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Old 01-23-2013, 02:49 PM
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What is your "essential fly fishing gear"?
Here's mine:
1.rod, reel , and line outfit
2.leader, tippet
3.flies
4.vest with nippers and forceps
5.waders
Don't need the vest but do need some way to hold stuff, whether pockets on your clothes, a fanny pack, a sling pack, a lanyard or something else.

Sometimes you don't need waders, sometimes you do. Depends on time of year. (Also whether you're wading.) You need felt soled or cleated footwear either way, though.

I would add floatant, fly shake or something else to dry off soaked flies, polarized glasses, and a hat. I always try to have a fly patch too, but the hat will do in a pinch.

Bug dope and sunscreen aren't absolutely essential, but it's always better to have them than not.

I usually bring a neckerchief or bandana or towel of some sort, to wipe off my hands, but I can get by without.

Update: 45fisher mentioned probably the most essential item of all -- your fishing license. What does it say that the rest of us didn't?

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:03 PM
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I can false cast to dry flies. It may be helpful to have flotant but I dont REALLY need it. I have 4 large C&F fly boxes so i do need a vest.
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I always - I mean always - carry a lighter (and a cigar). Seriously, though, something bad happens and you're way out there, you have a lighter, you're going to live.
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When I'm flats fishing I always have a compass and a whistle.
You can get turned around if a fog roll in and that can be deadly on a rising tide
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I can false cast to dry flies. It may be helpful to have flotant but I dont REALLY need it. I have 4 large C&F fly boxes so i do need a vest.
I find if I'm fishing familiar waters, I don't need much

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One of the best tricks I've learned in a LONG time was to use a rubber band to restore a sodden dry fly. It works like a champ. I shot a clip showing the process, but I don't know how to post it. You basically hook the fly onto the rubber band (leaving the fly attached to your leader). You stretch the rubber band out, then pluck it a couple of times. Works like magic. Trust me the explanation is much more complicated than actually doing it.
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Pszy, what's the wine cork for?
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I know you are not picking on us …but…
You are probably right about taking too much...but being a former military guy and now just an ole'f**t... I still finding myself going places to be away...a police whistle would do me no good.

Ya gotta have someone to hear it for it to work, bears sometimes don't care if it's a police whistle, and the 2-legged varmits don't care all the time.

As you stated if you have phone service...that's the reason for the SPOT. Same reason for the wading staff and the steel cleated wading boots...found myself looking up at the sky too many times and always thinking one of these days I may not be able to get back up.
I carry the spare rod (5 or 7 piece packable) because sometimes it's a long way back to the truck to get the spare...most of the time it is up hill and sometimes the truck is not available. (Dropped off for pick-up at a later time)

Oh and I also forgot the camera…to prove the lies!
And did I mention the 'Boy-Scout' items needed?...lighter,matches...

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I hear you Larry, I hear you on several points. I forgot the wading staff as 'essential equipment.' I never step in the river without the tip of that going in first. Mine is a solid wood shaft with a pound of lead wrap on the bottom. That tip stays on the bottom! Which is exactly where you want same ... especially when you need the thing the most. Mine was built for me in the UK by a fellow who calls himself 'The Stickman.' (You'll find him easily via Google.)

Just my .02 cents again, the 'fold up' wading staffs do just that ... fold up when you need them the most.
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I cant believe everyone forgot a net. I hate hooking a large fish with no net.
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I'm one of the guys who carry way more than I need to. Although if I need it for some odd reason it's there. Most of the time I fish the two hand rods. I have a bag for that stuff. I didn't show waders, or my hat or anything like that, but the first is the two rods in cases, the bag, and my stripping basket. The second is the bag dumped out and showing all of the stuff in it.

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The lanyard is all that goes in the water with me.
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