Best High Alpine Fly Rod

#16
I have a #3 Orvis back pack model. 9'4" 7 pcs with a Lamson Velocity Hard Alox 3 weight reel.

Packs and works like a champ. Now all I need is a carry able float tube.
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
#18
I used my 2 pc early 90s 9' Loomis IMX 6 wt from a tube before a bunch of times but now I might try my 4 pc 7'9" TFO Finesse 3 wt with a RLS reel.

But honestly I'd probably pick my 5'6" ultralight spinning rod & reel that casts flies a long way with a bubble casting float and they catch fish. No need for waders, tube, or fins in most of the high lakes I've been to.
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#19
As I mentioned earlier, here's a shot of the Lamiglass 904-6 that Bill Z just wrapped up for me. The sections are just under 17" and the whole tube fits nicely inside even my smallest day pack. The action is slow but completely progressive, even with all the joints. I've had it out once and the biggest fish was just 11" but it felt like a steelhead on this beauty!



K
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#23
I agree Kent, that is sweet looking. Looks like Bill Z does great work. I built myself a 4/5 wt 7pc that packs down to 18" and love its moderate action. I did not fly fish much when I hiked a lot before, but as my girls grow I think that will be my pack rod of choice.
 

sroffe

Active Member
#25
So, when you pack your rod, do you keep it in it's tube, and carry the reel in a separate pocket? Since there are rod and reel cases made for a variety of rods, I was wondering if anybody used them? Or would they just take up extra room and weight?

In the past I've packed my 4pc 5 wt with me. Now have a 5 pc 4wt that I'd like to take hiking.

Sam
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#26
I've built a 4/5wt 8' 7pc. I carry it in a combo case strapped to the side of my pack sometimes. Other times I might pack it in a section of a hard cardboard tube inside my pack with the reel off. Still other times if I am packing my fishcat float tube I can fit it inside the side pocket along with my fly boxes and other fishing gear. It packs down to about 14" or so, pretty compact. If I bring a larger rod it will be lashed outside the pack. Enjoy your travels.
 

David Holmes

Formerly known as "capmblade"
#27
Cabelas is having a sale. Their 7 piece rod (can't remember the name right now) is usually $170 but its on sale for $120. I just ordered mine -- been wanting one for years.

A friend of mine who is an alpine-lake-ninja swears by his.
 
#29
Cabelas is having a sale. Their 7 piece rod (can't remember the name right now) is usually $170 but its on sale for $120. I just ordered mine -- been wanting one for years.

A friend of mine who is an alpine-lake-ninja swears by his.
I thought I would revive this one. C-Blade is right on. I just got my 7-piece "Stowaway" from Cabela's (on sale/lifetime warranty) and it is absolutely awesome. It casts better than just about all of my other rods that I spent twice as much on. It fits easily into my suitcase as well. Good thing because I'm on the road more than I am home. I just might get me one in all sizes.
 
#30
this is my alpine lakes, high mountain streams outfit. It is a little big for packing but I just tie it on the side of my pack in the tube and go for it. It sticks up a little past my shoulders but never has posed any problems and I love it for the light weight action and finesse when dealing with the smaller natives. I made it from a Tonkin blank. It a 7'6" 4weight with the Ross C1 reel. Works great for me. (this actually the second one I'm putting together as you can see it's not finished, the first one is the garage, but you get the idea)
Rick