Before leaving home to drive 4 hours, 200 miles, to where your plans are to go fishing every day possible over the next 9 days to two weeks. Make sure everything needed is in the car.
I did that a few weeks ago. Got to our vacation house Tue. evening. Went for a long hike on Wed, and out to the river to check water levels. Looked good.
Drove to the river on Thur. Donned cap, readied rod, line spool, and fly box. Then, where is my kit bag I carry on stream, with; fishing license, tippet spool, forceps, line nippers, extra line spool? 10 minute search confirmed it. It’s not in the car. To add to the insult. I recall when packing the car seeing it hanging in an unusual place, not where I normally keep it, and thinking - Don’t forget to come back and get it next trip to the car.
However, I found a spare pair of forceps in the car that I don’t much like, but they would do. And in all the years fishing here not once has a DNR guy asked to see my fishing license. Being in the gray beard class has it’s advantages. And I had enough spare line line spools in the car that if I needed tippet I could always cut the tippet off one of them, and transfer it to the line I preferred to use, no problem. And went fishing for a couple of hours.
The next day Mother Nature smiled on me to make the problem, not a problem.
It rained the next 24 hours, from light rain to heavy down pour. And rained every other day for the next several days. Until my time was up, and it was time to go home. [vacating the house so my son and several friends from Ohio could use the house over Labor Day weekend.]
After a week at home, I am now back. Alone for a week. Everything was in the car. Been here three day, but no fishing yet.
First day here a trip to the store revealed I had low tire pressure. The next day, completely flat tire. Rain put a stop to getting that figured out, and fixed, It’s not easy to get a flat repaired in a very rural area. But with the help from the guy who mows our lawn when we aren’t here for a few weeks we got it fixed. Sunshine held on till tire was fixed, and lawn mowed, then rain, again. Plus, it’s amazing how much the daily and night time temperatures have dropped vs two weeks ago. Shorts and tee shirt aren’t cutting it this trip.