For many anglers, the lure of fishing is not always the fish, but the places where the fish are. Tossing a rod is just the excuse for heading into the back of beyond, to enjoy nature on nature's terms, to get past the parking lot to enter the backcountry.
Whether going by foot or by self-propelled craft, such as a canoe or kayak, backcountry travel leads anglers from an auto accessible trailhead or put-in to a fishing destination they must reach on their own, without a car or motorboat. This is backcountry fishing. The simplest way is to get there by foot. Walking or hiking to the destination requires merely a body of water, whether it be a lake or stream. Outback travel by boat is a little more complicated. A canoe or kayak is needed. In this situation you will start at a put-in and if by river, travel downstream, maybe camping, maybe not, then ending at a take-out. Other times, you will start and end in the same place, especially when traveling lakes, or a series of lakes connected by portages. Many kayaking destinations will be in saltwater. Some backcountry boating destinations, whether they be fresh or salt, river, lake or ocean, will be shared by some motor boaters.
This guide covers backcountry fishing, whether day tripping in a canoe, day hiking along a remote river, or going for a multi-day excursion. Whether fly fishing, spin fishing, or saltwater fishing, Backcountry Fishing has all the information needed to be best prepared for backcountry fishing excursions.
* Equipment including repair and maintenance
* Casting techniques
* Types of boats, canoes, and kayaks
* Backcountry campsites
* List of fish including where to find and bait to use
* Cooking in the backcountry
To help get anglers started, a list of backcountry fishing destinations for each state is also included with hiking and paddling destinations. It covers the bodies of water to be fished, where the waters are, the fish to be caught, backcountry accesses, what maps will be helpful, what types of overnight camping possibilities while fishing, and a helpful Internet information link. A final comment provides an idea of what to expect.
About Johnny Molloy
Despite a disastrous first camping trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Johnny Molloy developed a life-long passion for the outdoors, which he continues today. He has published numerous books including hiking guides to Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee as well as tent camping guides to Florida, Colorado, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Smokies. He is a resident of East Tennessee.