6 must dos for a better fly fishing experience

January 11, 2009


Hello fellow Frenzies and friends! As you are all aware, a group of us recently went fly fishing on the Provo River early on New Years day. After consuming large amounts of the “frenzy” health breakfast; Zingers and Energy Drinks, we set out for some great fishing. It also got me thinking about some fly-fishing New Year’s Resolutions that I wanted to make. Actually, more like New Years reminders. Enjoy, and please add some of your own too!

1. Get a Fishing license

Can’t forget that. It seems every year I am scrambling to get a license the morning of my first fly fishing trip of the year. If you don’t already have one, get it early this year. It will make your first trip much more enjoyable as there is one less thing you have to worry about, and you can get to the river faster! You can get a license at almost any sporting good store, fly fishing shops or even Walmart. You can even get it online at www.utah.com. Remember, fishing licenses are now good one year from the date you register.

2. Get a year pass to your favorite fishery

Now that you’ve got your license, don’t forget to pick up a year pass (one for the vehicle and one for the boat) to your favorite pay-to-play fishery. I spent a lot of money parking at the Green River until I realized I could buy a yearly pass. In fact most States have passes that comprise several of the States lakes and rivers. Buy early so you can save money.

3. Keep track of your fishing trips

“Dr” Travis Gillespie of Fly Fishing Frenzy has been preaching this for years. “Keep a fly fishing journal”! You can either carry a book with you, or keep track of it on your phone, laptop or computer. You can keep details from each of your fishing trips and “accurately” have record of how big the fish “really” was.:) Details can be anything from the date, time and weather, to where you fished, what the water conditions were, temperature of the water, cfs, which pools or runs produced fish, whether you were nymphing, sub-surface or dry fly fishing and finally what fly pattern was used. This can be a lot of fun to look back on, but more importantly provide invaluable information for your next fishing trip.

4. Plot your destinations

Another way to keep track of where you fish is with a hand held GPS unit. Garmin is my personal favorite, in terms of price, quality and usefulness. My favorite is the Garmin eTrex Legend, which allows you to mark all of your favorite fishing spots for later reference and plot future fishing trips at the same time. It works great on the river or lake.

5. Get that trophy shot

An additional way to track your catches and capture that trophy catch forever is with a new digital camera. The key to purchasing a camera for a fly fisher is to get one that is high quality but yet affordable. It should be small, easy to use, turns on quickly and takes good photos outdoors. Cameras with macro settings can also take some really cool up close shots. My recommendations are any of the Nikon Coolpix series. I use a Nikon coolpix S550, which can fit in my wader pocket but takes high-resolution photos in a split second so that prize Rainbow trout can quickly be released. For a great underwater camera I recommend the Olympus Stylus 770 SW.

6. Read, Read, Read! (Or watch videos)

When you’re not monitoring your favorite fishing hole or logging your recent trips, study up on fly fishing. The winter months can be some of the most important months for Fly fisherman seasoned or not. There are hundreds of quality fly tying and fly fishing books on the market. Take your pick. You can never have enough books on tying or techniques. If guidebooks and fly tying books sound too boring, there are plenty of entertaining videos that teach a lot of techniques and also show some documentaries of world class fisheries. You can find some of the coolest fly fishing videos ever made by AEG media. This can be where you learn some of your most valuable skills!

These are just a few ideas that came to mind that may come in handy as you welcome in the New Year and prepare for another incredible season. Work Hard, Play Hard, Fish Hard!!!

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7 Responses to “6 must dos for a better fly fishing experience”

  1. Chubbs Says:

    Dave, great list. i totally agree with those points. it definitely makes fishing more memorable and fun. Good work.


  2. Tyler (TroutBumZ) Skeen Says:

    Dave, you make some great points. I am glad you made the recommendation on the camera, because mine completely sucks. I will never own another Pentex Optio again. If you dont mind I would like to refer your post on my blog. Great advice. Set em & Net em


  3. Fat Guy Alex Says:

    You forgot to add “Kick lots of ass” to your list. I feel that this should be included on every list. Ever. But maybe that’s just me.


    Dr Gillespei Reply:

    No seriously Dave. It should have been on the list…


    chubbsypeterson Reply:

    Alex, i couldnt have said it better myself. that is 1, 2 and 3.


    hiflyin24 Reply:

    I can’t believe I left that one off the list. It was on my rough draft and everything. Oh well. Ggod to have you back Dr. G!



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