Over the year, I've purchased various gadgets people have mentioned on the board and I thought I'd give some feedback on my experience. To those who ultimately view this as an OMJ useless gear review, I apologize in advance. I will start with boots: I bought the Simms Stream Dead (sic) boots when they first came out a few years back and promptly went swimming in the Yakima on a freezing January day. I hated them from day one, having never fallen in my previous Aquastealth boots. Not only were they dangerous, but they clumped up snow as bad as felt, losing the advantage of a rubber sole in snow. The tread apparently melts in water, as the "aggressive" features quickly wore down. I found a pair of lightly used boots with the hard bite star cleats in the WFF classified section and was finally able to wade deeper than my ankles again. This summer, I added the Patagonia aluminum bars (same price as hard bite star cleats) to my original boots (http://www.yellowstoneangler.com/st...-stick-add-aluminum-bars-to-your-wading-boots) and I gotta say this is the most secure boot I've ever used. The hard bite cleats on my second pair are getting loose and unaccepting of a tightening phillips head. I suspect I'll ultimately replace them with the aluminum bars. We'll see how they do with clumping when hiking in the snow this winter. Now to gadgets: As a middle aged male, I've gone back an forth on various magnifying devices to thread a size 20 ish fly, from flip downs to Clics. I purchased two magnetic fly threaders recommended on this board and am not impressed. They're great if you're threading a bead head or fly with a very clean head, but I rarely have trouble with those. Any fly with a parachute hackle or forward wing doesn't seem to fit in the device well. For now, I'll stick with my Clics and have less hanging from my vest. I suspect bifocals are in my future. I also purchased the Smith Creek rod clip which I actually do like. I no longer have to keep my rod pinched between my arm and side as I add weight, switch flies or take a picture. I suspect I will keep this one on my vest. So far, I have not had it tangle with my fly line. Getting tired of the thingamabobber look, I also tried the New Zealand strike indicator tool pack with New Zealand wool. While I won't hang the gadget on my vest, I will keep it in a pocket and continue using this item. I have yet to treat the wool, which dries simply with an occasional false cast parallel to the shore. It does not twist your leader like the old bighorn strike indicators. It does take a little more time manipulating it up or down the leader. Don't get me wrong, I think thingamabobbers are probably better. They never sink or have to be treated, don't twist the leader and move easily up and down, but come on...everyone has those stupid things on their rod as they float by. They're getting like puffy jackets, PBR and flat brimmed hats. Finally, I bought an Aquapac case for the cell phone which hangs around my neck conflicting with my Clics magnifiers. This has been great for quick pics to my jealous (when they're working and I'm not) MT friends and letting my wife and kids know I'm still alive when fishing solo. The latter was probably more important before I put the aluminum bars on my boots. My thanks to those of you on the forum who brought these items to my attention.