When I first started my fly fishing adventures I was always told by my mentor “be prepared“.
So of course I had everything ready for my trip to Horton Pond. I had lined up to borrow a pontoon boat, had rod, reel, flies, net, license, etc..
I got up to Horton and our event leader had forgotten his waders. Fortunately I did not need mine as I was on a boat so other than the straps needing adjusting they worked well for him. I had another friend who had fallen into the lake and not brought a change of clothing. Someone else had forgotten a rod. Another good friend had put his floating device together incorrectly so I sort of ended up towing them around the lake with a rope that was on the boat. The nice thing about being a large group function most everyone has more than one of everything or can switch back and forth. And it is fun to be able to help someone else out, as I know they have all helped me numerous times.
I was so sad though because the one thing I didn’t check was the security of my camera around my neck. I had it around my neck and had already snapped many pictures. Well somewhere between the shore and the middle of the lake it fell off from around my neck and I never heard it drop. I only noticed it was missing when I reached to use it and realized it was gone. My new beautiful, waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof camera is now at the bottom of Horton pond somewhere. 😭😭😭. I’m so sad. I love the camera I received as a Christmas gift.
So even though I felt super prepared to go I wasn’t. Next time – when I replace my camera I will make sure of the neck strap on it. So back to iPhone picture for a while till I save up for a replacement.
BE PREPARED.. Make a list, review the. List, pack everything and go over it one more time in your brain before you take off on your adventure.