04-04-2011, 12:04 AM
Re: Vest, chest pack, or hip pack?
I'm going to say go "old school" and roll with a vest since your just starting out.
Your going to experience the same thing almost all of us have seen and done, and guaranteed over time your going to buy many things you just cannot fish without. Your vest will become heavy with boxes, a camera, a net, gadgets, and doo-dads. And later on you will clean house and eliminate many of these same things. Going from a vest, to a pack of some sort, potentially even becoming a "minimalist" with only a lanyard and a flybox in your pocket.
This is all part of growing within our sport and finding yourself. You'll see over time many things will change.
I fish from a driftboat 90% of the time nowdays, and most of my tackle is in a boatbag, but when I walk-in and wade fish, I have my ol' reliable Simm's vest. I grab the boxes appropriate for the water I'm fishing and go. On hot Summer days I'll put a small bag of ice with a few cold beers in the large pocket on the back of the vest, or if the weather may turn ugly I'll put my rain coat in there instead.
With this said.....when I go Steelheading I carry far fewer things so I use a convertable chest/fanny pack. I've been looking at the Simm's pack shown above and think I may pick one up.
"I've never missed a Steelhead by waiting too long. It's true, but I've missed plenty trying to set the hook too quickly."