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Old 01-16-2013, 10:48 PM
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Default Re: Evolution or Revolution Regarding Fishing Vests

I have been doing this for awhile and always seem to return to using a vest. I had an Orvis Chest Pack back in the early 80's (hated it) and have used vest/backpack combos from WJ and Fishpond...which I find to be uncomfortable, unwieldy and heavy. I use a minimalist chest pack from Fishpond with a lanyard from time to time and stay away from lumbar packs which do not suit my deep wading style...the progression has looked like this:

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Columbia Vest on the Frying Pan ...late 70's. This one lasted into the early 90's...

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Orvis vest on the Madison ...my daughter Ally wearing my Teeny Vest I picked up for tubing...

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Simms Vest on the Stillwater River, MT..I wore this one out...

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Simms Vest on the East Walker River...I gave this to my son when he retired his Orvis...

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Simms Vest on the East Walker River...the current one...

...and yes, I still carry way too much stuff...

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