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Old 06-13-2013, 09:41 PM
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Default New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

So I purchased my current vest, a Patagonia Vertical Pocket, back in 91. It's survived my from my formative to my guiding/college years, its seen trips to the Frying Pan, San Juan as well as countless trips to the White and Norfork in Arkansas.

I wore this while I caught my largest trout on a dry fly, 26 inch rainbow on an elk hair caddis in Wisconsin. It is faded beyond imagination but bares my FFF patch on the back. The velcro and zippers still function but the garment is clearly getting tired.

I just feel that if I get a new one I would be turning my back on an old companion. But I am a realist, what are your thoughts?

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:18 PM
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wear it, patch it and wear it some more...you can't buy history
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

I'm all into wearing stuff till it disintergrates, but then again, sometimes newer is better. I've been eyeing some of the new shoulder/waist/hip thingys from FISHPOND, the DRAGONFLY. I am doing so because, to be honest, sometimes the weight on my shoulders from all the stuff in my vest begins to put the hurt on my kneck, shoulders and back. Problem is, not sure that one of these new thingys will solve that OR will they just suck! Hard call. I might have to get one & just take the chance.

Mine has begun to fall apart too, but could work on for another few years I'm sure with some sewing.

I say get a new one...
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:49 AM
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Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

Just went thru that traumatic situation this year! My daughter said she couldn't stand my ratty old vest anymore ( about 20 years old) and bought me a real beauty of a vest for Christmas. To reduce withdrawal symptoms I hung it on the chair at my tying table and it keeps me company while I'm tying! Now I'm really into the new vest and I still have my old one as a
reminder of some great trips!worked for me!
Must admit it's nice having pockets with bottoms in them again (and more than one!).
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"It ain't broke, don't fix it."


But I hear the words of "the boz." Father's do what they must .....
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Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

Save that vest, go get one of the waist packs (of the size you like) and give that a try. My advice would be to get a small pack and use the vest only when you really need it, when you really need all that stuff in it, and try fishing unencumbered for a while and see if you like it. If you don't, go back to vest world, old or new, if you do like it, new horizons open for you. That's my wisdom for the day (and it used up my full supply).
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Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

Great responses, thanks! I have a chest pack and a waste pack so I do go minimalist at times but a couple of my rivers require the full arsenal.
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Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

I have two vests, one for my salmon gear which is hot and heavy. The other holds all my trout gear. What I found was that I was carrying way too much in the pockets. When I took out the seldom used or not used at all gear , I realized a SIMMS waist pack was all that was needed. I now carry two Wheatley and two smaller fly boxes and everything I need in that waist pack. It's lighter and more comfortable IMHO.
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I have two vests, one for my salmon gear which is hot and heavy. The other holds all my trout gear. What I found was that I was carrying way too much in the pockets. When I took out the seldom used or not used at all gear , I realized a SIMMS waist pack was all that was needed. I now carry two Wheatley and two smaller fly boxes and everything I need in that waist pack. It's lighter and more comfortable IMHO.
That is exactly my experience with vests, I just "HAD TO HAVE" all that gear stuffed in the vest and I finally got tired of the sore shoulders and pain in the neck and moved on to an Orvis Sling Pack, it doesn't hold much so it forces me to make decisions on what I "REALLY" need for any particular trip. I just didn't have any self control with the vests. I've never tried the waist pack but I think that would be a good option as well.
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Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?


I have no sympathy with folks that feel the need to stuff everything that they own into their fly vests and then complaint about their lack of control.

Do I buy a bottle of whiskey and drink the whole thing at once ?
Okay, maybe that's a bad example

I use the same LLBean trout vest that I've had since the late '70s.
It's been repaired a number of times and could use a little work right now, but it's still got some years in it and I wouldn't think of ever replacing it.
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