There is no doubt sooner or later you’re going to be on the water fly fishing when disaster strikes. With a little forethought you can turn around a near disaster to an epic day.
Just like a wilderness survival kit, your Fly Fishing Emergency Kit must include one in each critical category:
Rod – Bringing along an extra rod is mandatory. It doesn’t have to be an expensive rod or even the correct weight as long as you have something to replace a lost rod, or a rod beyond repair. If I had to choose the most versatile fly rod for trout fishing it would be a 9 ft. 5 wt.
Reel – An extra reel is not mandatory for certain conditions because in dire circumstances you could utilize line without the reel A.K.A. Tenkara style. Although for most practical purposes you will do better by packing a spare reel with line.
Flies – Assembling a “little of everything” fly box, Plano 3600 our favorite, will get you by in most situations. In fact many veteran anglers use a sparse collection of go to flies regardless where they fish.
Terminal Tackle – Ever drop your box of split-shot in the muddy water – I have. Put together a small container of terminal tackle like, tippet, indicators, floatant, and split-shot.
Keep the above items separate from your other gear; carry-on luggage, off stream in your car, room, tent, etc.
Repair – This is where we will spend most of our time putting things together. Basically you need to create a MacGyver-like repair kit. Try to include items that can serve multiple purposes.
Repair kit items:
Assorted small screws/nuts/bolts
Assorted small gauge wire (copper, aluminum)
Assorted sized rod tip and rod guides
Assorted zip ties
Needle with large eye for dental floss
First aid items:
Assorted gauze and bandages
First aid tape
Assorted pain relievers
Insect sting relief
Fine point tweezers
Pocket size first aid book
Emergency Space blanket(s)