The details are tough and go right now, and wifey still needs to be tranquilized, but meet the newest arrow in my boat quiver. With a 40/30 Yamaha jet, oar locks, poling platform, and a Yeti rowers seat she’s gonna look sporty to say the least. Now I just gotta figure out how to put in a pop up camper on that thing, because I may be living in it for a while. I would like to thank John St. John over at Hog for finally coming up with a swiss army boat for all of us that fish a lot of different stuff, and need a boat that can keep up.
Ran up to the S. Holston on Friday, with Scotty from Low Country Fly Shop, on what can only be called a marginal generation schedule. The lesson here is that high water ramps suck on low water, and the other lesson here is that Hog Island Boats don’t require ramps.
A couple of weekends ago we snagged a booth at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo, and it was everything we thought it would be…and even a little more. Various SCOF contributors were in attendance, we met some new folks, we caught up with some old folks, and we even managed to stage a PBR tasting at our booth on Sunday. All in all our first ever show was a success the likes of which haven’t been realized since Michael J Fox in the 80’s classic, The Secret of My Success.
…and I even found time to catch a troot.
So we have once again put our feet to the fire and approached our upcoming Albie trip much like a crowd would approach exiting a burning building. In the least orderly fashion possible. For a while there it looked like our Albie trip was going to wind up at the bottom of a huge pile of humanity Walmart style. Fortunately for us my clients needed to reschedule a trip, in turn opening up a three day window of Albie Mania early next week. So today I thought I would go through my general trip planning process for those of you that care to listen.
Lodging: Once a destination is picked I go through my Facebook friends list and start putting out feelers to all of those folks that fall within the appropriate geographic constraints as to the availability of couches, outbuildings, garages, or any other place to rest my head that includes the word free in the description.
Ground Transportation: This can go one of two ways. If I need to haul a boat, I try to convince Wifey that my truck is in good enough working order to make the trip…it usually is not. If I don’t have to haul the boat, I try to convince Wifey that my truck is in good enough working order for her to drive while I’m gone, so I can take her more gas friendly ride…it usually is not.
Maritime Transportation: This is where most people who aren’t fishing guides would hire a guide to arrange all of the boat requirements for a trip. Unfortunately for guides, we are usually too poor to hire other guides (it’s a vicious cycle) so I will refer you back to the tactics used to secure lodging…the same principle applies to arranging a boat.
Gear: Here again we run into our old friend the almighty dollar. I would love to buy a new rod and reel every time I take a trip but unfortunately I enjoy being married (as well as my testicles) so this isn’t really an option. Fortunately I have friends who for whatever reason have been able to bribe, sneak, or outright lie their way into gear that I covet for my trip. I often find a well placed 12 pack of PBR, and promises of reparations for any damage (wink, wink, nod, nod) will usually ply them sufficiently enough to allow me to walk away with arms full of 10 wt’s…suckers.
Flies: Find people that are better tiers than you and shamelessly blow smoke up their asses until you have convinced them that tying you up a box of flies really is a privilege for them.
Day Of Trip Chaos: Speed is the key here. Wives and significant others usually choose this time to realize what they are allowing you to do, and the burden you are leaving them with. Freak outs are a common occurrence here, oh yeah did I mention the guilt? So forgo organization, and stuff as much crap into bag as possible and just assume you are going to have buy some new stuff when you get there. Trust me when I say the cost of new stuff is way cheaper than the cost of staying in the combat zone dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s.
So there it is folks, 6 easy steps to planning your next successful fishing trip. I would just like to thank all the people that have made my Fall Albie trip possible with little or none of my money actually invested…you guys are the best.