This is the perfect time for the last minute items to fill out the wish list and hope that you don’t get another pair of socks or a tie that you won’t wear.
I have already received mine, a new iPhone, and have tricked it out for fly fishing. You ask how… Start on the outside and then work into the overall functionality – the apps.
Montana Fly Company River Camo designs are a necessity. They are the only one’s who have reached out to the fly fishing enthusiasts with several fishing designs on cases that will display your passion for fishing.
I am fond of the rainbow trout, brown trout and river rock design. They even have a bass and tarpon designs to change your case with the seasons. And if you like to hunt, they even have a nice camo design. I can honestly say that it is better to see the case in person and have shared some photos for you, but breakdown and get the sleek case.
If this does not grab your fancy, wait until this spring to see the new set of riverside tools that Montana Fly Company rolls out with these same fish designs. From seeing all of the cases in person, I am holding out for new tools so I can wade with a new look.
The other case to have for the serious angler who MUST have a phone by the water is the Otter Box. This waterproof box is rugged and able to protect your iPhone in the case you bump into something or let it fall into the drink. I have not tested the box in the water, nor do I plan on trying it. I will use this case in the summer when I decide it is necessary to Tweet and Facebook from the bank.
You can not have a phone without a car charger. This is a necessity. Belkin makes a nice charger with a long cord. One tip I read was to make sure your vehicle is started before plugging in your iPhone. Also, disconnect your iPhone before shutting off your vehicle. They say there is a spike in power during these moments which is not good for any technology.
Last but not least. This is the fun part of the iPhone. To date there are several apps that can make your journey to and on the river that much more enjoyable. Some may even help you find your way out of the woods to your car.
I have stumbled into the following apps and recommend their use (most of them are free):
· Weather, AccuWeather and My Radar allow you to check and store various locations for current weather and forecasts as well see what you may be heading towards.
· MyAltitude is a neat app in letting you know your current elevation.
· Sunrise & Set is good to have so you can plan on when to leave for the river so you can hit the water at first light.
· iFirstAid, ICE 123 (In Case of Emergency)
· Both are useful and good apps to have for an emergency. The iFirstAid app is handy and provides solid information in what the do in variety of instances.
· ICE 123 is a good app that provides easy access to contact numbers for you to call or an emergency responder to call. EMS personnel are also being instructed to look for this app icon if they find someone with an iPhone.
· AAA Discounts and AAA Roadside
· If you are a member of AAA, input your account number and if you need roadside assistance, tap the button and a message is sent using the phone’s GPS technology to request help.
· The AAA Discounts app is attractive for when the fishing is too good to leave and you need to find a place to crash or eat.
· Lastly are my three favorites. These can be used to find a new section of water to fish or for the end of the day story time at the local pub.
Give them a chance and you may find yourself rolling to the river via technology. I am also considering the purchase of River Guide for Kayakers, which is a resource for current river flows across the country. I am researching this and trying to find out how current their reports are before dropping the app cost of $4.99. In the meantime, bookmark the Colorado DOW website for current river flows.
I am also reviewing the Hatch Lite app that has bug samples and recommended flies. So far I think this application works best when trying flies. The last app I am considering is one of the many knot apps as this could be a useful tool in showing clients various knots. I will have to keep you posted.
Enjoy your holiday season.
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