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PostMon Jul 29, 2013 10:32 pm 
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duvidl wrote:
I now realize how naive I am. I just thought if I put a string on the end of my trekking pole, and a hook on the end of the string, and stuck it in a lake, I might end up with a trout for dinner!  Am I totally fooling myself?

Yes you might....most mountain lakes contain Cutthroat trout, they are very aggressive and not selective, they will strike nearly anything.

Case in point: I was backpacking with the gnome and while camped at a lake @ 6k feet a storm came in, we were a bit low on food and hungry for trout so i tossed a line out with a couple of salmon eggs and it wasn't long before breakfast was served.

Then I was attempting to photograph a trout rising to surface bugs, I missed the shot so I took a short twig and tied a bit of grass to it, threw it out in the lake and sure enough a nice bit cutt rose, inhaled it then quickly spit it out the gills.....I stood there amazed!

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PostTue Jul 30, 2013 6:42 am 
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duvidl wrote:
I now realize how naive I am. I just thought if I put a string on the end of my trekking pole, and a hook on the end of the string, and stuck it in a lake, I might end up with a trout for dinner! Am I totally fooling myself?

Fish that don't get a lot of pressure will go after all sorts of stuff.   The issues with your trekking pole is flexibility.   You won't feel anything and it would be boring..

If catching some fish is all your after not the sport of it, yea. Tie 2 pound test on and bait up... Your not gonna be able to offer a very good retrieve with smaller crank baits but maybe some small spinners...best bet is corn or worms

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PostWed Jan 23, 2019 4:20 am 
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Stumbled upon this thread, and I want to share my experience...I aplogize for bumping

Just a few suggestions:
Instead of going and putting a small ultralight reel on an ultralight rod, put the medium-sized Guide series spinning reel (Gander Mountain brand like this http://www.ricksbaitandtackle.com/best-ultralight-spinning-reel/) on a light rod. If you hook to a decent bass, at least you will have the spool diameter and ratio to take in line faster  ,and also be able to back reel if the drag is a little to light for a close quarters fight. The reel (and many people like it) is about 20 bucks, very smooth with bearings, and all the quality you need. Even a $ Daiwa push button reel with an anti-reverse switch does as good.
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PostMon Jan 28, 2019 6:12 am 
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I am and have been a Hi-Laker for years.  While Im not the most rabid fishermen Ive fished a lot of Washington Hi lakes.  Im not much of a fly fishermen, but Ive been on trips with men who are.  NOTHING catches fish in mountain hi lakes like fly fishing!  There is no comparison.  If you're serious about mountain lake fishing learn to fly fish!

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PostMon Jan 28, 2019 11:05 pm 
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I'm not a fisherman at all (yet). My two teenage boys are super interested. One wants to hunt and bring a pole to pass the time and possibly harvest his own dinner. The other is just looking for sport (catch and release).

I'd be very much interested in opinions for decent set-ups for backpacking (my passion) so we could all enjoy the sport together. So weight is important, but not as important as quality. Plus, if we catch nothing, at least we had fun getting there! I'm looking for a pole/reel that would be jack of all trades for alpine lakes.

we've seen some poles on Amazon that are cheap. But some reviews complain about quality of pole or reel. not interested in fly rods for hiking until i get more into fishing in general. I have a fascination with that idea, but I think I'll wait a little longer.

Opinions Welcome! (meanwhile, I'll scour the archives...)
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PostSat Feb 02, 2019 2:35 pm 
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I've had the Okuma Voyager for probably 10 years, a very affordable rod. The reel crapped out about three years ago, but the rod is going strong. I've caught everything from small trout to decent size pike on it. It's a five piece lightweight spinning rod. Alternatively, teach your kid to fly fish. Those set ups are light and easy to carry, but more $$. He'll thank you when he's an adult and fly casting is second nature.  smile.gif Fly fishing is a lot harder in high lakes because there isn't always adequate room for the backcast, and for a kid it might be even harder to learn the casts you need to get by. You can pretty much get a similar presentation of a fly with a spinning rod, even if you don't have the zen perfection of the fly fisherman.
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PostSun Feb 03, 2019 4:19 am 
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The link to the Shakespeare telescopic Tom linked to earlier in the thread is the one many Hi-Lakers use (myself included.) Can't go wrong with this one.
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