Present Day Fly Fishing Gear Packs
As a whole, the fly fishing gear manufacturers have made leaps and bounds the last few years in their innovative designed fly fishing chest packs, sling packs and waist packs. We now have 100% waterproof packs and zipper-free magnetic packs that eliminate line snagging and have automatic closing capability. There’s ergonomic packs that cut down on angler fatigue on the water, and many of them incorporate materials that offer improved breathability. There’s even a fly fishing pack built on a modular system platform now that provides the ability for an angler to customize their pack specifically for the trip at hand. I give credit and pay my respect to those manufacturers that have made functionality a top priority in their designs, because it’s increasing our fly fishing efficiency and productivity on the water. But as usual, with all the positives I’ve mentioned, I do see one area of focus or flaw for that matter, that’s personally bugging me to the core. Why do I see more and more fly fishing pack manufacturers eliminating foam/drying patches in their new designs?
When I walk up to a fly fishing pack in a fly shop the first thing I look for is some sort of fly patch holder that I can use for organizing my go-to patterns for the day, and use as a drying station for my flies in between use. On average, I’ve got a hundred or more flies in each of my fly boxes and the last thing I want to do on the water when changing out flies is drop a soaking wet fly, back into my fly box with all my other dry flies. That’s a recipe for disaster, because it greatly increasing the chances I’ll begin the process of creating rust on all my flies, not just the wet fly I put back in my fly box. And I won’t notice it right away because the process takes a while to be seen by the naked eye. I’ll figure it out when I’m on the river and set the hook on a big fish and the hook gap makes a clean break from the shaft. I’ll notice it at the end of the season when I’m re-organizing my fly boxes and notice the tiny imperfections on many of the hooks, from the process of rust eating away at them. By then it’s too late, and I’ve threatened losing a serious amount of my fly inventory.
Although this problem can be easily fixed by purchasing stick-on velcro and then attaching a foam fly patch, I still find myself asking the question, why should I be having to do this? Shouldn’t the $65-$200 pack have this already? For decades now, fly drying patches have been a standard feature in almost all packs and vests and I’d like to hear why the manufacturers are leaving them out, and finding them to be irrelevant to the fly fisherman. I for one, find foam/fly drying patches to be an integral feature that should be included in all fly fishing packs. If you agree with me, step forward and let your voices be heard, and let’s all start the movement to “Save the Fly Patch”.
Disclaimer: I know it’s a fly fisherman’s duty to take care of their gear and that means taking the proper steps to thoroughly dry out their gear in between fishing trips. I agree with this, but there are times when all of us are going to be too tired or are in the field where the elements won’t allow this preparation.
Anyone feel the same way as I do on this subject? I’d like to hear your opinions on this.
Keep it Reel,Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!