This pack answers so many questions for me that I’m starting to think Simms has my phone tapped.
I am a creature of habit. When I find something that works for me, I’d rather fight than switch. That’s never more true than when it comes to my fishing pack. The ancient chest pack that I have worn for well over a decade has become a running joke among my fishing buddies. Although I have a box full of brand new fishing packs, I have refused to change, wearing the old and busted one like a penitent. Although I tried many, I just couldn’t find a pack that have the features, comfort and organization I need. Until now.
I fell I love with the Simms Headwaters Sling Pack the first time I used it. It not only had all of the features I wanted, it had a few I hadn’t thought of. Because of all of the photography gear I carry, fishing packs are a challenge. My fishing pack has to carry all of the flies and supplies I need, as well as work in conjunction with the waist pack I use for my cameras. I look a little like a soldier headed to Afghanistan when I get all of it on and, up until now, I felt like one too. The sling pack is liberating. I swing it around to my back and I can fish without all of that gear in my way. I love that feeling. It’s like fishing naked…Not that I do that.
This pack holds a lot of gear. That’s important to me. Like most guys I carry way more than I really need. The Headwaters Sling Pack doesn’t force me to compromise on how many fly boxes I carry. The main interior of the pack is separated into six sections. The roomy main compartment, four easy-access elastic fly box pouches and a water bottle compartment with a mesh panel for quick drying. The layout is very nice and helps to keep the pack super organized. No digging around for missing items on the river. I love the dedicated space for the water bottle but it will holds a thousand other things if you like. I used it to carry my bug suit and insect repellant while in Alaska.
The front of the pack has three main storage and work areas. The hard molded front panel unzips and folds down into a handy work space with large gussets that catch flies or shot that might otherwise end up in the river. This really works and it’s one of my favorite things about the pack.
The hard lid is lined with Velcro and there is a Velcro patch on the outside. Both accept movable drying patches, floatant and tippet keepers or anything else you like. You can use adhesive Velcro to adapt anything to this system. There are three elastic pouches for organizing tools and supplies. This workstation feature is well designed and incredibly handy.
Next to the workstation is a tool dock. There are tabs to attach zingers or rings and two magnetic docks for hemostats or similar tools. The tools slide into a sheath with a strong magnet inside which keeps them in place. I was worried about this system at first but it has faithfully held onto my Rising Rancher as well as my hemostats. Both have curved points and I think that helps.
Next to the tool dock is a zippered pocket that’s handy for all sorts of stuff. I carry my sink tips, a notebook and sometimes a GPS or my cell phone in there. It would be great for a small camera too but it’s not big enough for a DSLR. It’s a decent spot for a sandwich or snacks as well.
There is padding inside the back of the pack which adds to the comfort and the strap is wide with ventilated egg-crate foam. The strap also has a magnetic tool dock, which I love. I keep a pair of hemostats there in case I need them to unhook a fish. This is a simple but awesome feature. There is a second strap which goes around your chest if you like. I don’t use it and it stores conveniently away. Nothing on this pack catches line. That’s one of the nicest things about it. There is also a D-ring for a net.
The materials and construction of the pack are outstanding. It feels like some kind of military issue equipment. It’s absolutely bulletproof which is great since, given my record, I will likely use it for the next fifteen or twenty years. It’s a nice stealthy green. You can get orange accents as an option but they are subtle.
The Headwaters Sling Pack has everything I look for in a pack. Organization, comfort, ease of use and durability. The features you need in abundance and nothing extraneous. It was obviously designed for the river, not the display rack. I’ll be sticking with it for years to come.
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