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.
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.
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.
The Fishpond Green river gear bag is perfect for anglers who want a durable, well-organized bag to store their gear. The bag is made of recycled fishing net fabric, so you can feel good about using a product that’s eco-friendly. The main cargo compartment has interior dividers to keep your gear organized, and there are interior zippered pockets on both sides of the bag perfect for storing sensitive equipment or flies. The front of the bag features a zip-down fly bench and a velcro patch where you can attach a fly patch (sold separately). The bag also has integrated rod tube straps with a sticky rubber back to keep your rod tube in place, and multiple easy-access pockets for storing small items. Whether you’re headed to the river for a day of fishing or packing up for an overnight trip, the Fishpond Green river gear bag has everything you need to keep your gear organized and accessible.
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 additionary ingredients or chemicals added during processing
As an angler, you know that your gear is one of the most important things to keep in top condition. That’s why our Orvis 4 piece double rod & reel case is essential for anyone who wants to keep their rods and reels safe while on the go. This tough case is made from 600D CORDURA® ECO, which is earth-friendly and 100% recycled polyester, making it durable enough to withstand even the roughest transport. Plus, the zip closure ensures that your contents will stay secure during transit. And with a padded area for extra protection of your reel, you can rest assured that your gear will stay in great condition no matter where your fishing adventures take you. So don’t take any chances with your precious gear—trust Orvis to keep it safe and sound.
Whether you’re headed out for a day of fly fishing or packing for a quick getaway, the Orvis Bug-Out backpack is up for the task. This versatile backpack can easily be your go-to for both fishing and travel, with plenty of room to store all your essential gear. The streamlined design offers top and side-entry access, plus an internal zippered drop pocket and a removable divider for even more storage options.
There’s also an integrated net holder on the back panel – perfect for quickly storing your long handled net in between casts. And when you need to grab a drink or your rod tube, the external water bottle or rod tube holder has you covered. Plus, it features a deployable extension to lower your rod tube down to shoulder height. The shoulder straps also come with accessory docking stations and a fly patch, plus buckle receivers for compatibility with the Orvis Chest Pack, and the Orvis Chest/hip pack. So no matter where your adventures take you, the Orvis Bug-Out backpack will help you get there – in style.
Looking for a travel companion that can keep all your fishing gear and accessories safe? Look no further than the Orvis Carry it All bag! This bag is made of recycled Cordura nylon which makes it durable and waterproof. Plus, there’s a shoulder strap with two push-button buckles for easy carrying. And for even more convenience, there are handles on the exterior of the bag. Plus, there’s a zippered pocket on the exterior of the bag where you can store small items. So you don’t need to open the bag to access these things. The interior of the bag is made of recycled pure polyester that is durable and eco-friendly. There are three zippered pockets inside where you can store even more gear. So whether you’re headed out on a fishing trip or just running errands, the Orvis Carry it All bag has got you covered!
The Orvis Chest Pack puts your fly-fishing workflow right in front, so you can easily manage on-the-water tasks with its innovative new features and exceptional ergonomic design. The 100% recycled ECO CORDURA® Chest Pack has a new Tippet Whippet recessed docking station with tippet bar included for an instant, fixed, and fumble-free access for up to six spools. The large main compartment has a wide opening lid that flips down and out of the way, so you can easily access contents. There’s also a zippered security pocket for key fob, front and side stretch mesh pockets for small sort storage, and additional back wall slip pockets. Plus, the front drop-down zippered pocket has internal elastic mesh slip pockets, and there are two external side pockets – one with a zinger/nipper. The strap system is a comfortable and airy foam and mesh construction with a net D-ring on the top rear. Bug-Out Backpack-compatible for placement on the front straps of the backpack.
The Orvis Chest/Hip Pack is the perfect pack for anglers of all levels. It can be worn on your hip, slung over your shoulder, or on your chest, and snaps right onto the front straps of the Bug-Out Backpack. The 3 Liter pack is big enough to hold all of your essential gear, yet small and lightweight enough to not slow you down. The Tippet Whippet recessed docking station with tippet bar included is a great feature that provides instant, fixed, and fumble-free access for up to six spools. This pack is perfect for anglers of all levels, from beginner to expert, and is sure to make your next fishing trip a success.
Looking for a classic fly-fishing vest that won’t break the bank? Check out the Orvis Clearwater Mesh Vest, new for 2021. This vest combines lightweight mesh construction with the durability of recycled ripstop polyester, making it perfect for those hot summer days on the river. Eight pockets provide plenty of room for all your gear, while two chest fly-drying patches and rubberized tabs keep your tools within easy reach. A padded collar and tri-ring net holder add extra comfort and convenience, while the fixed buckle closure ensures a secure fit. So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, the Orvis Clearwater Mesh Vest has everything you need to make your next fishing trip a success.
Built with rugged 600D CORDURA® ECO made from earth-friendly 100% recycled polyester, our cases keep 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.
The Orvis Rod & Reel Case is the perfect way to protect your investment and keep your gear in top condition. Makes getting from the car to the car to water that much faster. Made from rugged 600D CORDURA® ECO, this case is made from earth-friendly 100% recycled polyester and will keep your fly-fishing rod and reel safe and secure during transport. The zip closure ensures contents are secure while providing easy access when you need it, and the padded area offers extra protection for reels. The Orvis Rod & Reel Case accommodates up to a 10′ 4-piece rod and is available in single or double capacities.
For those who love an unencumbered feel while fly fishing, whether a guide or hardcore angler, the Orvis Guide Hip Pack offers 9 liters of capacity and a highly innovative design to please any organizational perfectionist. The 100% recycled ECO CORDURA® Guide Hip Pack has the new Patented Tippet Whippet recessed docking station with tippet bar included for instant, fixed, and fumble-free access for up to six spools. The large main compartment is topped with a large fly patch and inside are a zip pocket, drop-in pockets, and stretch mesh sorting pockets. Smaller front compartment with mesh pockets. The substantial side panels both have zip pockets and hidden net scabbards that store a net with instant access. A lo-pro zinger/nipper pass-through port and small zip pocket on one side and a water bottle holder on the other. Included are two straps, one lightweight neck strap and one heavier shoulder strap with multiple docking stations, a zip pocket, and fly patch. In sand.
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.