TOOLS & TACKLE
This is what we fish with, season after season . . .
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This gear list has been updated to include favorites from the Troutbitten crew — that’s Austin, Bill, Matt, Trevor and Josh. These are the guys you hear on the Troutbitten Podcast. You can find their short bios on the Contributors Page.
This is all gear that we’ve used extensively and believe in. This is what we fish with, season after season.
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TOOLS AND TACKLE
Fishpond Nomad Hand Net
(Dom, Bill, Josh, Trevor, Matt)
Durable, lightweight and suited for the job — here’s the perfect trout net. The carbon fiber frame floats and the rubber mesh bag is deep, ready for your next Whiskey or that mythical thirty-incher.
Smith Creek Net Holster
(Dom, Josh, Trevor, Bill)
This is the unbeatable way to carry a net. Put the weight on your hips, not on your back. This holster is bulletproof in design and will last a lifetime.
Dr. Slick Spring Creek Clamps
These are strong clamps with a fine tip. Perfect for removing split shot and unbuttoning hooks. I’m picky about my tools. These are the best.
Trekking Pole Wading Staff
(Dom, Austin, Bill)
Nothing is more important than covering water. I wade with speed and confidence when I have a staff. Do I need it all the time? Nope. So I want a light but strong staff that folds. And I don’t spend a hundred dollars on one. Trekking poles are perfect.
Blackhawk Utility / Wading Belt
Carry the weight on your hips. Experienced hikers understand this. So put the heaviest things you must carry on your hips: net, water, wading staff, camera. And the flimsy wading belt that comes with your waders will never work. This Blackbelt is built for the job.
Gear Keeper Retractor
(Dom, Austin, Bill, Josh, Trevor, Matt)
We use retractors in twelve ounce and nine ounce strengths. These are perfect for keeping the Trekking pole wading staff right at your hip and ready at any moment. We’ve tried other brands of retractors. These are the best.
Orvis Non-Toxic Removable Split Shot
Man, we are picky about split shot. And here’s the good stuff — perfect because it’s matte black, non-toxic but soft enough to work with, and it grips thin tippet. Good job, Orvis.
New Phase Fly Box
(Dom, Bill, Austin, Josh)
900 flies in slotted foam. If you need more than that, carry a second box. The double-sided middle leaf on this box doubles the capacity. That’s efficiency, right there. Tough, waterproof and priced right, this is our go-to fly box.
C&F Chest Patch / Fly Box
(Dom, Trevor, Austin)
This is one of the most critical items in our system. Here’s a small storage box for mounting on your vest or pack. Flies can dry here and are at the ready for the next quick change. Magnets and slot foam inside, foam and magnet outside. Light but strong. A perfect design.
Nalgene Narrow Mouth Water Bottle
You might think of your water bottle as an afterthought. But I don’t. We carry the bottle on a carabiner attached to the wading belt, so the weight is on our hips. The bottle is as light and durable. And because it’s not aluminum, there’s no clanging around. Shhhh. Don’t spook the trout.
Fishpond Thunderhead Water Bottle Holder
Holds a standard, 32 oz Nalgene water bottle or similar. The Thunderhead Waterbottle Holder’s webbed strap seamlessly integrates with a wide range of packs and belts.
Lifestraw Go Water Filter Bottle
The best fishing happens far from the parking lot. On long walks and long days, nothing beats the convenience of cold, clean water on demand. This is a game changer.
Life Straw Personal Water Filter
Here’s a portable, economical solution for hydration. Nothing complicated here, just draw river water through the filter, like a straw, for limitless, cold and clean water all day long. These are about ten dollars — a great solution.
“For a long time I thought expensive lenses didn’t make a difference. But I was wrong about that. After receiving these Costa frames as a gift, I can never go back to my old ways. The 580 Glass polarized lenses are super clear and somehow relaxing on the eyes. I like copper mirror. And I like the fantail matte black design, because the medium size frame fits my face. You’ll find your own style.” — Dom
Smith Creek Tippet Holder
(Dom, Trevor, Josh)
If you fish enough, even guide spools of tippet run out too often. So a quick change is a luxury in a tippet holder. The plunder design on this holder is excellent. Like all Smith Creek products, the build is bulletproof, and it’ll probably last your lifetime.
Orvis Comfy Grip Nippers
(Dom, Trevor, Austin)
None of us are spending $100 on nippers. That’s not how we roll. But this is a nice, strong but light pair of nippers that lasts a few years, has a pin at the back and a rubberized grip. These are great. They’re all you need.
Smith Creek Rod Rack
Here’s a great way to keep rods in the vehicle, strung up and safe near the interior ceiling. Full review at the link below. “I’ve used this for many years, with kids and dogs in the car too, and I wouldn’t carry rods any other way.” — Dom
Ape Case SLR Holster Camera Bag
You might not carry a camera on the river. But if you want to reliably tell a story with variable apertures and shutter speeds, you need more than a smartphone. Carry this amazingly durable bag on your belt and have access to your camera in seconds. There’s a great way to make it waterproof. Read the article below.
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