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.
It’s not made just for guides. The improved Orvis guide Sling pack is a larger more versatile version of the original Sling pack. Orvis Guide Sling Pack provides a multifunctional, 100% recycled ECO CORDURA platform designed to store and organize, offering easy, intuitive accessibility. With 18 liters of capacity and innovative new features, the Guide Sling can carry multiple large fly boxes, packable rain gear, water, and all the tools and accessories needed for a full day or even days on the water.
New features include the Tippet Whippet recessed docking station with a tippet bar included for an instant, fixed, and fumble-free access for up to six spools. Integrated net storage stores the net handle securely between the pack and the body for instant access.
The large main body storage pocket has an internal stowaway panel that doubles as a workstation with vise mounting points for convenient on-stream fly-tying. An external zippered stash pocket is ideal for small items such as leader wallet and tippet spools. A molded foam back panel with airflow channels provides comfort and ventilation even when fully loaded. Elastic side compression straps cinch down to stabilize loads.
Duraflex plastic hardware is super tough and corrosion resistant. Tapered design allows freedom of movement and won’t catch on branches or brush. The adjustable sternum strap provides stability and a custom fit. Padded grab handle for easy carrying. The main body is constructed of 5.5-oz 630-denier 100% recycled ECO CORDURA nylon with a waterproof polyurethane coating; all other panels are 3-oz 200-denier 100% recycled ECO CORDURA nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Both fabrics are bluesign approved.
What goes around, comes around. Fishing vests are making a comeback. The Orvis Pro Fishing vest was created with the professional fisherman in mind. It is designed to carry everything you need while remaining light and breathable for comfort. The vest is made of light, abrasion-resistant nylon with a DWR coating. The fitted design conforms to your body. The shoulders have a lofted spacer mesh of nylon and spandex. There are 18 pockets–10 exterior, 6 interior, and 2 rear ergonomically designed with new materials to provide organization coupled with smooth workflow on the water. The two lower main pockets offer compression-molded construction that adds rigidity. The upper pockets are medium size, both with Orvis custom hideaway tool port underneath two fly-drying patches. The rear pockets offer a large pass-through game-style pocket under a full-zip rear pocket with a mesh panel divider. Other features include multiple daisy chains, an adjustable shock cord hem, and an integrated waistbelt with quick release buckle for a secure fit. This vest has everything you need to make your fishing experience more efficient and comfortable.
The orvis Rod/Reel cases are built with the traveler in mind. the Rod/reel case is constructed with rugged 600D CORDURA® ECO made from earth-friendly 100% recycled polyester. The Orvis Rod/Reel Case keeps your fly-fishing rod and reel safe and secure to and from the water—an essential part of maintaining your gear. The zip closure keeps contents secure en route while providing easy access when you need it. A padded area offers extra protection for reels. Our cases carry up to a 10′ 4-piece rod.
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Orvis was one of the first to come out with the Sling pack. It’s probably the most versatile piece of equipment a Flyfisher can have. It stays up on the back when wading deeper water and out of the way when fishing. The sling feature is extremely convenient. There’s a lot of room for several large flyboxes. Interior pockets for leaders, weights, indicators…keeps you organized. Recessed tippet whippet docking station. Zinger and forceps’ docking stations on shoulder strap are always available without moving the pack. water bottle pocket with retainer. Many of Fly Fishing Outfitters guides wear the sling everyday.
Looking for a versatile, durable, and easy-to-use sling pack for your next fly-fishing trip? Look no further than the Orvis Sling Pack! This best-selling pack has been updated and improved with new features that make it even more convenient to use. The 100% recycled ECO CORDURA platform is designed to store and organize your gear, while the new Tippet Whippet recessed docking station offers instant, fixed, and fumble-free access to up to six spools of tippet. The main compartment also features a zippered security pocket with key fob and stretch mesh pockets for small items. The front drop-down panel has a zippered pocket with elastic mesh slip pockets, while the Lo-pro zinger/nipper pass-through makes it easy to keep your tools within reach. Other convenient features include a water bottle holder with retainer and a front strap “dashboard” with multiple docking stations. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just getting started, the Orvis Sling Pack is sure to make your next fishing trip a breeze!
