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Beginner Fly-Fishing Gear: The Flint Hills Vest

I’ve never tried fly fishing, and it's hard to find a buddy who's willing to show me the ropes. What’s the best way to get started?

The Flint Hills Vest.     Photo: Bob Parks

A:After a few decades’ hiatus, I wanted to get back into the sport in style. I had the Redington Topo Outfit to provide a high-quality graphite pole and lightweight reel. But I wanted things to go smoothly, so I borrowed a fishing vest from another angling company, Fishpond, in Colorado.

The $89 Flint Hills Vest has six pockets up front and a big pouch in back for storing a jacket. I connected the Redington nippers to a D-ring lash on the front of the vest, zipped the Vermont fishing license into a side pocket, and stowed a Canadian lager in the bottom pocket for later. It was nice to have everything organized and within arm’s reach. I think I’ll do this more often.

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