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Lanyard or vest?

by: Lloyd Tackitt 11/18/2013

One of the things that drew me to fly fishing was the minimal amount of equipment needed.  Once the rod is rigged about all you need are a few flys and some leader. 

Except that my vest quickly became crammed with all kinds of stuff.  The vest is a very handy thing to have, but like a junk drawer it quickly becomes (or at least mine did) filled with junk.  Damn thing got to where it weighed almost as much as I do.  I couldn't help it, so many pockets just crying to be filled with something or other.

I saw a catalog photo of a lanyard that had everything necessary, yet had so little on it.  So I bought one.  Mine carries nippers, hemostats, a fly box full of flys, fishing license, and a spool of leader.  That's it.  And that's all I really need for a few hours of fishing.  Weighs about as much as a hummingbird's breath.

It is so unobrusive that I forget I'm wearing it, until I need something that's hanging on it.  Everything, except the fly box, is on a retractable, making them easy to use.  The box hangs from the very bottom of the lanyard and has more than enough room to use easily. 

If I was going to be out and far-off all day I would use the vest.  I can carry bottled water, whisky flask, lunch, sunscreen, ciagrs, chaise lounge, hammock, tree trimmer, boat, log cabin,  whatever I want to in it.  Most of my trips are just a few hours and within walking distance of my house, so the lanyard has become my go to item.  I love my lanyard!

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Member comments
Coyute, CO   11/18/2013 9:49:15 AM
Down on the Brazos fishing with Lloyd while drinking scotch, smoking cigars and talking fishing with a philosophic flare. My next vacation. Stick a humidor on that baby and a toddler sized flask and you are golden.
skiman, CO   11/18/2013 10:05:58 AM
OK Lloyd, I see your point about the lanyard. The one thing a lot of river-fishers and boaters often forget is how quickly a problem can arise if you should slip and fall into a fast current. That being said, I opt for a floatation vest. I have one that I use on the river, my belly boat, and my son's canoe. The trick is to pare it down and only pack what you need. Call me a "wimp" if you will...but (believe it or not), I have a wife that would still like to see me come home, no matter how much insurance I'm carrying! Good Fishing! Ski
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   11/18/2013 10:48:09 AM
When it comes to flotation devices I use one of the inflatables that has a low profile. The lanyard works great with it too. I think I'll like the lanyard even better when summer rolls around again. It was near 90 degress yesterday and without a vest I was much cooler than I would have been with one.
Bassnfly, CA   11/18/2013 2:02:34 PM
Often the KISS method is all that is required (Keep It Simple Stupid!) When paring down to only the necessities it can eliminate a lot of time spent trying to second-guess what to use, instead of actually using just what you brought.
Catman1979, CO   11/19/2013 2:33:21 AM
Small day pack with magnet release net clipped on the front. Works perfect, about three pounds loaded (minus water), and I can carry the camera for those big fish.
Hawaiian Punch, CO   11/19/2013 8:03:07 AM
Although I'm a "walleye" kind of guy,I too use a lanyard when I fish. On it I have a tyefast tool,great for snelling a hook or splicing 2 lines together(regular line to florocarbon) and a fingernail clipper,saves my teeth great for cutting line of any kind,a friend works at a place where everyone wears a lanyard with I.D. and he has a box of left over lanyards,lucky me!
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