@Richard Nisley - my initial impression of the dry suit is that it's well done. I have questions about long term durability. I waded up to my chest in it and really enjoyed the one-piece sealed suit for cold weather floating comfort - much better than raingear or splash gear when you're spending most of your time wet.
@Paul Mountford - my footwear system kept my feet warm and wet. I would long for waterproof booties with dry socks in them if the water temperature was in the 30s or the air temperature was in the 30s or lower; the neck gasket is stretch neoprene, not latex (yay!) and I left it loose - of course, not ideal if a swim is a reality...!
@Greg Mihalik - My rod is a Daiwa Liberty Club 62SR.
@David W - yes, but only small fish, in the 4 to 6 lb range, and even those had to be chased downstream pretty aggressively. I've caught quite a few trout that have been much larger. Steelhead are a different animal.
@Jeff Gerke - Expedition.
@Roger B - yes, the 0.5 oz Cuben. I'm about to retire this tarp, and I'm moving up in weight to 0.7 on my next one, perhaps; the bivy is the MLD eVENT bivy, but in regular size, it's too narrow and constricts loft when I'm down quilting with a Neo-Air.
To everyone - thanks a ton for the encouraging comments. Very inspiring, working on my next vid story already!