4-6 wgt fly
rod and floating line.
fly lines will satisfy most of your fishing needs. A sink tip or
intermediate line is good for searching but not essential.
tippet material - this is essential. I have seen a lot of trips
ruined thru the use of “Hi-Tech”, “latest & greatest” or the
“most expensive” tippet material. Most don’t tie good knots. There
is no need to fish ultra light either. If you must bring high tech
stuff along, make sure you have some Maxima you can fall back on
when the other fails.
I extend this warning to hooks as well. Some of the fine chemically
sharpened hooks will straighten (or snap) on hooking a fish.
sunglasses are absolutely essential. Make sure they are not scratched.
Optically correct glasses are less likely to cause headaches.
are 2 types of hats, good and bad. Good hats stay on your head in
all fishing conditions, bad hats continually blow off. Bring a good
hat. It must also have enough brim to shade your glasses (and face)
and it should keep your head warm. An Akubra style hat with toggle
and a polyprop balaclava are an excellent combination.
I rate these as essential if you are not used to alpine conditions.
It can be very cold at first light (and right through the day).
Numb fingers will spoil the experience.
items should all be in a vest. It ideally should accommodate a waterproof
jacket and lunch etc.