Feb 26, 2013 at 6:22 am #1299728
I am pondering over what extra gear I want to take for catching, cleaning, cooking, and eating fish on my John Muir Trail trip this August.
Do you who fish while backpacking add much extra weight to support that pastime.
I don't want to impact my gear weight to drastically, but I do want to fish and like fried fish. In any case, on this trip I will be carrying more than my minimal base weight of 7.5 pounds, since I need to take a bear canister and want to catch and eat trout.
I am planning to take the following stuff to support the fishing:
* TFal Grilled cheese sandwich fry pan 6.2 ounces with a lighter home made handle
* 360 Fountainhead Tenkara Caddis Fly Rod 3.3 ounces
* Line, leaders, flies, etc. 1.0 ounce
I am also debating over taking a bigger knife than usual. Normally I'd carry a 0.6 ounce Gerber LST UL, but am considering taking a 3.5 ounce Mora. I figure that it would allow filleting larger fish.
Additionally I am probably taking some other extra stuff like a nicer but heavier camera. Also my Kindle with all my planning documents and the Wenk guidebook as well as some general reading material.
With all of that, my base weight looks like it might creep up to a bit over 13 pounds which sounds manageable to me. Total weight at the heaviest food amount is probably about 23 pounds. I could skip the fry pan and bigger knife and save a bit over 9 ounces, but I keep thinking that it might be worth it to carry that extra weight.
Thoughts or suggestions on any of that?Feb 26, 2013 at 7:57 am #1958825
The Victorinox Little Vickie paring knife is an ounce and has some flex, making a small, light paring knife.
MSR makes a 7.25" non-stick frypan for the Blacklite pot set that is about 6oz. You will need grabber for it.
I have one of each. Send me a PM if you are interested.Feb 26, 2013 at 8:47 am #1958847
The Victorinox Little Vickie looks like a good choice for the situation. The price looks good too so I went ahead and ordered one.
It looks like they no longer make the Black Lite Skillet.
I am happy with the cheapo T Fal square sandwich griddle at least after one trial run with it at home. It had a very heavy handle, but I made a lighter one to replace it.Feb 26, 2013 at 9:23 am #1958863
Ben H.BPL Member
@bzhayesLocale: So. California
Unless you are a much better fisher than me, I wouldn't expect to be filleting too many fish in the high Sierra's. All the fish I ever catch fit nicely in a small pan and would require a scalpel to fillet.
That being said I always have a small knife dedicated to fish prep. I'm not a big fan of fish guts in my peanut butter. The little Vickie looks like a great choice. I've been thinking about using my $0.95 Fry's knife this year: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=69440&skip_to_post=594029#594029Feb 26, 2013 at 9:28 am #1958866
Jeffs ElevenBPL Member
Zia Grill instead of a frypan?Feb 26, 2013 at 9:30 am #1958868
Check REI outlet for the Blacklite fry pan. $9.93 :)
BTW, the Little Vickie knife will be easy to clean too. Watch your pinkies— they are razor sharp.Feb 26, 2013 at 10:50 am #1958898
Gary DunckelBPL Member
Dale, I'm also a big fan of the Little Vickie knives. I found a nation-wide restaurant supply store that is headquartered right here in Boulder (eTundra.com). They sell the Little Vickies for $3.99 each, but they don't come with the plastic sheaths like the ones REI sells for $9. I've fashioned an even lighter sheath from 1" tubular webbing.Feb 27, 2013 at 2:22 am #1959154
@stingray4540Locale: South Bay
Well, if you carry the Mora on your belt, it doesn't count as pack weight…
I always take a fixed blade with me, but your Gerber should be all you need for trout. I never fillet trout less than 5lbs, and I doubt you'll run into any of those. Gut them with your gerber, stuff belly with seasonings, butter, etc. wrap in foil, and cook. That's how I've been doing it since before I have memories. Just be careful of the bones. If you've never eaten trout, you don't need to worry about scales either.
You can have fires on the John Muir under 9,000ft, right? If that's the case, leave the pan at home, take some foil instead and throw that bad boy in the coals. Take 6oz of whiskey instead. Sip and enjoy around the fire while your trout cooks ;)Feb 27, 2013 at 7:21 am #1959198
Thanks guys. I'll probably change my mind about some items on the gear list 10 times before the trip. Typically, for me, that means trimming more and more as the trip gets closer.Feb 27, 2013 at 9:21 am #1959232
I discovered the Victorinox serrated paring knives in a commercial fishing supply. They have big boxes full! Fisherman call them net knives and use them for doing repairs. Victorinox does make a Cordura belt sheath that costs and weighs three times what the knife itself does.
The sheath on the Little Vickie really adds to the value. As sharp as the knife is, I don't want it loose in my pack. The sheath adds 0.25oz. I have considered making a really light Kydex sheath, but I wouldn't improve on the cost or weight. All in all, $10 is nothing in our gear world and the knife will last a long time with care.Feb 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm #1959525
Where can I find one with a sheath? REI and everybody else seems to be sold out.Feb 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm #1959540
REI shows them as available online. Item 836226.
There are some in gear swap paired with an MSR Blacklite frypan (wink, wink)Mar 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm #1968925
Backpack JackBPL Member
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
Take a look at the Imusa fry pan, without the handle mine weighs 3.4 ozMar 24, 2013 at 6:48 am #1968987
Any idea what the handle weighs?Mar 24, 2013 at 8:16 am #1969008
Backpack JackBPL Member
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
I can't remember, it's been over a year since I did the modification, but I think the whole thing weighed around 6-7 oz with the handle.
JackMar 25, 2013 at 4:00 am #1969286
ThanksMar 28, 2013 at 7:12 am #1970425
@aldoleopoldLocale: Great Lakes
The Rapala Fish 'N' Filet(4") weighs 50g/1.625oz with leather sheath. Knife alone 29g/1oz. Replace sheath with one made from a little cardboard and foil at 6g/.25 oz for a total weight of about 35 grams or 1.25 oz. It has a comfortable wooden handle, nice flex and works great. Plus it just looks cool! I use it for panfish and trout. I use a larger model for steelhead.
DeanApr 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #1977408
Michael KBPL Member
Jack, is that weight including the lid?
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