When backpacking or trekking through the wilderness, you no longer have to leave your fishing rod at home. Our solution is the Fikkes "Fly Hiker", an 8' fly rod that packs into a trekking pole. (total weight 0.65 oz without the reel)
A packable 4 piece fly rod, case and reel can weigh around 2.05 lbs, that's a huge difference when hiking miles on the trails.
Accessing Waters Less Traveled
One of the great benefits of fishing on trekking trips is you'll access waters with minimal fishing pressure. Many of the best fishing experiences happen on the trail, stopping on the banks of small rivers or lakes and trying to see if it’s the home of some beautiful fish.
Choosing a Rod and Reel for Backpacking just got easy!
If you're on a multi-day backpacking trip, the overall weight of your backpack is a concern. When using the Fikkes "Fly Hiker" you eliminate the fishing rod, reel and case (around 2.05 lbs) from your pack allowing for more space or less weight - your decide!
When it comes to backpacking, less is more. With the Fikkes "Fly Hiker" all you need are flies and a reel. (Which are light!!!) It's easy to pack a few dozen flies in a fly box and be prepared for every fishing adventure. This is a good way to integrate angling into your hiking adventures. You can either pack your reel or keep your pack light by hiking with your reel attached and the protective cover on. This keeps the weight down and minimizes required space.
Consider Clothing (make sure you check out our Fikkes apparel)
If you're a serious hiker, most of your clothing will work when adding angling to your trekking. If you have the option, opt for a backpack with a removable fanny pack or smaller bag. This way, you can leave your larger bag at camp or on the shore, and travel light when exploring the fishing opportunities.
Convertible pants are a good option for wading. The full-length legs will provide you with protection if bushwhacking. Once you find the water's edge, you can zip off the bottom-legs and wade in to knee level. Of course, it's best to wear hiking boots to protect your toes on the trails, so carry a pair of sandals or Crocs for wading.
Cooking the Catch
We at FIKKES promote and practice catch and release angling. But, where the fish are abundant and regulations allow, there's nothing like the taste of fresh fish. It tastes even better when cooked over a campfire and enjoyed outside, so don't forget to pack a fillet knife. Preparing your fish in the outdoors when traveling light is easy - some butter, a dash of salt and pepper, and a hot pan is all you really need.