It is Almost 2014 and there is a chance the economy could have you less than thrilled…

Let’s face it, fly fishing is an expensive sport.  Graphite fly rods, Simms waders, Abel nippers (who can really afford one of those?), Titan Rod Racks and of course, a rig to mount that rod rack on…

Bahamas Bonefish
Bonefishing…

If you are like most Colorado Fly Fisherman then you undoubtedly log a lot of miles on your truck or SUV and it doesn’t matter if you’re riding around in a Ford Raptor or a 1962 Nissan, there is a good chance that at some point your rig is going to fail you.  Not to say it doesn’t matter the rig, there is a good chance your rig might be going through the following depending on the year and make:

  1. Toyota Tacoma (your taillight is out and yes I know, the hydraulics on your camper shell aren’t working like they used too…it must be so rough).
  2. Ford (F.O.R.D…just an acronym for Fix Or Repair Daily).
  3. Dodge (Drips Oil Drips Grease Everywhere…DODGE).

The point being, that eventually the vehicle is going to be at the shop, leaving you at home, stranded and without wheels.  The positive side of the matter, however, is that for fly fisherman we never ever have an excuse to be bored.  Fly fishing is one of the few sports you can have just as much fun preparing for as actually doing.  The next time you’re vehicle leaves you stranded far away from your favorite fishing hole, try these simple tips:

  1. Tie a Fly:  Tying flies is a great winter time hobby.  You can stock your fly boxes at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at the fly shop.  Tying with natural materials like rabbit, pheasant and grouse can make for some truly unique and lifelike flies.  For best results make sure beer is very close to the fly tying vice…
  2. Practice your casting:  Instead of letting your favorite bonefish guide cuss you out, grab the 8 weight and hula-hoop and practice your double haul, it could be the difference on your next salt trip between a goose egg and a 9 pound bonefish.  Or if you really want to get to know your local Denverites, try snagging one of the million geese at your local park with a treble hook…
  3. Plan your next trip.  Close or far, big or small, grab the atlas and start thinking about your next great fly fishing adventure.
  4. Read a Book: Thomas McGuane’s Ninety Two in The Shade has got some pretty sweet descriptions of permit fishing in the Florida Keys.  So what if Thomas McGuane gave away the climax of the novel within the first 5o pages?  The remaining 150 pages will give you something to do while they fix your truck!

Tight Lines,

Downtown Brown…Stay Fishy my Friends…