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Guest Spot: Megan Jones, “How to Plan the Perfect Fly-Fishing Vacation.”

July 9, 2009

– Howdy Folks,

Usually I tend to remain fairly protective of Up’North and who I allow to write on the site, but with work being so crazy and the weather here being so terrible, I have decided to change my tune for at least one night.

Recently I received an email from a writer named Megan Jones. Megan runs MatchaCollege.com, which serves as a pretty comprehensive guide to accredited online degree programs. In fishermen terms, it’s a website that will point you in the best direction should you choose to get educated in the comfort of that shag computer chair your probably sitting in right now. Online college courses are quickly gaining popularity among non-traditional students, and lazy college students like myself who are looking to minimize the time spent walking to class during those frigid Maine winters. They also offer an opportunity for higher education to those who simply don’t have the time for the standard, old school college atmosphere.

Megan was looking for a chance at some practice for her Freelancing career, and she successfully sweet talked her way into earning a guest spot on Up’North. So read what she has to say regarding the successful planning of a Fly-Fishing vacation, and if you find yourself at the same time thinking that your tired of being a broke, dirty hippy fishing bum, check our her website as well and get yerself sum edumacation!

Enjoy,

-Ben

A Remote Northern Maine Pond

How to Plan the Perfect Fly-Fishing Vacation

by: Megan Jones

If you’re seriously into fly-fishing but have trouble finding the time or the place to indulge your passion, you should consider planning out a whole vacation dedicated to fly-fishing. You can travel alone or with fishing buddies and won’t have to worry about job commitments or any other responsibilities that would normally keep you from fishing all day long. To get you in gear for the perfect fly-fishing vacation, read the tips below.

  • Know when to go. Fly-fishing season varies a bit according to your region, so make sure you know when to plan your trip. The early season for the East and Midwest begins in April. Upstate New York, New England and the northern Midwestern and Western states will start seeing fly-fishing conditions improve in May. Fly-fishing season for states in the south and southern Appalachian range could begin in late March. Check with local park services and river authorities for specific information year to year, as droughts and floods can impact the beginning and end of the season.
  • Get your license. Make sure your fishing license is up to date and will be approved in any states or parks you visit.
  • Settle on a type of fish. By deciding on one or two types of fish you want to catch, you’ll be able to narrow down your list of possible locations and the gear you need to pack.
  • Pick a location. Your fly-fishing vacation experience greatly depends on the kind of lodging you pick and the place you visit. Start by researching the rivers with the best fishing prospects, and then decide if you want to stay in a lodge or camp out. You will also need to plan out any boat trips or hikes that you plan to take in order to get to your desired fishing location.
  • Consider taking a class or getting a guide. If you’re new to fly-fishing, call around the area you’re planning to visit to see if you can hire a guide to take you fishing for the first day or two.
  • Don’t forget your gear and food. Double check your bags to make sure you have all the waders, boots, flies, rods and snacks to keep you out in the water as long as possible without interruption. After all, that’s the whole point of taking a fly-fishing vacation!

This post was contributed by Megan Jones, who writes about the online colleges and universities. She welcomes your feedback at Meg.Jones0310 at gmail.com

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