|Early Season Tackle Bag Essentials|
Ask yourself, are you missing anything? Is any of your tackle damaged?
Get your gear cleaned, inspected and properly organised into fishing bags or boxes. Doing this will ensure you have everything you need and will make it easier to find when you need it most or spot something that’s missing before you head out on the water, no worse feeling than when your clippers or your floatant isn’t pinned to your waistcoat like it always is and you are knee deep in the water miles from a tackle shop.
Check for everything, check your flies aren’t rusty, check your fly line is not cracked or damaged, check your net for damage etc.
The likelihood is that your gear hasn’t been out for a while, some might say neglected, so doing this before even thinking about casting is vital and could save you a few headaches further down the line.
So, first, what should you have in your tackle box? It’s important to get this right so you are not wasting anytime when you get to the water. Below is a list of some essentials you should take with you. Some you shouldn't leave home without and others would depend on how you are fishing.
Have we missed anything you wouldn't leave home without? Feel free to add to our list in the comments section below.
If you are looking at the above list and don't know where to start due to a lack of practice, or it might even be your first season, well we can help highlight some excellent products available right now.
If your old rod isn't performing the way it used to and it's time to trade in you should give the Greys GR70 Streamflex Fly Rod some serious consideration.
|Greys GR70 Streamflex Fly Rod|
This award-winning series from Greys is immensely popular and the rods from this range have performed time and time again. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the rod is incredibly durable, as well as reliable, and produces a long lasting life for the rod.
The fast recovering style of action is ideal for many anglers, especially if you want a slightly slower action rod but with all the incredible performance advantages of a fast action rod.
This rod will suit all styles of fishing from dry fly to heavy nymphing.
Another rod to consider is the Hardy Demon Sintrix Single Handed Rod. This every popular rod is fully redesigned to offer lighter weight and faster recovery. Hardy Demon is manufactured in Sintrix 330 for increased strength to weight ratio and improved in hand balance.
A full range of rods is available, covering every use from a small stream through technical nymph fishing, Salt, Switch and Two-handed salmon use.
|Hardy Demon Sintrix Single Handled Rod|
If you are taking the plunge and looking for a brand new set up, an excellent reel to consider is the Greys QRS Cassette Fly Reel.
|Greys QRS Cassette Fly Reel|
As with all Greys fly reels, a huge amount of effort has gone into the research, design and manufacture process to ensure the end product aligns with the fly fisherman's needs. That's why in the QRS, you can expect a fly reel that offers outstanding power-to-weight ratio. Other benefits include the ability to easy strip line off the reel for casting, decreased line coiling, and the ability to put more backing on the spool for those long, hard fighting runs.
Other things to consider are, first of all, your net. Your net may have been the victim of some mouse damage in the off-season and is beyond repair. The McLean Short Handle Weigh Net would be an ideal replacement.
|McLean Short Handle Weigh Net|
|Wychwood Competition Bass Bag|
It's also important to remember that getting those early season patterns right in your tackle box could lead to a lot of success and that is what we are all after.
Starting with the dries. A strong favourite with early season fishing is the Deer Hair Emerger. This fly is designed to stimulate and trigger the fish with its visible wing and sunken abdomen. Trout notice the sunken abdomen from a greater distance than they would with regular hackled dry.
|Deer Hair Emerger|
|Split Wing Dun|
Fishing for Trout adheres to the old saying 'fail to prepare then prepare to fail,' using a little bit of foresight and this post, as intended, as a checklist before each trip then you will be prepared for every eventuality. Of course, it may take a bit of extra time, but it will be worth it in the end.