I was raised with Semper Paratus, not as an expressed term, but as a mindset. I had a career that demanded it. And, now I appear to either abide by it, for my hobby or I am a hoarder. It seems so simple, to just pick a container (or two) and put all your fly boxes in there for a pending camping trip.
But, just to be safe, I had to make sure I had what I needed. Well, one thing led to another and it became evident I had no idea how many flies I had tied. To be honest I stopped pulling all the boxes out of the green container. How many flies do I need? Well, all these are fine, but frankly I had forgotten what I had tied and stashed away in those boxes. I pretty much only take 4-6 boxes with me in the pontoon boat and maybe two streamside, but an inventory is periodically in order. I made some great discoveries today!!
I bet many of you could beat that couldn’t you? Rehab does offer hope of a simpler approach, an easing of decisions to be made….but, when the craving, the impulse comes, to answer the what if’s and maybe’s…well, a slippery slope ensues in preparation. Yep, Semper Paratus