Lanyards - How many of you guys wear them?

Codioos

Active Member
#46
Here I was thinking that only superstar cover picture fisherman put these things on right before a money shot. I am now using the Patagonia Stealth Atom sling pack and I dont think I will ever use my vest again, and thats why I was thinking of the lanyard again.

Thanks for the pictures GAT; yup mine is the Dr Slick store bought one but I took all the heavy crap off of it. Maybe I'll thow it on tomorrow...
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#47
A vest can be a pain in the back. My trout and steelhead river vests are far too heavy with assorted overkill fly boxes and crap so after a few hours of casting, my back is killing me. I know it is the vest because if I take it off, the pain disappears after a half hour or so.

Fortunately, I've switched to stillwaters and keep all the heavy assorted overkill crap in the pontoon boat pockets... I only wear a vest because it is a CG approved PFD and gives me someone to attach my nippers and hemostats.

So while the lanyards are really pretty with the beads and all :D , I think I'll stay with my vest for stillwaters.
 

JE

Active Member
#50
I wear one and find that it looks particularly stylish with my puffy coat and flat brimmed hat.

I actually do wear one - attached to it are 3 spools of tippet, nippers, floatant, chapstick. I tuck it securely out of the way behind my Richardson Chest fly box. And wear a day pack if i need to carry a lunch or etc. My system of choice for around 10 years now. My vest got hung up on branches and stuff while brush beating way more.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#51
I'm not into jewelry. Lanyards look like jewelry. And I don't like weight hanging around my neck. Lanyards hang around the neck. No lanyard here. If I see a grizzled manly man wearing a lanyard, I wonder why he chooses to wear a necklace.

Sg
Because, like krusty, he is comfortable with his manhood. However, that being said, krusty wouldn't be caught dead wearing a necklace. Not that there's anything wrong with it!

I do like my waders with the gortex butt-ruffles, though.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#52
I have a classic fly vest that is taking up space in my closet. I think I've worn it about 5 times. I might wear it again sometime. Its not bad, but it seems kind of excessive. Since I fish for several different species with all kinds of gear, I found that I always emptied the vest and hung it in the closet, so it was never "ready to go," anyway.
Seems like I prepare differently for each fishing trip, depending on many various factors.

I'm often fishing from a boat, and I usually have my fishing pfd on, which has pockets and atachment points. I just clip my hemostats (has scissors, so I don't need a separate nipper) somewhere on the pfd, or on a wader strap if I'm wading. A couple of spools of tippet, floatant, and a couple of small fly boxes (one dry, one for wet, nymphs and streamers) will fit in shirt pockets or the front pocket on my waders. I usually have a small dry bag or pack along in my canoe or kayak, so I keep most of my stuff in there.
If I'm in a boat, I just leave the pfd on when I get out and wade, unless its a hot day, in which case it stays in the boat, near my day pack that has all my stuff in it. I can see how you folks on the dry side would like a simple lanyard set-up, since it seems like its often way too hot to wear a vest over there.
I have a folding knife on a lanyard that I loop onto my canoe seat so that its in reach when I'm paddling, and won't sink to the bottom in the unlikely event that I capsize. I also have a sharp emergency knife lanyarded with a bungee inside a pocket on each of my pfds, and i try to avoid using those so that they will be sharp if I ever need them.
In a canoe or kayak, everything gets leashed, except when I'm on smaller lakes that forbid gas O/B motors. (Some power boaters are even worse than bus drivers! Yeah, I said that.)
Sometimes I have my camera hanging from its strap around my neck, and I tuck that behind my pfd or have it hanging inside my fleece, so it doesn't swing out when I lean forward.

I also have a roll-top dry-bag fanny pack that's great for surf fishing or wading on rainy days. I don't have to worry about dunking it when a sneaker wave hits me, or if I'm wading thru or across a deeper run.
 
#57
HAHAHAHAHA. You guys break me up.

What is wrong with a coat pocket. How much gear do you need?

A rod, reel, line, leader and fly. Add in an extra fly or three and a cold beer in your back pocket. Good to go. I never use a net because I never catch fish. C & R is for newbies. Just don't catch and then you don't have to worry about the rest of it.

But some of those lanyards (Hippy necklace?) would look nice with a floral shirt, shorts, and some sandals. Maybe a palm hat and a drink with an umbrella for effect.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#59
HAHAHAHAHA. You guys break me up.

What is wrong with a coat pocket. How much gear do you need?

A rod, reel, line, leader and fly. Add in an extra fly or three and a cold beer in your back pocket. Good to go. I never use a net because I never catch fish. C & R is for newbies. Just don't catch and then you don't have to worry about the rest of it.

But some of those lanyards (Hippy necklace?) would look nice with a floral shirt, shorts, and some sandals. Maybe a palm hat and a drink with an umbrella for effect.
To catch fish I don't have to get very far from my truck. I keep all my junk on the front seat so I only have to reach across to pick something out of my fly box. If you know me you would understand why I do it that way. I don't move around very good anymore. It sucks to be old.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#60
To catch fish I don't have to get very far from my truck. I keep all my junk on the front seat so I only have to reach across to pick something out of my fly box. If you know me you would understand why I do it that way. I don't move around very good anymore. It sucks to be old.
Yup, and nowadays I mostly fish with my fat old ass in a kayak...plenty a beer within easy reach.

In fact...given a sufficient quantity of cold beer on board....I don't really give a rat's ass if I catch any fish. I'm quite satisfied to look good flogging the hell out of the lake.