In this episode we go over the rest of the essentials you will need to get out on the water.
Trout Unlimited plays a huge part in conservation and the preservation of our cold water fisheries. If you haven’t yet look up your local chapter and check out what they have going on. There are many volunteering, social and other opportunities to take part in. At the local annual TU banquet we met up with Bob Jacklin, fishing legend, guide and fly shop owner. Check out his fish of a lifetime video.
What do the number and X designations mean? There is also a length of leader for every situation. When should you change your leader?
Tippet saves you money. The knots are easy to learn and it gives you a lot of versatility. Match the tippet to the leader size you use.
If you are just getting started it is easier to buy your flies. There is a myriad of different colors and sizes to fit any situation. If you are more experienced or if you want to tie something special then by all means you can play with making your own flies.
PMD (Pale Morning Dun)
San Juan Worms
Kelly’s Sex Dungeon
A great tool to remove flies from fish. They come in many varieties but they are must have on the river. Dr. Slick
You need a tool to trim excess line from your fly after you tie it on. In a pinch you can use a pair of nail clippers. Dr. Slick
Something to carry all of your gear
Vest, backpack, fanny pack or sling you don’t have enough hands to hold it all and fish at the same time. This is purely a thing of preference. Simms Gear
You don’t need to spend a fortune on nets but a hand net made with snagless netting will suite you and the fish well. Rubber Net
Polarized glasses really reduce the glare off the water and reduce eye strain when you are out fishing. They range in cost quite a bit. Costa Glasses
They are fairly expensive but not necessary to start fishing. Depending on how much you will use them and how much money you have to spend you can put off buying them for a while. You can get a pretty decent pair for around $150-200, and more if you can afford it.
Felt bottoms are grippy but not allowed in many places. Rubber bottoms are easier to clean and you can add studs to increase traction.
Small Emergency Food
Bug Spray (without DEET)
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