Originally Posted by 802flyfish
I don't know if I can justify buying a 300 or 400 dollar cooler, but that's just me. I do like the added benefit of a snap on seat, but that's another 100.00 dollar accessory. RTIC had a fairly long wait time, however I think it's only down to a month or so currently.
A $300 or $400 cooler is only necessary if you plan to do trips over 4 or 5 days. A properly managed, $25 coleman 48 will keep cold for 3+ days in temps pushing 100 deg, and a Yeti doesn't keep those beers any colder for just the day flyfishing trips. A slight upgrade will get you something with a lid you can sit on without warping it.
Here in the east, it cracks me up seeing all these people scrambling to buy Yetis...when you often have to stretch a trip/drag your feet if you want 3 nights and 4 days on a river and 98% of the people I run into that have them, only daytrip.
Don't get me wrong, they're nice, durable etc...I'd like to have one but it will probably only come in one of two ways...1) I find it along side of the road after it dropped off a truck, or 2) someone buys one for me (no one will ever buy one for me).