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alexys01
03-18-2008, 11:20 PM
what are you all wearing out there vests or packs. I need to get one when i get down there . the vests are cheaper, is the extra expense of the packs worth it? also reccomendations would be appreciated
thanks
Eric

milligan trout degree
03-19-2008, 12:00 AM
I use a vest when I'm fishing most of the time. Mainly because that's what someone bought for me. I love it, it has a lot of space and carries everything I need. However, when I fish the park more this summer, I plan on either just carrying some sort of fanny-pack or a backpack in case I want to bring along lunch or some special equipment (extra shoes, rain jacket, that sort of thing). I like to keep it light when I'm hiking up and down streams. Tippet, extra leader, frogs fanny, nippers, box of nymphs, box of dries, water, and a can of dip and I'm good to go for mountain day trip.

The packs may be a little cooler (as in temperature, and perhaps in appearance too, its subjective), but besides many more advantages, I'm not really sure. They both provide ample storage and make fishing easier than just having everything thrown around and mixed together. A lanyard isn't a bad way to go either, especially for mountains or pond fishing. Stick a box of flies in your pocket, and on your lanyard, keep tippet, hemostats, nippers, and some flotant, and you're good to go for small adventures.

ttas67
03-19-2008, 02:06 AM
for me, it's the never ending question: vest of pack. I go back and forth between the two.

generally, if I'm going to be changing flies alot, or tying on different rigs, I'll go with the vest. it's easier access. other than that, they both hold about the same amt.

Hoosier
03-19-2008, 06:26 AM
Recently used a pack that I purchased late last year for the first time. Loved it. I have an Orvis Safe Passage. Was able to do all the things that I could with a vest. Surprised me that I was as comfortable as I was. I wasn't sure at first. Having said that, I wish the back pack portion could be removed via snap buckles some how so when just doing a short trip I could take that part off and leave it behind. Then longer hikes, put it on to carry whatever extras I would want. Guess if and when I get another , that is a feature I would like to see. Not sure anyone makes them like that. I got an Orvis because I got an extra discount so it is not to say a fish pond or other brand wouldn't be just as good or better. But in the end, it'll come down to personnal preference. I think I am putting the vest away in the closet to stay.

dropper
03-19-2008, 08:03 AM
i use the vest in winter.it has more room for all the little extras i carry.it also gives a little insulation on those cold days.in the spring,summer and fall i carry my chest pack.it has pleanty of room minus all those little extras and it is cooler.it has a small pack on the back that i can carry lunch or a rain vest.i did not buy one of those exspensive ones.this one cost about 50 bucks and i love it.

adirondack46r
03-19-2008, 08:35 AM
Vest? Pack? How about a flybox that fits in your shirt pocket, an extra spool of tippet and forceps in the other, and off you go?

I've always been a minimalist. Give me several dozen of my favorite flies, and a sunny day, waders that don't leak and I'm a happy man. Oh, and now that I'm pushing the half century mark it seems that glasses are a necessity.

Waterborn
03-19-2008, 08:46 AM
I use a jw chest pack that is now a hip pack....but over the years I'm beginning to realize it may be to big for me - fly fisherman are gadget happy breed and carry way more than really needed (at least thats me) I find my self using less and less of what I carry.
By nature, I'm a big time rather have it an not need it than need it and not have it, but the more I fish the park, the more I realize you can fit just about everything (a spool of tippet,single flybox, a leader pack of 3, some tippet and wieght - of which can all fit in the right compartmented fly box...etc) in a fishing shirt (camo of course)....net not really needed....camera on belt along with a water filter bottle, and staff in hand if on abrams... course I'm still working on the ultimate carring configuration, but I'm thinking minimalist approach is really the most comfortable in the long run...
Anything extended or away from a main road I'll throw on a back pack with essentials for the "what ifs"...

PeteCz
03-19-2008, 08:48 AM
I'm with adirondack, I go for the minimalist approach (when I get the chance). If I'm fishing less than a mile from the car, I will pin a few of my essential tolls to my shirt or jacket, slip one or two small flyboxes and some tippet spools into my pockets and hit the water.

If I have to hike further, I have a cheap backpack ($19 Target special) that I use (abuse) that I won't feel bad about pitching in the trash if it gets too mangled.

I would love to have a fishpond backpack, but I'm just too rough on my gear to spend that kind of money...

