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Old 03-01-2010, 03:32 PM
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Default Getting ready, Not long

Me and my group have been preparing for some early spring fishing trips for 2010 and the rest of the fishing season.

Thought I would share some personal progress and new toys to try out this year.

I have now been on the tread mill for a month and can give my Aunt her walking cane back from a long winters rest.

Decided on a new camping Hennessy Hammock instead of a new tent. Cant wait to give it a try this year.

Also going to try out a new Xmas present Titanium cook cup and William Joseph fly fishing Day pack.

New toys and destinations for 2010, cannt wait.

Anyone else getting it together.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:51 PM
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I am ready too Mac. I got a new REI Flash 65 pack this year that is a heck of a lot lighter than my old Gregory. Will be trying it out a week from Friday on the LR trail . I also built a lightweight rod tube out of one of those flourescent light bulb protectors you can get at Lowes. I am so happy with it pretty sturdy and weighs nothing! Can't wait to try it out attached to my pack. Man I can't wait to see GREEN again in the mountains geez...
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:55 PM
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Me too! Hey be careful with that Hennessy Hammock. You'll freeze your rear end off if you're not careful.
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:09 PM
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Nothing quite as adventuresome here...will be up there the end of March and wife has said no camping unless it is in a cabin...beggars cannot be picky...just got several dozen new flies and since I have made a resolution to try and fish more nymphs this year most of these are wet flies...also have a new jacket and an Orvis chest pack for the longer walkins...let us know how all the new "stuff" works out...
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:10 PM
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Mac, you are gonna dig that hammock! Mundele is right about freezing your buns off in the hammock if you aren't prepared. I've been a raving fan of Hennessey hammocks for years, and I can offer lots of advice from personal experience. For what it's worth, I've slept comfortably in my hammock on many a cold night, one of which was nearly in the single digits.

I scored a new fishing shirt the other day. Ice Breakers merino wool, camo pattern. Can't wait to bust out some ninja move on those trout!
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:54 PM
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For what it's worth, I've slept comfortably in my hammock on many a cold night, one of which was nearly in the single digits.
I can verify this...I was there.
Goshen Prong trip mid-Jan.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:01 PM
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I can verify this...I was there.
Goshen Prong trip mid-Jan.
Grannyknot,

I'm not doubting it, I'm just interested in learning what I was doing wrong.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:53 PM
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I scored a new fishing shirt the other day. Ice Breakers merino wool, camo pattern. Can't wait to bust out some ninja move on those trout!
Carlito, where did you score that shirt? I looked at their website but didn't see it. If you tell me, and if I get one, I promise not to wear it when we fish together. I have been buying the green Smartwool for a few years and have been thinking about camoing it up myself.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:19 PM
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I forgot one that you reminded me, Cant believe I forgot this new one. One new Under Armour Camo long sleave synthic shirt.

Everyone needs some new Camo for 2010.

I am sure I will have fun figuring out all the new gear.

Anyone else get something new for this season.

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"Can't wait to bust out some ninja move on those trout!"
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:55 AM
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Elkins, I snagged the Ice Breakers camo super closeout on this website called Gilt. It is a member's only site, and for the most part they sell a bunch of designer metro crap. Sometimes they have really steep discounts on outdoor gear though. I'll send you an invite to join, but the Ice Breakers sale is finito.

Regarding the Hennessey in cold weather, there are a few essentials:

- I highly recommend the "undercover" system that Hennessey sells. It comes w/ a foam pad for extra insulation and makes a huge difference.
- Line the very outer layer with a space/emergency blanket (i.e. under the foam pad).
- Layer extra clothes on top of the foam pad (down jacket, fleece, whatever you have). Sometimes instead of putting the extra clothes in with the foam pad I'll just scatter them around me inside the hammock.
- On super cold nights, boil some water and fill a Nalgene bottle and stuff that down in the bottom on your sleeping bag to keep your feet warm (screw the lid good and tight!).
- I feel like it makes a big difference if your hammock is nice and tight instead of sagging (when it is sagging, all the insulation tends to migrate to the center, leaving cold spots at the head/foot areas, and your body doesn't circulate as much blood to your feet).

Speck Lover, that night that you and your daughter got too cold would have been a lot more pleasant with just the undercover system. I can sleep comfortably in my hammock with just the undercover and no pad down into the upper 40s (I have a 19 degree Western Mountaineering down bag). You get down into the lower 40s and you need the undercover + the pad. I hope that helps!

Also, since I'm on a Hennessey roll here, I'm gonna go ahead and recommend the snake skins as well. They just make life with the hammock a lot easier (storage & setup). On another trip w/ Grannyknot (the Citico Creek Death March Trail, Bee City campsite), it started dumping rain on us, and I was able to tie up my hammock with the snake skins covering the hammock and string up my rain fly for a quick 2 or 3 man shelter. The Hennessey is an awesome shelter, but I have to admit that I have a tent that I often carry as well =)
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