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: best flats day bag


sidelock
12-08-2011, 10:50 PM
Been pretty quiet around here lately so I thought I'd wake things up a little.
Looking for some first hand reviews and/or oppinions on the ultimate day pack (not sling type) for flats fishing remote atolls. I don't need to get into details on the necessary items required to carry along , those who have done it and used one know exactly what is needed and what works ! Needless to say it obviously has to be functional , comfortable to wear for long periods throughout the day without impeding with fly casting and preferably suspended somehow to allow air flow between the pack and your back . Side pockets or equivelent attachments to faciliate carring a second rigged rod are also a must and an integrated fitted rain cover for those unexpected downpours would also be nice although a serarate cover would be another option.

juro
12-09-2011, 07:53 AM
I've got the simms dry creek, sealine rolltop pack and patagonia's old pod bag. Only the sealine is immersible. Do not get the clear one or the condensation from solar rays will steam everything inside.

Access is best on the Simms. The patagonia bag has a zipper that is unusable. Neither are truly waterproof like the sealine.

If I had the time and materials I am certain I could come up with a bag that would make me happy on the flats and there's no commercial solution that does it all IMHO.

.02

Vince
12-09-2011, 10:03 AM
For the flats I use the William Joseph Surge fanny pack. No zippers--all magnets. It's awesome.

If I need to take more gear and an extra rod, I'll bring a light back pack to wear, like the Patagonia Fuego.

I would never buy another fanny pack for the salt that has zippers when I have the option for magnets.

FLGator
12-11-2011, 11:19 AM
I'm with Juro in that there is nothing 'ideal' commercially available. Lots of ok solutions, but nothing perfect.

Based on everything I learned from a thread a few years ago (Forum Exclusive - custom designs!) I settled on the Patagonia Double Haul sling. I'm not a sling fan and nor are you interested in one, but it seemed to have the most going for it of the available products at the time.

I too spend long days on the flats self supported and would really like the right fishing pack system.

sidelock
12-11-2011, 09:15 PM
All the packs mentioned in the replies above are specifically manufactured by/for the fishing industry and ironically they all seem to fall short of what most would consider to be the ultimate or even ideal daypack however there are many other manufacturers of good quality packs that may be a siutable alternative . Similar to fishing boats , none can perfectly do it all and so there are compromises. I have been looking @ quite a few lately and a hydration pack called the fourteener made by Camelback has caught my attention. You can remove and refrigirate or even freeze the water bladder the night before and insert it back in it's insulated compartment for the day's fishing to ensure plenty of hydration or remove it and elimiate it.
I don't think the problem would be a functionality issue as much as it would be comfort . One can visually and physically assess functionality fot it's intended purpose but you don't get to test wear it all day loaded with the essential items casting a flyrod in the intended enviroment to assess comfort.
So the search continues !

teflon_jones
12-17-2011, 10:01 PM
I don't use a pack at all. I carry a small fly box stuffed to the gills, sunscreen, nippers and forceps with retractors on my shirt, bug spray, extra tippet and an extra leader in my shirt pocket, and that's about it. I don't carry water because you usually visit the boat often enough to get a drink when you need it. I much prefer the minimalist side to carrying a lot around with me.

sidelock
12-18-2011, 01:32 AM
I don't use a pack at all. I carry a small fly box stuffed to the gills, sunscreen, nippers and forceps with retractors on my shirt, bug spray, extra tippet and an extra leader in my shirt pocket, and that's about it. I don't carry water because you usually visit the boat often enough to get a drink when you need it. I much prefer the minimalist side to carrying a lot around with me.

I meant getting dropped off in the middle of nowhere . No boat or car to go to for the entire day and knowing for certain you will also be runnning into other critters that will definitly require more substance than the bonefish stick you are fishing with. A second rod rigged and ready to shoot from the hip.
:whoa:

teflon_jones
12-19-2011, 04:22 PM
I meant getting dropped off in the middle of nowhere . No boat or car to go to for the entire day and knowing for certain you will also be runnning into other critters that will definitly require more substance than the bonefish stick you are fishing with. A second rod rigged and ready to shoot from the hip.
:whoa:
I often do this when I'm trout fishing and in general I can fit everything I need in my vest, but sometimes I bring along a backpack. I've never been in a situation on the flats where I've needed more than what's in my pockets. I've done some marches on Acklins where I'm miles and miles from the car and boy it would have sucked if my rod had broken or something else happened!

waterworker
12-19-2011, 08:36 PM
For the flats I use the William Joseph Surge fanny pack. No zippers--all magnets. It's awesome.

If I need to take more gear and an extra rod, I'll bring a light back pack to wear, like the Patagonia Fuego.

