Phil Hayes breaks down ultralight backcountry fly fishing. He produces the Wilderness Lite float tube which is a good start to your gear list when heading out on a backcountry trip. We get into most of the gear you need to put together your trip and shed light on what it’s all about.
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Fly Fishereman’s Fantasy Survey
Show Notes with Phil Hayes
09:30 – Phil’s journey to his home waters is even further than a previous guest in Rob Snowhite who was on in episdoe 12.
12:00 – Phil likes the airplane life jackets but there are other alternatives.
13:40 – Here is a backpacking checklist from REI. You should make your own updated list based on your own needs.
17:48 – The Gregory Paragon is the goto pack for Phil. I also use an old Gregory pack that I love. They are super basic and tough.
20:00 – REI has some backpacking checklists to make sure you have the correct gear.
20:10 – Kenetrek Boots are what Phil has used for many years.
26:40 – The ThermaRest Chair Kit is my luxury item while backpacking.
31:30 – Phil Rowley was on the podcast in episode 34 and broke down stillwater fishing.
33:40 – Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a group that promotes protection of our public lands.
45:20 – Try to find a wader that’s under 2 pounds. Patagonia has an ultralight light wader with a super small pack size.
49:00 – Creek Company makes a lightweight fin and Phil has his own lightweight fin now.
56:40 – Garmin E-Trex 30
58:00 – John Gierach noted in this episode 47 that people die every year in the parks because they didn’t do the basic preparation.
1:04:35 – The REI duffle for backpacks
1:07:24 – The CampingStoveCookout.com has some resources for camping and hiking.
You can reach Phil at WildernessLiteFloat Tubes.com.
Conclusion with Phil Hayes
Phil and I take the deep dive into ultralight backcountry fly fishing and packing. We hear what gear Phil loves and a few of my highlighted gear. Not many fishing tips but if you’d like to hear a backcountry stillwater episdoe, leave a comment below.