Keep wading gear simple
Waders often cover so much ground that they can barely see their boat when they turn around. This means that they should carry everything they might need with them.
Unfortunately, some anglers take this to extremes and end up looking like floating tackle shops. Guy Stansel with Hackberry Rod & Gun doesn’t have this problem.
“I don’t like too many things on the way,” he said. “For example, I know a lot of people like to carry around a small mosquito net, but no matter how small and handy it is, it always gets in my way.”
Over the years, Stansel has reduced the equipment he carries with him to the bare essentials.
“Sure, a good pair of waders,” he chuckled. “But you will also need a wading belt with a place to store your needle nose pliers and a small tackle box. I like to keep a Boga-Grip rather than a net, and it clips right onto the belt.
With his wading belt simply equipped, all Stansel has to do when he reaches his destination is strap it on and jump into the water.
But how does he manage landing big trout without a net?
“I let them play it down,” he said. “That way when he’s around you don’t have to worry about getting hooked, and all you have to do is keep the tip of your rod high to keep his head up and l bring with the Boga-Grip on the lower lip.
Carrying too much paddling equipment will only get in your way. Strip it down to the essentials and you can enjoy fishing without having to keep track of all your excess gear.
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