Brian Griffing
03-19-2008, 08:51 AM
I'm with Adirondack. I like having a lot of gear ready to go, but most of it stays with the truck. I carry a magazine pouch that I can clip to my belt. It has one box of flies, an extra leader, and the stream thermometer in it. Attached to the outside by two retractable lanyards are are a leatheman and a folding box cutter. Wrapped around the bottom is a stringer, that is rarely, but recently used. I put my floatant and tippet spool in my left front pocket, sunglasses on my head, liscence, I.D., and truck key in a closed chest pocket. If it is a warm day, or I am going to be gone from the truck for a little while I throw a full camelback on with a warming layer strapped to the outside and I am ready to make like a horse turd and hit the trail.

buzzmcmanus
03-19-2008, 11:24 AM
I hate vests. I wear something like a lanyard around my neck that was made for flyfishing. It holds all my essentials on it and just throw a fly box in my pocket. I actually bought a small chest pack this winter that I might try using mainly to carry a camera and my wallet. On all day trips, I have a small backpack that I carry a lunch and some drinks in. Vests are just way too hot to wear in the summer.

YoungBuck1
03-19-2008, 11:42 AM
A couple years ago I switched from a vest to a fishpond lumbar pack and I'll never go back. I also use a lanyard which makes things a lot easier. The pack is perfect - it easily holds everything I need but my favorite thing about it is when I'm not using it, I can slide it around to my back and it's completely out of the way. So when I'm not using it, it's not disturbing my casting motion or anything...

TroutDude
03-19-2008, 12:30 PM
I switched to a fishpond chest/back pack a couple of years back.

The chest pack can be removed for when I'm fishing close to the vehicle. By attaching the backpack, I can carry some extra supplies (like a first aid kit, and extra water) when heading further away.

The problem I've had with a vest was I tended to overload. If it had a spare pocket there had to be something for that pocket. When overloaded it was cumbersome.
With a pack, I've gotten much more streamlined and focused on the things I really need. Everything has its place so I don't spend needless time searching for accessories. It has also slimmed down my fly selection. I find myself carrying a couple boxes of tried and true flies and leaving a lot of others back home.

alexys01
03-19-2008, 02:00 PM
thanks for the input! I to am a minimalist, or at least i try to be . My wife would beg to differ. I like the point of if you don't have the extra pockets ,you won't use them. I tend to get carried away sometimes. I like all of your lists of the necessities.
Eric

dropper
03-19-2008, 02:55 PM
i just went thru my vest taking everything out and putting it in my chest pack for the trip to cataloochee.i was amazed at what i had acummalated over the winter.you are right.if you have a pocket you will put something in it.

ACinEastTN
03-19-2008, 02:55 PM
I second what the guys are saying about the fishopond packs. Granted my old vest could hold alot more if I needed alot more. The pack I have holds everything from my old vest. I will never go back to the vest. I wouldn't speak to a regular fanny pack, but fishpond knows what they're doing and has designed these things to suit a fisherman's needs. This seems to be the trends these days and more brands are entering this market. So if your not sure about the investment there are cheaper options than fishpond. As someone who used to be a vest guy, I can say the lumbar pack has made life easier.

WNCFLY
03-19-2008, 03:21 PM
I wear a William joseph chest pack. It has everything right there when you need it, but I am getting to the point were I just don't like having things hanging on my shoulder or close to my face. I think I am going to purchase the fishpond waist pack soon. I like the idea of having total freedom from anything on my upper body...

adirondack46r
03-20-2008, 08:32 AM
I wear a William joseph chest pack. It has everything right there when you need it, but I am getting to the point were I just don't like having things hanging on my shoulder or close to my face. I think I am going to purchase the fishpond waist pack soon. I like the idea of having total freedom from anything on my upper body...

I think you're headed inthe right direction, WNC. When I used to wear a fishpond lumbar pack - and they really are the best solution IMHO - I would always end up dunking it in a deep hole because it rides well below the top of my waders. The only option is to take it off and sling it over your shoulder when wading deep. Oh, and they are not water tight so a dunking means drenched gear. I still use it if I am a long way from the road/truck.

txbrown
03-20-2008, 10:34 AM
In summer I use a fishing shirt. I can put a box in one pocket and camera and snack crackers in the other. tippet in the tippet pockets and hang gink and forceps off a pocket flap. Nippers and my Jeep key on a small lanyard tucked inside my shirt. I will attach an empty small filter water bottle to my belt if heading out from the Jeep for a longer distance. I really try to minimize or I spend too much time fiddlin' and not enough fishing.

