04-20-2014, 12:35 PM
Re: Looking to add another rod...
When hiking back into the small mountains streams of the Sierras (the same scenario you are describing) I went with an Echo Carbon 2wt 7'2".
Brushy mess, no problem.
Crystal clear shallow pool, no problem.
Skittish fish in really thin water, no problem.
Fits in a daypack, no problem.
Fishes true to weight, so I lined it with a true to weight line, and even in some wind it casts very nicely. After all, you're not throwing a fly 40' on a stream 10' wide. Nor will you run across many big fish, although mine has handled a rainbow of 16" (that was a surprise!).
Just something to consider . . .
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