Cermele: Busting Out the Emergency Tackle

A 3-weight fly rod, a handful of generic bugs, and a New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York fishing license are … Continued

A 3-weight fly rod, a handful of generic bugs, and a New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York fishing license are five things you can find in my truck pretty much at all times. To me, they are as essential as a jack, tire iron and spare. That’s because as far as I’m concerned, fishing can be a spontaneous event. You never know where you’ll end up and what piece of water will be begging for a cast. Over the weekend, I got the chance to bust out the emergency fishing tackle.

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My wife, Christen, went to college in Ithaca, New York, and last Saturday we went back for the wedding of one of her school friends. There was a time while she was still a student there that I had every trout stream within a 50-mile radius of campus wired. I knew the short trip would afford no time to visit old haunts, but I did spy a manicured pond in the industrial park by our hotel. So I did what came naturally. Between the church ceremony and reception, I drove right past the hotel to the water, tied on a wooly bugger and stuck it to a handful of bluegills and small bass. Christen was less than amused tramping down by the pond in a dress and high heels, so I never got the chance to find any real lunkers. But I learned something.

You know how wiping fish slime on your shirt or shorts is an involuntary habit? Try really hard to remember not to do it if wearing a suit.

I’m sure some of you have cashed in on some spontaneous fishing opportunities. Let’s hear ’em – JC