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05-10-2012, 07:59 PM
thinking of getting the orvis sling pack instead of a vest or chest pack, anyone using one?

05-10-2012, 08:03 PM
No, but I am interested in this thread as I am pondering the same thing.

05-10-2012, 10:03 PM
At one time or another, I think I've owned about every type vest and pack known to man...and never been completely happy. I hate a vest. They make my neck sore and the pockets are always in the wrong places and in the way for my tastes. Plus, I'm trying to be a bit of a minimialist as well, so I dont want something big. Chest packs are horrible for me. Something sticking out on my chest, to block the view of my footsteps while wading/climbing steep-gradient mountain streams is a disaster waiting to happen. Fanny packs, while I used them for awhile, constantly sagging, is a pain. Then not longh ago a fishing buddy recommended a pack to me and after several full-day trips with it, I have finally found the best fishing pack/bag I've had to date. And it's not even a "fishing" pack. It's a tactical sling pack.


It carries all I need for a full day on the water, is very well made, has a comfortable shoulder strap, has molle-type webbing in very strategic places to hang zingers and such, is vented on the back side to keep cool, and slings around on your back, completely out of the way while fishing. Easily slides around to the front when you need something out of it. The only downside I've found is when you bend over, it tends to want to slide around to the front, but a caribiner clipped to your belt stops that, and it even has a loop on the back to accomidate one if that bothers you (which it dont bother me enough to do that).

If this pack had a name on it like Fishpond or WJ or the like, it would be a $100+ pack. But it's a tactical pack, and I bought mine for around $34...shipping included.
Best fly-fishing related item I've bought in quite some time.

05-10-2012, 10:59 PM
Orvis sling pack Weird I tried one on just couldn't get the drift of it .it seamed to be all wrong. so I bought a Patagonia direct and I hate it. decided that a sling was not for me. so I have a Patagonia sling used for 4 hr. for sale. went back to my Simms waist pack. I have 3 more waist ,a new vest un used. keep going back to the Simms water proof so I will stay and be happy.

05-11-2012, 11:46 AM
I have a fishpond chest/fanny pack which I use most of the time and like it a lot.

I also have an orvis chest with a back pack attached that I like alot as well but it has been put on the shelf for long day trips, where I may want to bring a luck or change of shoes/socks which I have not had the opportunity to do in awhile. If they would make one where the back compartment could be buckled on or off depending on your needs, that would be the ticket.

05-11-2012, 07:57 PM
I have had both orvis & WJ.The new orvis looks great .Mine was the old model it carries all i wanted but had no place to carry a water bottle. The WJ did. It is also larger than the orvis. What I didnt like about both is all your gear is piled in the bottom no seperation. Try the orvis if you dont like it send it back.

05-13-2012, 12:51 PM
I really am a nubbie to trout ,spend most of my fishing days in salt,
maybe minimalistic would be better, shirt pocket for fly box and a neck lanyard for tippet and basic tools. Anyone using this system?

05-13-2012, 03:43 PM
I'm a cheapskate. I use about a foot of old fly line tied to one of the D-rings on my waders to carry my fly box, tippet, and dry fly floatant. Then I use my pocket for my nail clippers and strike indicator, and of course my phone for taking pictures.

05-13-2012, 03:45 PM
I really am a nubbie to trout ,spend most of my fishing days in salt,
maybe minimalistic would be better, shirt pocket for fly box and a neck lanyard for tippet and basic tools. Anyone using this system?

I tend to be minimalistic also. I wear a lanyard with tippet and basic tools and a couple a small flyboxes in shirt pockets for mtn fishing. If hiking any distance, I wear a small waistpack with a water bottle and a snack. For warmwater wading I have a small vertical chest/over shoulder pack big enough for a couple of fly boxes for poppers and streamers and tippet.
You might want to check out a vertical thin chestpack like the new Orvis one or the fishpond san juan pack.

05-13-2012, 05:30 PM
It really just depends on when and where. Some days I just use a lanyard and some days call for a full blown boat bag. More often than not, you will find me wearing a fishpond blue river chest/lumbar pack. It can be slung around the shoulder or worn as a waist pack. Also improvises as a wading belt if that's important.

If a bottle holder is important to you then I would check out the Dragonfly Guide LTE which is new for this year.

I generally despise a vest, but I have a Gore Range Tech pack on the way.

05-14-2012, 12:20 PM
Like many of you I have purchased several different packs, vests, etc.

Vest first, then a William Joseph chest pack. The chest pack started annoying the heck out of me unless it was almost empty, so then it was a lanyard and an ultra light Chicobag backpack. The latest combination will still be used on backpacking trips, however for day trips I believe the sling pack will serve me well.

Orvis is always sending me $25 off $50 coupons, and I recently picked up the sling pack using one of them. Though I haven't had it on the water yet, I really like how things attach and how the huge pocket can hold many fly boxes with ease. It does not feel "in the way" when loaded like the chest pack. I'm taking a trip to Virginia for some fishing on Thursday, and the sling pack will have its maiden voyage.


05-14-2012, 04:09 PM
I recently purchased a new one (with a $25 off coupon), and while I like it, it's not the end-all, be-all that I had hoped. I hate vests as well, I seem to end up carrying more flies and crap than I would like, just to be prepared. The sling pack lets me carry several boxes of flies and other stuff that I couldn't normally clip to my shirt or belt. You can easily slide the pack around to front and then slide it back, but if you do that you wind up getting chafed on your neck from the strap slinging it back and forth across your shoulder (moving to the front and then the back). I think Orvis really thought that people would sling it back and forth since they put the nipper attachment point on the bag, when it really should be on the strap that is in front of you most of the time. The new version is missing a feature that I think they should have included from the old version. It was a little detachable pouch that you could hook to the strap in front and carry your essentials (like a small fly box, gink and a small of tippet). You then only had to sling the pack to the front for some out of the ordinary object.

Since the new one doesn't have this little pouch, I end up putting my essentials in my front pants pockets (and attaching my forceps, nippers and Frog Fanny to the front strap of the pack - a lanyard around my neck also holds one small box of flies). I only sling the pack around and retrieve something from the main pack compartment when I have something I only need once in awhile (like 2x tippet or a streamer box, packable rain jacket or a sandwich).

I think if you plan it correctly and only have to reach in the pack every once in awhile and not every time you change a fly, its awesome. Its very light weight and is great if you already have a minimalist mentality but want to carry a few extra items with you for longer trips.

I have a friend who has the old style of the Orvis Sling Pack and for feature-sake, its better than the new version (although its not as rugged). If you can ever find one on ebay for less than $50, buy it. I recently watched a few old ones go for over $70 so don't hold your breath...Here is one that closes out on May 20: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Orvis-Safe-Passage-sling-pack-/120914282402?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c270d87a2#ht_500wt_1413

05-14-2012, 04:15 PM
I am pretty sure it is, but is there adequate space for a water bottle or 2 to be stored in there?

05-14-2012, 04:56 PM
I am pretty sure it is, but is there adequate space for a water bottle or 2 to be stored in there?

Yes it can fit a 1 Litre Nalgene standing up (all the way on the deep side) with some room left over...but I doubt you could get two big ones. You might also look at a 750ml, or a flask, that would fit even better, without bulging the pack as much against your back.

05-14-2012, 05:05 PM
I just "pulled the trigger" and ordered one.

05-22-2012, 08:27 PM
I've always gone back and forth on a vest and fanny pack but was never thrilled with either. After reading this I had the opportunity to try one on and really liked it. Fished with it 4 times and love it. Very comfortable and holds a ton of stuff.