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Old 08-26-2011, 10:47 AM
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Default Are Fly Vests a Thing of the Past?

Some may know from another thread of mine that I am back fly fishing after about a decade. One of the items lost during this time was my trusty old Orvis fly vest, you know the traditional style with many pockets and a fly patch on the left chest area. Well I was looking through pictures on this site and others and noticed most are now using what looks like chest or fanny type packs in place of the vest of many different sizes and styles. I was just getting ready to go out and buy a new vest but now am wondering if this new pack system is better.

Any opinions on either style would be great! Thanks again,
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:08 AM
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Those of us that are "gravitationally challenged" will always wear vests.
I tried a chest pack exactly one day and couldn't see my feet.
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Go with whatever style that you feel comfortable with. If you feel comfortable with wearing a vest, by all means get one.

I stopped wearing a vest about ten years ago. I have two different chest packs and a lanyard. My preference is to minimize. If I can get away with everything that I need in my pockets, I am happy. The negative is that there is the chance to forget something. With a vest you have a better chance of carry everything.

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:25 AM
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I just went through this debate myself and it cost me alot of $

I have my Simms Guide vest which I always liked and wore. I decided to go slimline and bought a Simms headwater waist pack Simms Headwater Waist Pack | Front Range Anglers | Boulder, Colorado Fly Fishing Shop and Guide Service

I will be honest I am not 100% in love with the waist pack other than I do alot of wet wading when it is warm. The hip pack is good and serviceable, just not great. Basically Ive ran into some "deeper" water and it does get wet causing moisture for my camera , wallet etc etc.For me if I am wearing waders I will always wear the vest.Mostly due to gravitational challenge. Waders accentuate my moobs (man boobs) and therefore no pictures allowed.If I am wet wading ie shorts and tshirt I grab the hip pack, if it is warm enought to wet wade at 9000 feet, it is to warm to have a vest on too.

I do have both set up with forceps, nippers, floatant, leader and tippet. All I have to do is swap fishing license and fly boxes between the two, so that I dont leave anything at home.

Vest
Pros: carry multiple fly boxes , more pockets, gear to me stays drier , just more room in genereal

Cons: tend to carry way more than needed, to warm in the summer

Hip Pack

Pros: light, comfy, easy to use , forces you to dial in your fly selection and carry one box. I now have spring, summer , fall fly boxes.

Cons: Not a lot of room to hang gadgets from so I put all of them inside (sometimes a pain) , can hang low and get wet.
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Default Re: Are Fly Vests a Thing of the Past?

i use a vest for most of my fishing and a neck lanyard for days that i know i wont be needing much stuff.
i will probably get a hip/chest pack before next season and try it out


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Default Re: Are Fly Vests a Thing of the Past?

I'm with dennis, whatever works for you.
Thought it was a "fishers uniform" when I bought mine.
Switched out of a vest longer ago than Dennis, mostly due to overheating issues.
My only thought is if you buy another vest, a darker color is sneakier, but can get warm.
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can't remember the last time i wore a vest....

i've got both chest and waist pack these days.
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I've got winter and summer vests, a chest pack and a neck lanyard. The least I like is the chest pack.

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Default Re: Are Fly Vests a Thing of the Past?

I don't like chest packs, more in my way then anything else

I have a hip pack I wear, more while on someone elses boat.

I use a lanyard, when I'm rowing or when I don't need a lot of flies.. and I'll put a fly box in each pocket, the lanyward, and that's it - by far the most comfortable.

Vest - if I have to carry a lot of stuff - wade fishing pribaly 75+% of the time
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Default Re: Are Fly Vests a Thing of the Past?

Thanks for all the advice thus far everyone. I really appreciate it and it gives me some things to think about. I kind of like the chest style packs. This one from Orvis might be nice Fly Fishing Chest Pack / Safe Passage® Vertical Chest Pack -- Orvis. Especially in warm weather.

I used to own a mesh body, waist high vest that was nice in the summer. I could wear a pair of shorts, Keen sandals on my feet, and the vest without a shirt under and fish on hot summer days. When you get too warm just fall backwards into the cool water and your good to go. I used to love fishing small streams this way. Sometimes even with just a fly box in one pocket and some nippers and floatant in the other.

The waist packs remind me too much of the old fanny packs...which by the way perform almost the same function as far as i can tell and cost about 10 dollars at the most.

---------- Post added at 12:31 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:29 PM ----------

What is this lanyard thing? Being a minimalist myself, this may be the way to go during the summer.
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