First off, I’m a yearling. I’ve already bunged up one line so hopefully that annual average will decrease as I move forward on this journey.
I’m also an old retired old guy that probably has had ADD since before they knew what to call it. I’ve learned strategies before undertaking something to help ensure success. Two of which are, 1 - everything has a place, 2 - better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
Given how my brain functions, a method of “simplification” for me is making sure my fishing gear is in its “place” ready to go like my go kit when I was in Mountain Rescue. (I had rock, snow and ice sub-kits. If there was any question about the conditions we would encounter on a mission I brought them all to the staging area and would select which sub-kits were needed there, after meeting with the team.) For fishing I have a tenkara freshwater trout kit and western saltwater trout - salmon kit pre-packed, for the conditions I can encounter.
I have three rods to cover a wide range of stream types. Some of the blue lines I fish can range from 8 ft wide to 20 ft wide with some sections having heavy riparian brush and canopy, in a single day’s beat. The mid-sized streams around here can all have varying densities of brush and cover. Plus the streams I fish change from year to year because of the amount of rain and snowmelt so there is really only one small low elevation stream I fish where I know only one rod is needed. Because Tenkara rods are so light and compact, I often carry two rods.
Again, I’m a yearling. Keeping - carrying lines for each of my three (zoom) rods in my pack to reduce the chance of forgetting something, especially now with the thin Nirvana spools takes up a lot less space and weight than a reel and an extra spool or two. That’s already Progress!
My rods and cm lengths:
- Suntech GM Keiryu Special 53 - 450 490 530 (a recent addition)
- DRAGONtail Hydra 390Z - 350 390
- Tenkara Times Watershed 300 - (240) 263 306
I have used lines with sighters for weighted nymphs. That may be redundant so I may just put sighters on all line lengths (for rods) I might nymph with to slightly reduce what I carry. I also have 2 custom Spiderwire lines for the GM 53 coming from Gressak, but so far these are the lines I carry and the rods I have (might) use(ed) them with:
15 ft 3.5 with sighter: 1, 2
13 ft 3.5 with sighter: 2, 1?
13 ft 3.5 w/o sighter: 2
13 ft 3.0 w/o sighter: 2
10 ft 3.5 w/o sighter: 3, 2
10 3.0 ft w/o sighter: 3, 2
7 3.5 ft w/o sighter: 3 (1 for tight brushy openings in an otherwise open stream?)
I’m also testing a “dropshot extension” of about 16" of 5X tippet with tippet rings on both ends that I can tie on to the tippet of a(ny) line. I keep the extension on a separate spool.
While I can appreciate carrying as little as possible being a priority, I am still a rookie. My highest priorities are success, and learning what works for me in different conditions. Once I get more experience I will probably be able to pare back a bit.