Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting Ready!

It's that time of the year again! Cool weather, brilliant fall colors and big fish! Are you ready? Have you prepared for the fall salmon and trout runs?

I have been slowly tying flies to restock my boxes from last year. I am also checking all my reels, and my fly rods to make sure they are all working properly. It would be horrible to hook into a 15 lb. steelhead and have your line snap, or your reel freeze up just because you didn't take a little extra time to check everything before using it. And how many times have you gone to the river only to find out that you don't have your tippet material, or split shot, or a fly box, or.....I think you get the idea. I always try and make sure I check everything at least twice before I head out the door. It is always better to know that you don't have something before you go fishing, rather than stomping around the river like my 2 year old son does when something doesn't go his way. And the only reason why I know this, is because, I have done it many times before! And it really doesn't help, when this realization happens during a major run(this has also happened to me.) Trust me when I say, trying to land 20-30 lb. king salmon on 6 lb. test tippet is an exercise in futility. So take it from me....PREPARE YOUR SELF!!!

And when you're on the river this fall and you see someone stomping around like a two year old throwing a temper tantrum, you will know why!


Luke C said...

Great story... I have gone many times without something. Mostly a fly box, tippet, or tool I could go without.
My worst story (which I haven't told anyone until now) was when I left my wading boots on top of my car, and drove off only to have them land safely in my driveway. That was a cold early spring wet wade, and I don't think I caught anything... go figure!

Great photo too!

Amy Douglass said...

Hey Bri! Love the blog! Luke has had a ton of fun writing his so I'm sure you will enjoy the experience. We had an AMAZING time at the Great Barrier Reef. You and Jonathan would have been blown away. I wish I could have videotaped the whole thing to show you.