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Old 05-30-2006, 09:48 AM
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Chest pack recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good mid-sized chest pack? I want something that is comfortable to wear (shoulder straps not neck straps), can be used in both fresh and salt water, and that can hold the following:

On Chest
One large flybox
Nippers
Hemostat/pliers
Hook sharpener
Floatant
A few leaders
Four or so tippet spools
Strike indicators
Split shot

On Back
Spare spool
Extra flybox
Water/snack
Car keys


I've been looking online at the LL Bean SwitchPack and several of the William Joseph products (ultra light, creel, and coastal II), but haven't seen them "in-person" yet, so it's hard to judge how useful they are.
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What type of fishing? It matters... for instance from a pontoon boat, with a stripping basket, Spey casting, etc.
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:16 AM
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What type of fishing? It matters... for instance from a pontoon boat, with a stripping basket, Spey casting, etc.

Juro . . . I'll be using it mostly for wading in streams for trout, but I also occasionally fish for stripers from the beach or from rocks (usually with a stripping basket) and I do spey cast for salmon/steelhead. It would be nice to have one pack for all three purposes, but maybe that's not possible. (I use a gear bag when I fish from boats/canoes.)
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:43 PM
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Big packs in front are a pain when using stripping baskets because they get in the way; two compartments ala mae west drive me crazy when rowing because they hinder arm motion when rowing; and I like a traditional vest when Spey casting to spread the stuff out wide and thin (provided I don't stuff it) besides it's typically not too hot while steelheading.

That being said my favorite was a "riversmith" chest pack with removable bakpack that was poly impregnated nylon with multiple compartments smartly designed. I think the company went out of business unfortunately or I'd buy another in a minute.

I use the Patagonia double haul sling chestpack a lot especially when the water bladder is important (tropics, etc). I prefer the two-shoulder river smith strap system over the one-shoulder sling of the double haul which puts more pressure on one shoulder while the other spreads the load.

I don't like the styling to look too fancy so that rules out some brands mentioned by others for me.
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chest pack

fishpond makes all types you should check them out. i use the windwalker chest pack and it works great.
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I thought that had a neck strap?

They have some new stuff for 2006 I saw at the show.
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