Wild Brook Trout caught and released from Lake
Sylvia using Sage 690 RPL+ and #16 Gray Hackle Peacock

Fly Fishing Gear Guide
Please practice "Catch-and-Release"
Like Hiking, Backpacking, and Photography, Fishing is one of my many passions.  Whenever possible, I try to combine hobbies.  I like to bring a flyrod on trips in fishable areas.  My favorite backcountry locations to fish are:
Desolation Wilderness
Ansel Adams Wilderness
Tuolumne Meadows


Backcountry Flyfishing
Backcountry Flyfishing can be accomplished with two fundamental outfits.  A Lake and a Stream outfit.  While it is possible to choose a "middle" outfit to accomplish both, I would recommend two different outfits.

"Catch-and-Release"
When Fishing in the backcountry, I recommend "Catch and Release".  Because trout in these waters are a wild and precious resource, please fish with barbless hooks and practice "Catch and Release" whenever possible.  I'm not against having a trout for dinner on a backpacking trip, just try to keep "Catch and Kill" to a minimum.  You will notice quite a few trips on this site where backcountry trout are kept for dinner, but were not wasted.
 
Stream Outfit

When Flyfishing streams I prefer to use a 9 foot 4 weight rod with a floating line.  I personally use Sage rods, but really any rod will do.  I use a Sage 490-4 RPL rod which is a 4-piece rod.  It's light and compact yet powerful.

Flies
I bring an assortment of dry flies: Mosquito (#16, #20), Elk Hair Caddis (#14, #18), and Grasshopper (#12).  The Grasshopper may seem like overkill, but in the Summer/Fall timeframe, even small brookies can't resist a good Grasshopper imitation.  For wet flies I bring: Assorted Wooly Buggers (#10), Gray Hackle Peacock (#12, #16), Hare's Ear (#16), and Pheasant Tail (#16).
 
 
Lake Outfit

For Flyfishing lakes, I choose to use a 9 foot 6 weight rod (Sage 690-4 RPL+) with a Clear flyline.  This rod is also a 4 piece rod.  Some may think a 6 weight rod is overkill, but when fishing from the shore you really need to cast far.  I like the Scientific Angler's Clear line because it doesn't' spook fish, is easy to cast, and allows me to fish multiple depths (it sinks slowly).

Flies
I bring an assortment of wet flies only: Assorted Wooly Buggers (#10), Gray Hackle Peacock (#12, #16), Hare's Ear (#16), and Pheasant Tail (#16).  A noted expert on flyfishing in the Desolation Wilderness recommends bring a Black Gnat.

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