What about gear, you ask? You’ll need a light fishing vest, with multiple pockets, and your fishing license, folded and sealed in a small waterproof bag, zipped into one. You’ll also want a small pair of nail clippers, to trim line, after tying the fly. And a bottle of Gink, to keep the fly from getting soggy, and floating on the surface. A pair of tinted reading-glasses, and a fly-threader, to make fly-tying easier. A small bag of bright green strike indicators, so you can see your line as it moves through the water. A hemostat, to crimp down the barbs of the hook, if you so desire, or to remove a stubborn hook from the jaw or gut of your fish, or your hand. A hook cutter, to cut off the barbed end, should a hook sink deep in your flesh.
Take bug spray. Black flies or bees can sometimes become a nuisance. And a First-Aide kit. You never know when you’ll need it. Take Bear spray. And a cheap vinyl rain cape (very light and compact, they fit in your pocket and cost only a couple of bucks). Put cell phone and camera in zip-lock bags. Take extra zip-lock bags along to put your sandwiches in, so they don’t get soggy in the ice-chest. Toilet paper or wet wipes, duh. And a towel, in case you get wet. My wife refuses to go to the river without custom sandwiches from Woody’s—call ahead to save time—the convenience store at the junction of Highways #35 and #206, and a bag or two of Tim’s Jalepeno, or Sea Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips, plus a jumbo box of Hot Tamales candy, which she then pours into a pocket of her fishing vest. She catches more fish than me, so she may be on to something, not sure.
Last but not least, a full cooler of beer, water and sodas will keep everybody happy if the fish just aren’t “feeling it” that day.
Keith Palmquist is a Real Estate Broker, and the owner of RiverBend Realty in Bigfork, Montana. Keith and his family moved to the Flathead Valley in 1993, from a small town in Kansas. A twenty year veteran-professional with a proven marketing and multi-million dollar Flathead Valley sales record, Keith has experience with all price points and types of real estate transactions.
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