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Canoetripper

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I just got my new lanyard today and am ready for some fly fishing this weekend. With where I do all of fly fishing now, I don't think that I need a vest while I am on the water. I will bring the vest since that is where my fishing license is attached. 

I will customize my lanyard for what I need which isn't much. My fishing shirt already has more pockets than I use. With this warm weather, I don't need another layer of clothes(vest). Plus, if I fall in I have one less thing to dry out, and I will be wet wading.

Have any of our fellow board members gone the lanyard route downsizing from a vest or pack? and if so, how do you like the lanyard?

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curmudgeon

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I have been using a Lanyard for years. 

I really like mine, especially effective when rowing my raft, as it keeps your nippers, forceps, hook sharpener, and leader straightener all within easy reach.  Even when wade fishing when I am wearing my fly vest, I wear it, essentially for the same reasons. 

A vest is great for carrying your fly boxes and other gear when wade fishing, however you can lose little stuff in the pockets forever.  It is like the black hole of fly vests where things disappear only to be rejected back into the world years later.

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Canoetripper

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I am a big fan of the leader straightener and have since retired my furled leaders that I bought from Gandy on this message board. Nothing wrong with them. I love those leaders, but I think that I am a better fly fisherman with traditional leaders. The other tool that I like is the Orvis Knot Tool. I only use this to tie the new and improved clinch knot and the double/triple surgeon's knots. I have figured out how to tie the double davey knot while I am out there on the stream saving tippet. My weak link in the fly fishing chain is that I am not a very good fly caster. I constantly watch youtube videos and put to practice what I learn and observe.

I am seriously considering spending a weekend at the Orvis school in Blue Ridge Summit, PA south of Gettysburg to spend a day(s) with their experts learning how to both fly cast a fly rod and wing shoot a shot gun. Since I am now a member of a R & G club in the Poconos, I should do what I can to get better at both.

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Critter

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I'm considering the same thing, but dont want to look like flavor flav walking around with the clock around my neck, as I've felt w chest packs. Vests distribute weight well but as stated can get hot and cumbersome.
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