Organizing Fishing Stuff
Not everyday in Montana is filled with sunshine. On the dreary days in late winter 2020, with social distancing now the standard, we decide to be productive. Tim busies himself at the tyer’s bench in the cabin while I tackle the OMG, WTH mess I have in my fishing vest. Yes, I’m old-school and still wear my Simms vest.
Spring Hatches in Western Montana
Skwala, Blue Winged Olive, Midges, Nemora, and Western March Browns are the hatches for March and April. Tim has created his own pattern for the March Brown, his favorite spring bug.
Tied on a size 14 fine dry fly hook, he uses a purple-ish gray dubbing he ribs with a dark thread. He uses micro-fribbits as tail material and two natural CDC feathers as a wing. Simple and seductive to trout.
At the end of the fishing season, hunting gear quickly replaces fishing in my rig. Spring comes only to reveal my autumn haste.
With news headlines becoming scarier by the day, I head into my office and tell Alexa to play my favorite playlist on Pandora. We have boat bags, vests, packs, fly cups from a dozen flyshops filled with what looked good then, and fly patches overfilled.
With my favorite music playing, I feel normal again. Which box should I put these pink sowbugs in? Do you think tippet dated 2012 will still work? 30 years of fly fishing stuffed into pockets, boxes, and bags.
It took two days to sort last year’s fishing season. If you haven’t yet got your gear organized for the season, I highly recommend it. #therapy #thistooshallpass