Tempus Fugit: 6 Things Fly Fishers Need to Do Today

by Mark McGlothlin on February 6, 2013

in Inquiring Minds Want to Know

It’s like a predator; it’s stalking you. Oh, you can try and outrun it with doctors, medicines, new technologies but in the end, time is going to hunt you down… and make the kill.

-Dr. Soran, Star Trek: Generations

TempusFugitFFEver wake up in the early morning with the nagging sense that time is rolling along and you’ve not done nearly all the (fishing) stuff you’d imagined you would by now?

Tempus fugit indeed.

It happened recently to a compadre of mine and I offered several suggestions to their panicked plea for insight, including some from this fly fishing-centric list…

Submit that permit for Montana’s Smith River Float. As of today, there are only 9 days left to submit your permit to float Montana’s Smith River. Read more about it here. And you can still register for the one SuperPermit to be drawn by lottery through 15 March. One of the only places in Montana where fishing naked is encouraged. Sun-screen up and watch that backcast.

Start that Get in Shape Campaign for Summer High Lakes. Naive native trout in the high country are betting you won’t do it. So are your drinking buddies. Surprise the hell out of everybody, including the trout and your significant other, and get back in fighting shape. It’s amazing how the crowds thin about a mile from the trailhead.

Write your Great American Fly Fishing Novel. Turn off the TV for an hour five nights a week and write 270 words each and every night. Just 270 words. In a year you’ll have written a 70,200 word fly fishing novel and be negotiating movie rights. You’ll be in great shape by then (see above) and can even play the lead in the movie. (Turn the damned TV off for good and write it in three months….).

Sign the Petition to Save the Fraser. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet; take 3 minutes and just sign the petition. Don’t suck the Fraser River dry.

Dump the Daily Latte and Buy That New Winston Rod. That $5 latte every workday adds up to a tidy $1300 over a year’s time. Dump the workday latte and pick up a Winston B IIIx or B III-SX. (I was incredibly fortunate to score a 9’6” B III-SX as a gift this year and haven’t touched anything like it, ever.) You’ll have cash left over to get started on that custom Abel reel

Get that Yellowstone Trip on the Books this Year. You don’t have to fish Kamchatka or the Seychelles to experience an angling adventure. Every fisher in the world should fish the Greater Yellowstone area at some point in their angling life. The locals speak passible English and no currency exchange required.  Shoulder seasons score big and plan time off the big name waters and the beaten path.