Your Favorite Gear Of All Time


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I feel like we need a positive version of the worst rod of 2020 thread! What's your favorite fishing related items, of all time? It can be anything; rods, reels, gadgets, doodads, etc.

8ft 4wt Redington Classic Trout Rod
I sold this rod a while back, because I no longer had a use for it. However, this was by far the best rod I've ever had and also one of the cheapest. I don't know why, but it just felt good to fish with.

Redington Clark Fork Mesh Vest
I started out with a hand-me-down vest, when I was about 10. It took 20 years of playing around with every "best" new pack system, to realize that there's nothing better than a vest. This is a simple, cheap, vest that has everything I need and nothing I don't.

Renzetti Traveler Vise
I've had this vise for about a decade now and I'm still impressed with it. It will probably be my last vise.

Tacky Fly Boxes
These fly boxes are inexpensive, but make every other fly box I've used seem like garbage.
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Dave Westburg

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Granger 8642 Victory Bamboo fly rod. 8'6" 5 weight. Works with my float tube, swinging wet flies, fishing dries.

Hardy Uniqua reel.

Any Hardy Fly box.

Filson lightweight fishing vest.


Great story about the name of the rod. Granger's rod designer Bill Phillipson was fighting with Granger's office manager about making improvements to the company's fly rods. Phillipson won and named the new fly rods Victory. The office manager must have done a slow burn each time she had to ship one of the rods.

She got even in the end by torpedoing the sale of the Granger fly rod company to Bill Phillipson. He returned the favor by leaving and starting up the Phillipson rod company which produced some outstanding bamboo rods.
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Skip Enge

Uck Uck Uck, bitches
Peak rotary vise w/ midge jaws
Simms neoprenes lived to be 20 with scars then euthanized
Simms G4's they are teenagers now
Ross Gunnison for one of my 4 wts
Loomis GLX? it's old...7'? 3 piece 3 wt


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I too, am a fan of the Redington Classic Trout. I have two of them, a 3 wt and 5 wt, both 8 1/2'. I'm very attached to my McVey cane rods, but I like the 5 wt best and use it the most. I have a bevy of wonderfully performing fly rods, including Spey rods. However, among the latter, I'm ass over tea kettle infatuated with the CND 12' Spey Tracker and 13' 4" Solstice. If carbon fiber rods can have soul, these two have it in spades.

I could never have too many Hardy reels, so I have a few. I'd never part with the better made Ross Colorado trout reels because they are that good. And my custom made Shamburg Spey reel that is patterned on the ancient Dingly, is a joy to use because it is just so damn well made.

I try not to be a gear junky, but sometimes I just can't help it.

Rocking Chair Fan

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Loomis IM6 Signature Series rods in 9 foot 5 and 6 weights. Great moderate action, soft tip and lots of backbone which help protect the tippets from breaking. Been fishing them for 35 years and they communicate with me when casting as well as feeling those subtle takes. Lots of soul and many great memories...
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Nick Clayton

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I can't think of any gear I've owned that I couldn't make work for its intended purpose, but some I've liked more than others.

The old clear headed Rio OBS lines. Still my favorite line ever for throwing big stuff a long ways.

Linekurv stripping basket. Best 60 bucks I've ever spent on fly fishing gear.

Costa Fantail 580g glasses with Sunrise Silver Mirror lenses. They excel in low light and are the best lenses for seeing into the water Ive ever used.

I've had a lot of great rods, but a few stand out.

Redington Link 9' 8 wt. Caught more coho on that damn rod than I could begin to count.

Redington Vapen 9' 12 wt. Just an incredibly tough, strong 12 wt. Ive caught an awful lot of albacore on this rod. It casts great, has a ton of backbone, and puts up with major abuse on the ocean. I paid 100 bucks for it.

Hardy Zenith 8' 10" 7 wt 1 piece rod. Perhaps the nicest casting fly rod Ive ever used. Super smooth, plenty of power when needed. I haven't fished it in a few years, which is a shame.

Scott Meridian 9' 6 wt. My all time favorite big flies, big wind, big fish 6 wt.

Orvis Helios 3 9' 6 wt. My favorite all around 6 wt.

For reels the original Orvis Hydros SL for being flat out work horses.

Bauer Rogue 4 as my personal favorite reel.

Renzetti Master vise. I have a love of vises, and have owned and tied on most production vises at some point, but the Master wins for me. Will hold any hook on the planet. Lots of nice little touches like a material clip that works well and isn't in the way, and a rotary tension screw that actually holds tension where its set.

Stonfo Dubbing brush machine. Totally changed my fly tying.

Triumph 170cc boat for opening up the entirety of the Puget Sound.


It's all good.
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7'10" Micro Poke Boat, circa 2000. 17 lbs empty, fits inside my various fishing rigs over the years, no legs dangling in 40° water. Countless days of fishing small water. Maker is no longer around :(

9' 4wt Albright A5 rod, also circa 2000. Have many more expensive rods, but this one is perfect for me. Company is long gone, so I will probably weep if I ever break it!

Everything else is replaceable

Canuck from Kansas

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Aside from cane rods I built myself (like children, which is your favorite), an original Scott G series 2 piece, 9 ft 4 wt. Most versatile graphite rod I've ever owned.


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