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Number one thing to have on a backcountry trip....

Post by Tyler on Sun May 30, 2010 4:45 pm

I wrote an article about backcountry brook trout fishing and began to wonder: what is the number one thing besides your fly fishing gear, that you don't leave behind? I always bring a sharp pocket knife or a multi-tool. Sometimes I'll bring my common sense with me as well... What a Face

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Post by MarkPTO on Sun May 30, 2010 10:56 pm

A flashlight is #1 and waterproof matches is my number 2 item. I fish a lot of remote headwater streams, usually by myself. A slip up could lead to a night or 2 alone. Never had that happen, but I did let daylight slip away on me one time and had to find my way out in the dark. I've always carried a flashlight since then.
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Post by charlie on Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:07 am

besides a flashlight,pocket knife, i like to carry a waterproof container of matches , i usally coat them in wax, because some times the waterproof comtainer is not always what it says. a emergency blanket, bambooshavings or cedar shavings for fire starter mat. also i like to have a flint and steel fire starter, i never want tocaught out in the woods without these ask me how i know.dyr frozen food of some kind.small collap. stove,compass, maps of the erea, gps, cell phone sometimes you might be in an area that you can pick up the skip.also i like to carry a poxket chain saw, made out of wire, get them from most outdoor outfitters,common sense, and fishing buddie if possiable, i do not like to backpack alone. These are among my things that stay in my backpack, along with a wilderness survial hand book. tight lines charlie

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Re: Number one thing to have on a backcountry trip....

Post by Transylwader on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:21 am

Savvy...
It goes a long way, materialistic items come a very distant second...Some are built for the wilds, others needn't bother...
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Re: Number one thing to have on a backcountry trip....

Post by MarkPTO on Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:11 am

Transylwader - Good answer. I like it. A little "savvy" can go a long way.
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Re: Number one thing to have on a backcountry trip....

Post by teachrtec on Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:46 pm

Swiss Army Knife, Multi-tool, basic first aid kit, water or way to make pure, compass and study of topography prior. Also a decent length of para cord in a bracelet.

I can't rank one thing tops. All the non fishing stuff has been critical at some point.
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Re: Number one thing to have on a backcountry trip....

Post by Buffalo96 on Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:52 pm

Flashlight, matches, multi-tool, toilet paper.

Tyler, as I have found in my travels at work, common sense ain't so common. Street smarts goes a long way and some book smarts don't hurt.

Teach, I like the paracord idea. I saw this company on Facebook the other day. Looks like they have some nice stuff.
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Post by teachrtec on Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:20 am

Buffalo96 those braclets are fairly easy to make. It's the same knot you would use to do a woven body fly such as Bi--h creek bug.
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