The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or fly fishing but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

UltraFishing Part 2. Gear

So the gear for ultra fishing is a weird combination of trailrunning, flyfishing and fastpacking gear.  I'll highlight the primary gear I use as well as other alternatives.  Its important to note that wilderness skills are not just important but mandatory.  Risk is inherent in most things but ultrafishing takes this to an extreme.  Prepare, train accordingly, be safe, and have fun!

Recommended Gear List-- Don't cheap out too much.

  • Backpack 
  • Fly Rod- Two options
    • Tenkara- Tenkara is a Japanese style of flyfishing that uses a extra long and flexible rod without a reel.  Its incredibly light, compact, and affordable.  It does have some downfalls.  It's limited in its casting ability in wind and distance.  Without a reel it also will struggle to catch the big fish.  Otherwise its perfect and I highly recommend this style for most people.  I have the Tenkara Sawtooth which costs $180 for everything. Tenkara Rod Co
    • Traditional- I'm not most people.  Traditional weighs more, is larger in size, and is more expensive.  But it is way more versatile and can catch the local lunker.  A 6-8 piece 4 weight is recommend as well the lightest reel possible.  3 weight can't cast in the wind on lakes and a 5 weight is too much rod for most of these fish.  I also recommend shortening your line and put minimal backing on.  A premium set up will cost you a $1000+ although you get get a decent setup for $300-400.
  • Fishing Equipment 3.5oz
    • This is always a balance.  Too much equipment is unnecessary weight and space.  But you didn't run all that way to not have what you need.  Flies are light, take more than you need to have the right selection.  Fly boxes can also be very light and I always support healthy catch and release fishing so bring some forceps.
      • Umqua Boxes, flies, tippet, forceps, etc!
  • Clothing- 32oz
    • Stay warm and safe.  Don't skimp!
      • Altra shoes, shorts, & Tech T.
      • Performance Socks- I use Drymax Max Pros or Farm to Feet
      • Waterproof Jacket- OR Helium II is awesome but the Altra Wasatch Jacket is coming in Fall 2017!
      • Wind/Water pants.  Mosquito protection & warmth.  I usually go with wind pants as they are only 3 oz but for longer trips, higher chance of rain or colder weather I'll go with a waterproof pant.
      • Thermal top- Depending on weather I'll usually take a Smartwool 250 wt top although on warmer trips I'll take a Howler Brothers fishing shirt
      • Hat AND Beanie
      • Sunglasses- polarized so you can see the trout
      • Optional- Gloves
  • Safety Equipment 10oz
    • Survival Blanket
    • Small first aid kit with bandages, blister kit, and pills.  Take extra might need it on a slog out with a rolled ankle.
    • Knife.  Get a small light one
    • Matches.  If you get stuck...stay warm.
    • Headlamp
    • Optional
      • Tin foil.  With the knife and matches you can always have a snack on your way out. 
      • Mosquito repellent and/or mosquito headnet
      • Trekking Poles
  • Food 
    • Take more then you think!  I lean towards fatty and salty food with selective carbs.  Plan on 200+ calories per hour.  12 hours will be 2,400 calories!
  • Water 4oz + weight of water
    • If you are fishing you should be able to find lots of water.  Take 32-64oz with you of carrying capacity and bring along a some Aquamira.  As I prefer two 16oz chest bottles I take a Platy Bottle.  It's an ounce and packs super small for loading up on water.
Good things happen to those who go the extra mile!  Enjoy and be safe.

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