"no good deed goes unpunished."
back in mid-june i was in the gila national forest and had a medical emergency situation arise that forced me to hide a backpack containing some fly fishing gear and 2 fly rods to lighten my load and make better time to get to a highway before dark. when i returned to retrieve the pack, it was gone. i reported it to the ranger district, the ranches and outfitters in the area, etc. and the ranger district reported it to the other area law enforcement agencies. this is extremely remote country we're talking about. no one heard or saw anything.
anyway, inside were an elkhorn nomad 3wt and 5wt fly rod in their tubes, an elkhorn t-1 reel w/sa mastery gpx 3wt line, and my limited edition ffb project healing waters fly reel w/sa mastery gpx 5wt line. there were also 2 sa system x fly boxes full of my own hand-tied trout flies, my prototype williamjoseph magline chest pack (blue and gray...they don't make one like that) w/all the doo-dads in it, etc. the pack was a black bugout gear 3-day pack. the phwff reel made by flyfishingbenefactors.com and the williamjoseph magline chest pack are dead giveaways that they are MINE. they're virtually one of a kind items. the reel has a unique serial number and is one of 50 made.
so, just on the remote chance that anyone should stumble across either of these two items or see this combination of items for sale somewhere, please let me know by pm here. thanks.
Sorry Fly Guy!
I'm sorry to hear about someone snatching your stuff. It was just plain bad luck that someone found your stuff in such a remote area. I hope that you have an equal amount of good luck and somehow your stuff finds its way back to you. Take care! 8T
Thanks for the sentiments, but I actually said my goodbyes when I hid the backpack. I live my the motto: expect the worst. hope for the best. you'll usually get something in between.
but i still remotely hope for the best. so i posted here and put the word out a few other places just in case...
Did you have your name, address or phone number somewhere inside your backpack or on some of your stuff?
I once lost a cell phone and had it returned because the person who found it called someone in the cell's phone book who was then able to tell them who the phone belonged too. And that wasn't the only time I have had lost stuff returned. If the person who found your stuff can just figure out whose it is there is a good chance they will return it.
it was clearly intentionally hidden. whomever took it isn't looking to return it. and...yes...my name and contact info was on some things.
That's terrible I spose the stuff with you name and address in in some trashcan and the other is stuff for sale cheap.