View Full Version : 5 Things you never fish without.

02-13-2007, 09:35 AM
Ok so you see it in the magazines. Guides list their top 5 pieces of gear they couldnt live without. So what about yall? List the top 5 things you take with you everytime you go fishing. Im talking bass, bluegill, trout, muskie, carp, whatever you chase w/ a fly
Heres mine:

#1- Polarized Sunglasses- 20 bucks at Bass Pro. Been lookin for another pair but I could get a rod for that price!

#2- My Simms hat- First "fishin" hat I owned, never hit the water w/o it.

#3- Extra tapered leader- one of those things that if you leave it youll need it.

#4- Size 8 black wooly bugger w/ flashabou- Catches anything. Always keep one. Its not really anything but it could be alot of things.

#5- Extra leash for Molly- ....no explanation needed.

(This is in addition to my rod, reel, flies, waders..etc.)


02-13-2007, 10:00 AM
1. got to have my sunglasses. I am miserable without them. Costa Fathoms

2. beadhead prince nymph. The first fly that I ever caught a trout on and also the fly that I have hooked into my biggest fish and the one that I have the most confidence in. Always have a lot of those in various sizes.

3. I almost always have to stop at a store and buy sunflower seeds. Either BBQ or regular salted.

4. I always carry a spare rod with me. I have broken the tip off my first rod when I took a fall one day and had to drive home early just because I didnt have a spare.

5.Camera. I will never go fishing without a camera again because I hate trying to convince my dad that my fish was really this big. Now I just take a picture and then bam no arguement.

All of this plus the standard.

02-13-2007, 11:40 AM
1 - Rod & Reel - yes, I have forgotten them.

2 - Vest - has everything from water bottle to net to license.

3 - Hat

4 - Sunglasses

5 - MOST IMPORTANT - patience

02-13-2007, 12:23 PM
1. Permission from wife. (just kidding!)
2. License and ID ( I get in a hurry sometimes)
3. Lanyard with my tools and tippet ( I can stick a flybox in a shirt pocket)
4. Backup rod and reel closeby (broke a rod in the middle of Abrams Creek horseshoe once)
5. See # 1

Rog 1
02-13-2007, 01:09 PM
I would have to ditto most all that have been listed....if it is warm weather trip in the Park I would have to put benadryl on this list....those hornets and yellow jackets can ruin a day early and there's more of them than snakes and bears.

02-13-2007, 01:35 PM
Many previously listed &

1. Trail mix/Jerky
2. Water
3. First Aid Kit
4. Thermometer
5. Map/compass(Backcountry)

* I always leave an itinerary with wife.. You just never know!!

02-13-2007, 01:47 PM
1. Rod
2. Reel
3. Line/Leader
4. Tippet
5. Flies

The rest is just a bunch of stuff I've convinced myself I need.
Some of my most favorite days on the water have been the result of the minimalist approach.

02-13-2007, 02:14 PM
But I always take more than I need

1. Rod
2. Reel
3. Line/Leader
4. Tippet
5. Flies

The rest is just a bunch of stuff I've convinced myself I need.
Some of my most favorite days on the water have been the result of the minimalist approach.

02-13-2007, 02:35 PM
1. Polarized Sunglasses (Peppers)-best 40 dollar sunglasses iv ever owned.
2. Camera-I usually fish alone and no one believes that I actually catch fish out there.
3. Rod-Bro made it for me for my high school graduation.
4. Fly box- can't do much fishin without it.
5. A little Luck!!!

02-13-2007, 05:37 PM
i take: 1) 3 or 4 cans of vienna sausage. 2) flask of brandy in case of snake bite, attact by mountain piranha, or reaction to vienna sausages. 3) large amount of charmin in case i hook the big one. 4) hand grenade, in case i don't hook the big one. 5) about 60 pounds of gear i.e. rods, reels, flies, nets, the usual suspects.

02-13-2007, 08:45 PM
1. Sunglasses
3. OR Hat
4. water
5. Ninja cloak

02-13-2007, 09:32 PM
1. water and MSR MIOX Water Purifier
2. filson packable hat that my wife hates.
3. lro t-shirt
4. Gaintfish if he can come with me.
5. Filson strap vest loaded with way to many fly boxes and stuff.
And of course tfo finnese 3wt.

02-13-2007, 10:50 PM
1.rod and real
2.chest pack.
3.flies ( can't do much with out them)
5.My dad. ( Only transportation that loves to fish with me)

I keep it pretty simple as you can see

02-14-2007, 08:10 AM
assuming I have my major necessities (rod, reel, waders, etc)....my top five would go like this....

#5) polorized sunglasses

#4) a handfull of flies that I just learned to tie

#3) bottled water and a handfull of snacks & a sandwich

#2) trip to LRO for info and fellowship and maybe a few more supplies

#1) my best fishing buddy, Abby (my fiance)

*my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior is a given above all else so I didn't list it......

Excuse my keyboardmanship, I just finished plowing my driveway from the 14" of snow we received last night, so my fingers are a bit frozen.....


02-18-2007, 09:17 PM
1. Elk Hair Caddis, Brown
2. Elk Hair Caddis, Olive
3. Elk Hair Caddis, Tan
4. Dave's Bug Float
5. A 3wt.

Yep. Seriously. :)

02-18-2007, 09:38 PM
Hey fishlicker,

I like your fly choices!!! Some of my all time favorites. And on a 3wt-all the sweeter...


