EQUIPMENT

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

In order to be a successful Flyathlete, you need very few things.  This is fly fishing stripped down to its bare essentials.  Don’t pack too much crap; you have to run up a mountain with all of that…

A packable fly-rod:  When I need to pack down super small, I fish the the 7-piece 3-weight Orvis Frequent Flyer.  More recently, I pack my bitchin’ Rolling Rivers custom fly rod, built with love by Flyathlete #14.  If you are a lady, please give Denver-based SaraBella Fishing a shot.  Both of my girls have these rods that are made with love by a local Denver company…

A lightweight reel:  I am a Ross Reel guy (another Colorado company), and my weapon of choice for the Flyathlon is the CLA2.

Flies:  However many you want to carry.  Not the place to save weight, as lacking a key fly can cost you minutes…  Hit up Fatties on the Fly for fly boxes that are custom-designed by one of our Texas flyathletes for wherever you are heading.

A watch:  You will need to keep track of your total time from trailhead to fish to trailhead.  I love my Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire.  This watch is bad ass…  Oh, and I have been recently playing with the Suunto Traverse Alpha, which has some really cool features for fisher people built in…

A camera:  You don’t think that someone is really going to believe that you caught a fish in two minutes, do you?  I use my iPhone, which doubles as a jukebox.

A pack:  I am forever searching for that perfect trail running pack that has all of the key features of a fly fishing vest, as well as enough storage in the back for a rod and reel…  Many have come close over the years, but I am most excited about the Osprey Packs Rev 12.  Someday soon, I will be subjecting it to our Troutman Team Challenge attempt, the most grueling of testing grounds…

A GPS Messenger:  I used the Delorme InReach Explorer as my communications / safety hub for the 2014 and 2015 events, and it worked perfectly.  Fortunately, no one got hurt, but since cell phones don’t really work near that part of the San Luis Valley, the messaging function on this bad-boy was essential.

Trail shoes:  I am back to Brooks Running, with the Cascadia.  Love these shoes.

A Cooler:  See “The Reward” section.  The YETI Roadie 20 is a perfect size for six or so beers, and YETIs are bad-ass coolers, no joke.  I recently tried their soft-sided Hopper 30, and I highly recommend it.

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