Winter fly Fishing Projects
If snow and cold has got you trapped indoors this winter here are some things to consider doing while you watch a great fly fishing DVD from RiverBum:
Organize your vest or pack. Surely, if you're anything like me, you end up concentrating on fishing while you're fishing and stuff can get overlooked. I always try to stock up on leaders, tippets, split shot, and whatever other extras during the winter so that I'll be ready to go when the fishing picks up again.
Organize your fly boxes. Winter is a great time to look at what you have and what you need. I like to make lists according to what I'll need first and then cross off those flies as I get them back into my boxes. For example, I'd start with midges for winter, then blue winged olives and caddis for Spring, and on to all of the other important flies for summer. Be sure to have nymphs, emergers, and adult dry flies for every hatch you'll encounter. Nothing is as frustrating as being out on the river surrounded by feeding fish and just not having the right bugs.
Organize your bags. My fly fishing bag is the receptacle for all kinds of things. I'm scared thinking about it right now since I'd bet there are some nasty old granola bars and who knows what else in there. Make sure you have all of the clothing layers you'll need, wading boots, waders, and other accessories that you'll need when you get back out on the water.
You'd be surprised how much a little organizing now will help out when you are able to get back out on the river. Happy New Year to everyone, hope we all catch lots of fish this year!