The right fly-fishing pack, sling, vest, or fly-fishing gear bag can make a huge difference to your fly fishing trip experience.
Whether an amateur or seasoned angler, you need to carry several tools, fly boxes, leaders’ tippets, indicators, floatants, weights…. with you—not to mention snacks, extra clothes, Water or beer and other necessities.Depending on the length and type of your trip, you need to make sure you carry your belongings in a way that doesn’t impede your fly fishing movements.
There are many options available to you: backpacks, slings, chest packs, vests, and hip packs are available in different colors and materials to help you during your trip.
Technology has made bags and packs lighter and more versatile. For instance, you will find insulated vests that protect you from cold weather. There has been a lot of dedicated research into the bags and packs anglers take with them to ensure maximum comfort and practicality.
Some anglers choose to carry with them bags and packs of various sizes to meet all their fly fishing needs. If you like day trips, you probably don’t need bulky backpacks that take a lot of space. If you enjoy long excursions, you could probably use a backpack and a sling. The backpack can contain all your belongings, while the sling can be helpful when you go on short expeditions.
Whatever your preferences, we are certain we have the bag or pack that matches your needs.
Should I Choose a Vest?
Fly fishing vests are practical because you carry all you need with you. Some vests are insulated, thus adding warmth to your apparel.
Vests have multiple pockets, hooks, latches, mesh pockets, and other storing and docking places for you to store everything you want, from fly boxes, leaders/tippets to nippers, clamps, and water bottles.
If you place all the weight in a balanced way in the front and back, you won’t feel the weight of your vest on your shoulders. Everything you want can be reached immediately and replaced equally fast.
However, vests can’t store bigger objects. If you plan on spending more than a few hours angling, you will probably need a snack or some clothes in case you get wet. In this case, your vest can’t provide for all your needs.
Likewise, a vest could feel cumbersome if you are already wearing several layers of clothes to keep you warm during cooler months.
Even so, anglers love vests for their versatility and practicality. There’s a reason why they are a classic choice, perfect for both half-day and full-day fly fishing trips.
Are Backpacks Practical for Fly Fishing?
Backpacks can carry most of your necessary belongings, including fly fishing accessories, tools, and equipment like flies, lines, reels, indicators, clamps, and anything you need to help you with your fly fishing. Your backpack can also carry extra clothes, food, snacks, and water, as well as other things you need like polarized glasses.
Backpacks are great for longer fly fishing trips where you don’t want to run out of food or end up soaking wet without a change of clothes. However, they may be a bit awkward and unwieldy when you go on day trips where you don’t need all your angling paraphernalia. You may also find it difficult to access all the backpack’s pockets and hiding places when you are actively fishing in a river. Many backpacks are now made to attach a smaller hip/chest pack, so that you can convert to a smaller pack when you reach your fishing destination.
Backpacks have been made for fly fishing treks. They are soft and comfortable to carry because they have been made precisely to carry heavy equipment. All backpacks now come in waterproof materials with waterproof zippers. These are often completely submersible as well. If you plan on spending long stretches of time fly fishing, a backpack is a great option.
Should I Get a Hip Pack for Fly Fishing?
As its name suggests, a hip pack sits on your hips. It contains all your necessary equipment and tools and you can move it to your back when you are fishing so that it doesn’t impede your casting. Strap systems have made hip packs much easier to wear, they won’t slide down when you are walking/wading and the straps will usually have docking stations for your forceps, Zinger and nippers. Many companies are also adding net holsters to many of their products.
Hip packs don’t have the space of backpacks but can still carry all you need for a day trip. Keep in mind that your hip pack could get wet if you stand in deep rivers and rushing streams. In such cases, opt for a waterproof/submersible one to protect your belongings.
Can Slings Contain All the Equipment I Need?
Over the last 10 years the Sling pack has become very popular among anglers. Slings are worn over the shoulder and across one side. You would be amazed at how many things slings can contain. They have pockets and small compartments to help you place all your equipment effectively and within easy reach. The over the shoulder straps are convertible for right or left handed anglers. The straps are also made to hold the tools you need most like Nippers and forceps. The fact that all your stuff is behind you while fishing and when you need something you simply pull on the strap and it’s all right in front of you.
