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Old 12-09-2007, 12:03 PM
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Great topic, but I would have to say my most important piece of equipment is my fly rod and my flies. When it comes down to it everything else aids your effort to catch fish. Granted all the extras help in one way or another, but without your rod and your box of flies, catching fish with your hands is kind of hard.

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Old 12-09-2007, 12:37 PM
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Mine would be my backpack. I switched from a vest about a year ago. I purchased a small cheap backpack at Target for $19 (although I would prefer a Fishpond for Christmas...) and I keep the following items in it:
- Small First Aid Kit
- Whistle
- Water filtration kit
- Packable rain jacket
- 2 granola bars (replace as needed...)
- Fishing license
- Reel
- Two small floating boxes of flies
- 4x, 5x and 6x tippet spools
- Forceps
- Nippers
- Gink
- Backup polarized sunglasses
- Trail Illustrated map and compass
- Thermometer

I then clip my 4pc flyrod to the backpack and put my boots/waders right next to the backpack.

By aggregating everything I have less of a shot of forgetting anything. I also keep it all in the back of my explorer (I clip my boots and waders to the luggage rack when they are drying). This system has served me very well this year. I have yet to forget anything at home, and just as importantly, I have not forgotten anything 45 minutes and two miles away from the car! Also, if I'm fishing near to the car, I simply clip the stuff I need to my pants/waders/shorts and leave the backpack in the car.

I always stock up with a water bottle and a few granola bars on the way to fishing.

But to answer the question: Beyond the obvious Rod/Reel/Flies/Boots I would probably say sunglasses. I have a hard enough time seeing fish with them, I don't think I could see anything without them.

A close second would be the water and granola bars.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:50 PM
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Polarized sunglasses for me. They keep headaches away on bright days and are essential for spotting fish.
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Old 12-09-2007, 02:14 PM
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For me it is the license.
All the other things are worthless when a TWRA officer shows up.
Also, the revenue helps support our sport.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:30 PM
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For me it is the license.
All the other things are worthless when a TWRA officer shows up.
Also, the revenue helps support our sport.

If I could pick one thing to bring to the Clinch River with me every weekend it would be a TWRA officer.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:26 PM
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If I could pick one thing to bring to the Clinch River with me every weekend it would be a TWRA officer.
Hah, no joke. I've never seen an officer on the Clinch.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:38 PM
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This may be getting a little off the intent of this thread; however here goes.

Not sure the rhyme or reason as to where/when they check; however, last week while fishing on the Duck river a TWRA officer asked me to come to the bank and let him see my license. Gladly obliged and thank him for checking.

Just wish they made a habit of checking more. I have observed more than one person which I doubt had the proper license. (Maybe that is what he thought about me. LOL)

Does anyone know if TWRA has a place to send comments/recommendations for more active checking of people trout fishing (probably all fishing).
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