After a lifetime of using fishing vest my wife bought me one of those Simms over the shoulder-waist belt fishing packs for my birthday. I've used it a few times but kind of miss my vest. The pack is able to hold way more, but I don't need every fly box I own every time I go out. Plus I am used to having my nippers, hemostats, floatant in my upper left chest area. I usually taylor my fly boxes to the water I'm fishing that day.
I'm thinking about just using the pack to carry stuff on my driftboat and setting it on the seat next to me. What about you guys, have you warmed up to the packs?
I have an over the shoulder fanny pack deal and love it! I don't like obstructions in front of me so I swing it across my back when fishing and strategically put the net where it would be out of the way.
When in front, it makes a decent table to sit flies down while changing etc... Don't be a h8er until you use it for a couple outings
I use a olive drab Army surplus shoulder bag. Works fine. I did try a chest pack and didnt like the pack in the way of my hands rod and line.
I have my vest still,,it's in pretty good shape,,but I kinda like the Army sack,,,can stuff a couple drinks in there with a couple candy bars to help if the munchies hit me or when I need to just take a wee break.
Still,, a vest is a very very organized way to do this.
I started with a vest, then went to a vest pack, and now to a hip packs. One of the hip packs I can wear as a sling, the other has a shoulder strap on it. It takes a while to get used to different things and where you keep your stuff I've found to be a very personal decision. There are no right or wrongs, only what feels right to you.