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What I Use in Fly Fishing – Equipment

What a person carries when he is on the water is so much different and yet so much alike. We all take a peek at our companions vest to see if he has some new piece of fly fishing equipment that we got to have. Fly fishermen are a gadget-orientated lot. So here is a peek at my vest and what gadgets I carry. First the basics, I have a 9 '8wt Sage Rod with a Teeny T-200 line. Steelhead lie deep and you need a line to reach them. I carry an extra spool of WF floating line in case fish come to the surface. It has only happened twice to me in 9 years on the Trinity River and the Feather River in California both warm days in October when an infestation of hoppers filled the water. It was ecstasy and will not miss the chance again. In the winter I carry the WF floating spool if I want to switch to an exaggerated 'greased' line technique. Very long drag-free drifts over prime holding spots are very attractive in certain parts of the river.
My second rod is for summer a 9 '6wt Sage Rod with WF floating line. I live on the river. When I see the caddis hatch start, I grab the 6wt usually with an elk hair caddis already tied on. My spare spool is a T-130 to fish for the recent infestation of German browns in the Trinity River. They have been reaching 4 to 6 pounds but they eat half the parr population getting there.
When I am out for an adventurous wade down stream to a steelhead holding spot, I carry on my vest attached to retractable cords, a fisherman's hemostat that doubles as a pair of scissors, a Orvis leather leader-straightener, nail clippers, and a collapsible net on by back. In my vest's back pocket is a cheap plastic see-through poncho. It takes up the space a cimmanon bear claw would. If I am carrying an extra spool it goes in there too.
In the front of the vest, carry two leader wallets on for nymphs another for dry flies. Tippet spools from 0x to 7x, pink yarn, a jar of liquid silicon with a penetrating agent, and small split shots are in my front pockets. The silicon concoction I get from a friend in, where else, Silicon Valley. Dipping a yarn indicator in that solution makes the perfect strike indicator that rides high in the water and shows every movement of the nymph.
I carry three fly boxes, two full of nymphs, and one full of dry flies. When the steelhead are feeding on your golden stonefly nymph with the beaded head even though we have to fish barbless, you'll wish you had a whole jar of them. Even though I prepare and prepare, I will always be missing that critical piece of fly fishing equipment like tippet butts of contrasting color for tying a blood knot in the twilight.

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