|Vedavoo chest pack|
Tenkara is what some of the more pure fly fishers these days would call "minimalist," and I can appreciate that without some of the negative undertones that word seems to inspire in some of the more mainstream fly fishing circles. In my mind, the tenkara craft is a way to shrug off the sometimes oppressive belief that more gear is better. And, frankly, it has helped me evolve a bit from a hopeless gearhead to someone who is a bit more thoughtful before each fishing trip.
I've taken to asking myself, "What do you really need for this trip?" before I head out to the water. Increasingly, the list of vital gear is getting smaller, less obtrusive. Over the last couple of years, I've taken to smaller fly boxes, a little floatant, some tippet, a pair of nippers, a pair of hemostats, maybe a small camera ... and that's just about it.
As a result, I've gone from a full-on fishing vest to something quite a bit smaller. Thankfully, there's a relatively new manufacturer out there that seems to get that, in many cases, less is more. Vedavoo, an American company that hand-crafts its equipment, might be the most progressive outfit out there when it comes to catering to the fly fisher who, above all else, wants to fish. In recent weeks, I've taken to coupling a small, unobtrusive Vedavoo chest pack with my tenkara rod--they go together quite nicely, and, while I have room for everything I need, I don't feel as though I'm encumbered by a hip pack or bulging chest pack that, for me anyway, always seems to foil a cast at the least opportune moment.
|Minimalist? You bet ;-)|
The chest pack is the shoulder pack's spunky little brother. It won't hold the amount the gear the shoulder pack will, but then, it's not supposed to. The chest pack simply drapes over your neck, like a lanyard would, but it's able to conveniently cary a few more items than a standard lanyard would (and I love a good lanyard, truth be told).
The chest pack comes with three pockets--one on the the front, and two in the back. The zipper pack in the back is ideal for your car keys, your wallet--maybe even a small camera. A second, larger pocket on the back would be great for extra leaders and your "I might need this" fly box.
The front pocket is made from expandable material that could hold "I will need this" fly box and maybe a bottle of gink. The front also comes equipped with a toggled loop that can hold four spools of tippet.
Throw in the 10 different connection point for things like nippers and 'stats--adding a Zinger or two for these tools would be a great idea--and you've got yourself the ideal "minimalist" carrying case that, truth be told, doesn't have to be all that minimalist.
Another thing I appreciate about Vedavoo's equipment. It wears very nicely. The neck strap for the chest pack is adjustable for comfort and it drapes appropriately without getting in the way of a cast or getting hung up on a pesky branch. It's a great little pack, and at $49, it's very nicely priced.
If you're looking for a pack with a decent amount of carrying capacity, but something that doesn't feel awkward or get in the way of the reason you're on the water in the first place, consider the Vedavoo chest pack. It's ideal for the minimalist in all of us.