Just returned from Davis Lake, CA. It is not a backcountry lake but the fishing was grand. My brother and I caught 10 on thurs, and 21 on Fri. All were hard fighting rainbows in the 14-17" range. Flies like woolly buggers and J Fair wiggletails were working well trolled behind lead core line. The big fish 2-5 lb.s were being taken by fly fisherman in the grassy shallows on the west side of the lake. We are going back later this week. Two doubles on Fri.
Loc: San Diego CA
Bill, you come out to California for a week some summer and I will make sure you get to see some golden trout. They are all above 10,000 feet elevation though...hard to hang a hammock sometimes. the one I showed the picture of was 11,000 feet. I got a few new hot tips from my biologist friends to check out as well...more rumors of 18 inchers.
They also have golden trout in the Winds........although I have yet to catch one. We could meet in the middle
Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
No, never experienced it. I didn't feel it a bit when I lived and played out there, but that was quite a few years ago now.
But even when I went to the Sequoias I never hiked above the tree line. I may have gotten close a few times, but I'm sure I was never above it. I'm really not sure what the highest I've ever been is. I know it's at least 9,000ft, but I can't say for sure if I've been much higher up than that. I may have been driving when I peaked out