Besides carrying more than you’d think possible, slings are practical for an extra reason: they sit slightly higher than backpacks or hip packs. If you wade in deeper waters, your sling will probably stay dry.
Slings are an in-between option between a hip pack and a backpack: they carry a lot of things but are not as comfortable as a backpack on longer treks.
Can I Fly Fish with a Chest Pack?
The chest pack is attached to your body at chest level. It’s positioned in the front so you have quick and easy access to all its contents.
Chest packs can fit all your necessary equipment for a day trip. Chest packs usually have clever storage options, hooks, and other docking solutions to help you store your tools in an easy and methodical way.
If, however, you plan on walking long distances, a chest pack could feel uncomfortable and cumbersome. Also, a chest pack doesn’t have the capacity of a backpack.
Chest packs are great for day trips or short fly fishing excursions. They give you ample arm freedom and let you move around with your rod and reel. However many anglers feel that chest packs are in the way when fishing.
How Can I Make the Best Choice?
We suggest you evaluate the type of fly fishing you are most likely to do. If you have fly fishing spots near your home, you won’t need to carry a lot of equipment over long distances. A hip pack, sling, or chest pack could work just fine.
If you plan on discovering new fly fishing nooks and crannies across the United States, a backpack will help you carry all your belongings and then some.
Anglers who like to just take off on the spot for a couple of hours in the water will appreciate the practicality of a vest.
Most anglers choose two or three different bags and packs to be flexible and functional under all circumstances. After a little trial and error, you will find the storage apparel that best suits your personality and fly fishing style.
Fishpond Blue River Chest/Lumbar Pack can be worn on the waist, chest or with the shoulder strap. However you use it, you can still carry everything you need on the water and have it right at your fingertips and out of the way when you’re not. Only this one is made from classic waxed canvas, which means it will retain its beauty and water repellency much longer than you do.
Main compartment with three inside pockets
Patented, molded, zippered zipper bench with replaceable foam
Canvas tabs and elastic loops to attach accessories
Attachment points for tools and hemostat
Exclusive zippered bench molded with replaceable foam
Fishpond Cross Current Chest Pack is made to store and organize all your fishing gear and essentials in one pack. It features plenty of pockets and internal storage to get your gear organized in the most efficient way. Fishpond Cross Current Chest Pack is the only chest pack in the market that comes with a magnet closure. Here are the key features of this chest pack.
Compatible with all Fishpond backpacks
Front zippered compartment for storing large fly boxes.
Integrated net slot on back panel with a long handle net
One large pocket on the back panel
Interior zippered pocket inside the front main pocket
The Fishpond Cutbank Gear Bag is perfect to use in any boat on fishing tours and travel trips. The base of the bag is made of TPU fabric for enhanced durability and weight handling capacity. The shoulder strap is fully adjustable to make it easy for you to adjust its length and carry it comfortably on your shoulder. The fishpond signature is given on the top and bottom of the bag. There are two zippered pockets under the top lid and there are two Velcro backed pouches in the interior.
The fishpond encampment lumbar pack is the most versatile pack available in the market. It is made for packing all your fishing accessories in one bag. Made of commercial grade fishing net and water resistant material it is durable enough to support heavy loads. The lumbar pack is available in two colors and at an affordable price for fly fishing lovers. Here are some features of the fishpond encampment lumbar pack.
The Fishpond Flathead Sling pack combines agility and convenience of use in a single system to offer you easy access to your fishing gear when you need it the most. Its ambidextrous design allows you to carry the sling on either of your shoulders with a quick flip of its shoulder strap. It has a large clamshell opening and internal dividers that provide sufficient capacity to organize all your fishing gear perfectly. Here are the main features of the Fishpond Flathead Sling pack.
