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What to Take on a Multi-Day Fishing Trip in the Backcountry

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Sometimes the further from the beaten path you go, the better the reward. Multi-day fishing trips can lead you to trophy fish!

Multi-day fishing trips can be the most rewarding experience if planned correctly. There are many things to consider and tools that are critical to a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, there can be many downsides to fishing in the backcountry. It is important to know signs of bad weather and defensive tactics, especially if you encounter an aggressive animal.

Water filtration is critical when backpacking to distant pools of trophy fish. Water is what keeps us hydrated and we can’t survive for long without it, especially when hiking and fishing in the summer. Make sure to take a dependable filter, to ensure you don’t drink contaminated water. I’m an advocate for the LifeStraw Personal Water Filters. They are only $20, and a portion of your sales goes to support clean drinking water around the world. They also fit nicely in any pack.

Clothing that combats the elements is essential. Quick-dry pants and shirts are becoming popular, and for good reason. These types of clothing wick moisture anddry incredibly fast when fully soaked.

Be sure to bring a wide brim hat to give you some more shade support. Sierra Trading Post can get you ridiculous deals on some pieces of clothing!

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Rain gear is a must. Don’t even think about heading out without it, even if your local weatherman tells you otherwise. The last thing you want is a little rain cutting your time on the water short. Most of the top outdoor clothing manufacturers have rain gear that packs down to save space in your backpack. Patagonia has really dependable gear in this section!

Now on to sunglasses… Although this seems silly, you would be surprised how many people have yet to discover the wonderful world of polarization. Polarized lenses protect the eyes from the sun, as well as take the glare off the water. This enables a more enjoyable time on the water, due to having an easier time identifying fish in the water. Costa Del Mar and Smith Optics have some of the most advanced lenses in the game.

Of course a fishing pack will be needed to square away all the gear you are taking. The key factor here is comfort. You are on a multi-day expedition, so you want something that isn’t going to weigh you down and cause discomfort. I would recommend a pack over 3,000 cubic inches. This way you will ensure that everything fits and the pack sits properly on your pack. I highly advise going and trying on different packs to find which works best for you.

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The last item you should bring is the most important. A first aid kit. This is the piece of gear you do not want to skimp on. Make sure you can cover cuts, stings, rashes, headaches, diarrhea and stomach aches. The last thing you want is to get sick or hurt in the wilderness and not be able to help your body.

Also, make sure you let at least two people know where you will be and when you plan on returning.

Hopefully, this will help you as you start to prepare for your trip. Making a checklist will greatly increase the odds of leaving out important pieces of gear. Remember, the fish are always bigger in harder to reach places!

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What to Take on a Multi-Day Fishing Trip in the Backcountry