April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016.
Only thirty days until Opening Day? Time to start preparing for the trout season which opens on Silver Creek on May 28, 2016. Each fall I simply stick all of my fishing gear in the closet. Terrible approach, but as I go through my annual preparations I become very excited about Opening Day.
Rods. After putting the rod carrier back on top of your vehicle, turn your attention to your rods. I remove last season’s grime with a wash cloth moistened with a mild dish soap solution, dry the rods off with a soft cloth and apply rod dressing so that the line shoots through the guides of my rod. Now would be a good time to have the fly shop repair any loose guides and check your rod tip. Remember to lubricate each section of your fly rods with ferrule wax so that you can easily break down your rod.
Reels. Detach the spool from your reel and use a tooth brush and a mild dish soap solution to remove accumulated dirt and grit from the innards of your fly reel. Apply reel lubricant per the manufacturer’s specifications. Tighten all screws and the handle.
Fly Lines. Inspect your fly lines for cracks or other wear which can compromise the ability of the line to float or cast. Your Stream Keeper uses only double taper lines and sometimes can avoid a new purchase by simply reversing the line. Nevertheless, one should wash the entire fly line with a mild dish soap solution, dry the line off with a soft cloth and apply a commercially available line dressing.
Waders & Boots. I start each season with a brand new pair of waders and have my fly shop repair any leaks to last season’s waders which become my back up waders. I generally put a new pair of laces on my boots.
Chest Pack/Vest. Since I am going to remove fly boxes from my chest pack anyway, it’s a good opportunity to empty your vest or chest pack and restock essentials like leaders, hemostats, tippet spools, floatant, sunglass wipes, nippers, etc.
Flies. You’ll cut your bill at the fly shop by reorganizing your fly boxes, as you discover flies you thought you had lost or didn’t have in the first place. This year your Stream Keeper has to reorganize all of his fly boxes because on the last day of my 2015 season I ran over my chest pack, destroying eight expensive stuffed to the gills fly boxes. It’s a great opportunity to make some changes. While I’ll continue to maintain a separate fly box for each mayfly, I have decided to devote special boxes for the flies I find to be most effective, including No Hackles, Hackle Stackers, Hatch Matchers, Spinners and Soft Hackles. If I were you, I’d make an early trip to your fly shop when it has a full fly inventory; you may be disappointed if you wait to buy Trico No Hackles during the height of the hatch.
Stream Keeper Double R Ranch