Most useless piece of kit you purchased?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Loopy, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    What is the most useless piece of fishing kit you bought and presumambly no longer use?

    Mine is a fly box I recently decided to buy. I don't need it as I have loads of them. Ok, a lot are full of pretty things but another plastic box - not even a Wheatley I must have been drinking at the time!

  2. Tim Lockhart

    Tim Lockhart Working late at The Office

    Not that it's a bad thing but the 3rd (2nd spare) spool I have for my Battenkill Disc remains unstrung and unused to this day. Bought the English version so I wanted 2 spares since eventually these would be scarce. Figured I'd go floater, type II and type V with the 3 spools. Strung up the floater and type V and planned to get the II when I had use for it. Well, that's been quite a while and I'm finding I can cover everything between the two lines I have. Seems with the newer constant sink rate (sans the belly curve) the type V is a bit more versatile.

    So though it's useless so far, I'm still glad to have the 3rd spool since I plan to use this reel for a long long may outlast me so maybe my grandkid would have use for all 3 spools...
  3. seanengman

    seanengman Trout have no politics

    My first fly tying set up. It was one of those $30 made in India pieces of crap. The stuff fell apart or didn't work well, and the vise wouldn't hold a hook. The scissors are the only things left that I use... for wire and lead.
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  4. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    A pair of used stream cleats that ended up being about 2 sizes too small for my wading boots. Good news is that I'm only in to them for about $12.

  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    My 8wt. It sits around in it's case and is collecting dust on it big time. I haven't used it since I moved to Montana.

    Other than that, I use everything else I have.

  6. John Dougher

    John Dougher Member

    My 2008 Washington fishing license.
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  7. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

    Nice. :rofl:
  8. Philster

    Philster Active Member

    Many Many Many Many years ago. Stomach/Throat pump... First time I used it I decided I'd have to buy a black hood, and have a hump installed if I was going to continue...:eek:
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  9. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

    Wading sandals.
  10. kosel80

    kosel80 Native Trout Fan

    A backpacking fly rod.It was so crappy I just took my old gear hiking instead.
  11. tyler

    tyler Member

    no kidding!

  12. fshnazn

    fshnazn Member

    Light saltwater tackle and bassfishing gear that came from another life. Now that I look back, I wish I would have saved my money for a spey rod. Anyone fish gear out there? I got quality stuff. Please?
  13. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

    non toxic split shot
  14. barbless

    barbless Member

    Fishpond tippet dispenser. Crrraaaap. Must be why they don't make it anymore.
  15. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

    Frankly, I think most of you are being unfair to your suggestions. Fishing gear doesn't become a piece of crap because you found that you don't need it, or because your size choice was wrong, or because your lifestyle and/or priorities have changed. T'aint the gear's fault.
    Only something like Seanengram's fly tying kit deserve to be denegrated, because any buyer would have been ill-served by purchasing it. Tell us about stuff that broke/split/warped/refused to attach, etc., soon after purchasing.
    I've left a lot of not-so-useful gear in my wake - haven't we all? As the old saying goes, "It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools."
  16. XstreamAngler

    XstreamAngler ...has several mistresses.

    Fishing Vest

  17. Jake L

    Jake L New Member

    A leader straightener. Useless. I can do it better with my hands.
  18. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

    I thought about posting re some of my old tying gear, such as my thompson model-a vise that served for some time to support a lamp whose clamp broke. It was replaced by a renzetti traveler and my tying improved as a result of a better tool. The thompson model-a certainly isn't a piece of crap, it's just rather antiquated (and classic). I haven't been able to think of a useless piece of gear, which is why I hadn't posted one. :thumb: Mac.
  19. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

    Long bellied spey line. Can't figure out for the life of me why anyone would want to use one.
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  20. Buck

    Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

    My 5 wt after catching bigger fish

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