Bags and Packs

Fly Fishing Bags, Packs and Vests

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.

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  • Fishpond Submersible Duffel


    No matter what your plans are, you should be well-prepared with a Thunderhead Large Submersible Duffel. This bag offers an impressive 100L capacity and stowable backpack straps. Plus, there’s plenty of exterior attachment points so that nothing needs to be left behind. Professionals across Antarctica and even in India rely upon this duffel for its sophisticated construction and ability to endure any environment. That’s why it is a must-have for intrepid explorers everywhere.


    Sustainable Fabrics

    NewStream recycled fabric is made with 100% recycled single-use plastic water bottles, eliminating the use of petrochemicals, while maintaining the durability and function at the heart of our submersible line.

  • Fishpond Submersible Sling


    Charge into the elements with the ultimate in convenience and comfort that the Thunderhead Submersible Sling offers. The sling design is perfect for anglers who crave freedom of movement while they’re out on their adventure, plus it also secures your belongings safely within its 900D TPU-coated NewStream fabric. With a spacious main compartment, you can easily store all of your valuables before locking them away with TRU Zip waterproofing. Enjoy a worry free experience knowing that your gear is protected from whatever nature throws at you. Choose the Thunderhead Sling for an easy access and secure way to take all of your essentials out into the wild.

    Newstream:  NewStream recycled fabric is made with 100% recycled single-use plastic water bottles, eliminating the use of petrochemicals, while maintaining the durability and function at the heart of our submersible line.

  • Fishpond Summit Sling 2.0


    Looking for a comfortable and convenient way to store your gear while you’re fly fishing? Look no further than the Fishpond Summit Sling Pack! This durable sling pack is packed with features that will make your day on the water a breeze.

    With plenty of storage capacity, the Summit Sling Pack has two large main compartments that are perfect for holding your fly boxes. Plus, it has a molded foam drop-down fly bench that can easily store your gear and flies. And if you need to access your accessories and tools quickly, the Hypalon store and padded-strap workstations are there to help. So don’t miss out on the Fishpond Summit Sling Pack – it’s the perfect way to keep all your gear at hand while you’re enjoying a day out on the water!



  • Fishpond Switchback Belt System


    Fishpond has evolved into a leader in groundbreaking product design and functionality, with a focus on the fishing market. Nevertheless, have also branched out to encompass the outdoor adventure travel and lifestyle segments as well.

    The newly redesigned Fishpond Switchback Belt System 2.0 sits on the shoulders of its predecessor and adds to a long list of award-winning features. Adding additional storage has never been easier with our new quick-release rail system. Simply detach the speed clip, slide on a Thunderhead Submersible Pouch, Canyon Creek Chest Pack, or other compatible systems, and you’re ready to hit the water. Ambidextrous, and equipped with molle slots for water bottle and Quikshot Rod Holders, the new Switchback system elevates the standard for modularity. Combined with the San Juan Vertical chest pack, and it’s all you need.

  • Fishpond Switchback Wading Belt System 2.0


    Looking for a top-of-the-line wading belt system? Check out the Fishpond Switchback. This newly redesigned belt system is loaded with features, including additional storage and a quick-release rail system. You can also attach compatible systems like the Thunderhead Submersible Pouch or Canyon Creek Chest Pack. And with its ambidextrous design and molle slots for water bottles and rod holders, the Switchback is perfect for any angler. So don’t settle for anything less – get the Fishpond Switchback Belt System 2.0 today!

    Fishpond has been fishing sustainably for over ten years and our commitment to the environment knows no bounds. You can find us using recycled materials in every aspect of production, including fly boxes made from100%post-consumer plastic bottles reclaimed naïvely by glueing together old fabric that would otherwise have ended up landfilled or burned.

  • Fishpond Tailwater Fly Tying Bag



    When it comes to fly tying, organization and accessibility are essential. The Tailwater Fly Tying Kit is the perfect solution for professional tyers and beginners alike. It features four large see-through pouches plus a padded storage compartment that provides plenty of room for materials such as delicate capes. Furthermore, its new tool station and thread spool tray keep every accessory secure, including pedestal bases. Additionally, the removable tying station with hook and bead compartments ensures you have a smooth surface to tie on at all times. No more cluttering up your dining room table – now you can take your fly tying show on the road!

  • Fishpond Tailwater Fly Tying Kit – | Fishpond


    If you’re a fly tyer, you know that organization and accessibility are key. The Fishpond Tailwater Fly Tying Kit offers plenty of space for your materials, including long, delicate capes. The four large see-through pouches and padded storage compartment keep everything safe and secure. The removable tying station is complete with a hook and thread spool tray, making it easy to tie those perfect flies. So whether you’re a professional tyer or just getting started, the Tailwater Fly Tying Kit has everything you need to tie those perfect flies. On the road or at home the Fishpond tailwater Fly Tying kit is the perfect solution for keeping yourself organized.


    If you’re looking for gear that won’t cost the earth, Fishpond is the brand for you. We’ve been using repurposed nylon in our fishing nets for over a decade, and we’re always looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact. Our fly boxes and NewStream fabric are made from 100% recycled materials, so you can be sure your purchase won’t contribute to landfill waste. Plus, our commitment to sustainability means we’ll continue to find new ways to reduce our environmental impact in the future. So why not choose Fishpond and enjoy peace of mind as well as great products?