I would never buy another fanny pack for the salt that has zippers when I have the option for magnets.
I cannot agree more....best I've ever had.The mags are the way to go and after two years are just as strong as day one.

MartyG
12-29-2011, 09:44 PM
If you really need to pack some gear I'd recommend this bag from Harken. They make the best hardware for racing sailboats and some decent personal gear as well.

http://www.harkensport.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=hs&Product_Code=2264&Category_Code=luggage

There are 4-5 different sections including a large ventilated compartment for a wet shirt or jacket. There is even a small pocket that is microfleece lined for sunglasses.

There is a stiffener in the back to spread the weight and provide support as well as wide shoulder straps. The back plate is padded and ventilated as are the straps. There is a handle at the top for easy carrying.

A second rod, net or other gear can be affixed to the built-in bungies on the rear of the pack.

I bought this for sailboat racing and know that it rocks.

Go for it. You can't go wrong if you need to carry a lot of gear.

Marty

2nd Mate
01-08-2012, 10:20 AM
My routine was to ride my bike 10-15 miles form anything and hit the flats. I had no trouble carying gear for a day. I found a camelback to be the best for this activity. I first used a small M.U.L.E that held a 1.5 liter of water and a small amount of gear that I stole from my biking gear. After the time on the flats increased and the real long day I ran out of water, I went bigger. I now use a camelbak HAWG with a larger capacity. It is by no means huge and after fishing with it for one day I stopped noticing. Also it makes carrying a second rigged rod easy. I had enough room for 2 reels and 2 small fly boxes a radio, sandwitch and extra water. In the smaller outer compartment I carried a camera, energy bars, tools and pre-rigged leaders with spare tippett. I bought a military style one that was covered in slits to attach gear on the outside. Very useful for pliers, snips and knives. I think it is a great pack for the day and it rides high on your back so you can wade pretty deep without getting it wet.

Swalt
01-09-2012, 12:56 PM
I have a small one strap back pack that I have used for years when DIY or when I know I will be away from the boat for the day. It has decent back support and having the one strap you can just slide it around so its in front of you if you want to get something out of it instead of having to take it off. I got it over 10 years ago at REI. It is getting worn and the zippers stick at times which is aggravating so I have been looking for another. REI no longer carries them but in looking around I ran across the Sitka S-type Gearslinger. This pack looks like it could do what my old one has done even better. What do you guys think of it? Kind of pricey but has plenty of pockets and such for leaders etc.
They also have other neat packs that might suit you better.
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/Sitka-S-type-Gearslinger-2p1566.htm

flatsfisher
01-10-2012, 09:53 AM
Hey Walt, Does this bag look a lot smaller than the one use? I see that it has 618 cubic inches capacityLL.Bean has a waterproof sling bag in my latest catalogue. Its a little less money and almost double capacity.Item code is KH261164.

Charlie

Swalt
01-10-2012, 12:20 PM
Charlie, from looking at that pack and comparing it to the one I used I think that one is as large or larger. I don't know what the capacity of my bag is. I would not want to go too much larger. The LL Bean pack looks nice too. I am going to consider it. Another thing to consider is it suitable as a carryon bag for flying. The one I have now is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. I use it as my second carryon item. The first being my rod and real bag. I think the Gearslinger would be small enough for this.
Walt

sidelock
01-10-2012, 04:21 PM
Those bags certainly look well made Walt, the one you listed looks rather large for a sling type. After looking @ several makes & models I decided on a Deuter Futura 22. It is a very simple day pack but I can strap an additional rigged rod to it ( my main reason for carring a pack ) unlike the sling type. What I like most about it is that it has a very light metal frame with a suspended , streched mesh webbing that rests on your back which leaves a nice gap for air to flow between the pack and your back, insteda of having the back of the pack agains your back in the heat. It is also hydration bladder capable ( 3 liters ).
I will still wear my handy hip pack with it's usual content and the day pack will be used primarely to carry the additional rigged rod , larger streamers and poppers , spare spool with a sinking line etc. and other necessities I would not normally need if I were just chasing bonefish. It will also be used as a carry on.
It will need a little tweeking here and there as well as some add ons but it's a good start for my intended application.

figen
01-11-2012, 12:14 PM
Please update this thread if anyone stumbles upon a slingshot based backpack with solar panels to keep beer nice and cool all day long. I find that carrying frozen bottles of water to be so 2011. :D

sidelock
01-11-2012, 02:43 PM
Please update this thread if anyone stumbles upon a slingshot based backpack with solar panels to keep beer nice and cool all day long. I find that carrying frozen bottles of water to be so 2011. :D
Souds like you are already carring plenty enough on your shoulders.