How to Fish: Brian Chan’s Tackle Box Essentials | GoFishBC

There are certain things you need in your
tackle box to make life that much easier when you’re on the lake. We only have a certain amount of time to go
fishing so we want to maximise our enjoyment while we’re on the water. So here is some basic equipment you need in
your tackle box in order to have a nicer day on the water. First thing you need is a pair of polarized
sunglasses. Wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses allows
you to look into the water, cuts the glare so you can see fish swimming around, you can
see bugs coming up through the water column. And then you’ve got a little aquarium net
that you can dip bugs out of the water with and see what they are in terms of what species
they are, what size they are, what colour run conditions they’re in. So, you can dip them up and then you can put
them in a little vial; a glass vial full of water. You can look at them, then you can go to your
fly box and you can match the size and colour of the bug that’s actually coming up. So a little aquarium net, a little vial; really
valuable. And then you need a pair of nippers. I’ve got several of them in my box. I always misplace them. This ones on a little floaty so if I drop
it over the side of the boat I won’t lose it. That’s how you’re going to trim your knots
when you’re changing flies all day long. This is a pair of hemostats. So these are basically a pair of surgical
pliers. A pair of hemostats are good for if you hook
a fish on the tongue or deeper in the mouth you don’t want to be sticking your fingers
in there because you’re going to damage the gills or the gill rakers, so you’re just going
to stick this in there gently, lock it on the fly, give it
a quarter twist, and back that fly out. So, very handy for getting a fly out that’s
deeper; if its hooked deeper in the mouth. Never leave home without sunblock, especially
if you’re fishing a lot in the interior. It’s already cooking out here today. Good rule of thumb: put it on before you get
out on the water. That way you don’t forget. You need to reapply during the day. When I’m fishing in really hot weather I’ll
put this hat on which has this… well, it’s kind of a dorky looking hat but it covers
your back, your neck and it provides side shade so you can better see and not get that
bright sunlight coming in the side and the corner of your eyes as well. It’s also got a black underside to reduce
the glare as well. Real handy to have. I carry a digital thermometer with me which
is always cool to have. I like to know the water temperature. I always take the temperature of the water
when I’m fishing because, as I’ve mentioned earlier in a number of these tips, everything
in lakes is driven by water temperature so I like to know what the temperature is. So, I just dip this in the water for like
15 seconds and it’ll read in celsius and farenheit and tell you exactly what the temperature
is, and I record this in my diary. Then obviously you have your mulitple boxes
of flies. You can’t have just one box of flies. But here’s a little foam fly box that’s got
a centre leaf so I can put flies on both sides of it. I try to keep it organized. It’s probably a good idea to have a box just
with chironomids in it, just leeches in it… this didn’t work out for me this time round. It’s a mix-mash in there. And, finally, a really valuable tool used
properly is a throat pump. They’re sold as stomach pumps but you’re only
sampling the oesophagus, the throat of the fish, becasue you want to sample live food
items. Which help you match the hatch. I know whether they’re mayflys, chironomids,
damselflfies, small leeches, shrimp, zooplankton.. what the fish are feeding are on, and they’re
all going to be live. You’re not jamming this down in the stomach
as everything down there will be dead in digestive juices.. it’s the oesophagus, so watch the
tip in this series on how to use a throat pump properly and this can be a valuable tool. And I use that in conjunction.. I get a throat sample with a water vial. .. get
some water in a vial and then squirt the sample out of the throat pump. And then I’ve got finally I’ve got my different
spare spools, spare lines that I could switch on my different rods depending on what line,
what different density of sinking line I need. That way that covers everything. The essential box that you need and have a
great day out on the water.

local_offerevent_note October 23, 2019

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