I love fishing! Some of my earliest memories are fishing for small mountain trout in Montana with my father. We'd fish small alpine lakes, narrow streams and rivers. A favorite was to creek fish along a stream near our family cabin. We'd sneak up on the bank and drop our bait in near a hole or overhang. I loved feeling the tug of the fish, regardless of it's size.
Whether you're a fan of catch and release or you keep them for food, fishing is a great outdoor activity. Figuring out how to fish a species and body of water is such a great challenge and the successful feeling of figuring it out is so satisfying.
Over the years we've learned how to execute the perfect fishing trip. We've learned how to plan, what gear and supplies to take, how to prepare for the weather, how to stay safe and how to ensure we get back home safe.
Adventure Story: Not Your Typical Mountain Trout
...let me go first since this was my first salmon fishing trip. He navigated the river so the bait was at just the right depth. Within minutes he yelled, "FISH ON!"...
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If you're like us you'll love the trail and fishing will become second nature. Let's get started.
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect climbing trip. We thought we'd list a few tips to consider for your next outing:
We all have different risk tollerances. As I've gotten older I've consciously slowed down a lot and take fewer risks. I've seen guys with life-altering injuries who can't enjoy the outdoors any longer. I talked with a man this week who has messed up his knees and joints so much he can't go on a simple hike. That can't be me!
When we venture out, we need to keep in mind that we have future outdoor experiences to enjoy so we need to get home safe after every one. Our chances of survival and safe return increase with a few principles:
Having the right first aid supplies handy can help a lot. Make sure you have the right supplies for the activities you're doing.
We recommend taking 2 packs when fishing. Take your personal day pack with first aid supplies, hiking gear, and toiletries. Then, take your dedicated fishing pack or vest with your tackle, bait and assessories.
I divide my personal gear and supplies into 3 kits: gear, first aid, toiletries. These kits go into my pack and are with me on every outing.
First Aid Kit (IFAK)
Each body of water and species of fish requires specific bait and rod/reel combo. This list is generalized.
New technology pushes fishing gear forward every year. The poles, reels, bait and assessories make it easier to catch fish and easier to maintain.
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Being prepared with some survival skills, trail information, and weather forecasts can make your hike relaxing and help you get home safe.
Don't get lost! Find the right map for your area. We recommend reviewing the map BEFORE your embark on your adventure. Get a feel for the topography, water sources, trails and roads, etc.Choose Your Map
We love our trail time! We hope your outings this year are memorable, relaxing, full of adventure, and safe.
We'd love to hear about any memorable stories you experience. Submit them to us and if we feel the story matches the site we'll publish it.
Gear up, prepare, and hit the trail! Enjoy!
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