Hatch Magazine put up a post on packing for your saltwater trip. These sorts of lists are always worth reading.
Got me thinking about some of the odd and ends I bring.
Socks. Cheap, white, mass-produced socks. In my opinion, that’s the best thing to wear with your wading boots. Forget the neoprene booties. The cheap white socks will do a good job of protecting your feet from the grit and sand. When done for the day, just toss them out.
Desitin. More commonly known as a butt cream for you baby, Desitin is a good thing to have if you end up getting a wading rash. If you have tried to walk a flat with one of those, it sucks. This can help address the issue.
A spinning rod. That’s right. A frigging spinning rod. I’ll tell you… I’ve had some days just wrenched from the trash-heap by having a spinning rod in the boat with a big, massive pencil popper for cudas. When you get tired of getting your ass handed to you for 5 or 6 hours in a row, hooking and landing a cuda on a spinning rig is just pure fun.
Everything else I bring is pretty standard.
- Quick dry pants
- Long sleeved shirts
- Sun mask
- Sun gloves
- Sun Screen
- 2 8wts
- 1 10wt
- A few hundred flies
- First aid kit
- Extras Kit with superglue and rod tips and kevlar thread, etc.
- Wading boots
- Dry Bag
- Hip gear bag
- Solar panel for emergency charging
- Spools and spools of extra mono and fluoro and wire. Be ready for whatever comes at ya
- Good pair of pliers
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Here! Here! An excellent list. Only differences for me are that 1.) I bag the hip pack and travel light when wading – nippers, tipper and an extra leader in one shirt pocket, a small box of flies in the other. If long trek, a bottle of water in my pants pocket. And 2.) one thing I always take is a box of about 100 of those foil-packed lens wipes, leaving those I don’t use with my guide.