Have you ever found yourself pawing through the depths of your gear bag, trying to find something you need quickly? Maybe the hatch is on and you're looking for your back-up floatant. Or you're on a huge school of bonefish and you need to replace your leader because the last fish tore you up in the mangroves. You need to access your gear quickly in these situations. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to find gear when you need it.
Guests often ask me what my favorite trout rod for the Deschutes is. The honest answer is -I don't have just one, I have a bunch. (yes... I'm a gear whore) I've always been a believer in having multiple rods rigged in the boat for a multitude of fishing situations. If you have only one rod rigged, say with an indicator rig, inevitably the fish will start eating dry flies. Some hatches, like the green drake, only last for twenty to forty minutes.
Hoodys have become standard issue gear for those of us that spend time fishing in cold weather. For good reason... It's incredible how much warmer you stay with an insulated hood over your gourd. Problem is, most hoodys are bulky and take up a lot of valuable room under your waders and wading jacket. The new Simms Axis Hoody is the perfect garment for layering when the weather turns nasty.
I recently returned from filming Skagit Master 4 in the Great Lakes. During our trip we dealt with weather conditions ranging from downright beautiful to full blown snotty. One day the high was 69 degrees, the following morning the mercury read 21. It never reached 30 that day.