By Steve Hickoff
Your Yamaha ATV or Side x Side vehicle can take you places difficult to access by truck or foot. As summer begins, consider fishing remote locations, which combines the joy of riding with the outdoor trout angling tradition. Tips follow.
GEAR TIPS TO GO
1. Carry a fly rod or ultralight spinning outfit suited for small stream, backwater trout fishing. Mine is a four-piece, 4-weight fly rod with a small reel, lightweight floating line and backing.
2. Fly leaders and tippets can be purchased and/or tied back at camp.
3.As riding apparel goes, wear your helmet and goggles of course, plus long pants and shirtsleeves, good boots and even a jacket, plus rain gear.
4. If you want to ride with less stuff to carry, tote a small backpack for all your fishing gear. Dress for the conditions and protect your investment.
5. Break-down rods can be stored in handy travel tubes. Wading gear can vary from hip boots to light chest waders.
6. Fly and lure boxes can be seasonal, especially the former. Match offerings with natural trout foods. Mayfly, caddis fly and stonefly patterns are many, but you can limit offerings to a half-dozen.
7. Later in summer, fly fish terrestrials; those ant, grasshopper, beetle and inchworm imitating flies. Streamers match baitfish movements, as do small spoons and spinners for lure casters.
8. Whether you fly fish or spin cast, carry small hooks for bait if the opportunity warrants it.
9. Take along cooking gear if it’s both appropriate and of course legal to do so. Fish waters by moving upstream and casting into highly oxygenated plunge pools and broken riffle water; avoid spots exposed to the hot noonday sun. Only keep what you’ll eat.
10. The margins of the day often see the best fishing. Nap, ride or enjoy camp for the rest of it.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative aims to benefit access to trails and riding areas around the country.
This continuing support also includes monitoring environmentally sensitive areas or fish-bearing waterways. Why? To both maintain existing habitats in their natural state – or fund manmade conservation management projects.
Your role as a rider and angler is not only to enjoy such locations as a recreational user, but also to act as the front line for such efforts. Use the land wisely. Study current angling regulations and riding access laws for both public and private lands. Talk to management officials. Know the rules.
And finally, as the notion goes, pack out what you take in.