After being asked to write a blog for FlyCast, to be honest, I really struggled on what topic to focus on. It wasn’t until I realized that most information available to anglers is tailored towards those with either advanced expertise or those who have yet to wet a line. The most valuable information to anglers in their 1st through 4th year of fishing is largely ignored. After years of frustration stemming from the fact that everything I was reading was geared for someone with decades or more of experience, it has become my intention to compile some of the key tips we have learned over my past five years of fishing to provide information vital for the intermediate angler.
Part 1: Preparation
As I was preparing for my most recent weekend fishing trip, here is the list I pulled together of the gear that I packed with a little info/stories on why I made sure to include it with the gear I brought.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but if sometimes you forget to use your brain – trust me I can relate- generally, you are out of luck. So, don’t forget it.
If you do, you better be resourceful. The Dream Stream (as referenced in our FlyCasts) is a little over 2 hours from Denver, so it is somewhat of a big deal to head out there, especially for the intermediate angler. There is little comparison to the amount of anxiety that you feel pulling up to a parking lot full of other- especially older/more experienced- anglers all racing to get their gear on and be the first to their special fishing hole. The last thing that you want is to be the last of your group to be ready. Well, after the rush of pulling on the waders and cinching up the boots passed, it was time to start rigging up the rod. Only problem, I left my rod at home…. Panic, shear PANIC is the state I was in after realizing that I was facing days of planning and hours of driving all for not because I was stupid enough not to grab my rod. What to do…. I had watched many Bear Grills and Les Miles shows so I felt like I knew how to make a rod using only a willow reed and some tippet- NOT. I was up a river without a paddle, or at least on a bank without a rod. In some cases, I would argue this is worse. Luckily for me, my buddy had his wife’s pink Wal-Mart spin rod in the back of his car. More of this story can be found here, but long story short, I was able to rig up the pink rod with a fly fishing reel and catch a few fish. It was not the ideal situation, but at the end of the day, it was an example of improve which is a reoccurring necessity that as an intermediate angler is invaluable. From fishing flies that don’t quite match the hatch to tying flies with materials that don’t quite match the materials called for, improv and the ability to adjust on the fly can be invaluable.
The reoccurring theme of this blog is being prepared and that is exactly what this site is designed to help you with. The more you prepare before you leave the house, the better your fishing trip will be. Be sure to check out FlyCast’s reports and forecasts for the most up-to-date river info prior to hitting the water and TIGHT LINES EVERYONE!