In winter, I use the chest pockets on my waders and/or rain jacket.

ccmmcc
03-20-2008, 05:04 PM
I usually only carry one box of assorted flies and then tippet, floatant and some hemostats. Other than that I like to take along a small, cheap backpack with a book to read along the stream, a thermos of tea and some cheese and fruit.

Now that I think about it, most of the room is taken up by non-fishing stuff! I like that.....

MickinMS
03-20-2008, 09:27 PM
I got a Fishpond fanny....er.....lumbar pack for Christmas. Unfortunately I have not been able to use it yet. I am going to Knoxville on business in at the end of the month and am planning a run over to Townsend for a day to break it in. It holds all that I need and I think I am really going to like it.

alexys01
03-20-2008, 10:52 PM
I appreciate the input guys, I am jotting down a fishing list gathered from all of your info.
thanks,
Eric

jeffnles1
03-21-2008, 12:53 AM
I'm watching this thread too. I've always been a vest kind of guy myself. I've checked out some of the fishpond tech packs and like the idea, but having something that bulky sticking out in front of me I'm just not sure of. The extra storage in the back is nice, but really kind of useless on the water. It seems like you'd have to take the vest off to get to the stuff back there. My old vest is nearing the end of its usefull life and I'm undecided if I want another vest, one of the tech vests or a lumbar bag. I may end up getting a new vest and a lumbar pack. The lumbar pack seems like it would be good in the summer when the vest is too hot. Of course a mesh vest would be good too.

The problem with so many choices is it gets kind of confusing (especially for a simple minded guy like me)

Jeff

monktrout
03-21-2008, 08:12 AM
I have to admit it-I want to carry everything. I know there are good arguments to go minimalist, but empty pockets must be filled! I need help. But you never know when a green drake hatch or salmon flies could crawl on the east-west prong of the North-South River. When it happens I will be ready. I have been hauling around those Montana fly patterns for 10 years and I might have my day in East Tennessee. I use a vest to carry around my micro fly shop.

jeffnles1
03-21-2008, 10:04 AM
I have to admit it-I want to carry everything. I know there are good arguments to go minimalist, but empty pockets must be filled! I need help. But you never know when a green drake hatch or salmon flies could crawl on the east-west prong of the North-South River. When it happens I will be ready. I have been hauling around those Montana fly patterns for 10 years and I might have my day in East Tennessee. I use a vest to carry around my micro fly shop.

I'm with you brother. One of my problems is I fish warm water and cold water and sometimes on the same day. I may start hitting sunfish and bass in a local stream and then head about an hour away to go after trout in the Brookville tailwater. So my vest has everything from 3X tippet to 7X tippet and other goodies.

Last year, I did finally split my fly boxes into warm and cold so I don't loose #20 griffiths gnats among #6 woolie bugger.

Jeff

monktrout
03-21-2008, 01:55 PM
Jefnles1, Thank you for your support. Radical cures may be avoided and I can continue my maximist ways with no shade of guilt.

pmike
03-21-2008, 11:45 PM
...use a Wm Joseph waist pack during the summer when wet wading and find it will hold anything I need and alot I don't. I also like the Columbia shirts with pockets big enough for a fly box or 2.

In addition, I am starting to use a lanyard because I like to use a vest during the cooler months and it's easier to switch from a pack to a vest if you don't have to remove every tool from one and then re-attach it to another in order to go from vest to pack or from pack to vest.

Mike

sprestwood
03-22-2008, 12:02 PM
There are those who believe that having a lot of tackle is a sign of a lack of confidence is any tackle. The way a lure is fished with condidence can often be the deal maker as far as catching fish. When I first saw a backpack-tackle box, I got a real bad case of the over-excited-shakes. But considering I believe you should fish a lure for 30 minuites in any way you can, there is really not any ability to fish through a huge tackle box of lures.

Research and a few years experience on target waters can narrow your lures down to a minimum set of colors of life cycle bugs and other artificials. Im still working on those few years and research. Im still working cos that mininalist approach will work on 90% of the fish in the water, for the other 10% you got to do different things to get the different results.