  • Fishpond Tenderfoot Youth Fly Fishing Vest


    When it comes to outfitting your young angler with the best gear, look no further than the Fishpond Tenderfoot Youth Vest. This vest is designed with all the features and pockets of our adult-sized vests, just in a smaller package to fit kids. The Tenderfoot Vest has 14 pockets to keep lures, bait, and other fishing essentials organized and within reach, mesh backing for breathability and comfort in warm weather, and various tool attachment points for things like retractors and tippet holders. So whether your young angler is just getting started or has been fishing for years, they’ll be sure to appreciate the quality and performance of this vest.

  • Fishpond Thunderhead Roll Top Dry Bag


    You can trust the Thunderhead Roll Top Dry Bag to keep your items dry no matter what. From a light summer rain to a challenging river ride, this bag is designed for all sorts of weather and terrain. No need to worry about rips or tears – its 900D TPU coated NewStream fabric is built for durability and reliability. So simple yet so dependable, the Thunderhead Roll Top Dry Bag will become a trusted companion on all your outdoor adventures.

  • Fishpond Thunderhead Roll top Duffle – Waterproof, Fishpond, Fly-fishing Gear


    The new Thunderhead Roll Top Duffel from Fishpond is the perfect way to keep your gear dry and safe on any adventure. Made from durable and reliable 900D TPU coated recycled Cyclepond nylon, this duffel is built to last. The roll top design ensures that all of your gear stays dry, no matter what mother nature throws your way. Whether you’re hitting the river for a long trip or just exploring your local woods, the Thunderhead Roll Top Duffel is the perfect partner for all of your outdoor adventures.

    Sustainable Fabrics

    When it comes to sustainability, Fishpond is more than just a company that talks the talk. We have been committed to sustainable practices since day one, and we continue to push the envelope when it comes to manufacturing products in the most sustainable way possible. Our signature Cyclepond fabric is made out of repurposed fishing nets pulled from the ocean environment – meaning that our products are not only eco-friendly but also help to clean up our planet’s oceans.


    In addition to our use of recycled materials, we also manufacture nearly 100% of all our fabrics in-house. This allows us to maintain complete control over the quality of our products, and also ensures that we are using the most sustainable methods possible. When you purchase a Fishpond product, you can be confident that you are supporting a company that is doing its part to help create a better world for all.

  • Fishpond Thunderhead Small Submersible Lumbar Pack


    Are you ready to tackle even extreme conditions while angling? Then you need a reliable, waterproof hip pack like our Thunderhead Small Submersible Lumbar. Smaller than its big brother but just as powerful, this incredible piece of gear provides a secure and efficient way for adventurers to store their on-water setup. It features TRU Zip, an airtight closure system that keeps all contents dry no matter what. Additionally, it has a detachable lumbar strap that quickly attaches to our Switchback Wading Systems. This gives you maximum control over your rig so you can modify it for any situation. Crafted with 900D TPU-coated NewStream fabric for superior durability, this is an ideal partner for outdoor excursions in tough environments – or anywhere else!

    Available in ECO Yucca

  • Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack



    The core material consists of 1680D TPU-coated Cyclepond recycled nylon. It is incredibly challenging to rip or tear this material. The backpack is completely waterproof and made to protect your fishing gear, camera, headphones, and other such items from water splashes.

    The next important part of this water proof backpack is the zipper. You want a sturdy, waterproof zipper that won’t fail, and the Thunderhead adheres to a proven TIZIP zipper system. To make it easier to get into the bag, Fishpond includes two finger clips near the opening and at the end of the backpack.

    Compared to non-waterproof fly fishing backpacks, sling backpacks, chests, and vests, the Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible has a Spartan design that is typical of most waterproof gear that have no pockets and no seams. On the other hand, the Fishpond Thunderhead diving backpack is surprisingly flexible with its equipment attachment options.

    A detachable belt is given in the backpack with two handles for holding fishing tongs or bags for quick access. The chest straps contain some chain loops that you can use to secure tippet clips or spools. On the back, there is a D-ring loop in which there are more chain loops and a small waterproof bag.

    The fish pond has two rod tube handles that you can move to either side of your backpack. Where Fishpond really shines is with the company’s great complementary accessories that help add to the backpack’s versatility. The backpack has a built-in padded backrest that ensures more comfort and sufficient airflow.

    The backpack’s hip straps are incredibly engineered and provide extra support by transferring a significant amount of weight from your back to your hips. This really comes in handy when spending a full day outdoors or hiking to a secluded alpine lake. If you don’t want to carry the rucksack uphill, the rucksack can be attached to a light rear strap including a D-ring and a mesh slot.

    The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack is available in three colors – River camo, Yucca and Cutthroat orange at an affordable price.

  • Fishpond ThunderHead Submersible Lumbar Pack


    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 Thunderhead Water Bottle Holder


    For those who like to keep their options open, the Fishpond Thunderhead Water Bottle Holder is the perfect solution. This holder attaches seamlessly to a wide range of packs and bags, so you can water on the go. Whether you’re hiking, camping, or just spending a day out in the sun, it’s important to stay hydrated. With the Thunderhead Water Bottle Holder, you can have peace of mind knowing that your water bottle is always within reach.

  • Fishpond Wind River Roll top backpack – | Fishpond


    The Fishpond Wind River Roll Top Backpack is the perfect choice for those looking for a durable and comfortable backpack to take on their next adventure. With plenty of space to store all of your gear, this backpack is perfect for everything from long hikes to whitewater rafting. Additionally, the thermoformed back panel and adjustable hip belt make this backpack extremely comfortable to wear, even when carrying a heavy load. Whether you’re headed to Alaska or just your local river, the Wind River Roll Top Backpack is sure to make your trip a success.