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    I'm in the market for a new vest. My wading jacket is just not big enough for my expanding fishing supplies, lol. Any recommendations? Im lookin at the simms G3 guide vest right now, but if anybody has other ideas, id appreciate any comments.

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    Check out the patagonia guidewater vest. It fits well, drys fast and has nice big zipper pockets.

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    Griff, have you looked at the Fishpond stuff? I think they all have enough space to empty a teenagers room but the Shooting Star and the Wildhorse have the nice back pack. They made one called the Beavertail at one point but it's not on the site anymore. I have gone the minimalist route with a fanny pack for the past few years (I never used half the stuff in my vest...flybox, tippet, lead...) but my brother swears by his Wildhorse.

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    I tried the shooting star, and found that when you wear the chest pack and backpack together, my fly line and reel handle kept getting tangled with the chest pack. I switched to the waterdance guide hip pack, and couldn't be happier. It has plenty of room for all my stuff, and is more comfortable to me than any vest was.

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    I'm a big fan of the Filson line of vests/chestpacks. Guide vest is great, as is the front/back chest pack - you can cram a ton of stuff into both. Zippers stout, lots 'o pockets, etc. Places to find:

    Anchorage: Mt View Sporting Goods
    Juneau: Nugget Alaskan Outfitter
    Fairbanks: Prospector Outfitters

    Good luck finding something you like.

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    I'd reccomend a back pack and trying to keep your onesself gear at a minimum. Your back and shoulders will thank you.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    I have a fishpond Wildhorse pack. Vest with a backpack. I fish alot with my wife and son and end up carrying some of their stuff. I also like the pack when I'm not carrying much. I can filet my fish and put the meat in a ziplock and stick it in my pack to carry out.

    If you don't want a pack, look at a fishpond Gore Range.

    I have a fishpond San Juan chest pack when I want to go real minimal. I carry it alot when I'm fishing by the Kenai Ferry. I have a backpack or fanny pack I carry with it with some peanut butter/crackers and a bottle of water that I just leave on all the time.

    As you can tell, I like fishpond gear. Patagonia makes some nice vests as does Simms. All depends on what you want to pay.

    I recommend going somewhere to lay hands on what you are about to buy. I picked what I bought by going to the store and thinking, "I'll put fly boxes here, extra leader here. Where can I put my filet knife? This pocket is a good place for my keys and wallet. etc...." I made the mistake of buying a vest once because it was supposed to be the best. However, I got it home and realized it wasn't set up like I would want it to be and ended up not using it and buying something else.

    Mountain view sports and Worldwide angler have a good selection of fishpond and simms. You can also find some good stuff at Sportsmans and Three Rivers in Wasilla has lots of fishpond.

    B&J's carries Wright and McGill, I like their waders, rods, and reels, but not too big on their packs.

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    I have a Sage lightweight vest. It's a peach, but I seem to spend more days fishing in the rain than in the sun. I usually end up wearing my Simms guide jacket and carry a fly box and a little plastic multi-compartment box I got at Mt View. It holds enough hooks, yarn, beads, and splitters to wander away from the boat for quite a while. Some mono leader in a pocket. A leatherman Micro and some pliers hanging on the coiled do-hickeys on the coat. A couple of beers in the pockets. One happy boy.

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    Default Factors I'd consider...

    1. Quick drying material if rain possible
    2. Good ventilation for warm weather use
    3. Long pockets with easy access for the fly boxes I usually use (C&F)

    Cloudveil used to make a vest (Nunya?) that looked good, but looks like they quit making it.

    Agree with roknjs above, walk through your on-stream routine and day - where you want gear to be...while looking at gear live. Getting my hands on the gear also gives me a better idea if it will hold up, how the zippers work and how heavy it is. Some good looking, well-constructed gear is just too heavy. Good weekend project. Besides, it's winter. Six more months.

    When carrying a revolver/shoulder holster, I go with a backpack and fanny pack mostly.

    Good luck.

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    I got a new LLBean Rapid River Vest for Christmas last year and love it. Looks nice, works great, and it never bothered me once during a full day of fishing. Has tons of rooms for all your fishing gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakec5253 View Post
    I tried the shooting star, and found that when you wear the chest pack and backpack together, my fly line and reel handle kept getting tangled with the chest pack. I switched to the waterdance guide hip pack, and couldn't be happier. It has plenty of room for all my stuff, and is more comfortable to me than any vest was.

    jake
    That's the setup I use, though I rarely use the backpack, mostly just the chestpack by itself unless I'm hiking. I really really love that chest pack, holds everything I need and then some. I haven't had any trouble with it getting in the way, but I think it does take a little adjustment from the vest. I really like having everything right in front of me and with the chest pack it seems I can access everything a lot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by growden1 View Post
    I got a new LLBean Rapid River Vest for Christmas last year and love it. Looks nice, works great, and it never bothered me once during a full day of fishing. Has tons of rooms for all your fishing gear.

    Fish On!
    Thanks everyone for all the input, i looked at all the mentioned vests/packs and they all look nice. I looked at the LL bean one and wanted to know if the hip strap is removable. My only concern is if it sits too low i will submerge it in water. If its waterproof then i dont care, but if its not, then i would want to remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griff View Post
    Thanks everyone for all the input, i looked at all the mentioned vests/packs and they all look nice. I looked at the LL bean one and wanted to know if the hip strap is removable. My only concern is if it sits too low i will submerge it in water. If its waterproof then i dont care, but if its not, then i would want to remove it.
    To be honest, I cannot remember if it is removable and it is packed away for the winter deep in my storage shed. I can remember wading into some pretty deep water last year and the bottom of the vest did get a little wet, but the bottom pockets are designed to carry spare fly reels, which of course I didn't need to carry on most trips. They make good pockets for a cold one, or a snack or too, but really the bottom part is designed to support the pack on your hips just like a hiking backpack. It is good for those days where you are one a river for more than 6 hours, or even if you have a long hike to a river/creek. I also used the backpack to carry an extra 4 piece fly pole, you can see a pic in my clearwater video. Needless to say, I'm very satisfied with the vest, I'd recommend it to anyone. Heres a link to a Review.

    http://www.fishingporn.com/fp/index....Vest-Pack.html


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    thanks for the link, it was pretty informative. I looked around town and found one fishpond one similar to the LLbean one, without the belt. I've narrowed it down between that one, or a simms wading jacket, cant remember what model it was. It has a lot of pockets, and also keep me dry.

    Im thinking the vests will end up being too bulky for me. When I'm rowing my raft I don't want to take it on and off to put my life jacket on. The jacket has less pockets for gear so I don't think it will be an issue, but still enough room for the gear i need.

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