Other than the clothes and matching outfit, there are lots of accessories needed when fly fishing. A few of these accessories look as if odd, but whenever one pushes way to the waters, it is essential to bring all the devices and equipment with them.
Last Friday, my garage was broken into. The thieves picked the low hanging fruit; they took a couple of backpacks left sitting on the toolbox of our ATV trailer. Within those packs was 15 years of accumulated fishing and outdoor gear. When we began to calculate the cost to replace the missing items, we were dumbfounded. It is amazing how much we spend on outdoor gear. Typically, quality outdoor equipment is amassed over a long period of time. A lure here, a lure there, it is tough to walk out of a sporting goods store without dropping at least $20. And when travelling, the savvy angler will always browse the local sporting goods vendor for specific lures indigenous to the area.
Nowadays seat boxes are so over-the-top they can cost more than 450 quid. Match fishermen who make money fishing can justify that though (although they probably get them free from sponsors!), based on the multi-functionality of one of these beasts. They have the obvious things like adjustable legs for sloped and muddy banks, and nice padded seats. But then they also have all sorts of draws and slots and trays for your tackle, footplates to rest your feet on, pole seats to rest your pole in, and even cubbies to put your beer and crisps. If you are a fully grown fisherman you need somewhere for your beer and crisps.
By providing value to your potential business partner or customer before you ever ask them to buy, you create trust with that person, and you become the expert to them. That trust will make them much more likely to buy from you, whether that means buying your product or joining your business.
Using the proper gear can make a big difference in not only the number and size of fish caught, but also in the amount of wasted time on the water. In my 25 years of trout chasing experience I’ve found that the more efficient I am on the water, the more time that I spend with my line in the water where the trout are, rather that out of the water while I re-bait or re-tie. The bottom line is that you want to spend as much time as possible with your line in the water.
Timber boxes are wonderful for males in general, but Dads in particular. They come with rope handles, painted, stained, can be made up with flowers and cheap fishing lures, flowers and gear for the barbecue, like an apron, tongs, fork, pot holders, accessories for the bar.
Well, why not take the socks and jocks along to your friendly florist and see what she or he can do with them. You will be amazed and your Dad will feel so special.
It’s unfortunate that we live in a day and age where we need to take these added measures to protect ourselves. I don’t want you to feel like everybody you meet during your travels is a thief or has bad intentions. Just use common sense and be aware of what is going on around you.