What To Carry In Your Fly Vest Or Pack
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What to Carry In Your Fly Vest or Pack
In my capacity as a backcountry fly fishing guide, I am often asked by novices what items they should carry in their vest or pack. Thus, I have created the following list of items based upon my experience and the items that I carry in both my fly vest and my fly pack; some of which I consider to be essential and some that I consider to be useful but not absolutely necessary. However, since both fly fishermen and opinions vary greatly, this list meant to be a guide, not a rule. Thus, more experienced fly fishermen may feel the need to add or delete items as they see fit.
Must Have Items Useful Items
Nylon Leaders - 4x, 5x
Nylon Tippet Material - 4x, 5x
Fluorocarbon Leaders - 2x, 3x, 4x
Fluorocarbon Tippet Material - 2x, 3x, 4x
Fly Floatant Gel
Fly Sink Gel (wetting agent for nymphs)
Dry Fly Desiccant
Strike Indicators - Florecent Yarn/O-ring
Mini split-shot Assortment
Furled Leaders (uni-thread or monofilament)
Fly Floatant Paste (uni-thread furled leaders)
Braided Loop Connectors
Lighter (for shrink tubing)
Dennison Leader Vise (for tying Blood Knots)
Whistle (emergency signal device)
Sunglasses w/lightly tinted, polarized, lenses
Waterproof Digital Camera
Florescent Trail Marker Tape
First Aid kit
Emergency rain poncho
Emergency Space Blanket
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