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View Poll Results: What do you need to fish?

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  • Not much, a rod, a reel with line and some flies.

    73 74.49%
  • One more thing, a vest to hold all my stuff.

    32 32.65%
  • And waders with some old shoes.

    28 28.57%
  • I have my good wading shoes too.

    36 36.73%
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  1. #1

    Default What do you need to fish?

    I have not been a very active Fly Fisher, even though I have been doing it since the mid 80’s. I might get out a few times a year. I still don’t have a vest! So that puts me in the “Not much” category. That means I don’t wonder to far from the car or camp. It also means I don’t get my shoes wet , well sometimes I do.

    What things do you have to have to fish?
    There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.
    -Jim Croce-

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Buffalo/SRQ FL/Götebörg, Sweden
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    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    I may have screwed up my vote, as I selected all of the first three rather than just option 3... I saw the "ands" and was lost... Anyway, I tried the wet wading thing this spring. 50 degree water is pretty cold and I like to fish for long periods while also not suffering from hypothermia. Now in Florida, wet wading is ok! So due to my current location, I'm automatically in group 3. I like my vest, but I think I may go over to a sling bag, since this summer may be replete with some international fishing and I don't want to check my vest.

    My most important doo-dads outside the necessary rod, reel, line, and flies are my forceps and the waterproof cuffs on my Orvis Pro Guide jacket, but I like my bargain neoprene bootfoot waders too because they keep my toes toasty!
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

  3. #3

    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    I'd be lost without my vest; it has everything I need and if I forget to bring it I may as well go home. I usually travel 45 minutes to my favorite spots so I like to have a trunkload of stuff just in case.
    "I cast my hook into a single stream; but my pleasure is as if I owned a kingdom." - Chi K'ang (223-262)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Slab City, CA
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    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    Just add water. milt.

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  6. #5

    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    rod, reel, flies, waders, net, boots and my lanyard for the river

    Add a float tube and some fins and subtract the boots for the lake

    I usually like to take a thermos of coffee too.


  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Northern California
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    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    Like Milt said, "just add water." I'm a minimalist at heart. If I can get away with less, I am happy. Like you, I do not use a vest.

    The trip will determine what I will carry. Will one box of 100 flies do? It can for a water I know. I may need another box for a new water. Will I need a net? For most small waters, I won't. For big waters? It could. A lanyard can carry some essentials. A chest pack can do the same. For most the waters that I fish this time of year, I better be wearing waders with good wading boots.

    So the moral of the story. Everyone has a comfort zone on what they need. They can be minimalists like me, or they can carry the kitchen sink.


  8. #7
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    Oct 2007
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    Hi Dave,

    Waders (waters really cold here) jacket (air is usually cold too) rod & reel, spool of tippet and my old leader wallet (it's thin and light) one thin Wheatley 40 clip fly box and my knife & bear spray. Toss in some granola bars and my Katadyn water filter/bottle and I'm good for a 16 hour day (it does not get dark here in the middle of the season)

    That's as light as I can go unless I fish from a parked boat and walk away from it. In that case I carry only the fly box and leave everything in the boat unless there are bear tracks everywhere then you gotta remember to clip a spray bomb on your belt. I've never had to use one but try to remember to carry it.


    Last summer (2012) I did have to spray a bear, the stuff works well.
    Last edited by Ard; 10-20-2013 at 12:15 AM. Reason: Updated information about bear spray.

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  9. #8

    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    Thanks for your'e replies. Your answers are what I was looking for. I like Milt's answer, "Just Add Water." I guess because I'm a minimalist myself.

    Sorry about the poll selection. After gatortransplant's reply, it accured to be I can't write a poll properly to save my life.

    It's the little things that you answered, like the granola bar and the coffee that I was looking for. I think everybody takes something insignificant that means a great deal to them to fish with.
    There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.
    -Jim Croce-

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Manning, S. C. (formerly MD)

    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    I own a couple of vests, but don't need them to fish. I use my waders too, but could fish without them, just depends on time of year & location.

    I also have a Army surplus canvas bag that will carry anything extra I need, and an old pair of shoes I like for fishing, so I can make due! In my bag I'll carry a box or two of flies, a pair of forceps, a Swiss Army knife, a spool of line for tippet, an extra leader and maybe an extra reel spool with a sinking line, plus a couple of snacks, that's about it!

    I usually carry more stuff than I need when I wear a vest, just to be prepared, but could get by with the bare minimum!
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: What do you need to fish?

    I have two vests that I use, one for trout and one for salt. Plus I have a shoulder bag that's just for smallmouth fishing and 3 boat bags. One warm water, one salt, and one trout.
    Some days I'm dressed up like a Orvis ad (Cabala's really ) and other times it's just a lanyard, a tippet spool, and a fly box.
    Like all things fly fishing, "it depends"
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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