What is your "essential fly fishing gear"?
1.rod, reel , and line outfit
4.vest with nippers and forceps
No split shot or moldable lead/tungsten putty?
Hat for sun and fly in the ear protection ?
Polarized sun glasses?
Fly patch to dry used flies?
No wading belt or boot gator unless part of the wader?
Iris scissors to trim and modify flies?
Packable light rain/wind jacket?
Chapstick and several Advil pills?
Small bottle of water?
Mosquito repellant in season?
Sun block or a neck gaiter?
Due to age, I always take flip focals, wading staff, and a cell phone
You really don't need a vest for your list, just a fishing shirt with pockets for the fly box and a lanyard will do. I do need a vest.
Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: Essential fly fishing gear
Just my .02 cents, but most folks carry far more 'stuff' than really needed. As noted above (save for my Yellow Lab Sandy) if it can't go in a couple of pockets, or a cord (forceps, file, nail clipper AND A POLICE WHISTLE) clipped to my shirt front, do you really need it? Add one fly box and a spool of leader; beyond that I don't need it (well waders/boots type of stuff).
Rain coat. If required or with a cold wind blowing. Breathables make a hell of a wind breaker. Amazing how warm they are with a bit of layering underneath.
But lets go back to the Police Whistle for a moment. You really get into trouble there is no way you can shout loud enough for anyone to hear you unless they're within 50 yards. The first line of 'defense' for you're up shxt creek is your cell phone if you have service where you happen to be. Water proof it?
Simple. Put it in a freezer grade zip lock bag or just have a tight belt around your middle of your chest waders. Keep as little clothing tucked inside your waders as possible (leave the vest, coat, what-ever) out side. Even if you take a full on dump in the river you'll be amazed HOW LITTLE WATER will get past that belt.
As for the belt, the best thing I've run into is the Simm's back support belt. In every sense of the term, this 'Adds to the party.' Especially if your 'old.'
After many years I only take The Bare essentials,I have Culled my Vest Out as I was carrying gear I used every Blue Moon however if I'm going for a week or more I throw a few more items which will probably be needed.
When Fishing Rivers I initially would take my Aluminium Walking Stick,now because I have been seeing quite a few Snakes I have changed it to a Green Tree Branch which I can use not only for wading,Support & if neccessary it can be used as a "Snake Donger" as a couple of weeks ago I actually came across a Snake on The Beach where I wanted to Fish & had left my "Donger" 100 yards away.
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...