5 Things to Bring on a Guided Fly Fishing Trip
If you have never been fly fishing, then a guided day with a fishing service is a good way to introduce yourself to the sport. Just make sure to bring everything you need for a great adventure.
1. Fishing Equipment
At the most basic, you need to bring a rod, reel, and tackle. If you are new to the sport, the guide service or a local sporting goods store will likely have this equipment to rent. Extra line is also a good idea, whether it's your first or 100th-time fly fishing. You will also need a pair of hip or preferably overall-style chest waders. Binoculars and a camera are also nice to have on hand.
2. Fishing License
You will likely need a fishing license, even you are doing catch and release on a guided fishing trip. Purchase the license before you leave on your trip. It's also a good idea to check in with your guide to see if the trip fee includes a fishing license or you will need to buy one from the guide or a local sporting goods store before the trip. In most states, children under a certain age don't need a license, and there are typically discount licenses available for vets and retired folks.
3. Weather Gear
Be prepared for any type of weather. Bring a jacket, gloves, and hat for those cool morning or evening trips. Long sleeve shirts with UV resistance are a good idea, as is sunblock, sunglasses, and lip balm. The sun can be brutal when you are on the water all day. A wide-brimmed hat will protect from both sun and rain. Insect repellent will also come in handy, especially if the day turns muggy and brings out the mosquitoes.
4. Water and Food
Some guided trips supply meals, while others require that you bring your own. Regardless, it's a good idea to pack a few snacks for yourself at a minimum. Also, bring plenty of water or your own refillable bottle in the event the fishing guide is providing a water refill station. You don't want dehydration to ruin the day.
5. Comfort Items
Comfort is also important. A folding camp chair, dry socks, a change of clothes at the end of the day, and a towel go a long way to making you more comfortable when you are enjoying downtime off of the river. Bring along any items that you would normally take on an outdoor trip for additional comfort.
Contact a fishing service to learn more about guided trips.