02-18-2007, 09:47 PM
Thanks Dryfly,

I've tried alot of different flies over the years while fishing GA, NC and TN and I'm not sure it's the end-all-be-all fly for everyone, but it is for me. I love to skitter that thing across and down when the fish are keying on emerging caddis - they'll knock the socks off 'em and alot of times spurt a foot out of the water trying to catch your fly! :) I probably fish them with alot more action than most folks - and I do cause some trout to miss em with all the jigglin' and twitchin' - but it's worth it for the way they slam into them! Maybe it's the old bass fisherman in me. :)

As for the three weight - I own three rods....all three weights! Dry flies to 5-15 inch trout( and lucky if I get to cast to a couple of 15 inchers in a given year)is about all I do - no striper fishin' or monster trout in the 4 pound range usually....although the occasional Nantahala DH fish will give me a run for my money on it - I can usually handle anything I'm lucky enough to hook on my little 3 wts. Even the occasional smallie, although WHEW - they are a HANDFUL!!! :)

02-19-2007, 01:05 AM
1. my lucky North Face fishing shirt
2. my 7' 4wt 4 piece rod
3. a few elk hairs and a few thunderheads
4. my GSM trail map and river and creek map
5. my Garmin GPS

02-19-2007, 09:49 AM
Hey Fishlicker,

You look familiar. Didnít you have feathers at one time? :)

02-19-2007, 11:29 AM

Please tell me your wife's name is not Molly! :-)

02-19-2007, 12:29 PM
John, it's hard to remember. . . but I've spent some time lickin' lollipops. ( Three - three licks to get to the center of a tootsie-pop, I believe!)

Paula Begley
02-19-2007, 01:40 PM
Are y'all sure you really know how to fish? :D Here's my list...

1. Raspberry frost lipstick

2. Bandana to match shirt

3. Hat to match bandana and shirt

4. Trout Bracelet

5. Byron



02-19-2007, 03:08 PM
I have a penchant for getting strange looks from observers or other fisherman. I may try those things sometime, Paula. ;)

If y'all see an ol' hillbilly lookin' fellar in a felt hat, overalls, and a 14+ foot cane pole, come and say hello. It may be me. :)

02-19-2007, 07:25 PM
Something about a woman in Raspberry Lipgloss holding a flyrod....in matcing attire..........

What if I said yes? "Yep sure is the ol' lady..cant keep her off of people...(sigh)" Fortuantely, Molly is my labrador/fishing buddie/ hiking partner/ life companion/ prom date.(j/k they said no animals....) Although she never has chewed through a leash it never hurts to keep and extra.

Oh I never fish w/o taking my Carmax or Simms lip protection.

02-19-2007, 09:31 PM
1)nitroglycerin's .4mg - size 25's
2)#16 french catheter---for natureand mother nature when she screams
3)Ipod--a)beatles white album--b)who's next--classic fishing cd's
4)woodstock hat--with long blond hair glued to inner rim--driver's by will think you have a lot of hair---and you are an example of the local wildlife--if you are lucky--
5)an enema and centrum seniors--just in case

02-19-2007, 10:01 PM
lauxier, you're starting to crack me up. especially that remark about having an ex wife who was like trout in the winter!

02-19-2007, 10:19 PM
With a resume like that no wonder she's the ex-wife!! HEHEHE...

I would change the hat to a "Court Jester hat?"

Hope your not taking "Viagra" with that Nitro?

02-20-2007, 01:14 PM
You forgot to mention the appropriate colored fingernail polish that coordinates with your shirt, bandana and visor. Just like everyone's favorite fisherwoman

02-20-2007, 03:42 PM
With a resume like that no wonder she's the ex-wife!! HEHEHE...

I would change the hat to a "Court Jester hat?"

Hope your not taking "Viagra" with that Nitro?

"Hope your not taking "Viagra" with that Nitro?"

Now fellas lets not go there........;)

02-20-2007, 06:23 PM
Surprised viagra was suggested---IT DOES NOT WORK---took 100mg prior to entering the park---The trout were repulsed by it's results--mothers hid their children's faces as they drove by,one guy honked his horn,park rangers arrived,they lacked compassion,after disconnecting line,was lead back to vehicle--the rangers wore surgical gloves--told me to GET and don't come back --one of the rangers said"not till you can roll cast with that rig"--went back to LRO---I said"want the shortest you've got"--LRO guy said"Yes sir we have this really nice 6'6" winston,what type fishing do you do,we need to match the rod with you and your fishing" I said" I need something a lot shorter---then i got a light bulb that clicked on in my brain,I said"Have you got a pocket fisherman? The LRO guy did not reply,he walked away shaking his head----MORAL OF THE STORY---VIAGRA is not a viable tool when trying to catch trout---and boys---careful with those knots.........then I woke up......

Byron Begley
02-20-2007, 07:51 PM

Are you talking about the RONCO POCKET FISHERMAN that B-Drug used to sell on TV? Remember the Vegamatic?


02-20-2007, 08:27 PM
1. extra pair of polarized Sunglasses
2. lip balm for chapped lips and tightening knots
3. bandana
4. extra furled leader
5. water purification tablets

I fish alone quite a bit and like to try to be prepared for anything.


Jack M.
02-21-2007, 07:23 AM
Did anyone mention a big wide smile?