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Pack Lists

Replacing Anxiety With Efficiency

 

     A great day on the water begins with proper preparation.  Choosing the correct equipment can be riddled with tough decisions.  Toting more items than you truly need can easily result in needless fatigue and exertion.  Seasonal adjustments, based on temperature and the possibility of less than favorable weather, need to be made as well.  Investing the time and assembling a pack list beforehand will pay huge dividends when it comes time to head to the river or your next camping adventure.

 

     The most proficient means to maintain preparedness is a thorough check list.  Creating multiple checklists and dividing excursions based on needs is also beneficial, however, donít get carried away.  It takes effort initially and there may be some trial and error involved as you discover what was utilized and what was not.  The amount of time saved once a working list is created is invaluable.  The anxiety of packing (and possibly forgetting something) for last minute trips is almost completely eliminated.

 

     Start by creating a list of fishing and/or camping/backpacking trips that you regularly find yourself taking.  An example would be the following trips that I take on a yearly basis, listed below.

 

Steelheading

Spring / Winter / Fall

Local PA MI NY

Brooks, Browns, Bows

Spring / Fall

PA WVA

BackPacking

Solo / Group

PA WVA

Camping

Tent  / Camper

Family / Friends

 

     Take notice of the main headings (above) followed by subcategories.  Create a master checklist and break it down into columns based on the season, destination(s), or other variables.  This saves creating many checklists that essentially only have a few variable items.  What youíll end up with is an itemized list of a core group of essentials followed by a small list of items that youíll add or subtract based on the destination and season.  Iíve found it very helpful to make small notations in the side bars noting the factors that include or exclude certain items.

 

     Below is a typical list for Steelhead fishing, late fall, locally followed by the seasonal and destination based variables.

 

Fishpond Pack

TP in Ziplock

First Aid Kit

Multi-Tool

Assortment

Polarized Glasses

Ball Cap

Float Wallet W/Drennan

Float Rod / Reel

License

Breathable Waders

Wading Boots

Rain Jacket

Splitshot dispenser

Headlamp

WP Digital Camera

Platypus Water Bottle

Forceps

Tippet 4,6,8# Fluorocarbon

Bandana

Small Bag of Pretzels

Micro Swivels

Float Caps

Cell Phone in Ziplock

Wallet

Fishing Shirt

Split Shot Removal Tool

Fly Box, Nymphs/Eggs

 

Winter Additions:

Wool gloves

Fleece Vest

Long Underwear

Sock System

Winter Cap

In Car-

Complete Change of clothes

Spare Rod / Reel

Cell Charger

 

Out of Town Additions:

Map(s)

Toll Money

Full Lunch

Out of State Fishing License

Local Shops Contact #ís

 

      Below is a pack list from a 3 day trip for Brooks, Browns, and Bows within PA during the spring and when a cabin is provided:

 

Fishpond Pack

TP in Ziplock

First Aid Kit

Multi-Tool

Assortment

Polarized Glasses

Ball Cap

Float Wallet W/Drennan

Float Rod / Reel

License

Breathables

Wading Boots

Rain Jacket

Splitshot dispenser

Headlamp

WP Digital Camera

Platypus Water Bottle

Fly Box, Nymphs/Eggs

Forceps

Tippet 4,6,8# Fluorocarbon

Bandana

Small Bag of Pretzels

Micro Swivels

Float Caps

Cell Phone in Ziplock

Wallet

Fishing Shirt

Split Shot Removal Tool

Fly Rods / Switch Rods

Bath Towel / Wash Cloth

Fly Reels/Centrepin

Toothbrush/paste

Shampoo/Soap

Neoprene / Breathable Waders

Wading Boots\Wading Staff

Camera Battery Charger

Cell Phone Charger

Laptop

Coffee Thermos

Soup Pot/Wedding Soup

Big Coffee Mug

Cappuccino Machine

Foam Cups

Fry Pan / Spatula

Filet Knife

 

Pillow/Sleeping Bag

(4) Changes of Underclothing

(4) Pants, Socks, T-Shirts

(1) Shorts, Convert. Pants

(1each) Sweatshirt, Vest

Fleece Long Underwear

(3) Trail Socks

Wilson

Work Boots

 

Winter Additions:

Wool gloves

Fleece Vest

Long Underwear

Sock System

Winter Cap

Food:

Cornmeal/Flour Mix

Bacon Fat

Uncle Benís Rice

Chips / Avacado Dip

Yellow Squash / Zuchinni

Garlic / Butter

OJ / Whole Milk

Coffee Grounds/Sweet-n-low

Creamer

Bologna/Bread/Granola

Trail Mix / Plastic Sandwich Bags

Bottled Water/Ketchup

 

In Car-

Complete Change of clothes

Spare Rod / Reel

Cell Charger

 

Out of Town Additions:

Map(s)

Toll Money

Full Lunch

Out of State Fishing License

Local Shops Contact #ís

 

      During the packing phase, additional necessities may arise.  Maintain track of them along with the things you discover you should have brought, but forgot at home.  As a matter of practice, purchase a three ring binder and store your lists, maps, camping permits, special flies, etc.  Eventually, youíll have a lock on what youíll need for just about every expedition, a reference binder full of them, and a history of the trips that you have taken over the years.

 

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