Whoops! I forgot about all of that stuff. Now its time to start pulling gear back out of the truck and weeding out what I don't need. I still want to show them what fishing is all about so the question becomes, what gear gives me the best chance of catching fish? The sheer volume of crap we anglers think we need to have with us when we go fishing is quite amusing. We can't possibly use it all, and half the time we don't even know that we have what we have. On a family fishing trip there just isn't enough room to take everything along. Here are a few tips on how to whittle down what you really need to bring with you on a family fishing trip.
Tip One: Know what species you will be targeting on which body of water and only pack relevant gear.
A little bit of thinking ahead and being adaptable can reduce a lot of what is needed for targeting multiple species. Generally, a family trip will consist of a very minimum amount of species being targeted, and unless you live by a large body of water you have a pretty good idea of the size and species of fish most likely to be biting at the time you are going. Bringing "just in case" equipment for several species of fish will mean you bring a lot of unnecessary gear with you that you will probably be more problematic than useful.
Tip Two: Keep the poles to a minimum.
Unless your Jeremy Wade looking for killer catfish on the Amazon river you probably don't need to bring sixteen different deep sea rods rigged up with everything from 5 lb mono to 3000 lb steel braided fishing line and #25 to 000000000000 fish hooks on your family trip to the lake.A lot of anglers think they need to use specific rod, reel, and line combinations for specific types of fishing lures or techniques. There are literally thousands of potential combinations of bait cast, spin cast, and fly fishing rigs each specifically designed for one type of fishing scenario. It is impossible to carry enough equipment to cover every fishing scenario possible, and all rods and reels do the exact same thing. The type of rod used in a particular scenario normally comes down to personal preference and performance over specific design purposes. Unless you are a professional fisherman that has a million dollar tournament on the line using one or two rigs and the smallest line size you can get away with for all of your fishing will save a tremendous amount space. This will also force you to pay more attention to the condition of your line, and make you an expert knot tier. So pick your favorite one or two poles for your particular type of fishing and leave the rest at home.
Tip Three: Think natural colors and patterns for lures flies and baits.
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Tip Four: Have fun, this trip wasn't about fishing anyway.
After the food is cooked, the hiking is hiked, and the Frisbee is thrown it's time for some fishing! I set up a folding chair put a piece of hot dog on a hook and toss it into the water. A bit of cat-fishing is in order while I rig up the fly rod and bait caster. once that is rigged up and casted into the water the kids come running and jump in the lake for a swim. With a smile and the knowledge that if there were fish here they are now gone, I get all settled down for a bit of relaxing. After about ten minutes I decide to pull out the fly rod and move down the shore line and away from the kids to see if I can get a fish that way when I hear my wife hollering down that it is time to go. I sigh a little with the realization that this trip was never about fishing, and smile to myself because I should have known better. I say, "I'll be right there." and start to gather up my gear and break it all down for the trip home. Ah, family. They are the only thing that trumps fishing, but I am still hopeful that I will get one of them hooked. Next time I will get that monster fish and show them what it is all about!