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Best Fly Fishing Packs of 2015

By: Kelly Bastone

Best Fly Fishing Packs of 2015

To conduct our 2015 fly fishing pack test, test director Kelly Bastone recruited multiple seasoned testers who used these packs on multiple fishing trips in the Rocky Mountain’s of Colorado. The team compared them side by side rating them on our six main criteria—organization, comfort, adjustability, ventilation, water-resistance, and capacity. The Gear Institute Rating is the combined score across all categories, representing the highest overall level of performance.

Fishpond Delta Sling Pack

91

2015

Fishpond Delta Sling Pack

The Fishpond Delta Sling Pack is a bicycle courier bag repurposed for fly-fishing, and it is also one of the smartest and handiest pack designs to come along in some time.

Umpqua Rock Creek Chest Pack

90

2015

Umpqua Rock Creek Chest Pack

The Rock Creek sets a new high bar for chest packs. This chest pack uses a meshy yoke that distributes the load evenly and makes this pack truly comfortable for daylong wear.

L.L. Bean Kennebec Switch Pack

87

2015

L.L. Bean Kennebec Switch Pack

The L.L. Bean Kennebec Switch Pack is a backpack that converts to a fishing vest that is perfect for anglers who hike to backcountry streams and lakes.

Simms Headwaters Large Sling Pack

86

2015

Simms Headwaters Large Sling Pack

Professional guides might find this sling to be a bit small. But for everyone else, this pack offers generous storage capacity—and keeps it from feeling unwieldy.

Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack

86

2015

Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack

The Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack’s design is streamlined and smart, ultimately minimizing clutter. This sling puts every tool right where you want it.

Umpqua Tongass 650 Waterproof Waist Pack

85

2015

Umpqua Tongass 650 Waterproof Waist Pack

The Umpqua Tongass 650 Waterproof Waist Pack’s beefy shoulder and hip straps lets this pack pinch-hit as a sling. 

Patagonia Vest Front Sling

85

2015

Patagonia Vest Front Sling

The Patagonia Vest Front Sling offers the organizational excellence of a vest, without vests’ weight and warmth.

About the Author

Kelly Bastone

Kelly Bastone

For writer and outdoorswoman Kelly Bastone, gear-testing is just part of the daily routine: Her home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado puts world-class skiing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing right outside her door. Read her work at kellybastone.com

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