Loc: Seattle, Washington
Good deal. I'm in Seattle, obviously. I was a steelheader for years, fishing the Skykomish, Stillaguamish & Skagit rivers. but I never made it to B.C. (nirvana) to fish for record steelhead. These days I usually do a couple of summer trips, and of course I hit the huge pink salmon runs every odd year. They're incredibly fun on a 6wt fly rod.
#67636 - 03/02/0702:39 PMRe: my favorite all around spinning rod right now
Telescoping rods: some of my aquaintences use those cheapo telescoping spinning rods for high lakes fishing. I always thought it was a silly idea because the rods are cheap, too short, and break easily. I couldn't imagine them having any decent action. But then I did a kayaking trip on the Colorado River below Hoover Dam this summer, and when I found out these guys fished, I bought one of these cheap rod & reel combos (Shakespear, I think) at a Wal-Mart in Las Vegas. Since I'm not a purist fly fisherman I have no problems fishing with gear. The darn thing cast extremely well and I caught a ton of stripers on this rig, some fish up to 20" and 3 or 4 lbs. The rod did very well. I have since taken it on my high lakes fishing trips and it's really handy to have. I often find myself bushwhacking to small, brushy potholes while on my hike to my real destination lake, and it's very handy to have this little rig already setup with lure ready to go, stuck in the mesh pocket on my pack. If all I want to do it try a few casts and see if there are any fish in the lake I don't have to take my pack off, dig in my pack to retrieve my fly rod, set it up, and possibly set up my raft. It's cheaply made and I'm sure it will break before too long, but I like it.
I just recently bought the same model (I think). Came with a spincast reel, a few pieces of tackle, all in an orange tackle box? I am just getting into fishing this year, and didnt want to spend tons of cash on it then decide I didnt care for it. As I plan mainly fishing while out in the woods, I wanted something small as well. This fit all my criteria; simple, cheap, easily packed. As soon as the weather warms up, I'm gonna go out & give her a try!
Loc: Seattle, Washington
[/quote]I just recently bought the same model (I think). Came with a spincast reel, a few pieces of tackle, all in an orange tackle box? I[/quote]
No, mine came in a gray plastic box with a clear plastic lid. One thing I didn't mention, which I should have, the graphite Shakespear reel that came with it was an absolute POS. It started falling apart on me on the first day of a week long kayak trip in the lower Colorado Rriver. I was able to cannibalize spare parts and screws from other tackle in the group often enough to keep it working until the end of the trip. In the attached photo I have my old Quantum Microspin reel attached to it. I've caught pink salmon up to 6 lbs on this reel and it has always worked great for me. It's my favorite reel for backpacking and It weighs 6.5 oz.
I did a bad bad good thing yesterday. I was at the Sportsman's show and looking at fishing gear--bad. And I got to thinking about my hubby's recent retirement and the fact that no one gave him a retirement gift, mostly I guess because he retired from his own business. So then I got to thinking that my hubby's idea of fishing definitely falls into the fly fishing purview. The sport for him is to use the lightest possible equipment to catch the biggest possible fish. When he was a kid, he fly-fished in the Sierras with his dad a great deal. Then I got to thinking he only has very very old outdated equipment. So the really big idea I got was to buy him a once-in-a-lifetime retirement gift to go with his new leisure lifestyle. So I shopped all the fishing booths and got from Hub Sports both excellent advice for fly equipment for backcountry fishing and a truly excellent deal on some very high end stuff. I got him a 4 wt. 9' 4 pc. Sage rod and a matching new generation Sage reel. Ultralight-good, expensive-bad, good deal-good. Hubby LOVES it. Priceless!!
Loc: Seattle, Washington
Wow, it sounds like you really scored at the show. You can't go wrong with a Sage rod. I've fished with a couple over the last 15 years or so and they're great rods. My Loomis 4 piece pack rod is very similar, but in 5wt. Good for your hubby.
#67641 - 03/14/0701:34 PMRe: Fishing? Worse than fires? You be the judge.
Well, there's that hotbutton I forgot about. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> LOL
Put me in the fisherman column, please. I've been fishing all my life, and flyfishing for native southern app. brook trout - among other species( the brookie is actually a char, btw ) for nearly 15 years. The latest target( well, it's been out there for some years now actually) for anti-fishing groups is children with the motto " fishing hurts". My reply is that yes, indeed it may hurt the fish to hook it, but it's nothing compared to what happens to your chicken nuggets, big mac or Long John Silver's meal.
