My Personal Fishing Gear For Short Hikes:
TFO Axiom II 9 WT with ORVIS intermediate line on ORVIS Hydros IV reel; 20lb straight mono leader; Baymen Universal Fly; Sci Angler ECOastal stripping basket (Captain’s Tip: epoxy the flexible spikes or they will pull out); Fishpond Thunderhead submersible backpack; Thomas & Thomas Exocett 9wt back-up rod in metal tube; Extra ORVIS Hydros IV reels with sinking, floating, and intermediate fly lines; assorted fly patterns in labeled ziplock bags; Ziplock trash bag for junk mono; roll of 20lb tippet & various leaders; needle-nosed pliers; back-up knife; nippers; marine radio; camera; roll-up raincoat; fishing license; tape measure; fly line cleaner and rag (Captain’s Tip: I use ICE Spray Wax auto detailer on my fly lines. makes them greased lightning!!!) headlamp; Simms fingerless gloves; Daiwa BG spinning reel; TFO 3 piece 18-17 lb light tackle spinning rod; assorted light tackle lures.
Fully loaded my pack weighs 14 pounds. Not bad for short hikes to my fishing spots. I also often go “minimalist gear” when I only have a half-hour to make a few casts. It is nice, but gear is like insurance: you always have to carry it because you never know when you are going to need it.
– Capt. Dave, BAYMEN, baymenlife.com 30 Years Guiding The Bay. Still In Love.