It’s October and you’ve been looking forward to it for months, however you still haven’t got things laid out how they just should be. I certainly haven’t. So we asked our mate, Hannah Clement on her top tips for getting things sorted this fishing season...
Hannah’s top tips for getting your shit together:
1. Get your gear laid out
Check your net doesn’t have holes in it, that your water bladder isn’t leaking, that your fly boxes are still water proof, that you have 2 pairs of gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent in your vest / pack etc.
2. Re organise your fly boxes, and then reorganise them again
Starting off the season with newly designed flies is exciting but if they are all muddled up it can be frustrating. It could also mean the difference in knowing you have specific flies for those crucial moments of ‘match the hatch’ and also create more free time allowing your flies to be on the water.
3. Test your tippets
Over a period of time and certain factors, even modern high tech tippets can weaken somewhat if left in certain conditions. On this note, try a couple of knots to test the strength and durability of your tippet and perhaps replace them. It also gets you practising those knots.
Test your PLB and / or check your satellite phone and In-Reach before starting your season. If anything was to happen the last thing you want is to be left without emergency help. This could mean the difference between life and death.
Hannah Clement is a Christchurch based fly fishing guide servicing the North, and South Canterbury areas as well as the wild west coast. Check out more at www.shesonthefly.co.nz