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Whats In Your Tackle Bag

Author Gil d'Oliveira AKA treblig

   
 

You never know 100% what offering will work catching your elusive prey. Weather and river conditions will vary. Barometric pressure has a big role. What worked yesterday may not work today.

​We have two types of fishermen. The one who can control his environment as in a boat and have with him a large assortment of tackle boxes filled to the rim with tackle that are in easy reach. 
 
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Then there is the fisherman on foot. This individual has to carry with him all his option as they move around searching the banks, walking the beaches, hiking the trails and my favorite climbing down bluffs with ropes to get to that ideal spot 
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When I am fishing a river I will hike sometimes one to two hours away from the parking lot. When I am fishing the beaches the distance may not be as long but the duration away from the vehicle will be. Sometime I am three to five hours and the last thing I need to do is waste time to get water, or food.

So it important to use the correct tool of the trade to the conditions you are faced with.
    
I believe the Fly fisherman has the lightest burden of gear. His vest or, chest bag, or waist bag will be filled with assorted amounts of fly's, various weighted tippets, indicators, nail snipers, pliers, little weights, various fly line heads, hook sharpening stone, scissors, fish bag.
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The gear fisherman is the one that will have to endure the heavier tackle. As a steel header I sometimes feel I have the whole tackle store with me. It starts with lots of pencil lead and split shots of various sizes, 4 to 6 floats, pliers, assortment of Lil Corky's, assortment of Spin N Glo's, Plastic offerings of worms and plastic salmon eggs, Swivels and Snaps, assortment of different colours and size beads, pre tied hooks, spool of leader line, colours assortment of wool, scissors, extra packages of hooks of various sizes, slip knot line, various spinners, various spoons. Various jigs, sharpening stone, nail snipers, fish bag, empty zip locks, gloves, hand warmers, water bottle, power bars, small first aid, bait box, toilet napkins.
    
    
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A good steelhead vest design will also have an outer pouch following the full parameter of the vest on the outside to hold your fish when hiking or climbing back so your hands are free.

So why carry zip lock bags? Everything I carry is in Zip Lock bags including my phone. Under wet conditions it helps keep things dry. Also last outing even though I use a wading staff I fell in. At plus 1 the water was very cold. If I get a doe with single eggs I will put the eggs in the zip lock and fill it with river water. This will harden the eggs and if your lucky and catch a buck with milt then put a squirt of milt in the bag and the eggs will become the ultimate firmness to make roe bags.

As a beach fisherman sometimes I will use a backpack if I am climbing down a steep bluff. Climbing back up is the issue, as you have to have your hands free to handle the climbing ropes. So in the backpack I will have my steelhead vest empty from tackle folded away to hold the salmon when I climb back up so my hands will be free. These I will store behind a log once I am on the beach. I then take out my shoulder bag that will have three boxes of assorted lures, fluorocarbon spool of leader, nail snipers, sharpening stone, extra reel spool of heavier fishing line, salmon bag, pliers, binoculars, small first aid pack, water and power bars. A shoulder bag I strapped across my chest on my back. At anytime I can bring forward to the front if I need to access gear or bring it up to sit on my shoulder if I am aggressively wading deep in the ocean.

Back packs, waist bags and shoulder bags, chest bags will vary in many sizes. They are a fisherman’s best friends. You have to be smart though and remember you will be carrying them for long durations. I have seen fishermen also carry a spare rod in their backpack. Some back packs are so large that often the fisherman will leave their back packs on shore chasing the salmon only to run back later to trying to find were they left it or rescuing it from the rising tide.

With addition to you’re fishing conditions you might want bug spray, knife, bright colours surveyors tape, Sun Block, phone, flashlight, camera and sun glasses. Why use surveyor’s tape? When you come out of a trail to a river or beach for the first time you need to remember your exit. It took me 45 minutes to find the exit when I first came down a bluff out of the forest on a beach. On the Stamp River I couldn't find my way back to the exit of the store pool on the Stamp River. I lucked out and another fisherman was going my way.

"Tackle" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "any instruments of action; an apparatus by which an object is moved or operated; gear; as, fishing tackle, hunting tackle." Thus, a tackle box or bag would be defined as any container used to hold instruments used for action, primarily for fishing or hunting.

And we think the fish are heavy…