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What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:03:34 PM »
I originally saw this topic on highserratopix and as I am getting my gear ready for some trips this summer and thought this might be fun while waiting to actually go. What am I missing? Any comments are welcome. Would love to see others kits as well.
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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 02:55:29 AM »
Looks to like a well rounded kit. All I carry these days in the backcountry is my fly gear. The only thing that I don't see but is a must for me even with my fly rod a bag split shot.

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 06:37:44 AM »
That is a nice trout kit.  I’m mostly a fly guy but do carry some lures if I’m heading to some special lakes I visit in the back-country.  But if you’re serious about catch and release in the back-country, get rid of the Treble Hooks.  Replace them with singles.

Might also want to carry some:

•   Extra Leader material
•   Extra spool with line (if you get a birds nest in the back-country, you’re done without a back-up!)
•   Clippers
•   Fishing Line Floatant
•   Split-Shot
•   Swiss Army Knife
•   Ketchum Release Tool (Catch & Release)
•   Pole Case (protect the pole while hiking)
•   Fishing License
•   Don’t forget your 10 Essentials when you’re in the back-country!
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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 01:56:05 PM »
Great set up!

In addition to the above excellent suggestions from WSH,  with an emphasis on the 10 essentials, you would likely benefit from adding some proven great old standbys such as :

Lures -
A couple of small Super Dupers, particularly ones with the ‘reflection’ tape
A couple of small SILVER Kastmasters & Thomas Bouyants
small swivels - although WSH has previously shared an alternative that he might suggest again in this post he is if able.

Flies –
Mosquitoes (don’t recognize any in your assorted gray hackled flies as such)
Basic Black Ants (non-parachute)
Royal Wulffs (better floatation/attractor than a standard Royal Coachman)
Grey Hackle Yellow Body
Grey Hackle Peacock Body
A Bee pattern – McGinty or a Western Bee

All have been consistent High Sierra  ‘go to’s ‘ with great success for me over the years (decades), in addition to those that you already have in your assortment.

All the best,  P A C

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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 02:49:46 PM »
My two cents:
I would add red and orange mini jigs and orange /green and brook trout pattern kastmasters.
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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 04:32:48 PM »
Hey all! Good looking kit and i hope you have some luck up there fishing. I myself had a question as to what type (meaning sink rate) sinking line you all prefer, I just picked up my first reel dedicated more to sinking line presentations so i was curious as to what is preferred for the eastern sierra lakes and depending on depth. Thanks in advance for any replies as ill be taking a trip here in about two weeks.

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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2018, 02:40:21 AM »
My sinking line has been on my spare spool so long that I don't even remember what rate it has.  ???  When hiking in the backcountry I carry a 7-10ft sinking leader to help get some depth in the lakes.

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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2018, 05:10:00 AM »
Sink rates are generally determined by the body of water you are fishing. An intermediate sink rate would give you the slowest sink rate and would be appropriate for slow moving, less deep water. A type 3 sink tip would be appropriate for a little faster sink rate (3-4 inches per second) and if the water is moving faster. For throwing streamers in a lake you may want to go with a type 6 sink rate which will sink at a faster rate.
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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2018, 06:47:31 AM »
Sinking lines are used to sink your flies down to where the fish are.  I mostly prefer to use full sink lines when in tandem with a streamer and dropper nymph.

My little trick if you want your fly down faster, use split shots on the leader helps greatly.  An alternative I prefer is using a tungsten conehead and let it slide loose on the leader.  The conehead also provides extra flash as well.  Just make sure you check your tippet often because a conehead has a tendency to wear the tippet.

If you do decide to use a sinking line, you need to choose a line that best matches the type of water you are planning to fish on.  Good luck!
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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2018, 09:34:19 AM »
Thanks for all the tips! Ill probably go with a clear intermediate for fishing the lakes around the loop. Will also be heading down to sotcher with the float tube to try fly fishing it for the first time. Anyone fish down there often? One of my favorite places in the ES.

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Re: What's in my pack? Backcountry fishing kit.
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2018, 04:11:48 PM »
Thanks for all the tips! Ill probably go with a clear intermediate for fishing the lakes around the loop. Will also be heading down to sotcher with the float tube to try fly fishing it for the first time. Anyone fish down there often? One of my favorite places in the ES.


I fish Sotcher Lake quite a bit when I’m in Mammoth.  Usually head down after 5pm for a couple of hours after the Park Rangers leave the gate.  Always done good there catching planters. For your info, the road down to Sotcher Lake is closed and not expected to be open until mid-June.  Check the website for updates.
https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/hours.htm
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