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Now’s The Time To Go Through Your Fishing Vest

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 1999 in Trout Fishing

As spring quickly approaches, now is the time to go through your fishing vest and clean it out and restock it. There’s no reason to wait until the last minute to perform this fairly tedious (but necessary) task. If you’re anything like me, during the course of a fishing season your fishing vest gets completely trashed. Mine is always full of granola bar wrappers, gum wrappers, hell wrappers of all kinds, and various other trash that simply needs to be removed. Below is what I do in order to get my fishing vest ready for the fishing season.

First I empty the vest completely. I take everything out, and once the vest is empty, I wash it in the washing machine. While it’s washing and drying, I have a couple of hours to go through my vest and perform an inventory, if you will. This is when I figure out what I need to stock up on before the season gets into full swing. Do I need more gang hooks? What about my extra spool of line? Is it full or do I need a backup? What about split shot sinkers and swivels? Now’s when I find out if I need to restock.

At this point, I restock my equipment. I go to the store and buy what I need or order it off of the internet. It obviously makes no difference where it comes from, as long as your fishing vest gets stocked up. You don’t want to be out on the river and suddenly realize that you are tying on your last swivel. Once the equipment is restocked and the vest clean simply reverse the process.

Now you are truly ready for fishing season. I know from experience e that this is the way to go. Take an afternoon and get your vest in order before the fishing season begins. I know from experience that standing in the middle of a flowing river is not the place to find out that you don’t have any 1/8 ounce black rooster tails left. Especially when the only thing the fish seem to want on that day is exactly that lure. I’ve had this happen and now carry backups of all my favorite lures, and know that the time to get ready for situations like the one described here is before the season. Remember, now’s the time to go through your fishing vest.

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