Below is my fanny pack, which I also love, made by Fishpond. It took going through many, many packs before I found one that fit this well on my frame. It has several compartments as well as two side compartments for water bottles - another essential for being on the river all day.
There are a few things in the above phote (click to make larger) that you may question! What's a Spork, you say? Well, it's a very clever combination of a fork, spoon and knife! Depending on what you pack for your lunch, it can come in very handy! My lunch is usually a yogurt, some fresh cut fruit and an energy bar. The felt sole boots are very important for wading streams - it can be very slippery under the surface and the felt is amazing at keeping you stable (most of the time). And you're probably also asking what is a neck buddy? It's a neck scarf filled with little expandable beads. You soak it for about 30 minutes during which time it puffs up, then you wrap it around your neck for the ultimate cooling experience - they can last all day on the river!
Next is this plastic bag (which we continually re-use) filled with towels to wipe our feet after we come out of the river, and an extra bag for our wet and sometimes muddy boots.Finally, we have our tote. We came up with this idea a few years ago after getting frustrated filling up the rear of the car with our fishing gear and keeping it neat and tidy. What you're looking at below is the stuff in the bottom of the tote. On top goes our fanny packs, fishing boots, and the bag of towels. The only things that don't fit inside are our vests, which we hang in the back seat and our fly rods! We keep the tote filled and ready to go at all times!
Later this morning we're headed up past Mt. Pilchuck on the Mountain Loop Highway to check out our fishing holes. We'll take a picnic lunch, some sand chairs and books and soak up some well deserved sunshine! More on that tomorrow!