The first fishing trip this year

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Yesterday we had the opportunity to go fishing for the first time this year. I didn't catch a thing and only had a single bite but it is early in the season and that isn't really why I went.

My main objective was to get my new pole and reel set up and to test my new waders. It took some getting used to the new reel, it is a Shimano Symetre RJ 2500, because it has some releases on it that gave me some trouble. I got used to it in short order and I'm liking the feel of the reel, the drag settings and the bail. The weight of it seems about perfect too.

The waders, as you can see from the photo, worked well. The water was cold but the felt-bottomed boots kept me from falling into the drink. Last year I didn't have waders and it limited my ability to get access to certain areas of the river. Hopefully this year I won't have any excuses and will be able to reach the fish wherever they may hide.

Next time, I'll catch some fish.