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    Quote Originally Posted by barberc6864 View Post
    I think for the prices a so called "good" pack/vest fetch they are both ridiculous. I know that the are essential if you want to look the part, but I don't care who you are, they don't help you catch fish. O.K. maybe a vest that holds a couple of fly boxes and a pair of hemos would be nice if you don't have adequate pocket space in your waders/shirt pockets. I was in the infantry where the arrangement of gear was not just a matter of convienence or appearance but of survival. My experiences have told me that less is more, a.k.a. keep things simple. In my opinion spending more than $50-$60 on a vest/pack is just absurd. Please forgive me because I am not trying to offend anyone, but I have looked around and if you can't find one in that price range that meets your needs then you have taken a big ol' gulp of the kool-aid and came back for seconds. Commercialism is ruining fishing by making it harder for the average person to afford. If you really want to benefit the sport take the other $100-$200 you were going to spend and give it to Trout Unlimited or some other consevation agency.

    These are just my opinions, so each to their own.
    I couldn't agree more. The KISS principle rules. And thank you for your service in the military.

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    I have 2 vests, a fishpond chest pack and a lanyard. I usually take the lanyard and fly box that can fit in my shirt or jacket pocket. If I am going out all day, then the vest is nice, the chest pack I own has a little built in fly box, that would be kewl, if I loaded it up and used it that way, and it does have a place to hook the net (the one disadvantage of the lanyard) I may rig up a way to hold the net on the lanyard. I usually go down to the river for a half day or so, and the lanyard, fly box, rod, and net are all I really "need" to have with me. I am putting together an essentials pack to keep in the car (extra leaders, tippets, etc) but so far, light and mobile works for me. Especially if it is cold and rainey, the lanyard zips up inside my wading jacket and the flies fit in the pockets along with a camera.

    I also usually just wear hippers in the winter and only wade in about knee deep. keeps me from getting too cold and I think it makes me more conscious of water depth - if I am waist deep I am probably spooking fish.

    d

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    I like my pack/vest combo. I fish spot to spot and also try to cover new parts of the river. last summer i explored a new part, 4 river miles later i found a spot to get out. i couldnt turn around and when i tried to get out i was greeted by thick blackberry. just saying some people might need it and are not trying to just look cool. you know what i mean? might need more than just hemo and boxes. pack/vest is also great for backing out beer cans, worm containers all sorts of trash.Ive tried to wade with beer cans down my waders they are sharp and not fun. i rather put it in my vest/pack combo and pack it out that way.

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    I have one of the Fishpond vests but i also have a few of the cheaper cabelas line of chest packs....for me i like the vest much better...i went round and round trying to decide which i wanted and when i picked up my fly rod at a shop here i looked at the vests/packs....put a bunch of them on and so on and decided that the vest was what i wanted.....it has way more pockets than ill prob ever use but if i want them they are there and out of the way.....the way some of the packs/vests are made today they are very streamlined and not bulky at all.....so far i really like mine...granted i havent had a chance to use it on the water yet since our season just opened up Monday but ill be givin it a whirl this weekend for a few days...but i dont think ill be dissapointed in it at all

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    Vest when I'm fishing in warm weather with light clothing.

    When I'm fishing in cold weather with several layers on I find it's easier to access my gear with a chest pack.

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    It all depends on when and where I am fishing.

    Majority of the time i have my simms g3 vest loaded with everything i could possibly need, survival stuff (tp, matches, water, light), and a pare spool and lunch.

    Winter time I carry a box of nymphs, a box of streamers, and tippet in my jacket pocket.

    Summer hopper fishing its either in my simms dry creek bag worn on my hip or just a fly box full of hoppers/droppers and a spool or two of tippet in a shirt pocket.

    tailwater wading i carry two boxes and tippet etc in the chest pack.

    night fishing a box with streamers and mice, 20 lbs maxima, camera etc in whatever i am wearing.

    rivers/ time of year/ hatches/ situations/ etc change so you have to be able to adapt. I also have a small bag loaded with essential fly's and accessories in my truck at all times and a rod hidden under the seat of last second sessions on the river (the best)

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    thanks for every ones input.For trout i went back to a vest, like most i carry more than i need. but it feels comforting to have stuff for all fly fishing conditions. For surf fly i still use a chest pack.warm water i use a mesh vest.
    I tried the minimilest approach, it just didn't feel right for me.

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    in my opinion, i like fishing with the waist packs. i have been using the FishPond waist pack for years now. I love it because it hold everything i need, and still has room for more stuff. also its not in my way. i can spin it around my back while im fishing and i dont have a vest in my way. i just think vest gets in my way. hope this helps

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    I gave up my vest years ago and have been using a chest pack since. I was using William & Joseph, but they lacked some features. I just received a Fishpond as a gift from my family and I really like it. Although, in keeping with the principles of KISS and making the most of my hard-earned $$$, I wish I had found the Allen Flyfishing pack system before I got the Fishpond. The price is right and it has some real features. Allen Flyfishing is a member here and so I think it's appropriate to post the address of where to find their pack system - Allen & Co., Rucksacks/Vests

    Just my 2-cents.

    Kelly.
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    Quote Originally Posted by work2fish View Post
    in my opinion, i like fishing with the waist packs. i have been using the FishPond waist pack for years now. I love it because it hold everything i need, and still has room for more stuff. also its not in my way. i can spin it around my back while im fishing and i dont have a vest in my way. i just think vest gets in my way. hope this helps
    .....ditto on the waist pack. I too spin it around the back and it's out of the way. The only issue I have is what to do with my wading jacket

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