7 Essential Items to Carry on a Fishing-Camping Combination Trip
You love both the activities – camping and fishing! Then, why to undertake them separately? Why to keep wondering whether to go camping in the wild or to chase the stubborn trout? You can combine both these fun activities and experience the immense joy they offer together.
Both fishing and camping are excellent for helping you disconnect with your daily hassle of life, social networks etc. and connect with nature.
You don’t need to choose a hard-to-reach campsite or an unknown river or creek. Just head towards the nearby lake or river with the fishing and camping gear. Pitch your tent and start exploring water that you didn’t know previously.
A fishing camping trip isn’t a lot different from your usual camping trip. But you can expect to carry a little more of luggage. Here’s a list of necessary items to help you out.
Choosing a tent may be as challenging as choosing a house as there may be a lot of factors to consider. But the most important factor to consider is how far you’d go inside the backcountry and whether you’d hike there or go by RV. If you’d go on foot, weight of the tent should be less so as to be easily carried to the campsite. If you’d be camping near your vehicle, you are free to choose higher ceilings, big space and comfort. But if you’d be hiking for 20+ kilometers, every gram of weight of your luggage matters, and so, a super-light dome tent is your best option.
Your essential camping gear should consist of first aid kit, headlamp, hatchet, rope, matches, a compact gas stove, food (should include some high-energy bars) and a dry bag.
You also should be prepared with the knowledge of dealing with the wildlife. Read some useful books and gain some knowledge about these animals and their behavior.
Remember you’re going to fish and not just camp. You may even go for a swim. There are high chances of getting weight; so, be sure to carry dry clothes with you even if you’re going for a one-day trip.
Since there are so many options available today, it’s a good idea to take an advice of the salesperson at your local gear shop. But in general, a bag filled with a synthetic stuffing material is good because unlike down, it will still provide you warmth should your bag get wet.
Rods and Reels
While weight is an important factor to consider, it’s a good idea to carry two fly rods, i.e. a 4-weight rod for dry-fly as well as nymphing setups, and a 6-weight rod for heavier streamers. Four-piece compact fly rods are perfect for hiking in backcountry.
If you’re a spin fisher, four-piece, short spinning rods with corresponding ultra-light reels are the best as they take up only a small room.
It’s best to use hard cases, with compartments for reels for each type of rod, because it will protect your rods and allow for quicker setup at the same time.
Flies and Tackle
Although your fly selection should be based on the season and water body you’re going to fish, some patterns should always be there in your fly box. These include Adams dry flies, Elk Hair Caddis, Copper John nymphs, Muddler Minnow streamers and Hare’s Ear.
For spin fishers, a range of small weighted spinners as well as high-action spoons, together with some split shot for adding weight for casting, are perfect.
If you’d be beginning your hike close to the water you’re planning to fish, it’s better to wear your wading gear immediately. If there is a longer hike ahead, be sure to pack your waders in strong garbage bags.
I am sure, you’re excited with the idea of fishing-camping combo and are eager to enjoy it. So, when are you planning?