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    Default What do you carry in your vest?

    I was digging through my closet earlier today and found a fly rod/reel and assorted accessories that were given to me a few years ago and used once. This spurred me to join up here and try to learn more.

    I have been searching for the last hour or so trying to find an answer to this, but to no avail.

    So, for cold water fishing in the streams and rivers of Northern Colorado, Wyoming, and Eastern Utah what would be "required equipment" in your vest?

    I currently have:
    nippers on orvis retractable
    three fly boxes
    about a dozen flies, mostly the adams/parachute adams

    Thank you.

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    Hello Supplicate Welcome to the family,
    I'm fairly new to flyfishing so my list is still being refined but I have forceps, nippers, Loon Aquel floatant, spare leaders, 5 rolls of different tippet, 2 boxes of flys assorted for where I going ie; flys for the Poudre around Ft Collins are different then I take for some of the lakes, I also carry a small First Aid kit about the size of small fly box all in a chest pack that I can wear as a fanny pack, I also take a couple of bottles of water if I'm more then a 100 yards from the vehicle.

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    Thanks for the info Wyatt. You probably know the guys I was chatting with today down there in Ft Collins, stopped by St Peters Fly Shop for a while and asked them this exact question.

    Walked out of there with a Fishpond Sagebrush vest, two dozen flies for the Reef and the Mile, nippers, tippet, leaders, and hemostats. I'm thinking along the lines of starting out simple and adding items as I learn.

    I just need to find a cheaper place to buy flies now!

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Missouri City (near Houston), Texas

    Default Re: What do you carry in your vest?

    More importantly, got to have a can of beer and a cigar .
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .

  5. Default Re: What do you carry in your vest?

    The Guys at St. Peters are great for helping, we have taken casting lessons and a couple of Fly Tying lessons and have went to several tying demos they have there in the winter with some great tyers from all over, and have found tying not being cheaper to start with bythe time you buy everything it is fun and relaxing, I have the wife and daugther both involved with tying and fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly2Fish View Post
    More importantly, got to have a can of beer and a cigar .
    I don't smoke or drink anymore, so I've got that covered. Guess you could say I learned that lesson at a young age

    I'm starting to look into a casting class here local. Last time I went out (last summer) I bumed some gear off my girlfriends dad, he made a comment about how I was pretty good when it came to the standard cast but I still tangled it up like you wouldn't believe. Felt bad losing so many flies for him.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
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    Welcome to the forum and fly fishing!
    Looks like you and I live in the same town. I'm certainly no expert but have been fly fishing for longer than you have been alive. To get started what I would recommend is that you get on YouTube and do a search for "Fly Casting", there are a couple of excellent videos there showing the basics. I think they are titled "Tight Lines--Learning to Fly Cast".
    You didn't mention what size rod you had. A 4, 5 or 6 is perfect for this area and make sure the line size fits the rod.
    After you view the YouTube videos, I would be more than willing to help you out with your casting. Once we get your casting down your welcome to come fishing with me sometime. I just bought a used drift boat this year and have been fishing the Grey Reef section of the North Platte up by Casper as everything else around here is blown out with spring run off. Hopefully, that will be done in another couple of weeks. Send me a PM when you want me to give you some help with your casting.

    Wyatt.......didn't realize you lived so close, we should get together and do some fishing sometime.


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    Thank you for the offer of your help. I'll probably take you up on that later this summer when things are a bit calmer here in town.

    For a rod I have a 8'6" 4 piece St Croix 5wt running a Cabela's Prestige reel. Can't really tell you what line I have on there as the whole rig was a gift.

    I will be up on Grey's Reef this weekend, hopefully starting Wed, to try out some of the new gear.

    By the way, any fly shop here in town you suggest? I've been in the West Laramie Fly Store a lot, but never visited their neighbors shop just up the road.


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    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Colorado's Western Slope

    Re: What do you carry in your vest?

    Tooo Much Stufff! It seems I trimmed down a few months ago but it's back to it's usual heavy weight. Here goes;
    2-4 fly boxes
    needle drivers
    floatant & sinkant
    strike indicators
    tape measure
    hook sharpener
    snakebite kit/TP/Seat Protection
    Small can of Picaridin
    LED light
    Nippers/Thermometer/extra leaders
    5 rolls of different tippet
    rain jacket in back
    fishing net next to wading staff also on back
    various zingers for impt. stuff
    lead weights
    fleece winter gloves or sun gloves
    power or cliff bar and other trail mix
    flask of good wiskey
    water bottle
    small diving or pocket knife
    Cell Phone or walkie talkie

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    Default Re: What do you carry in your vest?

    3-4 fly boxes, separated into nymphs, dries, buggers, streamers and miscellaneous
    forceps (generally only needed for bass b/c they swallow flies)
    6-10 assorted leaders
    tippet: 2x,3x,4x and 5x
    split shot
    nail knot tying tool
    little pill box case with yarn strike indicators in it
    biostrike strike indicator putty
    net hanging on the back

    snack for the day, mini LED headlamp, bottle of water, many times I'll bring a lightweight rain jacket (Driducks), and in some circumstances I'll bring a mini survival kit with matches, flint/steel, a film canister full of tinder (vaseline soaked cotton balls), and water purification tablets. In bear country, I'll carry bear mace.

    Oh and I finally got a hook sharpener, so maybe I'll start carrying that too.
    The other flies, n., pl.
    1. dry flies, nymphs, emergers, terrestrials, streamers, etc.
    2. What I use when a black #10 woolly bugger isn't catching.

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