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Fishing gear

G. Sean Kelly

fishing gearBy G. Sean Kelly, Glenwood Springs Post IndependentFisherman, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are all gearheads. Fly-fishermen may be the biggest gearheads of the bunch.All one really needs for a successful day on the water is a rod, reel, line, a decent leader and a handful of flies. But finding someone using the bare essentials is next to impossible. Fisherman love gear, and theres a tool for just about everything. Fishing past sunset? There are a variety of clip-on lights or waterproof headlamps available. Eyes not what they once were? Plenty of fly boxes and nippers come complete with a magnifying glass and fly threader attached. Planning on crossing some pushy water? Grab a wading staff made specifically for fishermen.Here are a few items for the angler who has everything:

Orvis Magnifier Snips($24.95)Theres nothing worse than snipping the wrong end of your tippet with a hatch boiling all around. The Orvis Magnifier Snips help you get back on the water quickly when changing up flies. The nippers come complete with an adjustable magnifying glass, fly threader for those small flies, and a hook-eye reamer in case you were a little careless with the head cement when tying your secret pattern.

William Joseph Float & Boat Thermometer($39)For those who think of fishing as a science, theres the William Joseph Float & Boat Thermometer. Water temperature is extremely important as far as how fish feed, said Basalts Taylor Creek Fly Shop manager Tim Heng. You can find places where there may be springs and a colder water temperature.The thermometer can be hooked on to anything that floats and is solar powered with a 12-hour battery backup.

Simms G3 Guide Vest($169.95)As the name would indicate, the Simms G3 Guide Vest is designed for those who plan on spending a good deal of time wearing fishing gear. The high-tech vest features plenty of storage for boxes and tools with zippers so anglers wont lose their gear if they go for a short swim or throw their vest in the trunk haphazardly.The shoulders feature spacer net for ventilation, a knit collar that wont retain water, magnetic zipper and buckle closure and a magnetic tool catcher below the retractors.For those worried about hydration, add the vest hydrator.

Rising Stainless Lippa Rig($55 and up)The Rising Lippa Rig is especially useful for toothy fish like pike, according to Heng. Sticking fingers inside the jaws of some of the more predatory fish can be a risky proposition. The Lippa Rig allows anglers to hoist the fish up and use the hemostats to retrieve the fly or lure. The Lippa Rig comes with a Cordura holster and can hold a number of complementary tools.

Fishpond Shooting Star Chest Pack Backpack Combo ($179)For something with a little more storage capacity than a fishing vest, check out Fishponds Shooting Star Chest Pack Backpack Combo.

The backpack boasts a volume 1,200 cubic inches and includes a hydration pouch, rod tube hardware that can accommodate more than two rods, bungee cord gear keepers, a zip-out waterproof nylon cover and other features.The chest pack docks with the backpack and has two main storage compartments with three interior pockets and a zip-down fly bench. The chest pack can also be used as a travel bag for passport, tickets, wallet, etc.

S2 Products Bz-triangler Landing Net($185)Why have three nets when you can own one.The BZ-Triangler bills itself as the only carbon fiber multi-mode landing net on the market. The BZ-Triangler features interchangeable handles of 6, 12 and 28 inches depending if its needed for wade fishing, float tubing or fishing from a boat.Vail Colorado


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