Last spring i was able to go trout fishing with a buddy and i had a great time. I have been trout fishing many times before and most of my trout fishing was with a fly rod. I have however, been absent from the river banks for a good 6 years. Last years trip was a great opportunity to start thinking about making a come back!
Winter is still raging outside, and i for one have a major case of cabin fever. I really think it is a top secret CIA conspiracy that i have to shovel, chip ice, and shovel some more on every day off i have. In the short future the longer days will become warmer, and spring will slowly come around. I do know stone flies come off early and i love fishing those mid day hatches in March. Here is the challenge I am undertaking. I have been tying my own saltwater flies since i was introduced to fly fishing when i was 13. Since then i have probably purchased under a dozen saltwater flies, and tied the rest. Freshwater fishing is another story with most of the flies being purchased and none tied. I am setting out to tie all my freshwater flies this year. I will not be fishing store purchased flies, but will fish flies made from fishing buddies, yeah i know it is a fine line. I understand basic fly construction and techniques, but i am worried about the size. Check this pick out.
I have been very happy with the Simms bag i picked up last year, so i decided to get another just for trout fishing. I picked out the Simms Sling Pack and i think it will work out great. The pack has a ton of space, and not one inch of it was wasted. I have come to expect well thought out products from Simms. I have plenty of room for Frogs Fanny, nippers, fly box, tippet material, bug spray, camera, forceps, and my .38 for bad guys living in a van down by the river.
I am looking forward to crafting a bunch of nymphs and streamers in the next few weeks. I will make updates on the mission as they come.