Wild Brook Trout caught and released from Lake
Sylvia using Sage 690 RPL+ and #16 Gray Hackle Peacock
Please practice "Catch-and-Release"
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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.
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.
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).
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).
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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