Essential things to bring along when you’re going on a fishing day trip



I always get pretty excited when it comes to preparing for a new fishing expedition, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not all fun and games. You have to make a list and try to be as organized as possible to avoid leaving something out of your backpack. That’s why I came up with the idea of writing a post about the things I take with me and hopefully they’ll give you some useful pointers.

One of the first things that I feel compelled to point out is that your fishing clothing is the most important consideration. Try to take the weather into account because the last thing that you would want to do is go out with summer fishing clothing while the weather is freezing. Obviously, nobody would do that, but make sure to bring some quality rain gear along because honestly, with the climate changes happening nowadays, you really can’t know when disaster might strike.

As for personal items, I’d like you to look at whether you take medication on a regular basis. Regardless of the season that you will undertake your angling in, bringing some sunscreen, hand wash, as well as an insect repellent is always a good idea. In fact, if you have enough room in the trunk of your car, you might need to bring a small first aid kit along. It’s packed with bandages, pain relievers, antibiotic ointment, and alcohol swabs. Obviously, if what you intend to do is fish in Canada or Mexico, you have to bring along all of your ID, visas, your passport, and virtually any required documentation that is typically required when you go out of the country.

I’m not going to go into great detail with regard to your fishing equipment because it relates to the type of fishing you perform. Nonetheless, I do recommend that you bring along some polarized sunglasses and a waterproof camera. Who knows when you might catch a trophy fish and there’s no electronic device to capture the moment?

Finally, you have to think beforehand and bring some food along. If you are not going to go especially far, I would suggest having a protein-packed breakfast before leaving on your trip. Bring some beef jerky, boiled eggs, tortilla wraps, veggies, as well as dips. A trail mix wouldn’t hurt, either, as I have noticed that I tend to want to nibble on something while I’m waiting for the fish to bite.

I hope that this post has helped you in some way or the other and that you take it into account the next time that you set out for your fishing trip.



My favorite books about fishing



Like I mentioned earlier, I now have more time to devote to books since I left the publishing industry. Since I also love camping and fishing, I hope to share my explorations into the world of books that tackle those two topics. It’s going to be an exciting ride for sure and to start off, I would like to write about my favorite books on fishing.



Following in the footsteps of St. Martin Press’ “Golden Guide” series, Fishing: A Guide To Fresh And Saltwater Fishing by George S. Fichter & Phil Francis, is a somewhat modernized version of the earlier literary work that has been around since the late 1940s. Easily one of the best all-around guidebooks for the novice fisher, the book, released in 2001, is compact and offers easy readability. One of the best things that has kept me coming back to flip along its pages is the fantastic illustrations. Perfect for those just getting their feet wet in fishing or young people simply battling the learning curve in angling, the book provides the true fundamental tenets of fishing including the proper selection of tackle and bait, identification of the various fish species and how to successfully land the fish you catch. Seasoned anglers will also find the book highly informative and useful, as it makes a great quick reference guide to help anglers fish in waters they are not familiar with.


Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die by Chris Santella is nowhere near your standard fishing guide. Chris Santella takes the reader to a fantastic journey to the 50 most award winning fly fishing destinations around the world. Giving you exceptional detail using vivid description, this book can entice any peripatetic person who also loves fishing to invest in plane tickets and reservations to the most amazing fishing locations and destinations around the globe. Celebrating international angling at its best, this book offers more than just fishing guidance. It gives a huge come-on to those planning their next fishing escapade.


The Total Fishing Manual (Field & Stream): 317 Essential Fishing Skills by Joe Cermele is a well-conceptualized utilitarian and practical guide to modern day game fishing. Helping novice and seasoned anglers alike use their fishing gear optimally, the book has fantastic illustrations on its pages to really help anglers catch more fish. The 317 things in the title covers just about everything the angler needs to learn about, from baits and lures to tackle, flies and all types of equipment, along with technique, strategies and locations. Truly one of the most in-depth fishing books that you can get hooked on.


The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton is as practical as it is inspirational. Truly one of the most well-respected fishing books on the planet, this work has been in print for more than 36 decades. It is half an instruction manual and half motivational work in presenting a global vision of how we are supposed to live in harmony with nature. This is while supporting the advocacies of sport fishing especially for sharing nature as a global community.

I would love to hear about the great fishing books you have found yourself or experienced personally, dear reader. Let this be the start of something beautifully fishy for all of us.

Learning to fish for trout


One would think there’s no shortage of literature for learning trout fly fishing by yourself. If you think so, you can’t have been more wrong. With literally hundreds of websites and books dedicated to fly fishing for trout, the novice angler could easily get overwhelmed. The confusing jumble of information could even discourage you, but I believe these are just some of the more essential things you need to remember. While some anglers can make do with a simple three-weight rod-and-reel setup, polarized sunglasses, a hat and a box of flies, there are some things to be considered in even the most basic gear for this activity.



You can’t fly fish for trout without the proper type of equipment.


Depending on what you want to do, your equipment will vary according to your specific application. The rod needed for fishing in larger lakes or streams will be different from what is suitable for angling in smaller bodies of water. You can choose from high-modulus Graphite rods, which are perfect for beginners as well as seasoned fishers, and older style fiberglass rods, which have a higher overall diameter.

Generally, beginners work better with fast action rods, which are considered stiff because of how they only bend in the last third segment of their length. Fast action poles offer more casting power, which results in greater casting distance. Make sure to use proper technique when landing fish, as this type of rod is susceptible to breaking near the tip. Medium action rods bend near the middle, while slow action models can prove to be hard to manage when casting long distances because of their ‘whippy’ design.