The Orvis Ultralight Fishing Vest is the perfect choice for anglers who demand the very best in terms of function and style. This vest features a modern design that is sleek, functional, and integrates perfectly with the Ultralight Wading System. The low-profile design keeps your gear close to your body, while the slimmed-down design reduces bulk and ensures a comfortable fit. The lightweight material is treated with DWR (durable water repellent) to dry quickly and breathe better, while strategically placed mesh panels offer ventilation and a form-fitting comfort. The vest features 11 pockets (6 exterior, 4 interior, 1 rear), including four large vertical chest pockets for fly boxes (two of which have internal stretch mesh organization pockets). Two exterior vertical chest pockets on the shoulder hold leaders, tippet, and other accessories, while two interior vertical chest pockets keep valuables safe. The right pocket also features a key clip. A lower interior pocket holds an extra spool of tippet material, while an integrated magnetic strip lets you attach nippers or forceps for quick access. Other features include an adjustable shoulder strap for a custom fit and a loop system for attaching tools.
Whether you’re hitting the trails for a day hike or heading off for a multi-day backpacking trip, you need a pack that can carry all your gear without weighing you down. That’s where the Fishpond Ridgeline Tech Pack comes in. This versatile pack offers both a vest-style front and a spacious backpack, so you can easily carry everything you need without compromising on space or comfort.
The front of the pack features multiple interior and exterior pockets, perfect for storing essential items within easy reach. And the backpack section is spacious enough to hold extra gear, a packed lunch, and even a hydration reservoir – but remains lightweight thanks to its innovative design. So whatever your next adventure entails, the Ridgeline Tech Pack has got you covered.
Since our beginning, sustainability has been a guiding force here at Fishpond. We were the first company in our industry to introduce a line of products made out of recycled fishing nets, and we continue to lead the way in sustainable manufacturing practices.
Nearly all of our fabrics are made from recycled threads, which means they are gentle on the environment and help us to reduce our carbon footprint. We are constantly exploring new ways to minimize our impact on the planet, and we are committed to being a force for good in the world.
When you purchase a Fishpond product, you can be confident that you are supporting a company that is working hard to make a difference. We hope you join us in our commitment to sustainability!
The Fishpond Thunderhead submersible chest pack is the perfect way to keep your gear safe and dry while you’re out on the water. This tough and durable pack is made from 900D TPU coated NewStream fabric, so it can stand up to anything the elements throw at it. The ThunderheadChest Pack delivers a waterproof carry system that’s designed to hold all of the essential gear you need for a day on the water, including a net holster for your long or short handled net. Plus, it integrates seamlessly with our backpacks and can be lashed to your boat for quick and secure storage. So whether you’re hitting the river for a day of fishing or paddling through some rough waters, the Fishpond Thunderhead chest pack has got you covered.
We’re not just sustainability enthusiasts here at Fishpond. It’s more than that – it is our guiding mantra and promise to do better, which led us to repurposing nylon fishing nets for use in making fly boxes ten years ago; fully recycled fly box material comprised of polyester cloths with informed PE ends created by NewStream fabric made entirely from 100% post-consumer HDPE plastic bottles after they have been dry enough on their own without any additional ingredients or chemicals added during processing
Looking for a versatile and stylish sling pack for your next fly fishing adventure? Check out the Umpqua Bandolier Sling Pack! This great pack is perfect for wading, as it keeps your essential gear within reach while you’re in the water. Sling packs keey your flies and accessories above the waist for deeper wading situations.
The Umpqua Bandolier Sling Pack features a main compartment with water-resistant zip closure, so you can be sure your gear stays dry. With 300 Cubic Inches of space, there is room for multiple fly boxes and plenty accessories . There’s also an exterior zippered pocket for quick access to small items like tippets or sunglasses. Integrated retractor stations for nippers, and drying patch. Foam fly patch and hemostat tabs. The sling strap is adjustable, so you can wear it over your shoulder or across your chest for a comfortable fit.
