I just got back from a couple of days in the Indian Peaks wilderness area. Started at Monarch Lake and headed up Cascade Creek to Crater Lake. It was a beautiful and awesome hike. As this was my first solo in a while (wife gave me a hall pass), and I wasn't looking for serious miles, I decided to do a little fishing. I took my western fly rod/reel setup, a Sage 9', 5 wt, 4 piece. I did well in the upper Cascade one night, but the hassle-factor took its toll. There were at least half a dozen times where I would have loved to get a fly in the water, both creeks and lakes, but the idea of getting the fishing stuff out from the pack, assembled, and then replacing when done just seemed too complicated. Especially when I might want to do it again in half a mile. I need something more simple, or I just won't take the time. I didn't want to stop hiking for half an hour to fish a hole for 10 min.
I had minimized the kit, just rod/reel, a lanyard (hemostats, nipper, fly float, and a couple of spools of tippet), and a light box with a dozen flys. This trail can be steep, narrow, and technical at times so carrying an assembled rod/reel in my hand with my pack on is generally not possible, at least in my hands. YMMV, but I would get it caught in trees or smash it against a rock while scrambling.
Will a tenkara setup simplify this. Can you just pull the rod out, tie on a fly, and be in the water? Can you collapse the rod and leave the line on, ready to go between stops? Weight savings with tenkara would be a plus, but not a huge factor, as my pack out weight on day one was right at 20#. I just want more ease of deployment. I know I will give up distance on the lakes, but the tree/shrub crowded shore lines hamper this already.
Am I just asking too much, or will a Tenkra rod simplify this?