Starting the Season the Right Way
by Benoit Farcy

Finally, the beginning of June has arrived! Summer is at our doorstep and the water level of the lakes and rivers seems to have stabilized. It’s now time for our first fly fishing trip of the season! Here are a couple of tips to help you get ready.

Start by making sure that your fishing line isn’t cracked or dried out. You can do this by pulling the whole length out and then inspect it minutely by slowly sliding your fingers on it. If you feel any cracks, consider replacing it. Soak the line in soapy water while lightly rubbing it with the tips of your fingers before rinsing it with clean water and drying it with a towel. Don’t forget to stretch your line, this will help it to regain its flexibility and eliminate any kinks that might have.

Verify that the first ceramic hole on your rod isn’t cracked. Also, take time to inspect the different junctions and the support of the reel for any visible damage. The break of your reel should be constant and the tension stable. This is of capital importance when battling a fish. A little bit of grease can be applied to the hub.

Rust is your worst enemy! If any of the hooks in your chest gets rusty, you should immediately get rid of it. Not doing so might result in it contaminating the others and rust out your whole selection. Also, make sure that you have all the necessary models and that the hooks are still sharp.

Double-check your waders for perforation, make certain they are still watertight. In case of a leak, reparation can be attempted or you can simply return it to the manufacturer for repair. Verify your laces are still solid and good to go.

Accessories like the nets, nippers, fly boxes, fishing vests, and sling packs are all personal, but should still be inspected regularly.

Choosing the Right Fly Tying Scissors
by Benoit Farcy