210D nylon Cyclepond fabric
Easy-adjust shoulder strap buckle
Two dividers to keep your pack organized
Hypalon tool attachment points on top, sides, and shoulder strap
Molded back panel with right and left hand net slots
The Fishpond Green River Gear Bag allows you to pack all your fishing gear in one bag. It is a classic bag with plenty of pockets and sufficient space for all your gear and accessories. It’s lightweight, weighing just over three pounds, but it’s not lacking in features. The main compartment has zippered pockets that help anglers to organize their fishing gear efficiently. Here are the key features of Fishpond Green River Gear Bag.
Comfort, durability, and performance are of the utmost importance when assembling fly fishing tackle to stand up to the elements. The Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack is built and designed for anglers who carry a lot of fly boxes, tackle, and other gear in tough terrains like Gunnison Gorge and Cheesman Canyon, the Gunnison Guide Pack is a must-have for any serious angler! Here are the key features of the Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack.
Made of 210 D Cycle pond Fish pond fabric
Integrated net slot
Two zippered hip-belt pockets
Two large exterior water bottle pockets
Zippered main compartment for safe fly box storage
The Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack is made of highly durable classic fishpond fabric for the protection of your gear on fishing destinations. It allows you to carry and keep all your fishing gear safe from water and the environment. The Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack can be worn on the back or the chest. It has a main zip pocket with a divider to keep the belongings organized. The backpack is perfect for anglers who prefer fishing and traveling with a few belongings. The pack has built-in climbing cords that create handy spots for tools and accessories.
Fishpond Summit Sling is designed in such a way that helps anglers to get access to their gear and accessories or store their items instantly. This Summit sling is the most durable and comfortable sling available in the market. When Fishpond decides to design a product that would be helpful while fly fishing, they make it in the best way possible. Fishpond Sling is made up of recycled fishing net nylon material, which means anglers can wear this sling and make a difference that would keep our planet healthy.
Fishpond Thunderhead Chest Pack is made for anglers who love spending full days on the water. It can hold all your fishing gear and accessories so that you can access them immediately when required. Made of 1680 TPY nylon, the chest pack is made durable and waterproof for anglers. Also, there are multiple pockets and tool attachment tabs for attaching tools and accessories. The zippers on the main compartment and pockets are made waterproof to protect the contents inside the pack from water.
The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack is the backpack made for the toughest of conditions. The backpack is submersible, which means you can use it even while under water. It is made to carry and protect everything you need on your fishing tours. The Fishpond Thunderhead Backpack is designed to keep your food, camera and other essentials dry all the time. Here are the main features of the Fishpond Thunderhead Backpack:
The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar pack is a waterproof and durable backpack that offers enhanced protection to your fishing gear from wind and water. It is made of 1680D TPU coated nylon that makes it waterproof and long lasting. Even the zippers are made waterproof to prevent the entry of water in the bag. The zipper on the main compartment and on the front stretch pocket is fully waterproof. It comes with an adjustable shoulder strap that allows you to adjust the height of the lumbar pack behind your back.
Fishpond Upstream Tech Vest is made with regenerated nylon waste materials. It shows industry effort towards sustainable design. It is the first upstream vest that comprises an integrated net slot. This vest ensures that you have a perfect and comfortable fit for your long day in the water. This vest comprises adjustable straps that let you fit the vest at your convenience. In addition, it can be used to store your lunch and drinks while on the hunt.
For years, the Fishpond lineup has included the Waterdance Guide Pack. Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack is made of Cyclepond fabric, which is lightweight, waterproof, and breathable, with 1680 ballistic nylon accents. There are two main compartments that are sufficient to store all your fishing gear. In addition, there are tool attachment points to attach the important fishing tools that you can access immediately when required. There is an extra layer of nylon on the pack to make it weather resistant and protect your gear.
Fishpond Wind River Roll-Top Backpack comprises a large volume of storage capacity to gear up your accessories through the airports into the wild with ease and comfort. It lets you get instant access to your gear and accessories. It is perfectly suited for those who want to gear their essentials to the long day at the water. They can rely on this Backpack for the safety of their items and accessories. No need to worry about your essentials when you have a long day at the water.