Essentials for planning your fishing trip
When planning for a fishing trip of any kind from a couple of hours fly fishing on the river to a week’s carp fishing in France I have a saying that goes: failing to prepare is preparing to fail! A good friend of mine once said it’s like studying for an exam by that I mean the better you prepare before you are out on the bank the better your day will be and therefore also your results.
So, here’s how I go about planning that all important trip!
- Create a check list
I always have a check list whether it’s in my head for shorter trips or one I have written down for the longer ones it takes the stress out of forgetting that all important item of tackle or clothing.
- Check the weather forecast
The weather in the UK as in many other parts of the world can be unpredictable. Within reason, and with the unpredictability in mind, use the weather forecast as key indicator on what you
should take and be prepared for.
- Correct clothing
If you have checked the weather this should also give you an idea on what clothing to take for the trip. I always work on the “onion principle” of dressing in layers so that if I get too hot I can always take something off but I can’t put something on if I don’t have it.
- Medication, sunscreen and first aid
All these are a must when you are out fishing – particularly for longer sessions, forgetting any of these can ruin your trip before it has started.
- Water and food
Whilst concentrating on bait for the fish, food and drink for themselves is something that some anglers often overlook especially in hot or cold conditions. Even when going on a short fishing trip I always make sure that I take some water and a bar of chocolate or snack of some description with me. A small flask with some coffee or tea in will always be a welcome addition to the kit bag!
- Equipment and tackle
This can be a balancing act between taking enough so you
have everything you need for your fishing trip, but not too much that it weighs you down. This is where a check list can pay dividends. Whilst working through what you will need, be sure to also physically check things like the condition of your line so that you don’t risk losing that fish of a lifetime when it bites!
Check through your terminal tackle well in advance of your trip so that if you are running short of anything it can be purchased in advance. I always take two pairs of polarising sunglasses just in case I lose a pair so having more than one of something isn’t a bad idea.
- Cameras and mobile phones
These days I never leave the house without my mobile phone which has a good camera already built in, after putting all the effort into catching a good fish only to get a poor photo of it would be such a shame. I also use my phone to track my fishing trip and add catches in the Finygo fishing log app so I can learn which spots and tactics are working for me and share my wins to Facebook easily.
As with all electrical equipment keeping it dry is a must and a small waterproof bag from any camping shop will do the job just fine. One extra thing I take these days when going on longer sessions is a small power pack to charge my phone or cameras should the battery run low.
So, there you have it that’s how I go about planning a fishing trip and up to now it has kept me in good stead.