I’m always [in the market] for new gear. Doesn’t matter how much of something I have, I always have room to add another. I guess the industry knows this too and keeps squeezing out of the hole of development [new and/or improved] stuff.
I’m fairly certain if you’ve been fishing for more than a few years you have found out that some of the gear works and some are just destined to be thrown into the crap pile. Here is a list of gear that has proven its worth on the water [made the cut].
- Simms Guide Waders. I’ve had the same pair for so long that I can’t remember when I bought them. Wearing these I’ve bushwhacked and slid my way down to the water. They are a little faded and patched but they keep on performing. I care for them religiously and they’ve never let me down.
- Sage XP. The magic stick.
- Maxima Ultragreen. This stuff just works. Tried a multitude of other brands [fluoro too]. The stiffness, knot strength, and price are just solid. I buy the stuff in bulk and keep recharging the tippet spool. Use a drill to reload. Works like a charm.
- Dr. Slick Mitten Clamp/Scissor. For a while I carried nippers and clamps. In my effort to simplify things I switched to the all-in-one. Now I don’t have a bunch of crap hanging from me. This thing works great for cutting line, pinching down barbs, and cracking beers.
- Marmot Predator. I don’t own a jacket specific for fishing. Not because I don’t want one but I can’t bring myself to throwing down that much coin for one I only wear fishing. In my quest to find more meager alternatives I’ve settled on the Predator for now. The jacket is waterproof, breathable, and light. Can’t stress enough about lightness. If you end up hiking a lot like I do, weight is something to be concerned about. I carry too much on my own. Don’t need additional crap weighing me down.
- C&F Waterproof Fly Box. A little bulky but the best fly carrying box around. Waterproof and carries a ton of flies.
- Petzl Tikka XP. Unless you have built in night vision, a headlamp is a must. Great for gearing up in the dark and getting your arse down to the water before most folks have rolled out of bed. The Tikka XP is great because you can concentrate the beam or spread it out.
- Patagonia Capilene. I’ve been wearing some form of it for what seems like forever, whether fishing, camping, or snowboarding. I’ve never worn anything else…never had to. Nothing keeps my boys nice and dry under my waders than Patagonia Capilene after hiking a few miles.
There are other things but I wanted to keep the post short…attention span and all.