I have relegated my vests to my flyrod closet. I just use them for "picture purposes", they have all kinds of sew-on patches, every once in a while we need to make pictures at the club, the other members think it's fancy!! Otherwise do I use a Patagonia chestpack that holds pretty much everything I need when wading or float tubing: up to 5 maller fly boxes or 3 large streamer boxes, pliers, a knife, a mono dispenser, lead shot( I'm not a purist for sure!!), fly floatant, a pretty complete leader wallet and some room for my car keys as well. The pack is halfways water-proof in case I take an unvoluntary dive ( ask my salmon-fishing friends in Brittany, they couldn't keep me from scanning the bottom of the river "gros plan")! No way will I ever use vest again (while fishing)!