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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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sling packs or backpacks

hey guys, I am looking for a new bag to carry all my stuff in while im out wading or traveling to tropical places. I was hoping to see what you guys had as far as packs go. I was looking at the patagonia or fishpond waterproof slings. id love to hear your thoughts!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 11:37 PM
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Not waterproof, but I have a Vedavoo and love it. I wanted a sling that went over my left shoulder, and none of the bigger companies had that as an option.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 12:48 AM
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I use a Patagonia Stormfront sling most of the time. When I need to carry more stuff like an extra jacket or 8 or 10 dozen backup flies i switch to a Sagebrush Dry backpack. Both packs are great for their intended purpose.
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 10:55 AM
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I use a sling pack for just popping down to the river for a while but if I'm going to put some real boot prints down and need to bring more stuff I switch to a backpack.

My sling holds all my heads and leader material as well as a few fly boxes. Just hang on some clippers and what not and go.

My backpack can hold all of the above plus a couple reels, jacket and lunch. On the outside there is a provision for 2 spare rods if need be. Inside the pack is also a provision for a camel back water bag.

Both have lots of d-rings and such to attach tools and what have you. Both were also cheap.


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Eight to ten dozen back up flies? Are you sure that's enough?

My rain jacket has two pockets capable of holding the largest fly boxes (outside of those bugger boxes) made, plus an inside pocket for a sink tip wallet, when I carry it. I used to carry those large fly boxes plus two water bottles in a hip pack....Used to.

I am not a pack mule. I don't want to be carrying any more than absolutely necessary when I'm waist deep in moving water! I don't want to be top heavy. And if I have to change a head or sink tip, it sure ain't gonna happen out there in mid river.

Now days all of the stuff, and more, is carried in a large Loon Outdoors boat bag. That bag is loaded in the car or boat, whenever I go out. If I'm on foot, I load up one medium size fly box with whatever flies conditions dictate, maybe add a couple different sink tips to the tippet material in my shirt pocket, stuff the fly box & a water bottle in my waders & I'm good to go. Fish a run, back to the car/boat, move & fish another run. If I take the boat out, I can load more stuff in the boat, maybe two rods, lunch & drinks in a small cooler.

Works for me.

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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 01:46 PM
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Sling packs for me. I want my waist and belly area free of any belts, brackets, etc. to make room for bottom hand to lean against my body while making a forward cast. With waist and chest packs my knuckles were always sore from hitting brackets/buckles. My favorites are Patagonia Atom 15L or waterproof Patagonia Stormfront Sling 20L for rainy conditions and boat. Whenever I can I stick to the Atom due to its planty pockets and compartments.

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Unlike my days of trout fishing, due to the fact that I am always stripping & shooting line, I try to eliminate anything on my front side hanging, clipped, or otherwise, in which line might become entangled.

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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 07:49 PM
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Sling is more versatile. But be sure it has that strap connecting the bag bottom to the main strap - otherwise the thing will creep up to your neck and strangle you.
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 09:41 PM
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I tried to use two different sling packs and could never develop an affinity for either. I'm kinda like JDJones, take only what I can get in my waders and leave the rest in the car or boat. However, I do have a mid-size Simms watertight waist pack I use occasionally and it easily slides around to my backside when not in use. Keep the front clear!

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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 01:39 AM
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I tried a couple slings and couldn’t get them to fit very well. Always felt restrictive for me. I wear a Sagebrush Dry hip pack and like it quite a bit. Have their backpack if needs were to dictate.
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 06:01 AM
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I really like my Vision Aqua Sling.
It's very comfortable to wear, lots of adjustment in the straps so you can find the placement that works for you.
Not a huge capacity, but a nice size for a day trip down the river.


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love my patagucci sling pack . lots of room for stuff . swings around to front easy and forms sort of a " bench " to work from . not water proof though .
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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 08:51 AM
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I have used a Sagebrush camera bag for years. It is the perfect size for 2 fly boxes tippet heads and a camera. I also put a magnet on the d loop of the bag and on the belt loop of my waders. This keeps the bag behind me untill needed
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I have a Simms Headwaters back pack and chest pack that I have been using for quite a while. Also have a bigger day pack for longer trips into the bush. I like the headwaters securement system and it fits on the back of the pack while hiking. The chest pack never seems to get in the way and it puts everything I need right in front of me. My only complaint is the Simms day pack is a bit heavy and can make for a tired back after a long day. The up side is it can carry everything I need and more which leads one to bring more than they actually need. Im a huge fan of sling packs but they always seemed to need some adjustment or tending to while fishing or if Im bending down to deal with a fish or a hook that is snagged on the bottom. Im leaning toward a waterproof waist pack to replace my sling.
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