I'm planning a 5 day trip along the North Country Trail in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the last week of September. The route follows the Black River for the first segment, past numerous waterfalls and some prime brook trout fishing. After that, I head into the Porcupine Mountains and should cross both small streams and larger rivers.
I'm a traditional (but UL) fly fisherman recently tempted by this forum to buy a 12 ft Iwana Tenkara rod. It would be nice to simplify and lighten my gear, but I worry a little about feeling like I'm missing out on good water due to limited range of the Tenkara. So my internal debate is, do I bring my traditional gear to explore this new trail, or go full Tenkara?
I can certainly bring both- base pack weight right now is about 8 lb- but if I'm going to give Tenkara a fair chance, I should probably immerse myself in it. I know it's a question only I can answer for myself, but I'd welcome your insights as I decide.