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Old 11-10-2009, 10:52 PM
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i want a pack that i can fit atleast a 1 man tent in and all of my camping and fly fishing supplies. thanks for the help. thanks for the help
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:13 PM
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I am a big fan of the Osprey brand of packs the aether 70 style would probably suit you well and they carry loads around 35lbs with ease when I go I carry a MSR hubba hp tent, my waders rolled small and in a stuff sack, I tie my boots on the back and stick my rod case in the pocket in the back and roll my vest in a small stuff sack as well, my net just stuffs in the back pocket with my rod.

I carry a very lightweight pack it's called a ULA (Ultra Light Accessories) it's better for light weight backpacking I just sold a aether 60 it only has 3600 cu of space which just isn't enough. The ULA is 3800 cubic inches and I have everything I need for a very comfortable trip all of my backpacking gear is ultralight expensive but well worth it to have gear that performs.

Osprey, Granite Gear, and Gregory all make very nice packs be sure that when you purchase one to take all of the gear you will be carrying in it to the outfitters and pack it there and see if it will work for you.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:21 PM
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Sam here is a pic from this past weekends trip to Deep Creek I love backpacking and fly fishing if you ever want some company I'm game just e-mail me.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:08 PM
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Sam here is a pic from this past weekends trip to Deep Creek I love backpacking and fly fishing if you ever want some company I'm game just e-mail me.
good picture!
thanks spotlight and everyone else for your helpfull comments. if it matters i am about 6`4 220lbs does that limit on what type of pack i should carry or how big it should be?
and do most of you all spend the night or just do a day trip?
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:54 PM
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Shoot...I got you and the kid mixed up! In my experience, bigger guys eat more food, drink more water, have bigger clothes bags etc. IMO, go for something at least 5000 ci. You can always strap your sleeping bag off the bottom, it will bump you a lot though if you do that.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:03 PM
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Shoot...I got you and the kid mixed up! In my experience, bigger guys eat more food, drink more water, have bigger clothes bags etc. IMO, go for something at least 5000 ci. You can always strap your sleeping bag off the bottom, it will bump you a lot though if you do that.
thanks that what i was looking for. and ya about the food and water how much food do most of you all bring along with you? and i am just 16 i will be 17 in jan.

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Old 11-10-2009, 11:41 PM
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Hi Sam,

I am thirteen years old and got a brand new mountainsmith youth scout backpack this past Christmas for backpacking and fly fishing trips in the Smokies with my dad. I know I am talking about a youth pack for kids my age, but I think it is a really great pack and it can carry a huge load because of its size. What I am really trying to get at though is their adult packs which would be bigger and be able to carry even more than my smaller pack that can actually carry as much as a lot of adult frame size packs. If you don't like these packs though, another great brand is kelty packs. My dad just got his kelty tioga pack earlier this year like me and likes it a lot. Our first trip with our new packs was in July this year, and they were put through a tough test into one of the most remote sections of the park in which they were proven worthy as great packs. I think you will like these two pack companies and if nothing else just check their websites out and see what else they have. I hope this helps your search.

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Old 11-11-2009, 09:16 AM
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Recently, this osprey pack has caught my attention as a nice looking 3 season choice -->http://www.ospreypacks.com/detail.ph...specifications

Currently, my go to bag is an Arc'Teryx Bora 55....I believe Grouseman77 has one too and likes it pretty well. Its not ultralight, but there is almost no need to carry a rain cover. Its also very well built and can withstand torture from heavy underbrush & thorns. The top lid is removable and makes into a good waist pack when backcountry fishing.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:09 PM
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Daniel--I have no advice whatsoever on backpacks, other than to note they have come light years since I was your age (there's a picture of me in my new book at about your age with a load which would likely make any decent pack mule freeze up and refuse to move). What I really wanted to say is that I'm absolutely delighted to see someone of your age posting here, or more specifically, being involved in all the wonders the Smokies and their trout have to offer. Kudos to you, and to your dad for introducing you to these wonders. Jim Casada
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:45 PM
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Daniel,

In my opinion (others may not agree), I would get a pack that is at least 4000 cubic inches, if you were older, I would say 5000.
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