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Organizing your self in preparation for a fly-fishing trip.

flyfishingthings.com/yellowstone wader bagGo straight to gear bags. Choosing the right Gear Bag(s) is really important because it is the one item you'll use time and again to organize, and store all your clothing and equipment in preparation for a fishing trip.After you’ve gone on a few fly-fishing excursions you’ll come to realize that trying to get everything together with out a gear-bag just doesn’t work.  Without a doubt you’ll forget something such as your camera, your rain gear, your iPod, your fly-tying kit, or your waders, or your reel bag, or something equally important. You get the idea? To solve this problem and cut your preparation time waaaaaaay down; the night before, you need to organize everything into bags and storage boxes, and then put them in a Gear-bag. If you do that, all that is left to do the next morning is to get dressed, grab your fly rod(s) (in a travel case I hope), your Gear bag, and GO!

This phrase and gear-bags go hand in hand: A place for everything and everything in its place. One of the oldest organizing truisms around. Part of the effort here is to get you to think about how to organize fly fishing gear in preparation for the normal weekend fishing trip. Not luggage packing. 

Rod with the reels attached have their own travel cases, so they won't be included here. However, if you have a 4 or 5 piece rod in its own travel case, then fine, that could be included in the gear bag packing scheme. The goal is to reach a conclusion as to the exact size of the gear bag you need. We can do this by thinking about cubing out the gear bag. That is to have a place for everything and everything in its place...nothing more and nothing less.

The logic is: Why pay for more space than you need. Remember the more compact and organized you gear bag is; the easier it will be for you to find an item when you need it. By habitually packing the same items the same way for every trip, you'll become so familiar with your gear bag that you'll be able to finds things in the dark, or be able to tell a companion exactly where an items is stored if he needs to retrieve it for you. Let's start with the consideration as to how big does the gear-bag have to be to hold everything you want to take on your fishing trip?.

To answer that question a list is needed of everything that is going to be put in the gear bag. From that list you group items together that go together naturally. For example: reels and extra spools, leaders, tippet mater, reel cleaning kit. etc. could all be put in their own bag. Let's call that the reel bag. Next question: What shape should the reel bag be? Square or rectangular. This is not critical but it is something to think about because all the little bags should fit snuggly in the big bag.

 Another naturally grouped bag of items would be the fly-tying kit. What about the waders and wading boots. Does the gear-bag have a compartment for them or do they need to be stored in their own bag. These will be wet after use so you'l want to keep them separate from dry items. How about a wader change mat. You know, one of those mats that you place on the ground to stand on when you put on or take off you waders so you feet don't get dirty, or to keep you feet off of rocks or whatever. Will that be going in the gear bag? If so where? How about a landing net?

Another grouping would be clothing items. Will you be taking extra socks, extra pair of shoes, underwear, shirts, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc. How about the wading jacket(rain gear) and wind breaker. You should have a bag for both clean and dirty clothes. A bag for toilet articles, first aid kit. Camera equipment, reading materials, and foods items. How about your fishing vest(s).

Are you going to keep all fly-fishing accessories in the vest(s) or will they have their own bag? All you fly boxes should be grouped in one bag so they can be swapped out to the vest you'll be using.

Lastly I'm sure I've forgotten something else that should be included, but I think you get the idea.

Some more considerations: Does it need to be lockable?  How sturdy and durable does it have to be to protect the items inside from being damaged? Will it be used for extended fishing trips where airport luggage handlers will be handling it. Do you want it with built in wheels and a pull handle, or will carrying straps/handle be ok? Or both? Does it need to be waterproof?

OK, I think weve got all the criteria nailed down now. So lets move on to some actual gear-bag, and sub gear bag solutions shown in the table below. These are just a sampling of what's available. I've chosen these items because I think they represent a good value and price range.

Pictured are: Gear bags, reel cases, toilet bags, fly-tying kit bags, and a boot bag; just to give you an idea of what's available.

Image and Item  Manufacture  Cost  Manufactures  Comments 
flyfishingthings.com/extreme wheeled duffle bag
Extreme Wheeled Duffle Bag
Cabelas $249.99

Built to be the most durable, manageable and waterproof wheeled duffel available. Heavy-duty, nylon-reinforced PVC with fully welded seams makes it completely impermeable to moisture and durable enough to stand up to years of abuse. Roll-top design with storm flap for worry-free reliability. Features include an abrasion-resistant skid plate and reinforced wheel housing and frame. Transport is a breeze thanks to the rigid pull-out handle and in-line skate wheels, side rubber grab handles and tough 3" web top handles. Added external capacity with side ladder-lock straps perfect for rod tubes. Side-release compression straps assure your gear won't move around.
Large–30"L x 15"W x 15"H, 6,750 cu. in.
X-Large–36"L x 15"W x 18"H, 9,720 cu. in.

flyfishingthings.com/cabelas cameo gear bagCameo Gear Bag
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Cabelas $54.99

Consolidate your gear into one bag and keep your vehicle and garage clean and organized. These bags come in two sizes to accommodate day trips to week-long excursions and are outfitted with three large exterior pockets to keep accessories, such as binoculars, calls and scents, separate and accessible. Constructed of tough 900-denier, coated rip-stop polyester with heavy-duty strapping and durable stitched seams, they will provide years of lasting service in rugged hunting environments. Shoulder straps for easy toting. Imported.
Medium Gear Bag:
23"L x 10"W x 11"H main compartment.
Large Gear Bag: 30"L x 12-1/2"W x 11-1/2"H main compartment.

flyfishingthings.com/cabelas rip cord duffel bagRipcord Duffel Bag
Cabelas $59.99

Our popular Ripcord Duffel Bag is rugged and roomy enough to take anywhere. It has a durable, heavy-duty 1,000-denier nylon bottom that's both wear- and water-resistant. The tops are constructed of a durable 600-denier polyester ripstop fabric. Each bag has heavy-duty No. 10 main zippers and No. 8 zippers on the front pockets for rugged dependability. The beefed-up carrying straps are fortified with 3" webbing with matching wrap hand grips to make them comfortable to carry when fully loaded. Zippered front pocket keeps items handy and secure. A padded shoulder strap with metal hardware is included. Imported.
 Sizes: Small: 18"L x 9"W x 9"H Medium: 24"L x 11"W x 11"H
Large: 30"L x 13"W x 13"H
X-Large: 36"L x 16"W x 16"H
Magnum: 42"L x 18"W x 18"H

flyfishingthings.com/cloudburst gear bag
Cloudburst Gear Bag

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Fishpond $195.00

Carry-on sizing for valuable reels and gear Durable 1680 ballistic nylon fabric for rugged durability Durable 1680 ballistic nylon fabric for rugged durability 10 external pockets 20 interior pockets/pouches "Zip-out" waterproof cover for 100% coverage Adjustable gunwale hooks integrated into back zippered pocket Padded interior divider system with Velcro® attachments fishpond waterproof molded bottom Adjustable rod tube straps with "Sticky Rubber" to secure rod tubes Two side air mesh pockets Signature "zip-down" fly bench work area with replaceable foam Pliers/tool pocket with nylon cord and tarpaulin lanyard keepers Tippet spool accessory cord Molded rubber carry handle and adjustable padded shoulder strap fishpond molded rubber luggage tag (Included) Heavy duty zippers 17" x 8" x 9.5"

flyfishingthings.com/fishpond fly tying kit bag
Fly-tying kit bag
Fishpond $89.00

Durable fishpond Diamondtech fabric Integrated internal vise storage pocket with two zippered compartments. 22 small storage pockets. Four large “see through” zippered mesh material pockets.
One 4.5”x9”x1” molded plastic organizing box for hooks, beads, etc.
Nine 4”x6” resealable, clear, poly bags with Velcro® binding attachment. Nine 3”x4.5” resealable, clear, poly bags with Velcro® binding attachment

12" x 4" x 9.5"

flyfishingthings.com/Ovis fly tying kit bag
Fly Tying Kit Bag
Orvis $95.00

The most practical, well-designed fly tier's travel bag available organizes, protects, and transports more tools and materials in a lighter, more convenient design. Special, padded sides protect tools and materials during transport or storage. One external zip pocket customized to secure your tools. Other long external pocket custom designed to hold almost any vise made. Individual internal zip pouches vary in size to hold specific materials, from dubbing and Flashabou, to coneheads and capes, hooks, beads, bucktails, and more. Thread tubes secure easily in sleeves to keep all your thread spools together and well organized. Removable center pouches perfect for taking only the materials you need for a certain trip. Rugged nailhead material. Imported.
Dimensions: 19½" L X 11" H X 4" W 858 cu. in.

flyfishingthings.com/cabelas fly tying kit bag
Fly-tying Kit Bag
Cabelas $39.99

Never leave your fly-tying materials at home again. Two exterior pockets on both sides of this convenient bag store larger items such as your vise and stand. On the inside are nine total binder sleeves including: four one-pocket sleeves with 10-1/2"L x 6"W zippered pockets; four two-pocket sleeves with 5"L x 6"W zippered pockets; and a tool/thread storage sleeve with 18 dividers for tools on one side and storage for up to 40 thread spools on the other side. Four interior zippered pockets. Easy-carry top straps.
Dimensions: 14"L x 9"W x 3-1/4"D.

flyfishingthings.com/stow away reel case
Stow-away Reel Case
Fishpond $89.00 Holds up to ten, 4” reels.  Fully padded case for outstanding protection of expensive reels, extra spools and fly boxes.  Signature waterproof, molded bottom for added durability.  Adjustable, padded, and removable interior dividers for customized storage.  Two zippered, interior pockets for extra tippet and leader storage.  Adjustable, removable, padded shoulder strap. Padded carry handle.
13.5" x 10" x 6"
flyfishingthings.com/orvis reel case
Reel Case
Orvis $59.00 Keep track of all your gear on the way to your next fishing destination. Eight adjustable, padded compartment dividers allow you to safely carry up to 10 reels of varying diameters, or a variety of other gear. Entirely foam padded to protect gear. Top cover's mesh pockets store and secure leaders and tippet. Fits BBS, BMA and BLA reels in sizes III and IV. 6"H x 14"L x 10"W; 840 cu. in.
flyfishingthings.com/cabelas small gear bag toilet bag
Small Gear Bag (toilet bag)
Cabelas $24.99

For a carry-on, toiletry bag or just a handy place to stow and carry essential items, you won't find a better Gear Bag for a lower price anywhere. Constructed of durable, weather-resistant 600-denier nylon, it has sturdy 1-1/2" nylon webbing carry straps and a hand-friendly wrap handle to join them. Six exterior pockets, including zippered mesh pockets on the top and side, provide multiple storage and organization options. Attractive contrasting color accents and zipper pulls with an embroidered Cabela's logo on the front pocket. Imported.  Overall dimensions: 15-1/2"L x 10"W x 6-1/2"H.

flyfishingthings.com/saratoga hanging toilet kit
Saratoga Hanging Toilet Kit
Fishpond $39.00

Top hook for hanging kit for easy access. Dual, vinyl-lined and zippered end compartments with mesh pleats. Durable 1680 ballistic nylon fabric and vinyl lined interior for easy cleaning. Main compartment with elasticized loops for secure storage of essentials.  Three interior mesh/vinyl pockets for organization.  Signature waterproof, molded back keeps moisture out when laying kit on wet surfaces.  Oversized, industrial zippers for durability and ease-of-use.  fishpond Jacquard webbing handle.  11" x 6.5" x 4.5"

flyfishingthings.com/fishpood boot bag
Boot bag
Fishpond $39.00

Fully lined nylon interior.  Tough abrasion-resistant molded bottom for structure. Rubberized mesh upper panel for faster drying.   Two side grip handles and one jacquard top handle.  420 Denier Rip-stop nylon 14”x 13” x ”

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