The key to a good carrying system is efficiency. Carry lots of gear or be a minimalist. But however you carry your gear, make sure it works for you. Think it through. And then change something if the system is holding you back, if it’s getting in your way or taking you out of rhythm. A carrying system should be designed around the way you fish, and not the other way around. Think about that. Don’t change the way you fish to suit a poorly chosen pack.
My vest is the most important piece of gear that I own. Because it holds everything that I work with. And having things laid out with a purpose keeps me efficient and ready to adapt.
Last week on the Troutbitten Podcast, we talked about vests, packs and lanyards — different ways to carry your gear. That brought in another wave of questions regarding what I carry in my vest and how I lay it out. Here then, is a video showing all of it, along with a few key companion articles to complete the walk through.
READ: Troutbitten | Pack or Vest? Why I’m a Vest Guy
READ: Troutbitten | 100 Day Gear Review — The Simms G3 Guide Vest
PODCAST: Troutbitten | Pack, Vest or Something Else — Carrying Your Gear, S7, Ep8
READ: Troutbitten | Don’t Hate Split Shot — Have a System (with VIDEO)
Check out the video, then scroll below to see what I don’t carry in the vest — how I carry the heavy stuff.
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What Is Not In the Vest
I carry all the heavier items on my hips and not in the vest. So the extra weight is not on my shoulders. This time tested strategy saves energy and allows for longer days on the water. Here’s what’s on my wading belt:
- Wading Staff
Wading belts that are commonly provided with waders are not up to this task. So, for decades I’ve been using the following DIY wading belt system:
Fish hard, friends.
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