Backcountry Travels



Whiskeytown Kokanee blackened and cast iron cooked!
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, AUGUST 8, 2017

Whiskeytown Reservoir

Two months prior to his assassination, John F. Kennedy traveled to Clear Creek to dedicate the Whiskeytown dam. He spoke high praise for the Central Valley Project, the purpose to benefit agriculture, provide flood protection, power generation, and bookoo recreation. It's the recreation that draws me, like a bug to a porch light -- kokanee fishing to be precise. My cohort,...
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Hell Hole, the Best Kind
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, JULY 28, 2017

Hells Canyon Reservoir

If you like camping and fishing in extremely remote locales, Hell Hole Reservoir is for you. It's located in the Eldorado National Forest, reached by very long, sinuous roads, and there's rainbows, browns, mackinaw, and kokanee to fish for. Like many other Sierra lakes, Hell Hole also contains a healthy population of crawdads. My cohort, Kevin Ogg, and I visited Hell...
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Stampede Kokanee
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by Phil Akers, JULY 19, 2017

Stampede Reservoir

Red Hot can be used to describe the action at Stampede Reservoir right now. If you wear an orange shirt, hot-tempered kokanee might actually jump into your boat. Seriously, orange is a hot color right now, especially when coupled with shoe-peg corn marinated in tuna juice.  This past weekend we had no problems pulling limits out of Stampede. You too can...
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Thousand Lakes Volcano
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, JULY 12, 2017



Thousand Lakes Volcano Wilderness is located in the southern Cascade Mountain range, between the town of Burney and Lassen Volcanic National Park, and offers something for nearly every user group. Stunning panoramic views from lofty volcanic summits, thick forest, verdant alpine meadows, and excellent fishing are just a few highlights that beckon empirical backpackers and equestrians.  So is the story of...
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Getting Kids Hooked
Backcountry Travels
by Phil Akers, MAY 12, 2017



Now,  more than ever, we need to get our kids involved in the outdoors. Many kids are becoming softer and lazier with each generation, losing touch with nature, depending on technology to instantly learn everything, presumably, and get them where they need to go. We are also losing many of our precious natural resources. Kids should understand – and more...
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A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog
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by Phil Akers, MAY 3, 2017



Bigfoot’s number one pet is the wolverine but for us humans it’s the canine. Americans are projected to spend $60 billion this year on pets! A large portion of this goes to dogs. We all love our dogs and generally take them everywhere we can. There are many classes: working dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, competition dogs, hunting...
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