Montana Fly Fishing Guide Gears Down
Every year the fly fishing Guide Season comes to a close. It is always ending at a different time, some years in November other years in late September. This year was this last week, the beginning of October. I have a handful of trips left but I’m starting to think about “gearing down”.
After a long windy day on the water the last thing a fly fishing guide wants to do is go through the flies used and reorganize them into their appropriate spots among all of the fly boxes. They usually end up in the fly shop cups or a huge tangled mess. After 7 days straight in the drift boat office you have 7-8 cups of messy flies, flies that didn’t make it into the cups and a nightmare of organization needed. Now multiply that by a whole season and a fly fishing guide now has a weeks work of organizing needed to be done at the end of the season.
This is the time that I usually start to clean fly fishing reels, fly rod corks, clean fly lines and give the rods in the quiver a good cleaning as well. I take mental note of lines needing replacement. Some of my reels will need to be cleaned and possibly serviced. I start to get ideas on rods and reels I would like to have in the quiver for next year. A new Winston, yes please.
My truck. Yikes. This is the biggest piece of gear a fly fishing guide or outfitter owns. Take care of it, it’s a big investment. Time to give it a good vacuuming, I’m sure I will find a few flies. I run a truck with a topper and built in diy truck bed storage. Truck Vault has yet to sponser me. The amount of trash that slips in the cracks is building up. It will fill a trash bag for sure.
Boats. Well time to wash, clean out and 303 the raft. A product that helps protect from the sun and adds a great shine for winter storage. I will find lots of mono in the floors, flies that are beyond help and other random trash. It does feel good to start next season with a fresh boat.
Here is the one I hate doing. Coolers. Those heavy and spendy Yeti Coolers. They are the best you can buy but still need cleaning once and a while. They are an investment I need to take care of. I use four different Yeti’s depending on the day. All of which need a good bleach bath and drying. Again it is nice to start the season off with fresh and clean coolers.
Lastly through this process I usually start to build a list of gear needed for the next season. I mean the 2019 fly fishing season is fast approaching. Have you booked your trip yet? I should have all my gear ready by then, i hope.
Tight lines and screaming reels,