9 days; is just about outside my comfort zone.¬† i’ve been out longer, but always a few days from a well stocked base camp.
this time, it is packing in, packing out.¬† for what?¬† for trout.¬† i think my younger brother just got out of a relationship..and “needs to talk”, or have some “guy time”.¬† either way, he really pressured me to go, when my friend offered up an invitation.¬† i’ll be there to listen and offer big bro advice if needed.
for the local guys, we are going into the Sierras, the Golden Trout wilderness area.¬† i have hunted this area before, but we took in horses.¬† there are LOTS of trout, but i am a awful fisherman.¬† my group caught 30-40 fish, and i got zero last time.¬† i am that bad.¬† ZERO, while standing next to a guy that says…”whoa..got another one..feels big!”..
gear i have.¬† just found out i need a bear canister.¬† i’ll share one with my brother..take turns carrying it.¬† i’ve lightened up my tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad..by half.
food for 9 days is crazy.¬† i hope we catch fish and eat lots..but i still have to take in food just in case..still working out dinner.
anyone ever cook a trout on a stick over a fire?¬† hate to have to bring in a pan.¬† i want to go light!¬† i am not a super strong hiker.
any tips?¬† pep talk?
cliffi was told my line was too visible last time.¬† this time i got 2-lb, flour-clear from P-line.¬† it feels and looks like a spider web.P-Line is good I use it for bass fishing on my rods.I’m not familiar with fishing in that area.I used to do alot of trout fishing and the only advice I can give you is if they are native fish (not stocked) they are very very spooky fish. Cast light and move slow oh did I mention they are SPOOKY.Monster 6, DL 28.5 DW 72#, QAD UltraRest HDX Lost Camo, HHA DS-XL5519, Carbon Tech Panthers, G5 Strikers 100grYea I am taking camo gear. Stealth.
Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'isShoot me a pm… I can help you figure out the fly fishing angle if you want to try that as opposed to flinging bait. ¬†I believe you are close enough to make it work…thanks FATS.¬† generous offer.¬† i got my pack to just a few ounces shy of 35lbs..and i am damn happy about that.¬† i’ll just pack my 6.5′ UL spinning and call it good.
while i have probably taken hundreds of bass, i bet i have taken 15 trout in my life.¬† me and trout, we just cant get it together.¬† hoping this trip changes the odds.
again thanks.¬† i’ll focus on the dumb trout for now.¬† later, fly-fishing is an option.i’m back!!¬† legs are sore.¬† i lost 9 lbs, and my brother lost 14.¬† we CRUSHED the trout.¬† my first cast with my brandnew UL rod and reel (i hate spinning gear) was a snag into a tree.¬† DUH!¬† my second cast got me my first brook trout.¬† yeehaw!
i friend took us in on horses 20 miles.¬† i almost hugged him.¬† but we had to hike out 35 miles over some of the gnarliest terrain.¬† we were the first in, so the first leg out and further in was all cross country with NO TRAIL!¬† we were boulder hopping, climbing over blow downs.¬† it was ugly.¬† we simply went from trout spot to trout spot.¬†¬† one spot was at 11,000 feet.
we got 5 species.¬† Brook, Rainbow, Brown, some hybrid rainbow, and golden trout.¬† 5 species!!
this was by far the best pack trip of my life.¬† i really broke in my hunting boots.Question is, would you do it again next year?heck yes!!¬† i loved it.
i bet we caught 500 trout.¬† i was the least successful fisherman, and i got at least 80!..a few days i didnt fish but sat and watched the scenery.
¬†does a body good. That’s a bunch of stinking trout. Next year’s gear list start now. ¬†¬†¬†
- This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by vash.
Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'isOutstanding Vash! ¬†That sounds like an epic trip!
Joined: 10/8/2008That sounds awesome. Congrats on the trout!
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