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10-28-2007, 07:54 PM
Can anyone shine light on a dilemma I have? I need a chest pack or fanny pack that can accommodate the following: One small first aid kit, camera, a few tippet spools, some leaders, one fly box small for a day trip, maglite, a forceps, and a few small knickknacks such as floatant and nippers. So far so good, most packs on the market will do this. Now to the problem, unless you add water bottle holders to the wading belt or using a separate fanny pack, there seem to be no product out there that can do this. I have looked at the fishpond products but they only have one small bottle holder or one with two bottle holder but that one looks like it won't hold all my other gear. What should I do without going to a pack with hydration bladder on it? Advice anyone?

10-28-2007, 08:58 PM
Can't say that i know of a product that will do everything that you are looking for. I can say, however, that if you do decide to go with something that has a hydration bladder i highly recommend either the fishpond shooting star or high country packs. I have the shooting star and my uncle has the high country, both are outstanding products.


10-28-2007, 09:07 PM
Craig, I'm mainly worried about the weight on my back with hydration pack. What do you think. I have developed back pain in the last few years and I'm currently using a back support belt while fishing. I use a regular vest when I'm fishing tailwaters and bigger rivers but I need something more scaled down for the mountains. If I get a hydration pack will it be the same as a vest? If so I might as well use a vest. I appreciate anyone's advice.

Thanks again.

10-28-2007, 09:12 PM
I need to clarify something else, If I use for an example the Kiowa wader belt and combine it with a small chest pack such as the windwalker, I'm wondering if this will be to cumbersome to wear. If this works I will be able to have at least two water bottles and ample of pockets between the two packs and not have to fool with a hydration bladder. Thoughts anyone?

10-28-2007, 09:14 PM
Hans, have you looked at any of the lumbar fanny packs usually sold for light day hiking? I have a Kelty "boulder" pack 475 ci interior space that has 2 bottle holders and a top loading compartment for gear. The wide semi rigid belt rides on the hip and is very comfortable when loaded. Spin it on your waist when you need to access it. I have used it for several years when a full daypack is not needed. They are usually less than $50. Hopes this helps......Gary

10-28-2007, 09:31 PM

Yes, I used a hiking fanny pack all summer. It's cheap and I have to constantly repair the seams. I was mainly thinking that fishponds Kiowa might be a better quality product.

Have you been fishing lately? don't forget our FFF inaugural on Nov27. Earth Fare at 6:30 PM, Turkey Creek.

10-28-2007, 09:33 PM
It has never hurt my back when i wear it, and i usually have it loaded with more stuff than a hydration bladder. If anything, my shoulders were a little sore after the first time i used it. I would hate to give a recommendation and your back hurt, my suggestion is maybe see if you could try one out for a day or so. You know your body better than anyone, so if you're concerned about back pain i prob wouldn't buy one unless you got to try it out first. I will say, though, that the shooting star is one heck of an outfit!


10-29-2007, 12:32 AM
hans, one option is to carry a bottle with a filter built in. just don't drop the filter in the stream and loose it. (like I did when we went to greenbriar)

10-29-2007, 01:23 PM
I second the water filter bottle. Much lighter than carrying water, and you have virtually an unlimited water supply. I used one in the park in the spring and it worked well. I clipped it to my belt with a carabiner. As far as fanny packs go, look in the hunting section and you may find one that suits you.


10-29-2007, 09:12 PM
This summer on the South Holston I was simply too hot in my vest. So I pulled out an old lumbar pack (20 years old). I have really been pretty satisfied with it. I have also considered the Kiowa, it looks to be about the same size as what I am using now. I also wear a lanyard to keep nippers, floatant and a drying patch right where I need them. I have really enjoyed lightening the load. If I had a larger pack I am afraid that I would just put more stuff in it. The one thing I like about the lumbar pack is the ability to carry 2 bottles of water. If the Kiowa doesn't seem to be large enough look at the Dragonfly, I'm pretty sure it is bigger. I hope to purchase one of these two packs if I ever make it back to LRO to compare them. I am convinced that I will do most of my fishing with a lumbar pack and not a vest from now on. I'm still trying to find a way to get rid of the lanyard.

Gerry Romer
10-29-2007, 11:27 PM

I got this email link on a closeout item that you might be interested in.


