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Old 03-01-2011, 05:35 PM
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What does everyone look for in bags/ packs? Are there any must have features of back packs and chest packs?
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Hi Chart,

Welcome to the forum; old school here, I bought a Filson strap vest / pack in the mid 90's and I use that on warm days or when hiking in some distance. Mine is the wax finish type and has the back pack. Handy for rain gear and some snacks / beverage, and lots of tippet pockets and fly box space. Not exactly 21st century but it's getting it done here.

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Thanks! I'm new to fly fishing and am trying to learn as much as possible about the gear.
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I'm thinking about a new one this year, we'll see. Right now I'm using an old DB Dun waist pac I bought about 16yrs ago or more. Went to it when I finally gave up my Simms vest last year. It was just to cumbersome and hard to work with in the drift boat. I'm considering strongly the Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack.

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Last season I changed from a vest to a sling pack. It makes rock hopping so much easier. It seems like there is never anything in the way. Even the vest would billow out, and throw off balance. I'll never go back. Plus, it holds a lot of stuff, and is easier to get too.
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If you want to haul alot of stuff, these are hard to beat-
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Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack, Recycled: Backpacks at L.L.Bean

I've got one of these on the way for going much lighter-
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The angle of the bottle should allow it to work well over my right shoulder as well.
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Just ordered the FPond waterdance pack in deep water blue. I'll report back soon.
I have been using a Filson knock-off strap pack (like Ard). It was poorly made in China.Lasted a only three seasons.
Like the style, because I tend to wade deep and don't enjoy soaking everything. Weight is on my shoulders rather than on my neck.
I'm having it remade by a friend to my specks. Ooooo. Can't wait for that.
I'll give a report on the custom pack later.
Been using a waterproof portage pack for client waters/lunches/clothing etc.
Features that help...
Quick to drain/dry is a good feature (just in case of a swim).
Quiet colors too.


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I'm thinking about a new one this year, we'll see. Right now I'm using an old DB Dun waist pac I bought about 16yrs ago or more. Went to it when I finally gave up my Simms vest last year. It was just to cumbersome and hard to work with in the drift boat. I'm considering strongly the Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack.

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I've been using the FP Guide whatever is for a few years and have yet to fall in love with it, so I don't think it will happen.

It functions nicely but the details that I can't get past are:
if you wear it around the waist behind you, when you need something you have to swing it around, then inevitably loosen the belt so you can loosen open the zippers to get inside. This is because to have it stay in place when behind you, it has to be cinched down everywhere really well. To gain access to larger pockets you have to loosen a few straps up. Not a huge deal, but...
I have not found a very good way to carry a net. If I feel like I might need one (feeling particularly hopeful one day) I stick the handle between my back and the pack. I works. I don't carry a net much.
The water bottle holders are a pain to actually get a water bottle into without using two hands...that's convenient. (Mine is 3 years old, maybe they have changed the design since) BUT they are the perfect beer can holder, especially a 16oz tall-boy.
No room for anything extra. You can smash a PB&J in there or a couple power bars but you can't take a reasonable lunch, and no jacket.

Now, sorry to be such a nit-picker, but for nearly $100, these things just don't function as well as they should. It is a summertime, couple hours on the water pack, IMO. If you are going to hike 3 miles and fish, this doesn't work because you can't carry extras. And you can't wear it along with a backpack either, it just doesn't work.

My quest for a really nice, functional pack without all sorts of molded plastics and gimmicky pockets continues. This Simms pack looks about there: Simms Fishing Products : : Headwaters? Tech Pack
It is simple, which is a big surprise looking at all the other new stuff they are making, holds a jacket, water, and food in a small back pack and the flies and tools you need for fishing on the front.
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Being a saltwater guy I use a stripping basket always and the Orvis sling pack is the only way to go, it gets out of the way and is well made
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Just ordered the FPond waterdance pack in deep water blue. I'll report back soon.
I have been using a Filson knock-off strap pack (like Ard). It was poorly made in China.Lasted a only three seasons.
Like the style, because I tend to wade deep and don't enjoy soaking everything. Weight is on my shoulders rather than on my neck.
I'm having it remade by a friend to my specks. Ooooo. Can't wait for that.
I'll give a report on the custom pack later.
Been using a waterproof portage pack for client waters/lunches/clothing etc.
Features that help...
Quick to drain/dry is a good feature (just in case of a swim).
Quiet colors too.


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Look forward to your thoughts on the Waterdance Pack, I'm probably going to make do with m old one during preseason and then buy something new during runoff. So I'll be waiting you review with baited breath.
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