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  1. #1
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    Default Packing it all in?

    In the fall thru spring when waders are required how does everyone pack it all in? I have an Alaskan outfitter pack and still it's loaded to the gills. I have backpacking gear that's small and light weight but then comes the fishing gear. Waders, boots, warm clothes, rain jacket, vest, rod and reel. Do you all just pick a few of your favorite flys and then take the essentials or do you carry your vests as well. I can't leave home without my vest I would feel nekkid.

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    I don't know...when it finally warmed up our last day last week (last Thursday), I got by with shorts and wading boots...the water didn't feel bad at all. The rest of the time, I was in hippers, but I was glad to be rid of them by the end of the week. I try to go as light as possible - I find that I have no problems staying warm, because I'm always moving, scrambling over rocks, etc.

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    I have an osprey aether 85 pack, which is big enough to pack everything i need inside of it sans waders and boots. I can get my tent, poles, food, sleeping bag, clothing, chest pack, and everything else inside the pack. I then strap my rod to the side in the water bottle holder and strap it down up higher with a buckle. As far as waders and boots are concerned, i have a waterproof simms bag for my waders that i stuff them in and then i secure that to the bottom of the pack alot like most people secure their sleeping bags. I started out putting my boots in this bag with the waders, but found that it didn't work that well so i just tied my boots together by their laces and secured them to the pack up higher with a buckle by their laces. I thought they would dangle around alot and aggrevate me but surprisingly, they didn't. Hope this helps and may give you some ideas.

    Craig

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    I have not been wearing waders for the last two weeks in the smokies. It is still a little cold, but after the first few minutes it wears off. I really dislike waders so as soon as I can I start wet wading?

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    Get a packable rain coat, buckle the boots and rod to the outside of the pack, Pack the waders in a waterproof bag or chamber of the pack and by all means - lose the vest. There have been a couple of threads on how to go light. You should check them out (I think a few may have been in the Tackle and Gear Forum area).

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

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    WNCFLY I have not been wearing waders for the last two weeks in the smokies. It is still a little cold, but after the first few minutes it wears off.

    That is you losing the feeling in your legs! =)

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