10-30-2007, 07:32 AM
What brand do you guys like for a water flter for on stream use? Bad water sick is bad sick.

Rog 1
10-31-2007, 02:27 PM
Early this summer I went off without my vest and fanny pack and ended up in the Bass Pro Shop....in the outdoor section my son and I found some camo fanny packs with attachable water bottles....these turned out to be light, sturdy and carried all the materials you mentioned.....another option on the water question is that this fall my buddy and I would carry in some purification tablets and several empty bottles into where we started fishing...we would treat the water for use on the way out....that way we did not have to worry about rationing the other bottle while we fished....have also used the filtered bottles but they are usually a pain to get enough water through to sate one's thirst after chasing those wiley trout.

10-31-2007, 03:30 PM
I can't help on a lightweight fanny pack, I have a cheap $19 backpack that I try to keep as light as possible. I really only carry my fishing essentials in (1 fly box, gink, nippers, tippet (2x, 4x and 6x) and a hemostat. And when I get to the stream I clip those onto my clothes or into my front pockets.

As for water, I take a half full Nalgene bottle and a Katadyn Water Filter (Vario). The Vario weighs less than a water bottle and is a bit smaller than a bottle as well. I can fill up a water bottle in about a minute, and it has a dual action filter.

I'd love to get a fancy pack from Fishpond, but I haven't been able to justify it yet...Also, I could probably put everything into a fanny pack, but since my rear end is the biggest part of me, whatever I had in a fanny pack would catch on rhododendron as I was trying to bushwhack out of a stream. The pack stays close to my back and rarely gets in the way. Plus I can clip my rod tube (a 4pc rod) to the pack, which would be tougher with a fanny pack...

10-31-2007, 04:47 PM
Thanks, everyone, I'm still just planning. I probably will get a chest pack of some kind from Fishpond. I know there products seem to be made better than most. I have a cheap lumbar pack right now and it is cheap. The threads break constantly and it won't hold up for back country fishing. I need to spend some money to get something worthwhile. As for water, I don't like filters. I rather buy some of the aqua mira tablets for about $12 dollars. They are really the best for my purposes.


11-02-2007, 10:58 AM
Fishpond Blue River, can be worn purse(man purse that is) fanny or chest style:biggrin:


11-02-2007, 11:00 AM
...I had problems with that same lumbar pack, or at least another I had just like it. It did allow me to see whether or not I liked that style as opposed to a vest or chest pack.

I upgraded to a Wm Joseph lumbar pack this past summer and it has done far better. The belt is s bit wider and offers better support along with the pack being much better quality.

I do like my Gore Tech pack from Fishpond for the fall and winter when I am in waders.

I have to admit though, the deal posted on the Fishpond is a great buy.


11-02-2007, 01:26 PM

Thanks for your input, you converted me from a vest back in the spring with you know what. I'm forever grateful for that. Now it's time to upgrade, hence my inquiry. I'm leaning towards a fishpond chest pack and then adding a high end lumbar pack not made for the fly fishing market. I need something wide and sturdy. I'm still looking.

02-09-2008, 07:52 PM
Hans, I was in Michigan this past week and saw a great Lumbar pack from William Joseph Catalyst for $59. I has two water bottles, is built well and holds about 700 cu.in. The Fishpond Waterdance ($89), Dragonfly ($69) and Kiowa ($59) packs also look good. The Waterdance and Dragon fly can be used as a Lumbar pack or Chest Pack.

I may have to trade in my cheap backpack for something nicer this year...

02-11-2008, 05:40 PM
I will throw a plug out there for the waterdance by fishpond. This thing will expand to much larger that I ever thought. I use it exclusivley. It is very versatile as to the way you can wear it. Chest pack, lumbar, I even throw the lumbar strap over one shoulder for deeper water. There are straps built in to compress the pack when you not looking through it. You cannot beat the fold down fly bench. This is one the best things to happen to gear in a while. It has many attachment points on the outside for fly fishing specific gear too. I felt apprehensive about the price at first, but it was justified.

P.S. there gear comes with a comment card. I filled this out with some nice things about their products and got a cool fishpond sticker in the mail, but dont let the sticker influence your decision.