The days of using a stick, some string and a worm are as much a part of American culture as apple pie and baseball.
Unlike that time, there are now many choices for anglers this spring, depending on where you’ll be fishing.In fact, selecting your gear is half the fun. But for starters, set aside the rods, reels, rigs, jigs and tackle, it’s also just as important to remember these items that are often overlooked:* Use sunscreen.
You only have to suffer from sun poisoning one time to understand the relationship between sun and water. While the water may be cold and temperatures out-side chilly, sun reflecting off the water will still give you a burn. A sweat proof sunscreen that won’t run and sting the eyes is ideal, as is one that won’t leave a greasy residue that could adversely affect your grip.
* Wear a base layer. A thin T-shirt is a must as a base layer, better if it is made of fabric that wicks away moisture. There are even some that are made to be water repellent and stain resistant with anti-odor properties for those in warmer climes. Since this is the layer that is in direct contact with your skin, you want something that will allow moisture to escape as you sweat.
* Find the right pants. Spring days on the water are usually an all-day event, and call for versatility in your clothing. To that point, pants that convert to shorts are ideal. Like shirts, pants should be stain-resistant. Additionally, the pants should have plenty of pockets (with zippers) to carry anything extra.
If you don’t have access to a boat or dock, extend your fishing range with a good pair of fishing waders.* Cover your head. Hats with a hard-hat liner will keep your neck, ears and head warm in cold weather. For warmer climates, a wide-brimmed hat will guard against sunburn, overheating and overexposure.* Bring the extras.
This could include a life vest, cooler or, if you happen to be a smokeless tobacco user, a portable spittoon like those offered by Flasr. The Atlanta-based company prides itself on creating the first-of-its-kind portable spittoon that is small enough to fit in your pocket and carry along wherever you go — whether it’s fishing on a lake or hunting in a blind.
Its advanced closing mechanism ensures that it stays securely closed, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks.