Fly In Fishing Tips


Have you decided this is the year you your buddies have always dreamed about, a fly in fishing trip? Now unless you are going the five star route, here are some things you should consider, especially if you are going to an outpost camp.
Check to see the size of the motors on the boat and if they have electronics on them. At an outpost camp, the chances are not good.
On a recent trip to Harrop Lake Outpost, I made sure to bring my Humminbird depthfinder with a battery and charger, the same one I use for ice fishing. I also brought along my transducer bracket, an adjustable one that allowed me to fit the transom of the boat I would be fishing from. As it turned out this was an invaluable tool in the finding the deep pockets in a shallow river that was holding the fish. If I hadn‘t been marking the fish on my depthfinder, we would not have spent the time trying to get them to bite, which they did in the end.
Also, when you are on a new body of water, it pays to cover water by trolling. Unfortunately it can be pretty tough running a motor and trying to hold on to you rod, never mind tiring. So before the trip, I bought a really good quality clamp on holder by Eagle Claw. This is the best portable rod holder I have seen.

It was funny but when I showed up at the float plane base, my clients on this trip did not have most of the rods in a case. On longer trips, this is a recipe for disaster since there is not guarantee they will get there in one piece. Luckily there was no damage to any of them. I have seven rod cases of different sizes, one that will hold a seven foot, one piece rod. I also have a reel case to protect this valuable equipment.
Bring along a good dry bag equipped with raingear, rubber boots, warm clothes, lighter and other stuff to keep you safe in case you get stranded for a bit or an unexpected storm blows up.
TACKLE PACKING:   I spend about four hours choosing which tackle I will bring along and fine tune it into one small stackable soft sided pack. This pack will hold five medium sized trays and on this particular trip I had jigs, some spoons and various pike tackle along with some crankbaits. In the top of the pack I had various power baits and other plastics, including some nice swim baits for pike.
FISH TOOLS:    Don‘t forget your tools; pliers, scissors, jaw spreaders etc. that will make your life a lot easier. I sometimes bring a net, but I didn‘t have to on this trip, Jacksons made sure to have two different type of nets, a rubber one for walleye and a nice big soft mesh for the pike or big fish in general.

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