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    Flats/waist packs.

    What's everyone's favorites? I've got a Simms roll top fanny pack from a few years ago, but with all the new ones out there, I'm getting the itch to try a new one. However, going to the local shop and checking them out isn't an option for me....seeing as I don't have a local shop within 100 miles.

    Not really looking for a chest pack. I've been down that road and they don't work well for me.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by esoxfly View Post
    Not really looking for a chest pack. I've been down that road and they don't work well for me.

    Thanks.

    I'm with you there. The chestpack is the most rediculous design for bag, it's almost like they sat down and thought of the most inconvenient and obtrusive place to carry a bag.
    I've been using the William Joseph satchels for close to a decade, but they've stopped making them. I get great deals on fishpond stuff, but they don't make a sling. The sling pack made by orvis is functional but it just doesn't look like it put together very well. My bag is on it's last leg (and it stinks), so I'll be watching this thread closely.


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    I have a ton of bags but generally I prefer old digital camera bags.

    Many of them are waterproof (if thats important to you), well built, light, and plenty of storage. I'm somebody who takes a very minimalistic approach. When I carry a bag the most important thing is that the bag allows me to push it over to my back when I dont need it, but allows me to drop it down to my side so everything is easily accessible. Camera bags are designed to do all of this.

    If you're a thrifty kind of a guy, you can find tons camera bags for under $10 at a thrift store.

    This is the bag I fish with 80% of the time. It carries about twice as many flies as I could ever use in a day, 3 leaders and tippet, and a pair of forceps. the main pocket fits all of those perfectly. I dont even usually need the front pocket. I could easily fit 2-3 dozen flies in that box. And if I'm planning on throwing wet socks, I can fit about 12-15 of those.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol'DirtyCaster View Post
    I'm with you there. The chestpack is the most rediculous design for bag, it's almost like they sat down and thought of the most inconvenient and obtrusive place to carry a bag.
    I've been using the William Joseph satchels for close to a decade, but they've stopped making them. I get great deals on fishpond stuff, but they don't make a sling. The sling pack made by orvis is functional but it just doesn't look like it put together very well. My bag is on it's last leg (and it stinks), so I'll be watching this thread closely.
    ODC, looks like William Joseph is making a sling pack again.

    http://www.williamjoseph.net/gear.php?userChoice=Creel#

    http://www.wyomingflyfishing.com/Wil...ies-P3256.aspx

    I use a sling pack that got for free from the bank lol..its been going strong for 4 years now. but I'm looking for something different.

    Orvis has a new sling pack.

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.a...subcat_id=6670

    compared to.

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.a...subcat_id=6670

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnD View Post
    ODC, looks like William Joseph is making a sling pack again.

    http://www.williamjoseph.net/gear.php?userChoice=Creel#

    http://www.wyomingflyfishing.com/Wil...ies-P3256.aspx

    I use a sling pack that got for free from the bank lol..its been going strong for 4 years now. but I'm looking for something different.

    Orvis has a new sling pack.

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.a...subcat_id=6670

    compared to.

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.a...subcat_id=6670


    I'm going with the patagonia stealth atom.

    http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/...?p=48325-0-961

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol'DirtyCaster View Post
    I'm going with the patagonia stealth atom.

    http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/...?p=48325-0-961
    That's a good looking pack !

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    I think yall are spending Way to much money on this. Find an inexpensive camera bag with no metal in it and a velcro or magnetic closure, works just fine.

    Spend your money on getting out there fishing not fancy gizmos.

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    Sage Typhoon Waist Pack best I've found here http://www.sageflyfish.com/DXL-Typhoon-Waist-Pack.html These are not completely waterproof (zipper on top is water resistant with a flap over) but size is perfect for wading and if I know it's going to get submerged just hoist it up over the shoulder. I use a small waterproof box to carry truck keys in and fishing license just in case. You can find for $99.00 if you hunt around web.

    BTW fly shelf and tippet pouch work great...just pull a small section thru grommet hole and you can pull tippets as needed. The large waist pack is too obtrusive for my liking although it actually has a waterproof zipper you can read review here http://www.deneki.com/2009/10/sage-t...t-pack-review/. Wish Sage had put one on their smaller pack as I would have paid to add one. Neat thing is you can nest your fly rod in against back of pack while changing flies, adding tippet and it will stay put.

    One more thing...tried the Sagebrush pack made in Alaska, while these are completely waterproof it's just one large open pack with a waterproof zipper, no separate compartments and nothing to keep the form of the pack in shape. I bought initially thinking it was the ticket but sent it back.

    Also if using any serious camera gear I would get the large typhoon for it's waterproof zipper and larger carry capacity. THAT IS ALL MY $.02 for what its worth.
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    Orvis makes a great sling pack. I use one for striped bass..not so sure about warm weather flats stalking.

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    I've been using an XSTREAM bag from Seattle. The strap goes over your shoulder, but the bag hangs under your arm. Never had a problem with casting. Holds everything I need for wading on the flats. Got it from Feather-Craft over 10 years ago. Closest thing they have now is the Fishpond San Juan Vertical Chest Pack. If you like it, buy two. The maker is sure to discontinue the product just when you need another one.

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