Here is the onWater 2022 Fly Fishing Resolution List for the New Year! We left out the most obvious one – to fish more – as few of us fish as much as we’d like. Even though it is winter, there are still plenty of great fishing opportunities out there.
Introduce the sport of fly fishing. More passionate anglers brought into fly fishing means more people dedicated to protecting those special places we fish. We make it easy to Explore Your Water.
Learn to double haul. Ask an expert, watch an online video, or read a book. It doesn’t matter where you get your information, just dedicate time to learn this very useful skill.
Watch your son or daughter catch his or her first fish on a fly. Make a point to observe rather than be wrapped up in your own fishing. With our busy lives this can be hard. Commit to it and schedule time, but allow yourself to be flexible – forcing a kid to fish is no fun for anyone.
Stalk a bonefish or cast to a permit. For those who have done both, you know the rush. For those who haven’t, find someone who has and invite them for coffee or a beer.
Clean your gear better. Aquatic invasive species are a serious concern to anglers. When traveling from one river to another, inspect, clean, and dry boots, waders, boats and trailers.
Splurge a few times. Pay the rod fee for a day on a private spring creek. Pay for a guided trip with the obnoxious in-laws – they might be more fun on a trout river. Treat yourself to the hot new rod or reel.
Take five minutes to observe before fishing. This will cue you into what’s hatching or you could see some wildlife you might have missed when sprinting from car to riffle.
Support your local fly shop. We’re lucky in the western US because fly shops are alive and well. They are your best source for local fishing reports and free information, plus specials on closeout models and demos for all the new goodies.
Be friendlier on the river. We fish for various reasons: to be in nature; to challenge ourselves; for exercise; for solitude; for camaraderie. Upon encountering other anglers, offer a polite “hello” or a “how’s the fishing?” You might meet a new angling friend or learn of an effective fly.