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With the start of a new fishing season, it's time to get our gear in order. Don't forget to:
1. Check your waders for leaks and signs of wear and tear. Either take them into a dark room and run a light against the inside of the wader to detect leaks (the light will sign through the hole). Mark it with chalk on the outside. Or turn the waders inside out and fill them up with the hose. As the pressure increases inside the waders, beads of water will pop through detecting leaks. Mark the holes with a permanent marker (you're actually marking the inside of the wader). Use Tear-Aid to patch. Hang your wader belt on the suspenders so you always have it when you get to the stream.
2. Check and clean your fly lines. Look for cracks and signs of wear and replace any worn lines. Once a line shows cracks, it absorbs water and starts to sink, it won't shoot or float as well. It's time to retire it. Clean your lines with any good silicone based line cleaner. RIO makes an excellent cleaner as do all line companies. Stay away from mucilin as it's a wax base and can harm finishes on modern fly lines. Put new leaders on your lines.
3. Check rods and reels. Look for areas showing wear from flylines - look closely at your rod tips and stripping guides on the rods and the line guard and frame on your reels. Check with the manufacturer or your local fly shop for someone who can replace your worn guides and smooth out any sharp grooves. Don't put this off, these rough spots and sharp grooves can easily ruin expensive fly lines.
4. Check your vest. Your fly boxes should have a good supply of early season flies. For us here in the northeast, this will include nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners for Blue Quills, Quill Gordon, Hendrickson, and March Brown mayflies as well as Grannom Caddis and Early Black Stoneflies. Of course, Super Buggers will be the ticket for high or cold water. Make sure you have fly floatant, split shot, and strike indicators. Check the sharpness of your snips and replace your sunscreen. Throw out the old tippet spools and replace with new.
5. Make sure your raincoat is ready to go and put a warm buff and fingerless gloves in the pocket - just in case. And make sure your net is attached.
Have a great season opener!