I am not a vest guy. Vests are born of trout fishing and its complexities in fly requirements and gear adornment. I just like to have a pouch I can sling on my back and haul a few flies, some tippet, and a jackknife.
I used to use this great waterproof sling pouch that Body Glove made for a while for surfers. It finally frayed around the zippers after 10 years of abuse. Body Glove stopped making it. I searched in vain for its equal before settling on the massively imperfect North Face Roo Pouch. (Meant to be a fanny pack; I adapted it to satchel duty.)
I’m normally not a gear salivator but when I saw that Orvis came out with the Safe Passage Sling Pack I didn’t hesitate. I haven’t had a chance to work with it yet or even adjust the straps, but I am excited by the possibilities and the further enabling of simplicity.
The only other fishing related product in the Christmas haul came in the form of Monic Fly Line. I’ve been meaning to try out this stuff for a time now, to see if I can erase moments of time like the newly reported invisibility cloak experiments, or just be more stealthy in my increased to desire to sight fish. I am eager to try the all-weather line on my 6W to see if it’s not seen.
At the very least, I am now a piston in the vast engine of economic recovery, one bit of paraphernalia at a time.