Packing for a destination trip can be a daunting task. The mere thought of forgetting something as important as a passport or essential travel documents is enough to make your heart jump into your throat. Aside from these important items, there are a few ways to make sure you are prepared for your next destination fly fishing trip.
Extra Everything: It is so easy to assume that you won’t drop a pair of sunglasses off the side of the boat, break a rod tip landing a fish or get all of your shirts filthy before the end of your trip. A few things I double up on:
Sunglasses – A good pair of polarized shades is imperative for spotting fish and protecting your eyes, but unfortunately losing or breaking them is a realistic possibility. I know sunglasses can be expensive, having a less expensive backup pair is far better than having no backup pair at all.
Fly Lines – Fly lines and backing do occasionally break, especially chasing large saltwater species. Having a spare fly line will save you a whole lot of time and money. Even if you can track one down in a remote place, you can bet you will be paying a pretty penny for it.
Tippet – Tippet is cheap, don’t leave yourself stuck with a couple wraps of it left on a spool with 3 days remaining in your trip. It packs very small, and just like a spare fly line, it is a lot cheaper at home than it is in a land far away.