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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-12-2018, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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In need of a new fishing vest

In need of a new fishing vest, what do you recommend? My old Garcia has about had it. What are you guys using?
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Allen chest pack. Switched from a vest years ago and never looked back.
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You might be able to find that vest on E-bay - I use a specific Ausable(out of business) vest for my bass/striper/walleye fishing and I found a replacement on there - eventually. Seems it wasn't a popular model - lots of other Ausables but not "mine" (short "wading" vest with bigger pockets).

For my trout vest I don't need the shorter length or the bigger pockets so I'm not real particular on brand or style. At most I carry a small Plano 3214 box(little bigger than a cigg pack) with assorted spinners/lures. a pack or two of hooks/splitshot, maybe a jar of powerbait and a box of worms. I probably only use half the pockets LOL.

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I've tried all the fancy chest and waist packs. For trout fishing, I always seem to go back to a $15 Berkley vest from Wal-Mart. If it isn't very warm out, I usually just go with a cabelas wading jacket with a few small Plano boxes in the chest pockets.
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The problem I'm having in finding fishing vests is that so many of them are made of mesh material. The thinking I guess is that they are much cooler but the problem is that walking in a wooded or thorny area it's easy to get caught in thorns or small tree branches with the mesh material.

I am using one I bought at Gander Mountain but I guess they are closed now. Walmart has a Wind River brand that is not mesh. A search of Amazon might find you something since those vests that have been reviewed by many customers.

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That's my problem too, the mesh material. Plus I'd really like to have storage in the back or I'd try one of those chest packs. I found a photographers vest on Amazon that looks appealing, so I may give it a try. It just doesn't have a d-ring on the back for a net, that's my hold up.
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there is a place around Lancaster that handles fishing gear called Orvis phone #717-394-9674 . call them for directions or if not close maybe they can send you a catalog or something
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I use a fanny pack. A lot easier and cooler than a vest. Its just not comfortable hiking/jogging a long way with a vest, which I often do. Sometimes I wear the fanny pack on my back, putting the strap across one shoulder.
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there is a place around Lancaster that handles fishing gear called Orvis phone #717-394-9674 . call them for directions or if not close maybe they can send you a catalog or something
The Orvis store is located along Rt. 30 East of Lancaster in the Rockvale Outlets Complex. I've never been in the store but they have vests that can be ordered online. You have to pay a higher price for the Orvis name so their cheapest vest is $79. Here's what that vest looks like:
Clearwater Fishing Vest / Clearwater Vest -- Orvis

Earlier I mistakenly said Walmart sells a Wind River brand but it's Crystal River for $29.95. It's Bass Pro that sells the Wind River brand for I believe 39.95. All depends how much fishing you do and how much you want to pay. I don't know if the quality is much different no matter which name you go with.
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Fishpond makes some great vests.

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