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fire8702 01-22-2012 06:50 PM

Vest, Lanyard or Chest Pack?
Hi guys,
What do you like to use, a vest, neck lanyard or a chest pack? I have a vest but have been looking to do something different. Good idea or no? I know it is personal preference, but what do you guys like the most. What would be the most practical for a newbie?

wt bash 01-22-2012 07:16 PM

Re: Vest, Lanyard or Chest Pack?
I've been toting two small boxes tucked into my waders and a neck lanyard that holds tippet, license, floatant, and hemos. Sometimes, depending on the season and river I'll just carry a sling pack.

mojo 01-22-2012 07:30 PM

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I personally like this Satchel
Vests and fanny packs, of which I still have, gather dust . I prefer the satchel, man bag, or whatever you call it.

nmmay33 01-22-2012 08:49 PM

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Still new to fly fishing, but at the moment I have a WJ fanny pack I got for sale that works pretty well for days when I am not wearing a jacket, and a frogg toggs jacket with a good assortment of pockets for when I am.

I imagine those will change over time, but if the Army taught me anything, its to have multiple options on hand, so I will probably keep and use multiple types of packs, vests, etc. over time.

Guest1 01-22-2012 09:10 PM

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There was an almost identical post a day or two ago. I didn't have the lanyard option. I go along the lines of w t bash when you toss lanyards in the mix. I have a satchel I leave on the shore most of the stuff I drag along. I wear a lanyard with tippet, forceps, a small UV light, a knot pick, clippers, etc. I'd post a picture of it, but every one I have that shows even a part of it, has a fish in the way. I really like it. I generally tuck most of the thing into the top of my waders. Loose hanging things, chest packs, pockets etc, just seem to be in the way when I spey cast.

Jimmie 01-22-2012 11:58 PM

Re: Vest, Lanyard or Chest Pack?
Rock hopping the Sierra streams I use a sling pack.
Float tubing I still use a vest and side pockets.

Rock hopping the vest balloons; throws me off balance; gets caught on things.
Float tubing the sling pack gets wet.

tbblom 01-23-2012 08:56 AM

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I like to have a complete arsenal at all times, so I wear a vest usually (streamers, nymphs, midges, dries, crayfish, and some other weirdness in summer). I keep a reel in one of the back pockets with a spare spool of sinking line. Grab the vest and a rod tube and I am ready to go, whether stillwater or rivers. I dress for work kind of drab so I can hit the creek over lunch or after work. My vest has a nice pouch for my net as well.

Hiking in a few miles, I will just take the basics: nippers, forceps, tippet, and a single fly box in the top of my pack. I have tried the hip-pack, but I don't like how everything is jumbled in one or two pockets (where is the darn tippet?! Always at the bottom).

I've considered trying a lanyard, but I don't like having stuff hanging around my neck while I am bushwhacking. I would probably slip and fall and hang myself. Doh!

The sling bag might work, but I can't deal with the man-purse under my arm.

axle27 01-23-2012 09:20 AM

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I usually keep a lanyard equipped at all times so it goes whether I'm using a vest or a chest pack.

Vest usually if I'm fishing close to the cabin/truck. For excursions (day trips) I usually take my chestpack/backpack combo.

Rip Tide 01-23-2012 10:12 AM

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I have 2 vests, a shoulder bag, a fanny pack, and a couple of different boatbags and landyards , all loaded up and ready to go for different fishing situations.
The only option that I've tried and not cared for was the chest pack. For me it was in the way

r reese 01-23-2012 10:51 AM

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Filson Strap Vest love it R Reese

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