With the spring season just a few weeks away, there’s no better time than the present to begin a new warm weather pastime by the water. And with hotspots like the Provo River nearby, Summit Creek residents often take advantage of the challenge and serenity of fly fishing. Here, you have the opportunity to cast year-round; so, whether there’s a little snow or the sun is shining, make this the season of throwing your line out to catch some trout.
The fishing options are seemingly endless in Northern Utah with a host of locales like the neighboring Deer Creek River, a short 52 minute drive away; Rockport Reservoir, which is complete with reputable campsites and variety of trout; and the Jordanelle Reservoir, an 18 minute drive from Summit Creek where you’ll found trout, largemouth bass and a breathtaking scene. But before you take to the waters and fully immerse yourself in one of the most notable pleasures of mountain living, you need to prepare. Follow our suggestions for the five essential steps to get you ready for spring fishing and you’re sure to have the best season yet.
1. Prep Reels and Rods
It’s a new season so you want to ensure that all of your reels and rods are up to par for a solid fishing experience. Spend some time cleaning and lubricating, removing old lines and filling spools with fresh lines. Save yourself the trouble of doing this the day of. Clean your handles with soap. And above all, inspect your rods for any damages—if you notice anything, you’ll want to have them repaired as soon as possible to beat the pre-season rush.
2. Organize Tackle and Restock Supplies
An organized fishing experience is a happy fishing experience. Once you get out there, you don’t want to have to search or sift through last year’s mess before you can get going. Carve out time during the week to organize your tackle boxes and be sure they’re fully stocked. Even consider labeling your trays for a better system. Be sure to inspect your baits, replace damaged hooks and any rusty parts on lures. Finally, take an inventory of what you don’t have and head out for a shopping trip to stock up before the season kicks off.
3. Get Your Gear Together
Early spring fishing still means cool temperatures. Be prepared and have the proper clothing for whatever kind of fishing excursion you have planned. Replenish your fishing wardrobe with warm coats, rain coats, down vests, long sleeves, hats and even new fishing boots if needed. You might even consider keeping a change of clothes just in case.
4. Locate Nearby Campsites
If you plan to spend the entire day on the lake or along the river, you might want to think about the drive home and whether or not you want to take it. And, if you’re planning to do some early morning fishing, consider camping nearby. Do your research beforehand and learn where the campsites are. Explore your fishing location as many national parks and sites have neighboring spots for overnight guests and campers.
5. Prep the Boat
As much as you want your reels, rods, lures, tackle and bait to be in order and ready, preparing your boat is just as important (if you’re not wading). Perform any regular maintenance or service on your boat so you don’t have to handle it mid-season. Inspect your trailer and ties. Ensure you have all of the equipment you need for spending time out on the lake including first aid kits, boating and additional fishing supplies. Also, be sure to renew fishing licenses, which is sometimes required, and boat registration in advance.