Re: Inflatable PFD Advice Needed
You will be a lot safer with a PFD. You can wear a Suspender style under your vest if you just close the front with a small Velcro closer. The inflation of the PFD will pop open the fly vest with no problem. You can't do this if you zip up the vest.
Another good option is the belt style that goes around your waist. The problem with them is they are no good if you are knocked unconscious. Of course any manual vest is no good if you are unconscious and can't pull the cord. This is more of a problem for people in high powered boats then it is for the fly fisherman.
Mustang is making some of the best on the market but are expensive. I have been using the SOSpenders for several years and they are well built and a lot cheaper. The jacket style is fine for winter fishing but too hot in the summer. To me they seem bulky.