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Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« on: June 26, 2018, 08:13:11 AM »
Hi guys,  I have always worn a vest but over the years its becoming heavier (partially my fault!).   Lately I have seen some good looking Orvis and Simms slings and chest packs.I appreciate any  comments/opinions.
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2018, 10:05:37 AM »
I rather a chestpack but can't carry two rods with one so I switched over to a vest.

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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 11:10:18 AM »
I'm using a chest pack. Unlike Francois ;-), I've found a way to carry a second rod with me. The downside of the chest pack is that you can't see where you step in the river and sometimes wading is challenging.

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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 11:16:23 AM »
Ionut I can't afford a caddie. :p

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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 11:31:20 AM »
Chestpack gets my vote!

I use a Williams Joseph chest pack and have absolutely no problem carrying and extra rod tucked in my front. I really like the backpack as it allows me to carry a fair amount of fly boxes and stuff that I will be using. The design also allow you to unsnap the sides and turn it to access the pack-pack around while standing mid-river...
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2018, 02:25:21 PM »
I use a chest pack with a back pack - sometimes a large chest pack, sometimes a small one (I alternate depending on how difficult the river is to wade, amount of brush, and how many flies I need - Ionut makes a good point as sometimes a chest pack can impede your view of the ground right beneath you when wading).
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2018, 02:41:57 PM »
I use neither.  Instead, I have all my flies, tools, etc., in, or attached to, a Downs Fly Box.  That and a small shoulder bag is all I need.

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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 02:56:42 PM »
I use neither.  Instead, I have all my flies, tools, etc., in, or attached to, a Downs Fly Box.  That and a small shoulder bag is all I need.

I love going as light as I can.  If I am not in a comp, things do change a lot.  Lol.  Flies and tippet stuff into a pocket!
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2018, 08:21:11 AM »
Chris, that's how I like it!
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 10:31:10 AM »
Chris, that's how I like it!

Travelling light has its charm!  I so agree!
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2018, 02:42:11 PM »
How do you guys carry that second rod with you? I would do that too but would be a pain lugging 2 rods around all day especially considering some of the rivers i fish where wading is difficult and the hike is long!

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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 02:50:04 PM »
That would be tough David on trips like that.  I may carry 2 or 3 rods while going for a long hike, and then tuck them into the top of my waders, and under my chest pack when I fish.

If I don't wear waders and am wet wading, I usually store the rods on the bank wherever I spot.

If I am constantly on the move and casting as I go, and wet wading, and I REALLY need two rods, then I am in trouble...  But I then use a wading belt and Velcro the spare rod around the handle to the belt, and Velcro the top to my chest pack.

Some strips of Velcro go a long ways to help.
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Re: Vest vs. Chestpack vs. Waistpack vs. Sling
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2018, 03:44:19 PM »
How do you guys carry that second rod with you? I would do that too but would be a pain lugging 2 rods around all day especially considering some of the rivers i fish where wading is difficult and the hike is long!

I typically tuck my spare rod into the top of my waders, and position it so that it's not interfering with my casting or affecting the presentation...

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