Bags and Packs

Fly Fishing Bags, Packs and Vests

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.

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  • Elkhorn Lumbar Pack

    $99.95

    Are you an adventurer who always likes to be prepared? The Elkhorn Lumber Pack is the ideal choice. With its lightweight construction yet plentiful features, you’ll have quick access to your gear in one iconic platform. Boasting a massive 5 liters of storage and interior water-resistant compartment, there’s no need to compromise on what should stay home. Useful Hypalon attachments are strategically placed so important tools are always at hand. And with compression straps on the underside, even extra layers can come along! Crafted from strong Cyclepond Fabric, this pack will certainly be your companion during many more river trips in the future.

    https://vimeo.com/755733949

  • Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack

    $299.95$299.99

    Ready to pioneer the wild outdoors, or even just brave the daily commute? The Thunderhead Submersible Backpack has you covered – whatever your day may bring. Constructed with our robust 900D TPU coated NewStream fabric*, this fully submersible pack is designed for maximum protection against all sorts of weather and conditions. The tough waterproof TRU Zip closure ensures that even in torrential rain or river crossings, your gear will remain safe and dry. Plus the comfortable harness system makes carrying it a breeze! Explore with ease and peace of mind knowing that your camera, lunch and tackle won’t get caught in Mother Nature’s crossfire when equipped with our toughest bag yet-the Thunderhead Submersible Backpack.

    Cyclepond: 

    When an old fishing net can no longer be used for its intended purpose, it often gets tossed away into the ocean and becomes a so-called “Ghost Net”. Cyclepond seeks to turn this waste material into something useful by transforming these discarded nets into fishpond products.
    By doing so, we are taking a step towards creating a brighter future for the industry, ecosystems and creatures that rely on healthy oceans. This creative solution truly turns trash into treasure. 

    Newstream: 

    NewStream recycled fabric is made with 100% recycled single-use plastic water bottles, eliminating the use of petrochemicals, while maintaining the durability and function at the heart of our submersible line. 

    https://vimeo.com/640732442

  • Fishpond – Crosscurrent Chest Pack

    $149.95

    If you’re an angler, you know that when the fishing is good, there’s a lot going on. You have to be able to move quickly and efficiently to keep up with all the action. That’s where the Fishpond Crosscurrent Chest Pack comes in handy. This pack is designed to keep all your essential gear organized and within easy reach. The integrated net slot makes it easy to slide your net out and scoop up your fish, while the magnetic drop-down workstation is perfect for storing your dry shake. Whether you’re amidst the excitement of a big catch or simply enjoying a peaceful moment by the water, the Crosscurrent Chest Pack will help you make the most of it.

  • FishPond Blue River Chest Lumbar Pack

    $99.95

    Looking for a versatile and stylish way to keep all your fishing gear organized? Look no further than the Fishpond Blue River Chest/Lumbar pack. This handy pack can be worn as a chest, lumbar or shoulder bag, making it perfect for anglers of all sizes. It features a main cargo pocket that’s ideal for holding multiple fly boxes, as well as a zippered pocket on the inside for holding smaller items. The back of the pack features a padded pass-through belt system, so you can easily take it on and off. Plus, the waxed organic cotton fabric is built to withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Whether you’re hitting the river for a day trip or an extended fishing expedition, the Fishpond Blue River Chest/Lumbar pack is the perfect way to keep all your gear within reach.

  • Fishpond Canyon Creek Chest Pack

    $79.95

    The Fishpond Canyon Creek Chest pack is designed for anglers seeking an efficient grab-and-go system, look no further than Canyon Creek. This highly versatile carry system offers up to seven tool attachment points, a drop-down fly bench and integrated net slot. Despite its low profile design, four of your favorite fly boxes can still fit easily alongside accessories. It’s also great for upgrading existing systems, as it integrates directly with our Switchback Wading Systems, Backpacks and more.

