ONE OF THESE CREEKS is a favorite day-long wading trip for me and my friend Kevin Davis from BeTheBass. The fish are so aggressive there that I once caught two spotted bass on one cast — one on each end of a Rapala.
The eight-hour trip is equal parts stalking and wading with a bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. The challenge is always in organizing the flies for easy access while carrying and protecting a camera and food, water, and other paraphernalia for a full day of backcountry fishing. A fly vest organizes the flies, but gives little more. A backpack is great for volume but offers little for organizing flies.