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, 11 months 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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