What Makes a Great Fly Fishing Trip?

You already know that I LOVE to fly fish.  I go fishing at least once a week, and I’m often out there with a friend or client playing coach.  And tying on flies.  And netting monster trout.  And laughing my ass off all the while.

It’s what I do.

I’ve lost count of how many trips I’ve been on, but it’s a lot.  Some shorter, some longer…  and sometimes I said screw it and just put all my fishing and camping gear in my truck and started driving.  I didn’t care where I was going.  I just cared that I was going, and knowing I was going to catch trout.  That’s all I care about when I do impromptu trips.

But most people don’t live in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.  It’s true, I have fishy water in every direction I turn.  Most people don’t.

Because most of you haven’t been on a ton of epic fly fishing trips, I’ve compiled a list for you of what makes a great one:

  • Good company.  Your Dad, uncle, best friends, or even girlfriend.
  • Good guides.  A crummy guide can ruin a great day before it even starts.  Ask me how I know.
  • A good host.  That’s right, a host.  There are too many logistics to handle on your own, especially if you’re going someplace new.
  • Healthy food.  If you eat garbage food from a crummy restaurant and it gives you diarrhea, you’re gonna have a bad time.  Nobody likes taking a dump in the woods and realizing later that night that you wiped with poison ivy.
  • Good beer.  No explanation needed here.
  • Nice accommodations.  If your lodging sucks or is in the middle of nowhere, you’re gonna spend a lot of time driving.  You want nice accommodations that are central to the watersheds you plan to fish.
  • A good truck.  Breaking down or worse, breaking down in the middle of nowhere isn’t ever fun.  Rent a good truck or drive yours to wherever your adventure takes you.
  • Terrible or non-existent cell phone coverage.  What do you need your phone for besides taking pictures, anyway?
  • Good gear.  Bring your own or rent it, but have good, operational gear.  Spending a day in leaky waders isn’t any fun.
  • Knowledge of the area.  A host and guide will hook you up in a big way here.
  • Your sense of humor.  Plan to laugh hard every day, all day.  It’s good for the soul.

I could keep going on this topic, but I don’t want to split hairs.  You get the idea.  The best way to do an epic trip is to have someone who is knowledgeable of the area plan the whole damn thing for you.

Hey, I like to freestyle, but why waste time free styling?  I’d rather be stylin’ and profilin’ on a turn key trip with a great host and guides who plan everything for me.  All I wanna do is show up, catch trout, eat healthy food, drink good beer, and laugh with my buddies.

And now you can too.  We’re busy planning trips for spring and summer in Colorado and Wyoming.  Call your Dad, your uncle, or your buddies, and book your trip NOW.

You’ll be glad you did.

See you on the stream.

Tight lines,

-Justin Hancock
Lord and Chief Angler, TroutFishing101

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