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Post 11 Jun 2021, 19:37 • #1 
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This is prime time for Sierra creeks around 6,000 feet or so. I went to one I've been hitting the last few years - each time I hike a little farther up the trail and fish a new (to me) stretch. It's been cool lately in NorCal - when I got to the creek at around 8:30 it was only 50 degrees or so, and never warmed up past the 60s. Very nice considering how hot it'll get later in the summer.

This was my third time out with with my new LL Bean 7.5' 4wt Pocket Water glass rod. On both previous occasions I hooked but was unable to land fish. I had to break the jinx on this rod. A dozen or so fish later, I think I was successful. It's a good rod for this kind of work - 7.5' is about right for bushwacking around creeks, and it's not an overly stiff 4wt, so casting is easy and even small fish are fun to catch. Tossing a little Woolly Bugger was no problem, either.

Back to the fishing - the fish are somewhat spooky, but I don't think this creek gets fished much, so they weren't overly picky. My biggest issue was presenting them with too large a fly - a stimulator - that got tons of grabs but nothing hooked. I got fish on a parachute Adams, but the dry fly of the day was a Royal Wulff. I think this pattern probably does a good job of imitating Sierra carpenter ants, and the red seems to add a bit of zip to the mix.

I'm not a streamer fisherman, but after having some success last summer pulling nymphs through small creeks I've made a commitment to try streamers in some of these creeks where there are deep, turbulent pour-overs at the head of pools. When I came to a particularly likely looking spot, I tied on a #12 crystal bugger, tossed it into the pour-over, and pulled it through the top of the pool a few times. The result - my fish of the day - a whopping ...

...10 inches or so. That's big for this creek. So I'm a believer now. Pics follow.

Still a little snow in the shade next to the trail.


Typical fishy spot on this creek.



The run above yielded this pretty little guy.



Another Sierra jewel.



My rig for the day. The LRH Lightweight balances the rod well.



I pulled seven fish out of this spot with a Royal Wulff.



This "monster" went for the streamer. Note the camouflage match to the bottom - perfect!


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Post 11 Jun 2021, 20:08 • #2 
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That's my kind of fishing. Really nice. Thanks for taking us along.


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Post 12 Jun 2021, 10:29 • #3 
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Yep, my kind of fishing. Thanks for sharing.


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Post 12 Jun 2021, 10:43 • #4 
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very nice photos and gorgeous trout, but what's that white stuff?


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Post 12 Jun 2021, 11:17 • #5 
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You mean in the first picture? I know - weird, huh...


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Post 12 Jun 2021, 15:24 • #6 
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Very nice!


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Post 13 Jun 2021, 05:04 • #7 
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Simply beautiful, and congrats on breaking the ice with the new rod..


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Post 13 Jun 2021, 13:32 • #8 
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Thank you for sharing!


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 07:43 • #9 
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Great day and beautiful photos! Thanks!


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 09:23 • #10 
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Nice settings!


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 10:23 • #11 
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Great shots!

I, too, have been pleasantly surprised with dropping a small streamer into a big pool on a tiny creek. Wonderful when something unexpected grabs it!

I was recently fishing a small creek in the Adirondacks, only catching little fries, when I dropped a #12 Wooly Bugger into a huge, deep waterfall pool unlike any other spot on the creek. I finally snagged a 10.5" gorgeous red-spotted brookie. One of the largest I've ever seen in the ADK.

Congrats!


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 11:26 • #12 
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Thanks for sharing. Those are beautiful fish. Wild rainbows here are almost never that covered with spots.


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 13:52 • #13 
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Motosacto glad you got the skunk off your LL-Pocket water glass rod .
You western guys have some real beautiful streams and fish out there.

Although I’m Still waiting for the Timberline/LL vs the LL Pocketwater Rod challenge ....
Happy bushwacking.


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 15:21 • #14 
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Thanks for sharing! Beautiful spot and beautiful fish.


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 17:26 • #15 
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Nice water and fish !


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Post 14 Jun 2021, 18:20 • #16 
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gorgeous, thank you..

have not made it uphill here yet, I hate when life gets in the way of the important things like high-country trout..


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Post 15 Jun 2021, 11:58 • #17 
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ottobahn wrote:
Motosacto glad you got the skunk off your LL-Pocket water glass rod .
You western guys have some real beautiful streams and fish out there.

Although I’m Still waiting for the Timberline/LL vs the LL Pocketwater Rod challenge ....
Happy bushwacking.


So here’s a quick and dirty comparison.

The two rods are similar in cosmetics - wrap color, blank color, reel seat, etc. The Pocketwater is tip-over-butt and the Timberline has spigot ferrules. Both have pretty basic components. The assembly quality and handwritten labeling of the Timberline are nice touches. The quality of the Pocketwater is fine, though it looks more mass-produced.

My two rods are quite different from an action perspective, and not directly comparable in application. My Timberline is a 7’ 5/6wt and Pocketwater is 7.5’ 4wt. I haven’t lined them up next to each other and compared actions.

I mentioned in another thread that the Pocketwater looks a lot like the Echo River Glass - blank, printing on the rod, fittings, etc. Given past rods that LLBean had made for them by, e.g., Loomis, Lamiglas by way of Timberline, and other makers, it wouldn’t surprise me if this rod turns out to be made for Bean by Echo.


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Post 28 Jun 2021, 21:06 • #18 
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Very cool review and comparo .
I just love that they used the old LL/Timberline pack rod’s old school 70s colorways .
I really like the cork reel seat spacer too.
I’m putting a pocket water on my Christmas wish list.
Til then I’ll just have to suffer life with my timberline/LL

And if the new Pocket water rods are made by Echo than They should be able to handle some light Bass duty
At least the Timbeline Built rods can
LoL

Tight Timberlines to you Motosacto


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Post 29 Jun 2021, 22:15 • #19 
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Is that the 8’ 6wt? Nice rod. I used my other Bean/Timberline 7’ 5/6wt in Montana last weekend so It’s been an LL Bean summer for me so far…


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Post 30 Jun 2021, 11:43 • #20 
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Very cool trip! Gotta get it now before it gets too warm up there.


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Post 07 Jul 2021, 00:28 • #21 
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Motosacto,
Mine is the same as yours.
7ft 5/6 wt


Bill Franke really knew what he was doing when it came to building great rods.
Tight lines.


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Post 16 Jul 2021, 17:10 • #22 
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Nice! What part of the Sierra's are you fishing in? With the pressure on the main Sierra rivers, I want to look for more remote creeks and alpine lakes.


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Post 16 Jul 2021, 17:45 • #23 
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Real beauties.


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Post 17 Jul 2021, 01:27 • #24 
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There are mountain creeks that flow out of the whole 200+ mile range of the granitic high Sierra from the Kern River watershed in the south all the way up to Tahoe.

So many creeks to explore.

This one was on the northern end of the range.

EasyRider wrote:
Nice! What part of the Sierra's are you fishing in? With the pressure on the main Sierra rivers, I want to look for more remote creeks and alpine lakes.


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Post 17 Jul 2021, 12:50 • #25 
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Very cool. Always wonder how these creeks end up with fish in them, when most go dry by the end of the summer. You'ld think they'ld be barren, but nope.


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