Made of durable fabric with a handsome design, the Umpqua Bandolier Sling Pack is a great choice for the serious fly fisherman. Get yours today and be ready for your next fishing trip! Made of durable 420 Denier Nylon
Looking for a safe and dry place to store your fly fishing gear? Check out the Umpqua Medium Waterproof Boat Bag. This bag is made with waterproof fabric and features a YKK waterproof zipper, making it the perfect way to keep your gear protected from the elements. The boat bag design is perfect for storing all of your fly fishing essentials, and Umpqua’s reputation for quality craftsmanship means you can count on this bag to last for years to come. Don’t let a little water stop you from enjoying your time on the river – pick up an Umpqua Medium Waterproof Boat Bag today!
If you’re looking for a versatile and comfortable waist pack that can carry everything you need, look no further than the Umpqua Ledges Waist Pack. This pack features a well-padded back panel and waist belt that provides all-day comfort, even when you’re carrying a heavy load. The main compartment is large enough to hold 4 fly boxes, and the stretch mesh pockets on the front are perfect for holding smaller items like tippet and leaders. Plus, there’s an integrated net slot and hemostat sheath for easy storage and access to your most important tools. Whether you’re hitting the trails for a day hike or heading out for a day of fishing, the Ledges Waist Pack has everything you need to make your adventure a success.
The Umpqua Overlook 500 Chest Pack is the perfect gear bag for the avid fly fisherman. With plenty of space to store all of your essential equipment, this chest pack is functional and stylish. The main compartment has enough room for multiple fly/streamer boxes, while the front pockets are perfect for holding accessories, I phone, and other smaller items. The two side pockets provide additional storage for tippet, leaders, weights, indicators, and other accessories.
The Overlook pack is equipped with Umpqua’s ZeroSweep retractor stations, perfect for nippers, fly drying patch, or floatant bottle holder. The padded/mesh back and 4-point shoulder straps make it comfortable to wear, even when fully loaded. There is also a net holster on the back. The Umpqua Overlook 500 Chest Pack is the ultimate gear bag for any fly fisherman who wants to be prepared for anything on the water.
The Umpqua Rock Creek Chest Pack is perfect for the minimalist angler who doesn’t want to sacrifice function for style. This sleek and stylish chest pack is designed to keep your essentials close at hand while you’re wading in the creek or river. The Rock Creek features a robust zip closure, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a wading belt for a secure and comfortable fit. Inside the main compartment, you’ll find ample storage for flies, tippets, leaders, and other small items. And outside, there are two zippered pockets for holding sunglasses, sunblock, or your cell phone. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time fly fisherman, the Umpqua Rock Creek Chest Pack will help you keep your gear organized and within easy reach.
The Umpqua Steamboat Sling Pack is perfect for anglers who want a backpack that is comfortable and leaves their hands free. This sling pack has a thumb-loop for easy carrying, and a large main compartment that can hold a light rain jacket, lunch, and large streamer box. There is also a secondary face pocket for accessory organization and smaller box storage. The Steamboat ZS2 sling pack is perfect for spey and switch fishermen who want to be able to access their essentials quickly and easily, when deep wading.
The Fishpond Waterdance Pro Lumbar pack is perfect for anglers who need plenty of storage space for all their gear and accessories. Made of high quality 420D nylon Cyclepond fabric, this pack is durable and water resistant, making it ideal for fishing trips. The slash pockets on the back zipper compartment are perfect for storing split shot or other accessories, while the main cargo pocket provides ample room for fly boxes and other supplies. For added comfort, the Waterdance Pro Lumbar pack features a padded pass-through belt system that can be adjusted to fit your body. Whether you’re hitting the river for a day of fishing or heading out on an overnight trip, the Waterdance Pro Lumbar pack has the storage and durability you need to make the most of your time on the water.
The environment is something we take seriously here at Fishpond. We’re not just talking about it-our actions show that to be true! From using recycled nylon in fishing nets for over ten years, all the way up until last year when we launched NewStream fabric made from 100% post consumer plastic bottles–we have been committed both ways: towards sustainability as well as its implementation within our business practices and materials sourcing regimen