Most useless piece of kit you purchased?

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#31
That soft shooting basket fom W Joseph, the one that folds back into a belt. Pure junk IMHO.
I would have seconded this vote as i have one and bought another for my father in law for his multiple trips. I have recently seen anothers modified with some closed cell foam to put in the bottom with some plastic anti snag fingers. I made a foam bottom for mine, punched through some plastic fingers and even added a plastic beam that clips to the fiberglass retractable hoop and sits in a hole in the foam to keep the plastic hoop from sagging and therby allowing the sides of the bag to catch line.

I have not tried it yet, but the foam fits into my waders to transport and the plastic fingers and beam fit into the mesh bag and roll up nicely for packing. I'm not sure it will work worth much, but it has to be better than before.

I have one of those fancy wooden fish nets with a long handle, but it is only a mid sized basket. I have rarely had an occasion to use it. Beautiful, but not practical. What was I thinking? Too big for trout and probably too small for salmon/steelhead...but it looks good.
 

Steven Green

Hood Canal Pirate
#33
I bought a c&f box on sale one time. Waste of money. The plastic latch broke off within a month. Never buy fly boxes with latches. I stick to 10 dollar boxes now that have never failed me.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#35
You can whip finish a fly by hand in half a second! That's nuts!
You can pick up your whip finisher and have it rigged on the thread in only half a second? THAT'S nuts! I pick mine up (if I can find it) and curse at the damn thing for about 30 seconds first. Maybe that's why it seems slow.:rofl:

My way, the thread is already in my hand and I can make a loop and three winds and pull it tight lickety split.
 
#36
i agree. actually 3 fishing vests.
I totally disagree.

I tried all the other stuff for years and came back to my vest.

I find it far superior to the fishing packs and what not. I tried 3 of those.

What is so much better about the alternative? Aren't they just about the same except they carry less?
 

Matt Burke

Active Member
#37
Condoms. They're still in my Jeep somewhere. Gotta be like 6 years old. Plus the freezing and melting that goes on in a car through out the year. Been thinking of giving them to this pimple faced teen at work. BTW, why would you need a whip finishing tool? Mine came with my fingers.
 
#38
I tried all the other stuff for years and came back to my vest.
iagree

I recently picked up the Filson guide vest and love it. It's built super-solid and has everything I need. I went thru a fairly lengthy phase of fishing packs, lanyards, etc. I definitely prefer the vest.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#39
I have a boat load of stuff (large plastic container anyway) I've set aside. Some of it no doubt was crap to begin with.

As to vests - I've bought assorted vests, creels, slings & chest & fanny packs but keep coming back to the patagucci vertical pocket. I have it scienced out to the point that it's fairly light and everything I'll need has it's own place. But, I don't like wearing a vest so I'm stuck in this same endless loop with many of you. The small chest pack I have is handy though and I always seem to have what I need.

As to whip finishers, I'll play devils advocate. I CAN finish with my hands however I have fat fingers. I can be MUCH more accurate laying down the final wraps with my renzetti whip tool. And what does it take, maybe another 5 seconds? I use it because it's easier and the heads look better. To me at least. (I'm not sure the fish care.) It may not be manly but I like that tool.

The biggest POS I have maybe the sexy looking "Fly (something)" boxes with the contoured shape and double doors & foam. I have two I'll never use and they were like $45 each. But then I have a grocery bag full of discarded boxes.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#40
Condoms. They're still in my Jeep somewhere. Gotta be like 6 years old. Plus the freezing and melting that goes on in a car through out the year. Been thinking of giving them to this pimple faced teen at work. BTW, why would you need a whip finishing tool? Mine came with my fingers.

Same reason you don't need condoms.
 
#41
I bought a c&f box on sale one time. Waste of money. The plastic latch broke off within a month. Never buy fly boxes with latches. I stick to 10 dollar boxes now that have never failed me.
I buy nothing but C&F boxes and haven't had the latch problems :hmmm: I like how they hold the flies well without having to pierce the foam which as we all know gradually destroys them. The little box with the divider with foam slots on both sides holds a gagillion nymphs. Yes, they are expensive, I just have to tell myself I deserve it.

Aha! I just thought of the most useless piece of gear: Hodgman breathable waders - they sprung leaks so fast, just sick. I got used to being wet until I could afford something better. Now, my Simms G3, thank the fishing gods for waders that keep me dry and have nice features.
 

Steven Green

Hood Canal Pirate
#42
Aha! I just thought of the most useless piece of gear: Hodgman breathable waders - they sprung leaks so fast, just sick.

:rofl: I have a pair, and I've never had a problem with them. I keep waiting for them to tear so I can send them off to recycled waders and get some dan bailey's or something but they haven't died yet.

Maybe next time I've got some cash laying around I'll try the c&f boxes again, perhaps I was unlucky. That or I'm too rough on my gear . . . :rolleyes:
 
#43
very interesting thread! I guess everybody is different.
-I just started whip finishing with a tool, for me it is a lot more accurate than my fingers.
-I now have 4 cliffs Bugger barns, I think that they are great!
-I love my Sage 6126 z, I am glad I use mine.
-I also just picked up another vest as I m tired of the lanyard.
-I must have 4 c&f boxes that work great.
-I have an Orvis Mach reel on a 8wt spey rod. It seems to work fine so far.
I will keep a closer watch on the EE for the good stuff that you guys dont like! :thumb:
 

Richard E

Active Member
#45
That immediately come to mind:

1) 7x and 8x tippet. Like when does a person use that?
2) A device (like a little enclosed reel with a cotton line inside it) that was supposed to help when a person is changing lines in a float tube. Great concept, crummy product.
 

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