In preparation for the trip, I have been using the archives and current writings of Justin over at Winona Fly Factory. I love his blog because it is a fly fishing blog in the purest sense. You'll see what I mean as you explore it.
In anticipation of a glorious day with a big caddis hatch like below, I am tying some of his deer hair caddis pattern.
Can you see the big browns darting
back and forth in a frenzy?
He is a great instructor.
I'm still deciding between bringing the western fly rod, tenkara, or both. The tenkara is so tempting because of how easy it would be to travel with. My western rod is a two piece which is simply bulkier, but really, not that bad. We'll see.
Any suggestions on rod and fly choice as I prepare?