Fishing season has been underway all year long, but each and every day we’re seeing more people hitting the water. This beautiful weather and the great fishing is drawing lots of people to the river. It won’t be too much longer and the traditional busy season will be well underway.
If you haven’t done much fishing over the winter, or even if you have, here are a few tips to get ready for the coming year.
Organize Your Fly Box
Fly boxes are one of the first things to get unorganized and messy and they are the biggest pain when they get that way. Nothing is worse than trying to find one random fly in a messy box. Take an hour and sort everything out. Find a system that works best for you. For some people that is keeping all the flies of one type (Baetis, caddis, etc) dries and nymphs together, others do well keeping everything separate. Just keep things organized and neat and you’ll be much better off.
Fill the Holes Now
Once you organize your box it is easy to see what flies you don’t have but need. If you tie flies, this is a great chance to make a list and start filling in what you need. If you have to buy flies, go ahead and start chipping away at your list. Then when the hatch rolls around, you’ll be ready and have everything you might need.
Get the Gear You Need
Been thinking about switching from a vest to a sling pack? Need some new wading boots? How about getting around to patching that leaky seam in your waders? Do it. If you get the gear you want and need now, then you can use it a few times before the season really gets rolling, see how you like it and the best way to use it. New gear is always fun and exciting. Treat yourself to something nice this season.
Do Your Research
In Southwest Montana we are blessed to have more water in the area than you could fish in a lifetime. Stretch yourself and try something new. Go somewhere you haven’t been before. Hit that river you’ve heard about and have always wanted to go. Fish for a different species or with a different technique. If you do, take the time to do some research into new places and fish. Nothing is worse than using a bunch of gas and time to get to somewhere and the fishing being terrible, or not being able to fish at all. Do your research to make your summer more enjoyable.
Be Ready For Anything
We’re in that time of year when anything can happen. Fishing conditions change, weather changes, water quality changes. And fast. It’s amazing how fast things can change out there. Be ready for it with the gear and clothing you need. And have fun out there. You’re in one of the most beautiful places on earth fishing rivers that people world wide wish they could be. Enjoy.