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Old 12-01-2009, 03:32 PM
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I'm often wonder, when flicking through angling publications and such, how often the anglers stay out on the water before returning? I mean, half the time none of them are carrying any food or water.

When I'm heading out for the day I pack a load of munchies, some coffee in a flask and the odd extra bit of clothing to ensure I'm well catered for whilst enjoying my day. But these guys, they go with a rod and fishing vest with a few bits attached.

Am I the only one the luggs around a lot more?
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:48 PM
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I also wonder about that. What I think is that they do carry a lot of things but maybe, just maybe, they don't take a picture of their luggage.

You're not the only one mate, I too carry lots of things that some of them I might not even use.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:43 AM
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You two were obviously Boy Scouts!
Fishing long reaches of river while lugging everything but the kitchen sink becomes wearing to say the least. So you learn! The first time that you do it is usually the last. The guys you see around with little more than a fishing vest on and a pair of waders travel light. I can pack a waterproof jacket, several fly boxes and all my kit for a day on the bank into my vest, it weighs very little. I do have a small bag with me which contains water, food and snacks, but again I would not be wearing it while I fish, it stays on the bank.
We are all totally seduced into thinking that we will need loads of gear for a day on the fly - not so -think what you will need before you even leave the house. You should know what flies you will need, are you wading, which rod - a short brook rod or a long casting brute - which line to go with it?
I use a floating line most of the time and adjust fishing depth with poly leaders or tippet length, it saves time, money (no need for extra spools with different line densities) and effort. Waterproofs? Wellingtons or walking boots?
THINK about your day before you leave home, plan accordingly and you will enjoy your day even more.

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