These simple tips will help your Cast & Blast trip go more smoothly with a higher success rate.
If you’re like most Coloradans you like to get as much out of every day as possible. Sometimes this means combining two or more of your favorite outdoor activities into a day (or several days) you won’t forget.
One of the best ways to maximize your outdoor adventures is a Cast & Blast trip. Just like it sounds this combines fishing with hunting, and typically, a river float as well.
A trip like this takes hard work, research, outdoor knowledge, and sometimes luck to make it all come together. Here are 5 tips to help you put together a successful Colorado Cast & Blast.
Unless you are lucky enough to have access to private land, public land will be your best bet for a Cast & Blast in Colorado. On my most recent trip we utilized the states BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) along the Colorado River. Having detailed BLM land maps is essential to being safe and legal when floating a river fishing and hunting. It is very important to know where you’re at on the river and whether it is public land or private land. Having quality maps and following the laws will save some serious headaches when the game warden is waiting for you at the take-out.
This goes hand in hand with having quality maps. Having a friend or a guide along with you who knows the river can save your butt when the rods are casting and the guns are swinging. This experience will allow you to relax instead of constantly worrying whether you are in a legal hunting/fishing area or not. An experienced oarsman will also increase your chances at catching fish and sneaking up on unsuspecting waterfowl or other game.
Most Cast & Blast trips involve hunting waterfowl or upland game birds. It is absolutely essential to have a quality gundog in the boat with you when hunting waterfowl on a river. Rowing down river to retrieve a dead bird is hard enough. When you have a wounded bird they usually swim to the bank and find cover where only a well-trained nose will find it. To put it simply, if you want to recover the birds you are shooting you will want a dog there to do the hard work for you.
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This applies mostly to multi-day Cast & Blast trips but can save your meat on a hot September single day trip as well. Having adequate cooler space for your quarry will keep the meat cool and bug-free until you are back to civilization. I recommend bringing a knife set to clean your game on the river to save on cooler space.
And if you’re in need of a cooler, there’s never a lack of selection at YETI.com.
Gun Cleaning Kit
When combining fishing and hunting not everything goes hand-in-hand. Things are going to get wet, muddy, and maybe even freeze. If you want that $1,000 semi-auto of yours to shoot consistently after battling these conditions you’re going to need to clean it. Nothing major but you’ll need the essentials like gun oil, cleaning rod, nylon bristle brush, cloth patches, and some rust prevention spray. These basic items will keep your gun firing every time and prevent it from rusting due to the wet conditions.
This Remington Fast Snap 2.0 Universal Cleaning Kit will have you covered.
If you have any other tips for a successful Cast & Blast Trip please leave them in the comments section below.