A growing passion of mine has definitely been fly-fishing. It will never fully replace the way regular fishing has hooked my heart, but it definitely gives a new aspect to the thrill of fishing. As many will tell you, it is much more technical than spin-fishing. With fly-fishing you really have to focus on what the fish are doing, how the water is moving and so on. The process to simply change baits can take minutes as opposed to mere seconds. One easy way to ensure a fun and simple trip is to make sure you have a pack that is as ready as you are. So this month’s focus for the Check it Out List blogs will be your fly-fishing pack.
Fly Fishing Pack
Flies and Fly Boxes
Small Magnifying Glass
Line Cleaning Pad
So before you go out you should have a good idea of what fish species you are after. From there you should be able to pick out an assortment of fly patterns and read any current reports for the areas. Be sure to have a few of each pattern, varying in sizes, and have them stored safely in boxes.
Scissors or clippers make cutting line a breeze. Some people prefer clippers as you can get a little bit closer to the knot before cutting the line and others prefer scissors for their utilitarian applications. Forceps or pliers can help get that hook out and makes it less harmful to the fish. Since the work is rather delicate when fly-fishing many use forceps over pliers. But having pliers to help fix any other problems with tackle/gear can be a big help. Of course we humans are tinkerers and have done a good job at putting both scissors and forceps into the same tool. This can be like one-stop shopping in this application.
Depending on whether or not you have a vest or pack to carry your gear, will affect the accessibility of your stuff. Either way, having your tools on a retractor can be a big help so that way you are not always unzipping a pack or reaching into a pocket.
Along with having extra flies, one should always have extra tippet and some leaders. We all know too well that line can get caught or cut on many of the unseen objects in water. It would be a shame to have to cut a trip short because you forgot to bring these cheap and light products.
A small magnifying glass can be a great tool when tying on flies or inspecting items. The one pictured above is even lighted which will help in those early morning and later in the day setups.
Don’t forget a good net to land your catch with and a camera to capture the memory. Remember to spend the extra money for a good quality net that will last for years and not harm the fish. Those rubber baskets make the chance for survivability of released fish so much greater.
And then of course having fly treatments to help the fly float are essential. Make sure to bring that line cleaner and leader straightener as well, because we all know how the tiniest of flaw in a fly-fishing set up can ruin the chances to catch the king of that water!