The normal stuff, flies, tippet, extra leaders, forceps, camera, cell phone, floatant, xink, ty-rite, nippers with nail knot, wader repair with UV light, net, strike indicators, a bottle of water and a small snack. The extra fly rod and reel is in the vehicle. I also take an ice chest if I want to keep some fish to eat. I put my wet waders and boots in it too. A wading staff would be nice but I haven't purchased one yet. P3AT and or G19.
Too much, especially too much to make a list. I do one thing before leaving home for any outing - I go through a mental list I've tucked in the back of my brain over the years:
1- Rods and reels?
2- Waders and boots?
3- Gear bag?
4- Chest pack and flies?
5- Wading Staff?
7- Water and snacks or lunch?
Then it's time to go.
Just the evening before last I headed out with my youngest son to fish the lower Henry's Fork, I went through the mental list, we drove to the water, rigged up and then I discovered I had taken all but two of my fly boxes out for show at some recent tying demos. Luckily I had some of the flies I needed, but mentally it really messed with me to be on the water and realize I was a bit handicapped without my full arsenal.
"I knew a tier once. One time he was holding a lump of cat hair he found on his couch, sort of twirling it about his fingers, tugging at it. I asked, what in the hell are you doing man? He looked startled, ashamed. But I knew what he was thinking. right then and there I decided to just buy my fly's thankyouverymuch." ~ cwg
Minimalist-- vest w/ 2 small fly boxes (wet/ dry), nippers, hemos, floatant, extra tippet material and small Point N click camera. Not in vest: Cell Phone, ID, and Licenses. If wading, The cell, ID, camera and license goes into waterproof wader pockets.....
sometimes an extra rod/ reel (my 3 wt has become my 'go to' rod-- but I always put a 5 and/or 6 wt in the vehicle, should it become apparent that I should be throwing the big bass flies.) If I am 'hiking' and my car will be more than a 15 min. walk, the extra rod gets broken down and put into big back pocket on vest.
I absolutely hate being 'weighed down' in my vest--- maybe I am just a sissy, but they can get heavy after an hour or two on the water-- let alone all day....
EDIT/// my approach is to have what I need to enjoy my time, not to have everything I could need to make my time just perfect.....
I just got back from a trip to the Big Horn in Montana. We fished out of the boat, and I found that when we parked and hiked or waded that I didn't want to take my entire pack, so I used a pin-on nipper, put two fly boxes and two tippet spools in the pockets of my fishing shirt a few sundry items, and I was set. I didn't even miss my pack or all the other stuff I usually go on the water with.
So far, I'm pretty pleased that those here who claim to be "minimalists" carry as much or more than I do .
Being from the over 50 crowd, I'd add a wading staff and some magnifying glasses which are indispensable!