01/28/12

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Midges
2.    Little Winter Stoneflies
3.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

First Aid Kit - Something You Don't Need Until You Need It
Until very recently, I never went fly fishing without Angie was along on the trip. I never even fished
the park without she was along on the trip. We only fished one person at a time. Normally, the
person not fishing ran our video camera and took still pictures. The only time we deviated from
that was when we were shooting to a script for a program we were doing and had a cameraman
with us. That situation changed about six months ago. Angie's mother lives with us now and isn't
doing too well at the time. We don't like to leave her home alone. We take her with us at times,
but I had rather ...ops, I had better stop writing about this and get back to the subject.

I guess I relied on Angie to have everything we needed along with us to the point I forgot how to
make sure I take what I'm going to need when I go by myself. I never had that problem fishing
from my boats because I always rigged the boats with everything I needed and about everything
but my clothes (and even some of them) were always onboard the boats. I usually had a crew or
at least one person that helped remind me of things. When we fished saltwater tournaments, I
had a huge checklist we went over. It was enclosed in a waterproof sleeve and kelp on the boat
along with other papers like registrations, etc.

Even though I've always been aware of the importance of having what you need with you on a
fishing trip, I can't remember making a trip in the park the last few weeks without finding out that I
left something at home. I even left my fly fishing vest on one occasion. Most of the gear stays in
the vehicle, or it would be worse. I didn't have my thermometer with me one day last week. I only
had one fly box with me on one trip and it was an old one I only had  with me by accident. I could
go on and on listing things I left at home,
or if not at home, in the car when I needed them
with me on the stream.

The one thing that turned out to be a real problem was a first aid kit. Quit honestly, I've never
even thought about having one with me any of the times I have gone by myself for the past few
months.
That is, I haven't thought about it until I needed one. I slipped and fell not long ago
and skinned up my arms to the point I had several places bleeding. I take medicine that makes
my blood thin and I bleed like a gaffed Jack Crevalle from the slightest cut.  If anyone had
stumbled upon me the other day, they would have called 911. Well, that's brings up another
point.
They couldn't have called 911 because cell phones only work from a very few
places inside the park.
I had blood all over me on everything including the jeep. Nothing was
really wrong with me other than a few cuts and lots of bruises but I looked like a serial killer just
getting off work.

I could have really used some gauze, antiseptic and bandages. I could have also used a couple
of Ibuprofen tablets before I got home and scared Angie to death. My head was pounding.

Here are some items you may want to have along on a fishing trip whether your fishing alone or
not.

Basic first aid kits can be purchased already made up but if that don't suit you, put the following in
a plastic bag.
Band-aids of assorted sizes (several of each size)
Antibiotic ointment
Any prescription medications your currently taking
Ibuprofen and similar medicine
Antihistamine  such as Benadryl (in case on of those spiders, wasps or hornets bite you - well, if a
hornet bites you, you may need a gun to shoot yourself.
Antacid
Gauze pads (several)
Gauze roll
Medical tape - suggest an 1 inch wide
Small bottle of disinfectant soap or Cleansing towels (something Angie always has and is a big
help)
Small folding scissors
Large bandana or something to use for a sling
Whistle and/or a small mirror
Waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof container

And knowing myself fairly well, some other things I have probably forgotten.
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Copyright 2012 James Marsh