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GUEST BLOG: Ben Smith, Prepare for out-of-state Fishing trips

May 15, 2012
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While we all have wonderful fishing holes, rivers and lakes in our hometown states, but sometimes it’s nice to get out and see what else is out there. And we can tell you, there is a whole lot.  Ben Smith of Arizona Wanderings helps you prep for an out-of-state fishing trip with the buddies. Safe travel!

Last summer, I had a great opportunity to head up out of the Arizona heat to the float the Deschutes River in Oregon, with my good friend, Eric. Since this was a do-it-yourself fly fishing trip, it was absolutely important that I show up with all the gear that I needed. Here is the list that I drew up that served me very well on our 4-day float down the river.

Fishing gear – I had a good idea of the type of fishing I was going to be doing, and with a little help from my contact there, I was able to pack accordingly.

  • 2 Rods
  • 2 Reels
  • 3 Fly boxes (dries/streamers/nymphs)
  • Leaders
  • Tippet
  • Forceps
  • Gink
  • Indicators
  • Split-shot
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight/headlamp

Clothing – We were planning on being on the river for 4 day and I would have access to a washing machine at the end of the trip.

  • Waders
  • Wading boots
  • 1 pair of fleece wading pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Flip-flops (camp shoes)
  • Goretex jacket
  • Beanie
  • Ball cap
  • 2-3 handkerchiefs
  • 1 jeans
  • 1 shorts
  • 6 t-shirts
  • fleece
  • 2 sets of thermals
  • boxers and socks


Miscellaneous – These items were easier to get/borrow once I was at my location.

  • License
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Sleeping gear
  • Food
  • Dry bag (for river travel)


What would you add to this list?

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  • Looks pretty solid. Easily get by with that gear list. Whiskey maybe?

    Posted by Zack | May 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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