Your Outdoor Gear May Need A Spring Cleaning | Brett French Preview
By Matt Schauer

Posted: March 30, 2012

Here’s reason 999 why you never want to go anywhere on an outdoor excursion with me: my gear is old and falling apart. That’s no big deal if it’s just a fly rod, but when I went to launch my raft for the first time last weekend, I found it was riddled with holes. Unfortunately, it was too early in the season for my local sporting goods store to have their patch kits in yet – they still have their ski gear out – so I tried to use a wader patch kit. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, maybe because I was too impatient to wait for the glue to dry since I wanted to float the same day. So here’s a hint: If you plan on an outing, check your gear out before the day you want to leave. I know you’re saying “Duh!” but sometimes it’s important to state the obvious, especially for procrastinators like me.

This post was provided by Brett French, The Gazette Outdoors Editor.  Contact Brett at 406-657-1387 or email

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