Seven Devils

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  1. MDK

    MDK Active Member

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    Packed into Seven Devils in Idaho with horses and mules in late August. My first pack trip. Used to do a lot of backpacking but getting too old for heavy packs and thought I'd try this. Good part was we could take float tubes. Bad part was ridding horse - sore butt and thighs. Seven Devils is a rugged area where trails are very steep and lots of sharp and loose rocks. Need good boots and even hiking with day packs can be tiring due to elevation between 7-8,000 ft.

    There is a loop trail of about 24 miles than has many spur(side) trails into a number of lakes(20-30). It is very popular with horse packers and backpackers. Most of the lakes contain rainbow or cutthroat trout. A few are barren. IDFG stocks some of the lakes with rainbows every 3 years. The cutthroat are self-reproducing.

    We fished in 8 lakes. Some contained many fish but were all small(6-12"), others contained fewer fish but were bigger(14-20"), one had many average fish(10-14") and one had no fish. The fishing could be much better if IDFG would adjust their management regulations. Currently, they allow a 6 fish limit with no restriction on gear or bait. If they just halved the limit and designated a couple of lakes to single hook/catch and release it would make a difference. All and all a great trip despite my ineptitude with a horse. IMG_1478_1.JPG IMG_1481_1.JPG IMG_1484_1.JPG IMG_1492_1.JPG IMG_1506_1.JPG IMG_1509_1.JPG IMG_1511_1.JPG IMG_1515_1.JPG IMG_1519_1.JPG IMG_4323_1.JPG
     
  2. Terry Bare

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    Looks like a great time thanks for sharing
     
  3. triploidjunkie

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    Never been into seven devils, but I grew up taking pack trains into the wilderness areas above twisp and winthrop. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Biscuet

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    That place is beautiful!! Went there several years ago, but unfortunately didn't do any fishing. :( I'll never forget how pretty it is!
     
  5. scottmel

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    Very tugged indeed. I backpacked the entire loop a few years ago with my wife (before kids).
     

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