As the weather starts to improve, our bodies and minds naturally begin to draw us outside to the great outdoors, where we can admire the picturesque views, soak up some rays and fill our lungs with fresh air. Fishing is an activity that allows you to do just this. It can be as exciting as it is relaxing and whether you are a seasoned veteran or brand new to fishing, it is always important to be prepared for your trip.
It should go without saying, but the first thing you will need to pack for your fishing trip is any rods, reels, lines, tackle and bait you will need for the activity itself. Choose your gear to match your fishing conditions and what you are attempting to catch.
You should also bring any licenses or permits you may require as well as any pliers, clippers or other tools that you will need for cutting lines and removing hooks.
Alongside any generic and specialised fishing gear, you will require a good sturdy backpack to safely and comfortably store it all in. Trespass have a wide range of waterproof backpacks that will suit your fishing needs.
Keep Those Bugs at Bay
One thing that can be sure to ruin any trip, is a swarm of midges or biting insects that will leave you irritated, itching and distracted from the activity you are trying to enjoy. There are a range of things you can do to avoid this scenario. We have over the head mosquito nets that will allow you to protect yourself from the nuisance of biting bugs while still allowing you to see clearly and stay comfortable.
Trespass also offers a speciality range of clothing containing MoskitoPhobia® technology that naturally repels irritating, biting insects – especially midges. The non-toxic, insect-repelling agents in the fabric significantly reduce your chances of being targeted by these insects and the UPF40+ built in protection will keep you safe from the harsh sun. The garments are also fast-drying and high-wicking, to keep you comfortable.
When all else fails, mosquito/bug spray and anti-mosquito wristbands are additional ways to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the annoyance of itchy, biting bugs.
Prepare for the Weather
You should plan your clothing for the possibility that you could see all four seasons in one day – got to love that British weather! Preparing for changing weather conditions will allow you to add and remove layers throughout the day to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Shorts and t-shirts with comfortable and waterproof walking shoes will allow you to enjoy the sun and soak up some much needed Vitamin D. Exercise wear also works well in this situation as it allows you to stay comfortable while on the move.
In the likely event of inclement weather, you should pack various layers of clothing which are easy to add and remove throughout the day. If you already have an inkling that it may be a cold day then you should consider wearing some baselayer clothing to keep your body insulated. Our Layering Guide describes in more detail how to layer your clothes.
Fleeces are easy to add and remove so make sure you pack some warm fleeces in your backpack to help maintain your body heat when the sun goes away. All of our fleeces come with an AT (AirTrap) rating which identifies how warm they will keep you in low, moderate and high wind conditions. For more information on how to choose the right fleece, read our Fleece Guide.
Waterproof jackets and trousers are essential to protect you from rain and any splashback while on/near the water. All of our waterproof garments come with a waterproof rating in millimetres (mm). This shows how many millimetres water will need to penetrate the garment in order to seep through. The higher the waterproof rating, the more waterproof the clothing is. Our Definitive Waterproof Jacket Guide explains how waterproofing works and how to pick the right jacket for you.
Don’t forget your head, hands and feet need to be kept warm too! Depending on how cold you expect the day to become, we have a variety of walking and ski socks designed to keep your feet warm while still being able to breathe and prevent painful blisters and abrasions. Your hands will be exposed for the majority of the day while holding onto your fishing rod. To keep your hands cosy, invest in a nice warm pair of gloves and a warm hat to keep your head warm and snug.
Don’t Fill Your Boots – Keeping Dry
Not all fishing trips will require you to wade into the water, but if the situation does arise then you will need a strong pair of wellies and a set of gaiters to protect your legs and feet from the icy cold water. Read our Guide to Gaiters for more information.
You won’t just be bringing fishing supplies with you on your trip. You will have some daily essentials and perhaps some valuables (phone, keys, rings, watches), that you will need to keep safe and dry. Our waterproof dry bags come in packs of 2 in medium and large sizes. They can hold your valuables, lock out moisture, keep them dry and protected while allowing you to spend less time worrying and more time focused on the water.
Enjoy the Sun – Protect Yourself!
When planning any outdoor activity, you should be thinking about sun protection. Even if it’s not a particularly warm or sunny day, the sun is still in the sky and potentially damaging your skin and eyes (especially with the glare from the water).
Always wear sunscreen while fishing and don’t forget to pack a pair of polarised sunglasses too. Sunglasses protect your eyes from damaging UV light produced by the sun but they also protect you from debris, water and (if fly fishing) a hook getting caught in your eye – not a pleasant thought!
Polarised sunglasses reduce glare from the water and reflect light away from your eyes. They can also sharpen your vision and allow you to see more clearly through the water. Trespass have a range of polarised sunglasses that will do just the trick. If you would like more information on how to choose the right pair of sunglasses for you, we have created this useful guide.
A wide brimmed sun hat will help keep you cool and protect your head and neck from harmful UV rays. You want your hat to be quick drying and high wicking so sweat and moisture can be evaporated quickly and keep you feeling comfortable. Read our Sun Safety Tips for more information on how to stay safe.
Keep Your Stomach Happy
If you’re leaving the house for a full day you will need to pack plenty of snacks and food to keep your body energised and your tummy satisfied over the long hours. Cereal bars, fruit and crisps are great for snacking on throughout the day and the odd bar of chocolate will give you a much needed sugar boost when you’re feeling low.
You may be out on the water during more than one meal time so a cool bag or picnic set is ideal for carrying your sandwiches and anything else you may want to keep chilled (could a bottle opener prove helpful?) while also storing any cutlery or crockery you may need at mealtimes.
A small camping stove will allow you to heat up some hot food easily and an insulated flask will keep your newly cooked food warm or allow you to bring hot drinks, soup and food from home to enjoy when the temperature starts to drop (or when your belly starts to rumble).
Don’t forget to stay hydrated but remember that while on the water you may not have access to drinking water. Make sure you bring plenty of water or juice with you to last the day, and take the opportunity to refill your water bottle whenever you have the chance.
Preparing for the Worst
Nobody wants to think that the worst could happen, but nevertheless it is always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. In the unlikely, but very possible, event of an accident or an emergency, having a first aid kit to hand could be the difference between a ruined trip and a slight blip in the day.
Fishing in its nature brings you close to the water’s edge and although the sun may be splitting the sky, that doesn’t mean the water is going to be a pleasant temperature. If you were to accidentally stumble into the water, having a foil emergency blanket with you as well as a towel and change of clothes will allow you to recover quickly, heat up, dry off and continue with your day with a funny story to tell.
Bits and Bobs
Don’t forget to bring your camera if you like to document your day and capture impressive catches to show off about later. You might also want to bring a portable charger and charging cable if you are planning on being out for most of the day.
Remember to bring any medication, toiletries or hygiene products so you don’t get caught short while trying to enjoy your trip. A radio or a book will keep you occupied during the quieter periods of the day.
We hope you have a great fishing trip and are well prepared for whatever the day throws at you. Let us know how your trip goes by sending us a message on Facebook or Twitter. Remember to share any impressive photos with us on Instagram and who knows? You may end up as photo of the week!