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one more cast
06-25-2008, 09:55 AM
I've been looking for a small pack to replace my vest for day trips. Have my eye on this one:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=17682&cat=1035&page=1

Per Orvis site, this pack was introduced in 2007, but is not in 2008's line-up? Anyone use this pack. Problems with it?

one more cast
06-26-2008, 09:33 AM
Ok, looks like nobody has that one. How about William Joseph's Confluence Pack:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=18232&cat=1150&page=1

I have never owned a chest pack, and, my concern is that I may not be able to see over the pack to my feet. I stumble enough already. Also, I'm on the small side, about 5' 10" and 140 lbs., and wonder if it would adjust to fit snuggly on someone my size. Any info appreciated.

David

BuckeyeRick
06-26-2008, 02:21 PM
I have chest pack with 2 front storage compartments with less of a back pack area. Now I am 5'7" and 180 lbs., so I can't see my feet anyway. I have no idea what you skinny guys see or how things fit. I found the pack to be more convenient than a vest in some situations and less in others. The front section is cooler than a vest, but the rear is hotter. At this point I am going with my fly box in my wader chest pocket, my water in a shirt pocket, and a lanyard with nipper, tippet, shot, and forceps. When winter and Steelhead season hit, I will probaly go with the pack over the vest.

danp413
06-26-2008, 11:18 PM
I have the Fishpond Blue River Pack (http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=16816&cat=764&page=1), and I love it. I first used it as a chest pack, which was convinient, but I tripped a lot since I could not see my feet. I'm almost 5' 10" and sneaking up on 250, so I want to see more of my feet. I then used it as a sling pack, but would come close to wearing a blister on my neck moving the pack back and forth. After switching back to a vest for a while, I am back to the pack as a fanny pack loose enough to spin it around if needed. I also use a lanyard with tippet, nippers, hemostats, and a drying patch. I love this set up because it is not as hot as my vest, and my vest was a very breathable one. Plus I don't overload this the way I did my vest. It also means a lot less weight for when I backpack, plus there is enough room in the pack for my reel, and the lanyard. Only thing I haven't figured out yet, is where to put my net. I thing I just need to get a folding net with a holster of sorts.

one more cast
06-27-2008, 09:11 AM
Thanks Rick, Dan, for your comments.

I guess I'll just try a few on for size and setup, and see what might work for me. Wish I lived closer to LRO.

one more cast
06-28-2008, 02:22 PM
I received my Orvis Summer 2008 catalog today and it has the Orvis Safe Passage Complete Chest Pack included. They must have just been temporarily out of stock.