How to Sneak Fly Fishing into Any Vacation

The weather is starting to get a little bit warmer and the days are getting longer, it’s almost vacation time. While your next vacay might not be just a fly fishing adventure, we’re here to give you a few pointers on how to sneak some fishing time into your next chunk of PTO and make the most of the time you get on the water!

Subtly Talk the Trip-Planner into Going Somewhere Fishy…

My father has been utilizing this technique for years to get my mother to plan family trips close to good trout fishing water. By having the destination near fishing it will make it waaaay easier to sneak away for a half day and get your fly lines wet.

Find Your Time Window

Find the times during your trip where you can get away without losing too much time with your crew. Maybe you have to wake up a few hours early to get out before everyone wakes up or while the crew is having downtime. Have a few spots picked out on your map and be ready to bee-line for them the moment you’re free. Pick your window and commit to it, make the most of the time you have and enjoy!

Make the Fishing Part of Something Everyone on the Trip Can Enjoy

Fly fishing takes us to some pretty incredible places and most of those aren’t ugly. Make a day of the fishing excursion but make it a part of something everyone on the trip can enjoy. Perhaps it’s a half day fishing and a half day on the beach or perhaps its a hiking day up to a blue line or to a waterfall, make fishing a part of the adventure!

Always Have Your Gear with You

Keep your stuff handy and be ready, if you know where you are going to be fishing, do a little bit of research and have a day’s worth of flies, leaders and tippet with you. And when you see your window of opportunity, grab your gear and head to the water. It’s all about making the most of the little amounts of time you get.

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Use Bribes If Necessary

Food, drink, cold hard cash, whatever it take, you may have to make some concessions if you want to get fishy on your vacation so prepare accordingly. Sometimes all it takes to get a day on the water is simple bribery!

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4 thoughts on “How to Sneak Fly Fishing into Any Vacation

  1. Tom March 27, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    My wife and I have an understanding, we don’t travel together if I can’t fly fish. Yet, years ago she approached me with the idea of going to Hong Kong and she reasoned that since her birthday, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year all fell on the same day that year that she had taken that as a sign that we should go to China and since she had always been enamored with Hong Kong she had booked our trip complete with first class tickets and five star hotel for a great price. What could I say but yes.

    As I was packing the night before the flight out I felt odd not taking my Flyfishing gear but since it was HER special trip it would be okay this time. The next day as we were hurrying as always out the door I grabbed the mail thinking I would have time to read it on the plane. The flights were to take us over the northern most routes through Narita then into Hong Kong but a blizzard in Minneapolis delayed our connection and we lost a day. Sitting in Minnesota in the blizzard in the plane I had time to pull out my International Angler. Opening it I was dumbfounded. The headlines read, “If You’re Going To Hong Kong, Don’t Forget Your Flyrod!”
    I never travel anywhere anymore without my Flyrod.

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