Manufacturers of fly fishing rods design their products to cast specific line weights for optimal results. For smaller fish, 2, 3 and 4 weight rods are ideal, while 5 and 6 weight rods are general purpose tools. 7 and larger rod weights are made for catching salmon, steelhead and other heavy fish or for long distance casting. If you plan on fishing in small lakes, rivers or streams, a general purpose 5-weight rod should serve your purpose well enough.

Fly fishing rod lengths vary from 7 to more than 10 feet, with most manufacturers making their products in the 9-foot range. When casting short distances in tight spaces, choose short rods, which have a lightweight design. Long distance casting works better with longer rods. Some fly fishing rods come in multiple-piece designs that enable effortless assembly and disassembly for convenient transport and storage.



Basic fly fishing techniques for trout


When fly fishing for trout, you should stalk the fish while staying low. Fish in areas between fast and slow moving water, as trout is likely to be resting in such waters, frequently swimming into the current for a meal. Whenever possible, try to achieve a natural drift or presentation of the fly by getting in a good position. You want a drag-free presentation for nymphs, dries and floaters.

A wet fly is ideally swung by casting across and downstream. For fly fishing nymphs, even when it’s necessary to add a split shot, try to get the fly down in the water. Fishing with nymphs makes dry fly fishing fun, but remember that 80 percent of the trout’s diet lies below the surface of the water.


Maintain hook sharpness. Every five or six casts, examine the tippet and fly for any signs of wind knots, which tend to weaken the line. As a rule of thumb, summer fly fishing will need lighter color flies, while fishing in the spring and autumn will need the use of darker color flies. Learn to cast a fly fishing rod without losing your flies. Wild trout should be released back to the water properly to give them a better chance of survival. Furthermore, dispose of trash properly.



How to dress up for fly fishing



Upon taking up fly fishing, few anglers give too much thought to how they are supposed to dress. Most of the fishermen focus on useful equipment that might come in handy at some point or the other, but the fact of the matter is that protection from the elements and the sun is often times even more important than having anything else at hand.

Appropriate clothing depends on the season you’ll be doing your fly fishing in. While typically, this technique is performed from late spring to fall, there are people who do it all throughout the year. Whether you intend to focus on the climate or season you’ll be doing your fly fishing outing, it really boils down to what you can wear that can keep you both comfortable and cool. Wearing sunscreen, a hat, as well as a good pair of polarized sunglasses is also a good idea.

Regardless of whether you will be fishing during the summer or not, you have to be prepared for rain. Insulated rain gear is available at a wide range of online retailers, so be sure to check some of the options out before risking to make the wrong decision. Perhaps you’d prefer using a nice pair of waders instead of buying shorts, pants, and a wading shoe or boot separately. Do keep in mind that waders can sometimes keep you just a bit too warm, especially if they have been constructed out of a synthetic material that won’t feel particularly natural on your skin.

Interior clothing is also rather important, as you will have to decide on the type of sweater, socks, or underwear that you will be wearing. Whatever you will end up choosing, you need to be aware of the fact that jeans should be off-limits as they often time restrict your movement, and even more so if you plan to wear them inside the waders. Sweatpants and khakis are a good choice if you intend to keep your body temperature at an optimum level even when it is cold outside.

Getting a good fly fishing vest isn’t all that difficult provided that you take the time to read some of the user reviews garnered by most popular items available for sale out there. The length of the vest, as well as the number of pockets or compartments it comes with, are two of the core considerations you have to look at. In fact, the main purpose of a fly fishing vest is keeping your tools and accessories at hand, so that you can store items such as weights, floatants, clippers, and flies as conveniently as possible. Most fly fishing vests that you’ll come across can be categorized depending on the material that has been utilized in their construction. Opting for mesh or fabric is sometimes a matter of personal preferences, although mesh is usually recommended for hot summer days when you’re likely to sweat.

A fly fishing hat is another core item you’ll need in order to remain comfortable all throughout the experience. The design of such an apparel item might differ from one product to the next, but what’s extremely important in all cases is that it should keep the sun out of your eyes and offers enough protection. Larger is typically better as the model will cover a wider area, including parts of your neck. A factor to concentrate on when choosing a good-quality hat is proper ventilation.

Several necessities you have to have on a fishing trip



When you are packing for a fishing trip there are several necessities that you should bring. Some things can be forgotten and you can still have a great trip, while leaving others behind could cause you to leave early. To help ensure you bring everything you need, here is a list of the items you should have on your next fishing trip.



Your rod and reel are obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many anglers forget to pack extra line and leader materials. You also want to pay attention to your selection of lures, flies and bait to make sure it is appropriate for the water conditions and the fish you are trying to catch. A small knife is another essential piece of gear that can be used in a variety of applications. If it is possible you might want to consider bringing an extra rod, but this isn’t a necessity.



Even if the weather is hot and sunny you should still bring some extra clothes. The temperature can change, and it frequently does. Not to mention there is a good chance you are going to get wet, and this alone is reason enough to bring a few extra pieces of clothing. An extra pair of socks is a necessity, even if you are wearing waterproof boots. A brimmed hat will keep the glare out of your eyes, while protecting your face from sunburn. A rainproof jacket is always recommended, at the very least it will help you stay warm when you are casting in the early morning.


Personal items

No matter what else you forget to bring, it is essential that you pack your fishing license. Forgetting this necessity will cut your fishing trip short in most states. Sunscreen is another item you won’t want to forget, along with insect repellent. Nothing can ruin a fishing trip faster than being constantly plagued with mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs. Every angler should have a small first aid kit in their tackle box, and if you don’t you will want to pack one immediately. Small cuts on your fingers and hands will occur, and treating them immediately will effectively prevent dangerous infections. A  few other personal items found in tackles boxes can include sunglasses and medications. You can even find anglers that constantly travel with a lucky charm.


In general if you bring these necessary items you will be able to relax and enjoy a fun and successful fishing trip.