This is the time of year that we start thinking about fishing somewhere warmer like Mexico, Belize or the Bahamas. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are preparing for your trip:

#1 – PRACTICE YOUR CASTING! I cannot stress the importance of being able to cast into the wind which is always present when saltwater fishing.

#2 – MAKE A LIST. Seems simple enough but going over a packing list several times will eliminate over packing. Try using compression bags when packing, they help save space in your duffel.

#3 – DESTINATION CHECKLIST. Check the destination for a recommended rod, reel, flies, etc. And find out if you need a special adapter to charge all of your tech.

#4 – SMART CARRY-ON. – Make sure you carry on some essentials such as a change  of clothes, toiletries, phone charger, etc just in case your checked bag is delayed. You may not have everything but you’ll still be able to fish.

#5 – UP TO DATE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS. Make sure your passport is up to date and any medical documents you may need such as your COVID card.

#6 – TRAVEL INSURANCE. I never go without it. Depending on your destination, decide whether you need medical evacuation, etc. One recent trip, I was delayed overnight and missed a day of fishing in Mexico. My travel insurance reimbursed me for the delay and missing the paid day of fishing. Very worthwhile.

These may seem common sense but double checking everything will pay off in the end and you will be prepared and will have a great time. I hope some of these tips will help and good luck on your next fly fishing adventure.

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