Looking for a simple waterproof hip pack

caddis75

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Hey all,

I'm working my way down to a minimalist approach to fly fishing. I am looking for a simple waterproof hip pack that will hold a water bottle, a lunch, one small fly box, and a light jacket for long days on the water. I wear a lanyard for my tools and keep my fly box in my Reddington front zip waders.
I currently have a Vevadoo Seam Sling and I do not like it for three reasons: Can't easily fit a jacket, my water bottle falls out and the clip opens and spills my boxes into the damn river too often.


Thanks all.

Jason (aka caddis)
 

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You can start with a search:

Simms
Fish Pond
Patagonia
Orvis
Umpqua

I was looking at several. If I pull the trigger on a new one, I'll let you know. Lol

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I’ve been using the SIMMS dry creek z hip pack for the last 2 seasons... love it, keeps the weight off my shoulders and has a slot down the back of it for my net.
The rivers I fish mean I regularly wade deep, so I had to go for a fully waterproof option. At 11 litres there is plenty of room for what a jacket and water bottle etc.
 

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I just ordered the fishpond West Bank wading belt it has slots for fish pond packs etc. I really like that you can hang a pack behind you but slide it to more frontal position for easy access They make high end products at reasonable prices
 

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Fishpond Thunderhead has served me well from full-day 5+ mile hike-in trips in the Appalachians to all-day flats walks on Kiritimati. Simple .. not a bunch of pockets and do-dad attachments. Waterproof. Holds rain gear, jacket, lunch, water and/or filter, fly boxes, etc.
 

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Fishpond Thunderhead has served me well from full-day 5+ mile hike-in trips in the Appalachians to all-day flats walks on Kiritimati. Simple .. not a bunch of pockets and do-dad attachments. Waterproof. Holds rain gear, jacket, lunch, water and/or filter, fly boxes, etc.
That's exactly what I am looking for. TY
 

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I love my Simms, especially because it has a shoulder strap, so when I unbuckle the belt I don't have to hold the pack to keep it from falling.

Randy
 

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Even makes a good bag for travel on your way to the next fishing trip. Fits under the seat in front of you.

I added the bottle pockets on the outside.
 

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I was in the same search, ended up looking at my sons waterproof sling pack and picked up Fishponds Thunderhead Sling pack. I realize you are looking for a hip pack, but I am very happy with the sling style. Used a non WP hip pack for a few years. My sling is very comfortable, easy to slide into “access mode” , has a nice sleeve built in for a net handle, room for my ever present rain jacket and the occasional can of rocky mountain spring water stuffed in an insulated can coozy.
 

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In case there is any question .. yes, mone is a waist pack. The padded waist straps tuck in and it includes a shoulder strap as can be seen in my photo.
 

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I like the Mountainsmith dry tour with the strappettes.
Didn’t know it existed. It didn’t when I switches from the tour to the Fishpond Thunderhead. I was extremely satisfied with the Tour .. except for the non-waterproof part. Too many dunkings and Instarted looking for a replacement. If I were buying today, I might jump on the Tour dry version. It doesn’t hurt that the Fishpond bag has the same name as my go-to dry fly for Smoky Mountain National Park trout.
 
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