Off the Hanger: Spring Fishing

With any luck the weather will take a turn for the better and we’ll be able to hit the streams soon enough. The bro-in-law is getting geared up (opted for the Scott over the Winston, atta boy) so I thought I’d take stock of my kit for possible upgrades.

Hat – Filson (good warm/cool option and a good way to avoid the dreaded brimmed stocking)
Shades – Craft Outdoorsman Polarized
Gloves – Filson (I’ve given up on fingerless, full wool I think works best, even when wet, just take ‘em off to tie)
Jacket – Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoodie
Shirt – MacIntyre Range
Bandana – Cheap. (I lose way too many to have some sort of fancy pants hanky)
Pack – Patagonia
Reel – Elkhorn Classic
Waders – Simms G3 Guide Pant
Strike Indicators – Thingamabobber (go ahead and just ditch all your others, these are the best ever made. Ever.)
Wading Boots – Russell
Rod – Scott A3
Wader Bag – Simms Taco bag

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  1. Posted March 16, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Stan Bogdan would be sad to see those knockoff reels.
    It seems that this is all fly-fishing gear except for the thingamabobbers.
    Those Russel boots sure look nice, but their felt soles help spread diseases from river to river. Although “if the boots never leave a particular watershed, there is no real danger that they will spread invasives. And if anglers clean, dry and inspect their boots, the threat of spreading invasives is greatly reduced. But eliminating felt in new boots is the right way to go, and several states have either already banned felt or plan to do it in the near future.” (Trout Unlimited) I didn’t bother looking for an aesthetic rubber soled boot, but being a fellow fisherman and environmentalist, I believe there is no excuse to continue buying felt soled boots (not that you bought them, but showcasing could encourage someone else).

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