Fly Fishing a New River

With your fly fishing network guide Jon Book.

Are you thinking about fishing a new river? The one you have heard many great things about with bigger than big fish, high jumping rainbows or tasty brookies.

Well let me tell you something... never, and I mean never go to that great river before doing your homework. Take some time to make that fishing trip an enjoyable one and not the last one of your life.

First things first, get a fishing map of the river you want to try. Study the river and it's twists, turns, widths, depths and places to get in and get out. How fare to the closest town? Are there campgrounds? Maybe it would be a good idea to get a phone number of a local tackle shop and tell them of your plans. I'm sure they will be more than happy to fill you in on all the details. Make sure you stop in, see them and say hello. Maybe make a purchase. It all helps for future trips.

Another good ay is to go on line. The Internet has lots to offer and a quick email will get results.

When that day comes don't try to fish the stream early in the morning or late in the evening. Try to check it out during the mid day when you can see your way around. When the sun is overhead it's much easier to see deep holes and sunken logs that could give you trouble in low light.

Last, but not least, buy or make yourself a wadding staff. They're not that much money. Find a nice straight ash sapling and peel the bark and let it dry. Put a leather loop on one end and a coat of varnish. It will save the day.

Remember even Mosses needed a staff to cross the Red Sea.

Good luck and be safe.

Jon Book