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Troutman 05-31-2013 03:44 PM

H20-proof chest packs
Looking for a new chest pack for wade fishing. I would like one that is waterproof to keep fly boxes & other contents dry. I've tried so-called "waterproof "fly boxes and they leak:rolleyes: Fishpond seems to make the only one out there I have found. Anyone have it? tired of using zip lock bags

ChemEAngler 05-31-2013 05:28 PM


Have you looked at the Patagonia Stormfront Hip Pack? I realize it is called a Hip Pack, but I think I heard you could wear it up around your chest. However, Fishpond's Westwater Chest Pack is very nice and much cheaper. I have a San Juan Chest Pack and love it, but kind of wish I had the Westwater.

I find your comment about the waterproof fly boxes interesting. I have two waterproof C&F boxes, and have never had the first issue with them.

waterwolf 05-31-2013 10:00 PM

I don't have experience with that particular one or brand, but the Simms ones which looked identical and are made from the same zippers and material were junk. The zippers blew out almost immediately and the pack was a nightmare because of the fabric.

If it is close to the Simms, I would save your $$$

bigsur 06-01-2013 07:56 AM

Here is my two cents: I started out with a Columbia 22 pocket vest, and used for a while. Good quality, but hot in summer, now use it for throwing in kayak or bank fishing. I than used a Fishpond chestpak that I really liked for about six months. Not waterproof, not sure what really is with a good dunking, but the problem I found is as I started accquiring more stuff, the pack filled and soon I had to look around it to see my feet or water right in front of me. I got the Orvis slingpack about $100 three months ago, and love it so far. quality seems high, love the zippers and has more than enough room for a day on the water. Slides out of way when casting, walking or bringing a fish to hand, so far my best choice of packs yet. Hope this helps and good luck with it!

Troutman 06-01-2013 10:11 PM

This is the "waterproof" fly box I've had leak on me several times. I think it may be a little warped and just not sealing even across the oring.

I tend to wade a lot thru chest deep water at times to get to the other side of the river or have stepped off a shelf into too deep of water when smallie fishing.
I carry a couple of fly boxes with poppers and streamers and they often get dunked in the chest pack I wear. I would really like to get a recycled waders "nook" but they are not seam sealed around the stiching.and I like the fact they are recycling a product to provide more enjoyment for us anglers.

Guess I will continue to just stick what I'm using now down into the top of my waders for now. thanks for the comments.

duckypaddler 06-02-2013 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by Troutman (Post 106410)
This is the "waterproof" fly box I've had leak on me several times. I think it may be a little warped and just not sealing even across the oring.

I've had problem with dryboxes the same way. Sometimes it nothing more than the fact that the gasket is compressed all the time. If you leave open when not on river it may solve your problem. Second thing that happens is some dirt or something id on gasket causing not to seal. Or if it is messed up at the hinge like you mentioned. I would send it back to Orvis, and I'll bet they will fix it or more likely give you a new one:smile:

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