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How to Be Efficient and Eco-Friendly as You Prepare For Your Fishing Season

Published: 27th April 2021 | Author: Marina Gibson

Flowering trees and shrubs, the rhythmic drumming of a woodpecker, and newborn lambs playing in the pasture are all a sure sign that spring has arrived. These natural wonders are the calling for eager fishermen alike, who await the start of a new trout season (April – September). This is especially true for those who are fair-weather hobbyists that have been waiting longer than others. To capitalize on this excitement, there are a few things that we as anglers can do in the winter months/ early spring to prepare for your fishing season.

Organize Early

Organizing your fishing pack/ essentials pre-day-1 can save a lot of time and hassle, so here are most of the essentials I try and have with me when I go fishing:

Being organized is key for a successful season.
Photo: The Fly Fishing Nation

Extra essentials

The Monomaster is a nifty little eco-friendly gadget designed to store waste nylon monofilament and other fishing line. Above all, it stores pieces of used line out of harm’s way and thus keeps the environment, your vest pockets and tackle boxes clean and tidy. No more nasty surprises in your washing machine, either! Please contact if you’re interested in purchasing one. 

After you’ve collected all your waste line you can send it into the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme or find your nearest ANLRS bins. For more info visit:

The mono master is a great eco-friendly addition to your kit as you prepare for your fishing season.


For those who are entering into their first ever season

Find a local instructor

Find a local instructor who can take you out for your first time and give you that one-on-one casting tuition because can’t always give you their full attention. Therefore, I advise going with a guide because they can give you their undivided attention and your progression will be quicker. Importantly, a guide will also have all the right equipment for you to trial.

How to find a guide? There are many websites that make this search easy. For example, check out Orvis UKThe Angling TrustFly Fishers International. Most fisheries will all have their own instructors and guides they use. Additionally, you can join one of Orvis UK’s FREE Learn to Fly Fish 101 and 201 sessions. Look for your local store on Google and call them to see when the next one will be.

Finally, you might wonder: how do I find a fishery? Use Google Maps or a website like FishPal or The Angling Trust to see where your local fisheries are in your area. 

Equipment 101

What is tackle, how does it work? If you’ve never fished before I understand it can be very intimidating. 

As you prepare for your fishing season, make sure your waders are in top shape!
Photo: Samatha Hulley

Let’s start from scratch:

Marina enjoying an evening on the water.
Photo: The Fly Fishing Nation

How to tie a couple of essential basic knots

There are 3 knots that will enable you to go fishing by yourself no problem and you should practice them before heading out:

Don’t forget to buy or update your fishing license

Finally, whether you are fishing for an hour or a week you need to buy a fishing licence, the booking process is fairly straightforward.



To read more from Marina, head over to her most recent article on salmon fishing.

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