Although I don’t believe in the Murphy’s Law adage of “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, there is something to be said about wear and tear. Holes in waders, headlamp failures, and broken boot laces are inevitable when fishing. Much of fishing is preparing and having the following six items could prevent an early end to a fun trip.
1. Wader Patch Kit
A bottle of soft UV Resin, a patch (cut from an old pair of waders), and a pair of scissors (to cut the patch to size) will allow you to make on-the-spot wader repairs that will cure in minutes.
Another fishing fix-all, a small pack of zip-ties can be used to repair nets, as makeshift boot laces, or even as a temporary split ring for changing hooks.
3. Rolls of Electrical Tape
Impromptu rod repair, makeshift casting guard, and dozens of other fishing uses, a roll of black electrical tape is a must-have for any angler’s glove box.
4. Gallon-Size Ziploc Bags
Whether you need to divvy out fillets after a trip, store some fresh bait you caught, or stash a tasty morsel like a soft-shell crab, having a few zip-top bags tucked in the glove compartment will save you a trip to the store.
5. Super Glue
Rigging soft plastics, gear repair, or even first aid, a tube of “super glue” has a range of fishing applications.
A stash of AA or AAA batteries will make sure your headlamps, scales, and other battery-powered fishing accessories are ready to go when you need them.