Sport fishing is about the only reason I go camping and hiking...it's not THE only reason, but it's what got me interested in better ways to get into the outdoors, stay there longer and enjoy being there more. Fishing is a connection to the living world - and esp. fly fishing, because you must imitate( often to a maddening level) the insects on which the fish are feeding. floating that fly down a creek into the mouth of a hungry 6 inch brook trout I enter it's world - it's life and it enters mine as I hold it in my wet hands and gently release it back into the river. Why, you may ask? So that someone else might have the joy of "role-playing" with this beautiful creature. My friends and I rarely eat wild fish, because they are more rare than the stockers, or pond/lake fish....but occasionally I'll pick up some tilapia fillets at home, and once a year - or maybe twice a year we'll cook some fish around the campfire.
Anyone that finds fishing to be morally wrong should be filing their objections with the Kingfisher, the otter, the eagle or the bear. Ditto hunting - you want to argue your moral objections to hunting, you should first stop the coyotes, snakes, bats, monkeys, tigers, bobcats, ant lions, spiders, whales, sharks, etc. etc. etc. from hunting. When the animals you think you have to protect decide hunting is wrong, then it's wrong. Until then, the deer I shoot today is the jerky I munch on next week. Ok, now I'm gettin' hungry.
Besides that - Jesus was known to hang around with a bunch of hooligans that fished with nets; so I figure my fly rod ain't all that bad. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
i don't mind anyone having their opinions and stating them about hunting and fishing, but they sure better not be expecting to give their side and not hear mine. I respect their decisions, but just like I wouldn't push someone who was against it to go hunt a deer or catch a bass, they shouldn't expect me to throw paint on someone's fur coat or throw rocks at fisherman. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
And by the way - I think it is AWESOME that this board is run to allow the opinions of so many different people to coexist. I know one fishing site that locks threads and deletes posts they don't like at the first sign of two differing opinions! No one will ever come to an understanding, or have any respect for the other side if every time something controversial comes up; it's swept under the rug and out the back door. Kudos to you guys and many thanks for the way you run this site. ( and not having to wade through line after line of filth is a wonderful thing too - I don't care what the verbally challenged think. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> )
I hear you fishlicker. While fishing isn't the main reason I go backpacking, it's definitely up there in the list of reasons. There are simply too many trout in out of the way places in my neck of the woods to resist it. I agree that this forum is tolerant and diverse, in the true meaning of both words. As long as it's related to backpacking, that's all that matters.
"Besides that - Jesus was known to hang around with a bunch of hooligans that fished with nets; so I figure my fly rod ain't all that bad. "
Nets? Here in Texas we call 'em 'seins'.* ("coke" = soda = pop = dr. pepper <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />) As a kid, me and my buds use to drag our creek to see what lived there. Gawked at the catch then dumped it out. You'd be labeled a serial killer if you did that today....even though we didn't kill anything. Way too many city folk trying to call the shots out there. "Fishing hurts"? Bass must be masochistic since they'll hit the same plastic bait over and over. The people who came up with that slogan probably never held a cane pole in their lives, nor had parents to show them how. Sad. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" />
*Jesus was a pro. He even knew which side of the boat to throw the 'sein'. I'd say the disciples were a tad over limit that day. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
I fish, catch and release 95% of the time I'm out, especially in areas that I know are hard fished, so as to try and leave some breeders there for the future. It's all about being a true sportsman and never abusing the resource, or the surroundings of the resource IMO. Lots still to be taught to the folks who litter everywhere they go, it's my biggest pet peeve, and a great way to ruin a good day fishing. As soon as I start to see the area littered with 'fishing tackle packaging' I do my best to clean it up and move on to someplace less polluted in my mind <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
Fishing can be as great an experience as backpacking in the outdoors, if folks have the basics down on resouce protection and conservation. Lots of hunting andf fishing dollars are spent protecting areas that are also used by folks 'just backpacking' through. It's a common ground, and folks need to be supportive of other people's shared use of the diminishing resources we have out there <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
Nice Pic! and of course we all know who the greatest fisherman of all time was, and, no it ain't Curt Gowdy <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
PEPPER SPRAY AIN'T BRAINS IN A CAN!
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Same here, release 90% of the time. I am an old-schooled outdoorsman with a long history of both fishing and fire-craft. Both have been, and will continue to be a part of my outdoor experience . . . done with the respect and care they both deserve.
Everything has it's time and place, and knowing the difference is key.
Released to live on. I couldn't bring myself to eat one of these rare and beautiful fish even fron the lakes where it was allowed. There are plenty of willing brookies in other lakes that are scrumpcious.
If there is anything better than fresh caught trout cooked where it's caught then I haven't found it. I will say that I practice C&R 98% of the time and never freeze trout unless it's for my Mom and then only stocked fish from roadside waters.
Fish On means fish dinner. I think fresh trout are the best almond encrusted. If the fishing is good, I'll keep a couple for dinner. But I also catch and release most of the time. Not to many people around me like <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> freshwater fish. But I do!