i would think the easiest, low maintenance approach is to use small spinners, like mepps or rooster tail or panther martin, in the 2 smallest sizes. with LW gear it will become clear whats works - retrieve upstream, let the current spin the blade, vary the speed / depth of retrieve, dont be shy about positioning yourself in the right spot, so that your cast and retrieve route cover the juicy spots. anything more than 4-6 lb test is overkill. smash down the barbs on the hooks, they'll be much easier to remove from fish and shirts, and since you will release many [too small etc] their mouths will be much less torn up. multi-piece or telescoping rods, the lighter the better, would be great. this is a much shorter learning curve than the flyrod.
** a golden from headwaters of the Kern near Forrester Pass, ~11,000 ft: