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Fly-fishing Vest and other storage solutions.

Today, fishing vest come in all styles, shapes and sizes.  They fit on your chest,belly, in the front on your waist, on your fanny, on your back, or across your chest.  They come with one single big pocket, or multiple various size pockets.  There is no lack for variation. They can be relatively inexpensive, or a vest can cost upward of $100 bucks.  I've put forth some scenario's you should consider before you run out and buy just any old vest.

Here are just a few of the styles of vest available today.

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flyfishingthings.com/lee wulffLee Wolfe is credited with inventing the fishing vest along with the wulff pattern of dry flies. If you look at the picture you can see the vest he's wearing is simply a short shirt without sleeves and lots of pockets. It was, and still is a great solution for storing boxes of flies and accessories. Thank you Mr. Wulff.

If there is one area in fly-fishing that has not reached a consensus for what is the best solution for storing fly-fishing accessories,  it is in the area of fishing "vest".  Fly fishing without accessories is very cumbersome. Fly fishing with them is necessary. One thing is for sure; you're going to take the essential accessories along with you when ever you go fly fishing. If you recall, I listed the "vest" as being one of essential accessories. 

 The need for a vest.  We search for storage places for our fly boxes, accessories and the means to conveniently access them, so we can make it easier to fly fish. We want to be comfortable when we fish yet not miss a beat when it comes to changing out the fly on the end of our line. When it starts to rain, we want the rain gear handy or have the convenience of being able to pull the wind breaker from the vest to cut the chill of a cool wind and then store it away again when the temperature  becomes warm and sunny.  For the most part, the type of vest you use in fly fishing is going to change with the type of fly fishing you do.  Unlike the accessories them self,  you may need more than one style of vest to accommodate all the styles of fishing you will be doing.

 Here is a scenero where a vest might not be needed at all.  Let's postulate for example, you're targeting a single species of fish, the flies you have with you will be minimal; probably no more than a box. Along with that you may have an extra spool of tippet material, a spare leader, a tie fast tool, the hemostats and clippers. If the weather forecast is for clear and sunny conditions you'll probably leave the rain gear and wind breaker in the gear bag. The sun screen you applied back at the camper, the lip balm is in your pants pocket, and you're wearing a hat and sunglasses. You may or may not be carrying a camera. If you are, it's probably in your shirt pocket. The water you'll be wading is no more than 2 feet deep. You decide that you don't need a vest at all, everything can be stored in the pockets of your fishing shirt and pants.

On the other hand, you could be fishing a stream on a cold and rainy day  where you may have to wade in water up to your chest. You know a hatch will be coming off around 10 am so your going to need your dry flies. When the hatch is over you'll turn to nymph fishing and if that's not productive you'll give streamer fishing a shot. For this scenario,  your going to carry a number of boxes of flies, three or more spools of tippet material, a spare leader, some spit shot or shape-a-weight, a stomach pump, strike indicators, gloves, an extra spool with a sinking line, your camera, a snack or two, some water, a note pad and pen,  and who knows what else. In this case, you need a vest with lots of pockets.

So the conclusion to picking the right vest(s) is to think about the scenario of fishing your going to do, and then pick the appropriate vest.