Fishin' Trails - 25 Short Hikes for Eastern Sierra Wild Trout

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Fishin Trails is a collection of full color photographs and detailed descriptions of 25 short hikes for spectacular wild trout angling in the Eastern Sierra of California. Six sections covering hike-in lakes in the Bishop Creek Drainage, Rock Creek s Little Lakes Valley, the Mammoth Lakes Basin, the June Lake Loop, the Tioga Pass region and the Virginia Lakes area take anglers to gorgeous high country lakes full of wild Sierra Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Golden Trout. Information on the various trout species, tackle and techniques, backcountry ethics and basic hiking tips are also covered in the book.

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The current General Manager and minority owner of Parchers Resort near Bishop, California, Jared Smith is a fishing, hiking and photography enthusiast who's passion for the Eastern Sierra has shaped his entire life. Known by many in the fishing community as Sierra Smitty , Jared began researching the book in the winter of 2004/2005 and has finally finished the four year project, Fishin' Trails, released in November of 2009.

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Everybody has an idea for a book, and Jared Smith has written the one I would have loved to write. At, 32, Smith has written Fishin¹ Trails, a guide to 25 short hikes for Eastern Sierra wild trout. Despite his relatively young age, Smith brings a lifetime of High Sierra fishing experience and his love of the high country is obvious in his writing. I first met Smith shortly after his family purchased Parchers Resort in the Bishop Creek Basin late in 2005. He was a new face at the annual Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Outdoor show at Del Mar in 2006 and I was impressed with his Sierra knowledge and experience. I've stopped by to visit when I am in the Bishop area and even spent a week enjoying the hospitality at Parcher's Resort. I've fished the area for years, but he still put me on to some secret places that delivered lots of fish. I hate it when a young whippersnapper knows more than I do about fishing! Last summer, Smith asked me to review a chapter of his book and I knew he had something that anyone who trout fishes and loves the High Sierra would really enjoy. I suspect I will be giving several copies as Christmas gifts. Smith was born and raised in Orange County, but was blessed with a family that had a long fishing history. Before he could walk, he was packed into Sierra Lakes by has parents. He caught his first trout in North Lake in the Bishop Creek Basin when he could hardly walk. In addition to the great photography, Smith offers valuable tips on how to fish the lakes in his book. He describes how to reach each lake, the elevation, size and type of fish found there. He also includes full-color images and chapters on Sierra trout, tackle and techniques, backcountry ethics, and hiking basics. The book has six sections featuring hike-to lakes in Bishop Creek Drainage, Rock Creek, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Loop, Tioga Pass area and Virginia lakes. Smith is already working on his next book that will be the same format but will be to more distant lakes. Smith hopes to have it in area tackle shops soon. As I said earlier, this is a book I wish I had written. --by Ernie Cowan, North County Times, San Diego California December 2, 2009

Eastern Sierra: Jared Smith, who owns and manages Parchers Resort below South Lake west of Bishop, has written a very good hiking-fishing book for those who love to hike and fish for wild trout in the Eastern Sierra. Calling himself a bona fide fishaholic in his introduction, Smith has included 25 short hikes for Eastern Sierra wild trout in his book, Fishin Trails. The book is photographed beautifully, written skillfully and comes loaded with good tips and trips. Smith starts with the basic items needed to take these hikes and catch wild trout, and then talks about the tackle and techniques. He calls Chapter 5 The Most Important Chapter, and for good reason. It deals with littering, catch-and-release fishing and being that guy, you know, that guy who carries an 18-pack of beer up to the lake and leaves empty beer cans, or that guy who doesn t follow a trail and makes his own, or that guy who brings a dog into the wilderness without a leash. His fishing lakes are broken into six regions, starting at his home base in Bishop Creek and then moving to Rock Creek, Mammoth, June Loop, Tioga Pass and the 20 Lakes Basin and Virginia Lakes. I haven t seen a guide book for fishing and hiking to remote spots this good since John Barbier was cranking them out in the 1990s. --By Ed Zieralski, San Diego Union-Tribune, December 25, 2009

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