A few days ago I finally had the opportunity to complete what I've dubbed the "Sierra 2 Salt Slam". Some years back I thought it would be a great idea/challenge to be able to land a trout in the Sierra's and then a fish (i.e. Surf Perch, Striper, Salmon) in the coastal salt waters within the same day. Obviously logistically this presents some challenges, but I was determined that I could do it. I must say, I do have the advantage of living a mile away from the Beach.
Long story short... I woke up in the morning near Sonora Pass (around 6,500 ft of elevation) and landed some trout out of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus. Then packed up the family and drove home in a frantic rush. Once home, I expeditiously unpacked the trailer and camp gear, showered quickly, grabbed my 8wt and went straight to the Surf. My wife was pissed, but I was determined. It took me about an hour to find the Perch, but I got one right after sunset. BOOM!!! Mission complete! Two species of fish, hundreds of miles away, thousands of feet in altitude difference, in completely different bodies of water, and on fly rods.
I was wondering if any others have done something similar. I have some more ideas regarding this concept... such as the "Sierra 2 Salt Grand Slam" etc. Obviously, there are some simple guidelines to these challenges. For example, fly rods are a requirement and a few others. But mostly I am just looking to inspire some fellow anglers to get out there and challenge themselves in a different way. Let me know your thoughts. Tight lines!!!!
PS- Don't laugh at the photos. These fish weren't trophy worthy. Lol
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