Rondy: Desolation Wilderness Backpacking to Fish

  • 25 Jul 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • 28 Jul 2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • Desolation Wilderness
  • 0


Rondy: Desolation Wilderness Backpacking to fish

Dates:  July 25 - 28, 2024 (alternate August 22 - 25 if snowpack and runoff conditions require)

Leader:  Matt Didden -

Number of anglers (including leader):  6

Description:  This Sierra Tahoe Rondy is a 3-night backpacking trip to fly fish the headwaters of the American River watershed located west of Lake Tahoe. This Rondy is limited to 5 experienced backpackers (6 including the leader). 

We will fish the Rubicon River between Camper Flat and Clyde Lake, as well as the lakes near camp. This freestone river contains rainbows, with “some goldens” in the upper section, and the alpine lakes contain brookies. There will be opportunities to fish with dries, nymphs, and streamers.

The plan is to meet at the Rockbound trailhead near Wrights Lake off Highway 50 mid-morning of July 25, hike to Lake Lois (7.25 miles, 2,000’ elev. gain), and make camp early afternoon. We may move our camp for 1 or more nights. July 28 we will hike out. The elevation ranges from ~7,000’ to ~8,500’ with one pass to cross (Rockbound Pass, 8,650’). Temperatures can vary with very warm days and cool, sometimes windy, nights. Pack accordingly for all conditions!

If the snowpack conditions prevent being able to hike to camp, the Rondy will be rescheduled with a start date of August 22. This will be finalized in May.

You must be an experienced backpacker and have the ability to hike with your pack up to 8 miles a day on rough trails.  The leader is an experienced backpacker.  However, the expectation is that all participants in this Rondy will be self-sufficient. You will need all the normal backpacking gear to take care of yourself on the trail.  We may share some gear such as stoves, water filters, etc.

There will be a virtual pre-meeting to discuss logistics, carpool, gear, fly selection, shared supplies, etc. The date for this pre-meeting will be in May at a date to be set later. 

Suggested Gear:  3-5 wt single handed fly rods

Cost:  The fee for this Rondy is $25  

Other expenses will include your transportation and food/supplies. 

Cancellation Policy:  There are no refunds.  In the event that a member is, for any reason, unable to attend, he may resell his slot (rod) to another GGACC member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists).  It is the sole responsibility of the member to manage this transaction.  This is not the responsibility of the leader or club.

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