The trout God’s live! It may only be March, but open water season is coming and it’s time to get that tackle ready. Both spin and fly fishermen can enjoy sitting down and imagining warm weather and great days on the water.
First, a tip for the fly fishing readers: Many of you still use a small connector that fits into the end of your fly line versus using a nail knot. These little gizmos are fine and serve the purpose. Lila and I used them for years. However, it takes an act of Congress to push the barbed end of these connectors up into the end of your fly line. Try this; put about 5” of the end of your fly line into very hot water (Not boiling, but nearly so) for ten seconds or so. This will soften the end of your fly line and with the help of needle-nose pliers will make this task much easier. My personal choice, versus this device, is simply a nail knot. The nail knot is quicker and at least as reliable. Plus, you don’t need anything except your fingers to tie it. In an upcoming column, I’ll share the recipe for what I call a 30-second nail knot.
Spin fishermen should be opening the gear box on the reel and being sure that the gears are properly lubricated with gear oil. Check the reel seat to be sure that it hasn’t become loose. I look at the line guides to be sure that there is no corrosion that can cause line breakage. Replacing your mono is usually good idea also. Go through your flies and lures and check for broken hooks and sharpen any that are rusted. Fly fishermen should check their flies, looking for hackles or body material that has been flattened. A great way to refresh the hackle of your flies is to use a pair of hemostats and hold the fly over steam from the tea kettle.
So little time, so much to do to be ready for open water season! Now if I could just get those fish to cooperate a little more this year…!
Next month…Wader Stuff!