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Old 08-14-2013, 07:41 AM
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Default Essential fly fishing gear/accessories.

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What is your list of must have fly fishing gear/accessories in your vest or back pack?

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Old 08-14-2013, 08:21 AM
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Well, I have to have nippers since the groove in my teeth from biting line is too big to cut small tippet anymore. A box of flies. Tippet and maybe an extra leader. I usually have my net.

Other things I usually carry are hemostats, floatant, strike indicators and split shot. Anything else is not too necessary.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:56 AM
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Nippers, File & Tying Scissors. All the other items that come and go from my packs are fishery / destination specific.

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Bug spray. Head nets. Cutters strong enough to cut fish hooks out of your fingers. 'Space blanket' mylar covering.

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Destination specific equipment is also welcome to be listed

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Old 08-14-2013, 09:12 AM
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Have a short group of tools than attach to my shirt. The most important (never used, Thank God) is a yellow 'Police Whistle.' If you get into physical trouble no one is going to hear you 'yell for help.' A whistle you can hear a looooong way!
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I am new to fly fishing so I am adding and subtracting stuff regularly.

I use the orvis sling pack so I have a little more room than a vest
2 fly boxes
1 nipper
extra leaders
3x, 4x and 5x tippet
floatant
strike indicator
bug spray
hemostat
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A lot less than when I wore a vest. Now a waist/sling pack with flies, extra leaders (furled, thanks to CutThroat and Joni) extra tippet, a good set of nippers (inexpensive nail clippers) and my reading glasses, without them I can't tie a fly on. Oh, did I mention a net!
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and my reading glasses, without them I can't tie a fly on.
Ain't that the truth..... I've started carrying 2 pairs, just in case
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No matter the type of fishing, I've gotten into the habit of carrying nippers, hemostats and/or long nose pliers, a multi tool Swiss Army knife and some other type of knife. I have several small pocket knives & several stationary blade knives. Depending on where I'm going & what I'm doing will dictate the knives I'll carry. I also always carry a sharpening stone or file for hooks & the knives.

Fred, that whistle is a great idea. I've read that before, but never obtained one.

Other items I feel are essentials are sunglasses, and a proper hat. Sunscreen or appropriate clothing should be essential depending on the conditions. Skin cancer is no joke!

IMO, spools of line (tippet or otherwise) & spare leaders are essential but should not be something you have to decide on or not.

If you fish the surf or big water from a boat or wading, a good stripping basket can be essential, but that would likely be situation dependent. They can get in the way too.

I'm the opposite with glasses. Mine have bi-focals built in, but frankly I can see great up close. My sight becomes an issue beyond about 3 ft.
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