  • Fishpond Firehole Backpack – | Fishpond

    $179.95

    When you’re ready to leave the crowds behind and really get away from it all, the Fishpond Firehole Backpack is just what you need. This 26-liter pack has all the features you need for a great day on the trail, including thoughtful organization, plenty of support and breathability, and lots of water storage. The tough recycled nylon exterior can take a beating, yet is still lightweight enough to keep you comfortable even when you’re carrying a full load.

    Plus, there are plenty of extras that make this pack even more versatile and user-friendly, like an exterior boot and wader pouch for wet gear, integrated net holders, and specialty attachments for your existing Fishpond Chest Pack. No matter where your adventures take you, the Fishpond Firehole Backpack will help you get there in comfort and style.

    Fishpond and Sustainability

    When we say sustainable, it’s not just a word for us here at Fishpond. It is more than that–it has become our guiding mantra and promise to do better by conscious consumers who want their money spent wisely; this includes using recycled material in fishing nets instead of new ones every time you catch some fresh fish! Our commitment donates back into society through various initiatives such as donating proceeds from sales toward water conservation projects around the world or funding scholarships

  • Fishpond Flat Tops Wader Duffle

    $149.95

    As the sun starts to rise, the alarm clock signals it’s time to begin your journey. With that thought in mind, you take a sip of coffee and pick up your gear bag near the door. Luckily, you have everything you need for your expedition due to the Flat Tops Wader Duffel. Its purposeful and ventilated lower pocket is ideal for keeping wet waders and boots from getting everywhere else in your bag while its upper section can contain clothing, any vests or packs necessary, and snacks for later on in case you get hungry. You no longer have to worry about forgetting where anything went with this trusty companion as well as its partner – Dakota Rod and Reel Case.

    https://vimeo.com/287492060

  • Fishpond Flathead Sling Pack

    $149.95

    Looking for an agile and easy-to-use sling pack that will make your fishing adventures more enjoyable? Look no further than the Fishpond Flathead Sling Pack! This comfortable pack is designed for anglers who need quick and easy access to their gear. The ambidextrous design allows the pack to be carried on either shoulder, while the large clamshell opening and moveable interior dividers offer plenty of space for all your gear. So whether you’re casting streamers or exploring new waters, the Flathead Sling Pack will be your go-to choice for a comfortable, organized, and efficient fishing trip.

  • Fishpond Flint Hills Vest

    $99.95

    A hallmark of classic design, the Flint Hills Vest is the ideal choice for those seeking a modernized outfit. Every item you’ll need has its own special spot, with lots of exterior zipper pockets, tool holding points, and a massive back pocket. This vest was created to boost efficiency without adding any extra weight; it’s also made from airy mesh material so you won’t overheat on hot days.

    https://vimeo.com/640713967

  • Fishpond Green River Gear Bag – (Duplicate Imported from WooCommerce)

    $179.95

    When you’re an angler, having a dedicated home for all of the necessary equipment is essential. That’s why Fishpond created the perfect bag to meet this need. Expertly crafted with the right features and materials, our bag provides a secure place for storing and accessing gear quickly. Made from 420d recycled Cyclepond nylon that contains a waterproof molded bottom, its deep main compartment provides ample space while also being customizable to tailor each angler’s individual needs. Another key element is the zip down fly bench which gives instant access to those indispensable flies when they’re needed most!

    https://vimeo.com/233680151

  • Fishpond Jackalope Fly Rod Tube | Travel Friendly

    $99.95

    Looking for a reliable and lightweight rod tube that can protect your valuable fishing rods? Look no further than the Fishpond Jackalope Rod Tube! This tube is made with hexagon interior walls that create the ultimate protection for up to six 9ft 4-piece rods. Plus, it will fit on any standard airline overhead storage, so you can easily take your rods with you wherever you go. Whether you’re shipping your rods or carrying them with you on a trip, the Fishpond Jackalope Rod Tube is the perfect way to keep them safe and sound.

