I’m pretty sure that everyone will think I’m out of my mind for posting this , however I think it’s an important thing to be doing at this time of year. That is, getting ready for next season. With Christmas and the New Year right around the corner I have already taken out all of my flies, positioned them by pattern and size and then made a list of all the ones I need to tie to fill in the holes. Nothing worse than to realize just before a trip that you don’t have all of the flies you need. I simply take each pattern, make a note of the sizes I need and then keep the list by my fly tying bench where I can pick do up what I need. Once I’ve got the list done I will also check my fly tying supplies and make a note of anything I need so that I can make sure when I go to the tackle shop I get exactly what I need for what I want to tie.
Once I’m done with the flies and material I check over my reels and lines. I use some pretty old Beaudex reels that were made in the 50’s and 60’s and they are in a constant state of needing repair. I always get asked why I am using a pretty much antique reel with almost no drag system and my answer quite simply is that I like the “screech” it makes when a salmon tears off down the river. Do they cause me a few problems, you bet. More than once in a season I will end up with a major birds nest of a backlash, but it’s the sound I like to hear. Once my reels are checked over I will take a look to see what kind of shape my lines ar in and see if any are in need of replacement. No messing around here. If the line is worn and cracked I don’t give it much thought and get a replacement on the reel so that I will be ready in the spring. Next I check over my roads, waders, wading jacket and accessories, making notes as I go and by the New Year I will have all lists made, some of the new flies tied and will be getting totally jazzed for the upcoming season. After all, once we get to January 1, it will only be 151 “Big Sleeps” until the 1st of June and the Bay St. George Rivers open in Newfoundland.