry trip of a lifetime, or something in between, you may need a bit more. Our three part series on gearing up for a backcountry fly fishing excursion covers guidelines and suggestions on backpacks, tents and other camp and trail needs such as mess kits, navigational tools and more.
Backcountry: Taking the Kids
If you think think that heading into the backcountry means ditching the kids, think again. Seasoned backcountry fisherman, and author of the book Yellowstone's Backcountry Cutthroats, Darin Letzring explores the options for bringing the kids along and how to do so safely and smartly.