During my travels I have destroyed many suitcases, I say I have destroyed actually I lay the blame for the majority of the destruction on the baggage handlers at various airports. Anyway I basically consider that luggage is a receptacle for cloths and assorted odds and ends, however all the outfitters gave very specific guidance for luggage and its requirements/functionality. The basic requirements are a main bag and a day bag; both have to be water proof and robust.
Generally it is suggested that the main bag be a duffel style bag, however I could not find a suitable one and I have reservations about carrying a fully loaded duffel miles through airports, I prefer things with wheels!! I found a snowbee rolling duffel with two waterproof compartments and a hard floor. Although in the photos it looks the same as any other rolling duffel it has a couple of very important differences, it is longer and narrower than most, this means that it comfortably fits a 9′, four pice rod and remains within the maximum linear dimension for “normal” hold baggage. The bag cost £135 from John Norris.
The main bag was relatively easy compared to my carry on bag, I looked at many waterproof backpacks and fishing bags, there was a plethora of them but none seemed particularly appropriate or they were $300 plus. Generally the water proof ones were simply a bag with straps, therefore did not have the required functionality. The main problem with these there was nowhere to put the stuff that can get wet without opening the whole bag, defeating the point of being waterproof day bag. With no external pockets or separate compartments they were not much use. All the other “water-resistant” bags looked like they would leak at the first serious bit of rain. In the end it was Bunnings (Australia’s equivalent to Home plus or B&Q) to the rescue, I dropped in on a whim and found this water proof tool bag by Kincrome for a whole $45, it came in sexy choice of bright yellow or bright yellow. It has plenty of internal and external pockets, has a hard floor, constructed out of heavy-duty vinyl and is cabin compliant.
Only time (and lots of rain) will tell if I have made the right choices, hopefully I have and my cloths will stay dry for the trip.
Finally some more fishing stuff.
I have just received the flys that I have ordered from The Fly Shop, They are not what I am used to. The largest flys that I use tend to be similar in size to the dry flys in the last photo. I am hoping that the size of the fish are proportional to the size of the flys, they will be huge. I have photographed the flys on a navigation protractor which has a 1cm x 1cm grid, this gives a good idea of the size of the flys. The Fly Shop offer several selections of flys for their Kamchatka trips, these selections are for a 1 week trip, so I bought one of them ($149) and asked them to add the extra flys that they thought that I would need for the second week. The total cost of the flys was $261.00 plus P&P
1.) Mr Hankey, this is a mouse fly (I don’t understand how it can be described as a fly at all), the body is 4×2 cm and it is reckoned to be the most productive fly to use in Kamchatka, the fly selection included 20 of them, so I expect they will get a lot of use.
2) Various streamers, including Pink and Purple TFS Sleech (I think that some one may be having a lend of me here), Freshwater Clouser, Silvey’s Sculpin (black), CH Kiwi Muddler
3) More cool looking streamers including Morrish Medusa, Swimming Baitfish Shad,
4) Even more streamers including Dali Llama (Black/White), Dali Llama (Olive/White) JR’s Baitfish (Olive) ,TFS King Smolt
5) And finally some dry flies that I recognise and even have some smaller ones in one of my fly boxes. They include the usual suspects such as Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, and Royal Wulff.
I am hoping that my next post will be more photographic/photogenic as I am heading to the very south of South Korea for a long week ends exploring.