Well I laughed when I read that! So much fly fishing gear to carry for a short excursion. Then I reflected on what I used to carry.
One rod ( great improvement!) set up with reel , flyline, leader & tippet, landing net in fish bag (see previous post) , sunglasses, waders (depending on conditions chest or thigh), hat (now, thanks to ageing, with flip-down magnifiers…thank you Mr Orvis of Richmond, Virginia).
In the multi-pocketed vest I carried: forceps or pliers, line clippers, line floatant, line sinkant, split shot or lead putty, leaders, 2 to 3 spools of tippet material, 9 fly boxes (nymphs, streamers, mayfly dries & emergers, caddis dries & emergers, terrestrials, stoneflies, traditional wet flies, flymphs/spider wet flies, miscellaneous),fly patch, spare reel/spool with sinking line; and ditto with with sink tip line, hook sharpening tool, strike indicators, fly drying powder, scales, measuring tape, fishing log and pencil; fishing licence, leather tippet straightener, priest, knife, flashlight, camera.
AND to keep me comfortable, a first aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks, water, sweater, rain coat, a flask with a drop of uisge beatha (the water of life).
AND, just in case the 9 fly boxes didn’t cover the hatch, a streamside fly tying kit.
AND, in my scientific angler phase, I also carried a marrow spoon, petri dish, aquarium net, small vials and thermometer.
AND as a pipe smoker I carried pipe, tobacco, 2 lighters, pipe tool and pipe cleaners.
NOW of course the well-equipped angler would also carry a mobile phone, preferably incorporating a GPS and a Match-the-hatch APP.
So some time ago I decided that enough stuff was too much stuff and I had to (in the immortal words of Henry Ford) “Simplificate, and add more lightness!”. It was either that or start body building so that I could carry that load, although I did toy with this idea:
Next post: How I simplificated my fly fishing stuff.