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Old 10-14-2009, 12:12 AM
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I'm in the market for a waterproof boat bag. It appears from my research so far that the top 2 choices are either the Patagonia Great Divider or the Simms Dry Creek (although it looks like Sage has a new entry in this sector, but it is new and I'm not sure it is even available yet). What are your experiences/thoughts on these bags and to which bag would you give the nod? Are there any other options out there I should consider? FYI, I am looking for a bag to go in a Native Ultimate and on the back of a Hobie Float Cat 75.
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My money's on the Clear Creek Black Fly Backcountry. Here's a link.
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We have a Seal Line that works well and I just spotted a huge North Face while shopping for some tying materials the other day. All of my North Face stuff is expedition quality.
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Here are a some others to consider.

1. The Fishpond Westwater has a molded bottom and that is handy in a boat. There is a waterproof cover.

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2. The Dry Bag is made with water proof material and has a water proof zipper. I like a Clam Shell type of bag. It gives you instant access to everything in the bag. Available from Feather Craft.


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3. The Sagebrush Waterproof Tackle Bag. It also has a waterproof zipper but it is angled across the top. Available from Kaufmann's

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4. The Sagebrush Duffel Bag. Has foam on the bottom. It is available from Kaufmann's.


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My money's on the Clear Creek Black Fly Backcountry. Here's a link.
That one has looked like a good value to me as well. I don't know if that one's on his site, but www.reelflyrod.com stocks Clear Creek and could get that one for forum members.
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.... I use an insulated lunch bag in my kayak

Something like this one
It was a good value as well..... it was free

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Old 10-19-2009, 11:03 AM
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Hi Everyone,

The Clear Creek Black Fly Backcountry bag does look good considering the price. Thanks for the link flyguy66.

I have one problem with the design. You would have to be careful to keep heavy stuff on the bottom. If not the bag might tip over. I think it is a minor thing and if a person is careful, the height of the bag would not be a problem. It is certainly priced right.

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From the airplane, to the lodge, to the boat and back country...this bag is engineered to keep your tackle dry and organized. Waterproof fabric, EVA foam no-skid bottom and coated components make this an ideal saltwater bag.
  • Molded rubber handle
  • Water resistant
  • Two separate compartments with interior pockets and dividers
  • Removable shoulder strap
  • EVA foam no-skid bottom
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Frank,

Have you USED the Clear Creek bag? I've used one on 3 trips now in a variety of conditions carrying various types of gear. I reviewed it on my blog in my articles about my trip to Florida last May. I use it as my airline carry-on and my boat bag.

The design is what marketing gurus today call "intuitive." You don't really have to "be careful" to keep the heavy stuff in the bottom. The bag's design gently steers you there anyway. Getting your hands on one would make this clear.

But you are correct that if you could put really heavy stuff in the upper compartment and leave the bottom virtually empty (in the sense of added cargo weight), it would not pass the gov't highway safety institute rollover test.
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Whenever I host fishing trips to some Margaritaville, I use a Patagonia Great Divider as my carry-on piece. I have a lot of my clients using them, too. Here are a few notes.
  1. Great organization. The dividers can be moved around. The clear flap is great for documents, as well as, fishing accessories.
  2. Meets all airline carry-on requirements.
  3. Plenty of space for camera gear.
  4. It takes awhile for the zipper to break in. Turning the corners is difficult at first. It has lube for the zipper.
  5. It only has the shoulder strap. It does not come with a handle.
  6. I won't call it waterproof, but it is very water tight.

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Old 10-22-2009, 04:12 PM
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Hi Ken,

No I have not used it. I just noted that it has a vertical configuration and I think a horizontal configuration is more stable in a boat. Just my preference.

I still think it is a heck of a bag for the money.

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