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John Burge Goes in Search of the Rarest Trout in NA

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my Mariposa Plus maiden voyage this last weekend. I journeyed into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada for a two-fold purpose — put the new pack to use and pursue the rarest trout in North America (Paiute Cutthroat). I didn’t land a Paiute (though I caught quite a few rainbows), and that’s OK because the star of the show was the pack. Reasons?

* The weight is fabulous — lighter by 2 pounds than my old pack.
* Having ready access to water by just reaching back and not taking the pack off is a dream.
* Multiple pockets allowed me to be much more efficiently organized. The tall left outside pocket is perfect for my fishing rods, reel, and tackle, and the right top outside pocket is great for carrying snacks, bug goop, sun screen, and all those little things that are nice to have handy.
* Love the top pocket for quick access.
* Dropping wet items (like my landing net) into the large outside pocket to dry is brilliant.
* Discovering that my sleep pad folds into the perfect shape and same size as the sit pad, was just too much fun.

Keep up the great work, and thanks for the ride!

Cheers!

John Burge

2 Responses to John Burge Goes in Search of the Rarest Trout in NA

  1. 1speed July 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    very nice John! pursuing the paiute is on my list too. where did u fish relative to the falls? which was your trailhead? i once asked an insider wheres the best place to land one of these, and the answer is surprising…the hike is not a long one. will share that with you off-line. the “rarest” trout title is dubious of course, and highly debatable once you wade into the broad waters of taxonomy…there are a # of distinct subspecies of west-slope cutts in the great basin which are both more rare and under more pressure. Drop me a line John at brian at new warrior, standard ending. Great story & pix.
    Thanx to G-Gear for making backcountry fish worship that much more enjoyable, kudos.

  2. john burge July 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    1speed, thanks! It truly was a great adventure in many ways. Did NOT fish above the falls, matter of fact, have to go downstream a ways before it’s legal. Neither can you fish any of the tributaries. I started just below the Tamarack creek confluence where the legal section begins. I don’t mind as long as it’s helping to restore that amazing trout. The trailhead is at Rodriguez flat, off Golden Gate road. I’ll be off later this year with my GG Mariposa to pursue the Warner Lakes and Goose Lake redbands, as well as the Cali coastal cutt. Sent you an email… jb

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