The Right Gear for Big Alaskan Rainbows

February 8, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

alaskan_rainbows_150.jpgEver dreamed of pursuing large rainbow trout in Alaska? One of the first questions that comes to mind is “What gear should I take?” Phil Monahan says don’t just run out and buy the stiffest rod you can find, but do be ready with a rod that can handle everything from size 12 Stimulators to size 2 Cone Heads Woolly Buggers.
“Interchangeable sinking tips–of various sink rates and with loop-to-loop connections–are a good idea because they allow you to adjust for water depth and speed. Egg-stuffed trout will often refuse to move more than a few inches out of their way to eat something, so you’ve got to bang them on the nose.”