Today I’m going to walk you through collecting all of the fly fishing and fly tying information in to your Evernote account. Evernote has a myriad of ways to add content to your account. From web clipping to mobile devices you should have almost ubiquitous access to putting information in to the program. Here’s how I collect content.
First I use the Evernote webclipper. You can find it here: http://evernote.com/webclipper/ . The webclipper allows you to “clip” content from webpages and automatically add them to evernote. I’m not going to go through installing the clipper, but one note on set up. Check the button to allow it to show related results. This will allow Evernote to show you related results from your notes to web searches you do. This is really helpful when you do a search for an area that you are travelling to. Instead of having to remember to check your Evernote for the fly fishing information, Evernote will remind you. Below is a sample from a search on Yellowstone from my notes:
Next, I used a scanner or scanning service. I’ve gotten a few fly fishing magazines over the years. In the past I’ve either kept the entire magazine or cut out the articles and filed them away. Evernote has taken the place of the physical filing cabinet and now I can keep my articles there. I use the scanner that’s part of my printer to scan the articles. I used to use a program called Scan Drop To Cloud, but it appears that it is no longer around. So I just use my scanner software. You can scan to a PDF or image. Evernote will make them both
searchable…that’s right, Evernote will search within the document for your terms. I also like to use Shoeboxed. Check them out here. I get some free scanning credits if you sign up for the free or paid service. They take all of the work out of scanning and allow you to move your documents straight to Evernote. They use OCR scanning so that your documents will be searchable by Evernote too. My suggestion if you use them is to staple multiple page articles together. There’s been a few times where they’ve mixed documents together.
Be sure to use your tags!!!
Finally, I use note templates for trip reports or fishing journal. I use another service call KustomNote where I’ve created a custom template for adding trip reports. You’ll need to sign up to use KustomNote, and I find it worth it. It is also free to use and there are a ton of other note templates you can use as well creating your own. Here is my Trip Journal template for you to use: http://kustomnote.com/template/58581/ . Feel free to “clone” it and edit to suit your needs.
There you have it. Start dumping stuff in to Evernote. You can’t use it unless you have it.