    We at Fishpond are committed to doing better. That’s why we’ve made it our mission 10 years ago, when the first Cycle Pond fabric came out of recycled fishing nets pulled from ocean environments – an industry first! Nowadays nearly all fabrics here in both production and retail channels come together under one roof: The logo you know so well is still proudly displayed on every product because sustainability isn’t just words for us anymore; It’s everything that has driven who we are today as company leaders dedicated to creating innovative solutions around resource recovery while educating consumers about how their choices affect

  • Fishpond Men’s Upstream Tech Vest

    $199.95

     

    The Fishpond Upstream tech vest is about as good as they come. designed by fishermen for fishermen.  If you’re looking for a fishing vest that is both eco-friendly and functional, look no further than the Fishpond Upstream Tech Vest. Made with entirely regenerated nylon waste materials, this vest is built to last. The integrated net holster is a unique feature that allows you to carry a long-handled net. With 14 interior and exterior compartments, including two front pockets that can each hold up to 4 large fly boxes, this vest has ample storage space for all of your gear. And the adjustable shoulder straps, waist straps, and front zipper closure ensure a perfect fit. So don’t let anything get in the way of a good day of fishing – grab your Upstream Tech Vest and hit the water!

    Sustainable Fabrics

    Sustainability is an important issue to us here at Fishpond. We’re committed not just because it’s the right thing, but also to how sustainable sourcing can make your products better and more innovative than they were before! That’s why when we created our signature Cyclepond Econyl  fabric ten years ago – made entirely out of repurposed fishing nets pulled from oceans all over–no one had ever seen anything like this before in fashion history (or nowadays). And since then? Well let me tell you something: there are many brands following suit.

  • Fishpond Ridgeline Backpack – Fly-Fishing Gear & Accessories

    $129.95

    In a world where simplicity means more time on the water, the one pack that reigns supreme is the Fishpond Ridgeline Backpack. Lightweight, compact, and feature-rich, the Ridgeline Backpack is perfect for day hikes and your weekly commute alike. A large, topside opening reveals plenty of space for fly boxes, extra layers, lunch, and a hydration reservoir, while exterior compartments allow for quick access to the essentials. Lightweight and comfortable for all day adventure.

    The Ridgeline backpack is constructed with Integrated pass-through slots keep your net within reach, while attachment points on the front and rear of the pack offer additional storage when used with our line of chest packs. So whether you’re headed to your local stream or hitting the trail for a weekend adventure, make sure you bring along your trusty Fishpond Ridgeline Backpack. After all, it’s true—there is beauty in simplicity.

    https://vimeo.com/640717420

    Sustainable Fabrics

    Since our beginning, sustainability has been a guiding force here at Fishpond. We were the first company in our industry to introduce a line of products made out of recycled fishing nets, and we continue to lead the way in sustainable manufacturing practices.

    Nearly all of our fabrics are made from recycled threads, which means they are gentle on the environment and help us to reduce our carbon footprint. We are constantly exploring new ways to minimize our impact on the planet, and we are committed to being a force for good in the world.

    When you purchase a Fishpond product, you can be confident that you are supporting a company that is working hard to make a difference. We hope you join us in our commitment to sustainability!

  • Fishpond Sagebrush Pro Mesh Vest

    $159.95

    As the weather warms, anglers look for a lightweight vest that offers plenty of storage and superior comfort. The Sagebrush Pro Mesh Vest does just that with its breathable mesh fabric, integrated rod holder, and 17 exterior and interior pockets. Fly boxes and other items are always within reach, perfect for long-day adventures on the water. Even better? The front panel can attach to our Firehole Backpack – ideal for backcountry fishing trips! Experience why so many guides have made the Sagebrush Pro their go-to choice.

    https://vimeo.com/640724172

  • Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack – Fly-fishing, Waterproof, Recycled Material

    $49.95

    The Fishpond San Juan vertical Chest Pack is the perfect day pack for the minimalist. Looking for a chest pack that will keep you organized on the river? Look no further than the Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack! This best-selling pack has everything you need and nothing you don’t, making it perfect for anglers who like to travel light. With multiple compartments and pockets, you can be sure that your fly boxes and gear will be within easy reach. The comfortable, adjustable straps make this pack perfect for long days on the water. Don’t let your next fishing adventure be hindered by a cumbersome pack – go with the Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack and focus on what’s important: catching fish!

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