I have a fishpond lumbar pack. I use it, but don't like a big growth on my chest while I'm trying to cast or land a fish. I've got a couple of Mayfly Lanyards that I prefer. One of these days I will eB*y the chest pack and go with the lanyards exclusively. I am a minimalist as well - rod, small box of flies, extra tippet, my forceps and I'm good to go.