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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:22 pm    Post subject: why? Reply with quote

Went to Lakedown today...99% of the day I fished with one fly, a goldhead San Juan Worm. Why do I carry five big[A4 document files]fly boxes, plus a CF box in my vest pocket, plus a couple of Fox boxes with my Apps bloodworm in, plus another Fox box for odds and ends flies? Oh, and a wooden double sided box with lures in...which I never use.

I fished with one rod and one reel and a floating line all day...why did I take three rods, five reels and gawd knows how many spools with different lines on them?

Why did I take a huge tackle bag stuffed to bulging with assorted stuff? By the time I'd staggered from the car park to the far side of lake 1 I was knackered.

How much stuff do you take for a day on a trout lake?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two rods
6 fly boxes
1 boat seat
two reels
24 spare spools/lines
Landing net
Bass bag
Big massive lunch Shock
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer to travel light but always succumb to taking several fly box's.

That said I have often wondered whats in these big bulging bags people carry to the lakeside. Unless they are carrying a hearty lunch they must be carrying more tackle than I own - not that i am jealous - much.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lunch? One sandwich, a small piece of 'er indoors home made walnut cake and a small flask.

My tackle bag is crammed full of spools of line, towels, scales, scissors, camera and spare batteries, reels and spools, leader material...it's bloody ridiculous.

I have a SKP Expedition bag which is coming out of semi-retirement...got to go on a tackle cutting down mission. No bloody wonder I've got arthritis..

From this... to this....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One Stick.
One bit of string.
One fly.
Great big bag + car trailer for all the fishies that I catch.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi SD,
I used to carry tones of stuff.
If your fishing competitions you really need to take every thing to cover every eventuality. No point in leaving anything in the car as its no use to you in the boot when your out in a boat.
Iíve now slimed things down a bit.
First thing I started with was my old waistcoat.
I got rid of everything apart from a pair of snips and a pair of forceps.
I still carry about 7 lines and two reels. Two large fly boxes and a couple of wee boxes.
Only the one rod and a net.
Safety stuff as well but thatís about that.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed a few guys at Lakedown yesterday walking around quite happily with a small shoulder bag, rod/reel and a net. That was it..and there's me staggering about like a bloody Himalayan mountain guide, loaded to the gunnels with stuff I never use....something has to be done.

Either that or I get myself a caddy... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For small stillwaters I only take a waistcoat with a box or two of flies and a spare spool in. There's not the need to change methods as often as on a reservoir where you might have to go from top of the water to fishing 30 feet down.

When you're on a boat you can travel with as much gear as you like as you're put for the day when you're in the boat. Small stillwaters involve more moving around and so you really need to whittle it down as much as you can. However, don't overload your waistcoat and make it too heavy as this can cause pain after casting all day. Check the William Joseph packs....

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You only travel light cause you have no boot in your car Wink

Rich may I suggest you consider one of the back or chest packs that dont get in the way of your double haul. The pack in the photo would really bother me with it catching the line. Just my 2 cents. I stopped carrying my boat bag to the smaller stillwaters and just now use my swffing backpack. I find Imove around alot more now and enjoy my day better.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take two rods, one with a floating line and the other with an intermediate/sinking line.

1 Net

Everything else fits into my William Joseph Coastal Pack, and that includes lunch (mind you, it does weight about 30kg Smile )
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If im walking i take 1 rod (spare i the car) 1 reel with 3 spools floating intermediate and a sinker. Some leader and 1 or two box's of flies.Priest, Flask Sarnies and fags.

If im in the boat i take just about everything i have.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I try and travel light but don't always succeed Smile

Only own one rod so that makes that bit easy!

On the bank it is rod, net and everything else in the wasitcoat try and avoid a bag as I always forget where I last left it!

In the boat take everything 'just in case' but the amount of kit always seems to grow.

I am going to adopt my 'intray' approach, if I haven't used it for a couple of months then I may take it out of the wasitcoat, the same thing I do with my intray at work, if nobody has asked about it for a while it gets filed/dumped!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm puzzled why you guys need so much gear ?

Then again, I'm a SWFF'er, what do I know !

FWIW, if I've fished a venue before, I would know its characteristics (If I didnt know a venue, then I'd do my homework to narrow the tackle options)

I generally take:-

Rod, Reel, 20 flies (picked from stock box according to need) usually tubes with 10 various sized hooks - all stored in a glasses case, tippet, spare furled leader, nips, water (blister pack) shades and wading staff. Mobile phone and camera, maglite at night.

The whole lot can't weigh 10lb and I cover a lot of distance in my meanderings, I have to travel light.

I don't believe I've ever had a circumstance where I've felt "I wish I'd brought that thing"

Home is a different matter, one room is set aside for the fly gear and that is seriously cramped!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One rod, one reel, one spool of nylon, a net, a multitool.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 rod
1 reel
1 fly box
1 spool of line
intermediate, floater, sinker
net
priest
bag


i usualy end up taking way wore though, but have been fishing in just shorts an tshirt, with jsut a rod in my hand, and a few bits in my pokets.....
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