Well folks it’s that time of year again. The kids are getting ready for spring break and the fish are beginning to forage. Which means soon it will be time to get break out those trusty rods, replace your lines, load up on leader and tippet, and hit the river for some fins and grins.
That's right the fishing season is quickly closing in on us. Guiding is tough work, tougher than a lot of people think. So what's the one most single thing I think of as being important as consummate fly fisherman, and a guide? Well the guide in me says safety, and the fly fisherman says longevity of the sport. The truth is they are one in the same.
I want to talk about preparing physically for the upcoming season. So let’s begin with staying hydrated. It goes without saying that water is a huge part of success as a fly fisherman. Although in many locations it will be still slightly cold out on the rivers and streams. You will still be hiking, and wading and casting. All which will be done in waders and a coat.
Even with the breathable technologies we now enjoy, you'll still sweat and use water by moving muscles. Make sure to drink your eight, 8 to 12 ounces glasses of water each day. Stay ahead of the bell curve make sure you hydrate the day and night prior to any scheduled trip this spring. Next thing is staying in physical shape, yes this means you'll actually have to leave the tying bench, or the Outdoor channel and go for a walk with the spouse or your favorite faithful four legged companion.
You'll want to start by walking a minimum of two to four miles an evening. Let’s not forget to strengthen those legs with maybe some lunges, or squats to help keep you upright and ready to trudge any current you any encounter. Last but not least stretch that casting arm with chest and arm stretches both before and after the casting of the day.
Last but not least, it’s always safest to fish with a buddy. Even if they are not fisherman, the place we visit are some of the most beautiful in the world. Anyone with a love for the outdoors can take away something from a fishing trip. Nature photographers absolutely love a walk and wade or a float. Stock up on some RiverBum flies (zebra midge is my favorite) and get out there and get after them. See you on the water!