So as I gear up for the Paflyfish Jamboree this weekend I have decided to take stock in what I really need to bring on my fly-fishing trips. Normally as I head out on a fishing weekend it looks like I am loaded up and heading out on some a family vacation to Florida. You know the trip where the station wagon is stuffed with crap and all you have to eat is warm chicken and mayo sandwiches as you looked longingly at South of the Border in SC because your parents would never stop. My wife won't let me stop now as any adult, but I'm not bitter.
Lately, I have gotten lazy packing for my trips. I create some lame-*** list that is scribbled on an envelope and I can't even read the damn thing after 30 minutes because it was written in such haste. My mental state is weakened by a litany of sideline questions from my family. I soon find a new sense of urgency to quickly escape before broken door handles and printer problems set me back even further. I must leave as it would be wrong of me to impede what could be wonderful lessons in self-reliance for my family.
Between my weakened mental state and crappy notes, I toss anything that resembles my fly-fishing gear into the truck. Thirty minutes into my trip I remember the first thing I forgot and then in my head I hear Bogey chuckling,"numnutz."
So I am resolved to make a decent list that I can take with me on all my trips and not have my dog laugh at me or so I think.
Rods, Reel, boots, waders, hat, wading belt, gravel guards, and vest/chest pack
Gear in my chest pack:
Flies (seasonal), tippet, extra leader, strike indicator, split shot, thermometer, polarizing sunglasses, forceps, nippers, Gink floatant, Gore-tex rain jacket, headlamp, knife, granola bar, insect repellent, 2x glasses, fishing license, TP in a ziplock bag, sunblock and a water-proof camera
Things I keep in my car:
Maps, GPS, cooler with cold beer and food, extra flies, rod carrier, folding chair, iPod player, fleece jacket, wool socks, extra rod, extra reel, change of clothes, fly-fishing books from Landis and Meck.
cigars (keep even more bugs away), matches, wading staff and net
Fly-fishing Packing List PDF