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Fly Punk - Issue 4

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Fly Punk - No tweed, wicker baskets or trousers tucked into socks. Just a free digital magazine aimed at the fly fishing punk ... Read on and join the party ...

―Bill Edwards― USING

―Bill Edwards― USING GOOGLE KEEP TO CREATE YOUR FISHING JOURNAL L ike many anglers I do my homework in scouting the waters I’m about to fish. Hatch charts, local shop guides, any articles or forum posts all go into a lexicon of preparation aiming at creating success on unfamiliar water. Many times it pays off. Sometimes, it doesn’t. You have to dive deep into the fly box, try something you would not have before, maybe just salvage growth in a new technique or presentation in order to make the day useful to some degree. What happens when you decide to fish wilder waters that are not covered by hatch charts or articles? Ones where the pros are not guiding? This is when a fishing journal comes in extremely handy. The biggest knock on current fishing journals is that they are a lot of work to maintain and retain data. I am lazy. I don’t want to search through pages of handwritten text to find a lesser traveled water or what flies worked when it was partly cloudy with no visible hatch. A lot of times it just takes too long. This is a trap for a lot of anglers. Even if you keep good notes, if you can’t use them you’re just as likely to go into mental ruts and guesswork as the anglers not doing anything at all! Enter Google Keep. This is a free tool that I can best describe as a multi-media scrapbook with the ability to use tags and googles search technology that has transformed the way I organize notes, plan trips, and keep my fishing journal. Getting Set Up Google Keep is an application that can be used in your web browser or as a stand alone app on your mobile device. The first step is to signup for a Google account if you do not already have one . Once signed up and logged in, head to to get started. You can find the mobile app for your device in either the Google Play or iTunes stores. First Casts At first, things seem pretty barren. We have a sidebar that contains tools for setting up notes, reminders, labels for your notes, archive and trash, and then Google’s typical app menu items. To start, go ahead a make a note by clicking on the Title located in figure 1. Then add some text to the Take a note. In a note you could add information like the date, weather, location, body of water, bugs hatching. You could discuss the roads you took to get there or better routes to get to the good spots. You should write what patterns work and sometimes what patterns don’t work. You should also discuss what techniques were successful. I like to describe the water itself too. Is it a pattern of riffle/run? Freestone? Put and Take? Keeping track of these aspects allows you to gauge what to do on next trip. As you begin to fill in notes you will find that they settle down below your note taking area in tiles that you can reorder or move around. You can change the background and foreground text, pin notes in place so they stay up top, create checklists, scheduled reminders, and much much more. The further you explore, the better your experience will be. Bells and Whistles One of the very important and useful aspects of Keep is its ability to create tags. If you’ve ever seen Twitter or Facebook hashtags you will feel right at home. To create a hashtag, click on the left hand menu for “Create new label” (figure 2). Create whatever label you like, preferably something you would search a vast series of notes for. If you want to create a tag mid post and don't want to open the new modal window, go ahead and throw a hashtag in front of what you're tagging. #brookies, #bwopattern, etc. Be creative. I typically throw them at the end of my posts. The next big feature that I use regularly is the multi-media aspect of note taking. With the mobile device you can take a picture and upload it into the cloud, tagged and private. You can share them later via email for other google users to see. Take a picture of the insects on that rock you turned over. Keep that picture of the 20+ inch rainbow that crushed the mouse fly. The possibilities are nearly endless. Double Hauling So far we have covered everything to get you up and running with your own fly fishing journal that is infinitely more searchable and has better multimedia capabilities than any other fishing journal that has come before it, all for the wonderful cost of Free. Once you've been using it for awhile you may wish to get into some power user features. Create a shopping list, calling a note titled “Shopping List” and then click the three vertical dot icon and select “show checkboxes” (figure 3). Add items as you need. Maybe run down your gear checklist. Fly tying materials. If you are using an Android phone, you can add to this list by utilizing the voice command: “OK Google, add to my shopping list”, wait for Google Now to launch, then verbally add to your list until you say “finished”. This is great for adding something you think of in passing. By clicking the finger with ribbon icon, you can set a time/date or location reminder (figure 4). Plug in the address of the local fly shop as a reminder on your shopping list and you’ll never forget those 2.5mm tungsten beads again! The location feature requires some access to that phone but is well worth the effort. 40 | 41 www.fly-punk.com

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