15 Best Fly Fishing Packs [2020]

by Darby @ Fly Fish And Camp | Last Updated: March 27, 2020

Fly fishing packs are a very easy, comfortable and convenient way to store flies and fishing gear.  But because there can be mind numbing amounts of choices, this article is about the 15 best fly fishing packs to help get you pointed in the right direction this season.

There are a lot of choices on the market today and each one is going to have a different twist.  Slings, back packs, fanny packs are all fair game in this article.

I only want to recommend gear that I believe will serve the fly fishermen and women the best.  The price range of these packs are going to very greatly but remember, don’t buy a pack simply because it is cheap.  If that’s all you can afford then of course!  But if you will be using your pack a lot, do yourself a favor and buy something of high quality and performance.

Here is a quick list of 15 best fly fishing packs for 2020 

Best fly fishing packs for 2020

Whether you are just getting into fly fishing or a 30 year veteran of the game, there is a good chance that you are going to want/ need a fishing pack.  The packs on this list are all going to be great options to choose from, depending on your budget.

Now, obviously you are not going to get the same quality out of a 50 dollar pack, compared to a 200 dollar pack, so keep that in mind.  I personally suggest buying a nice pack once that will last you a long time, compared to buying a new cheap one every year.

With all of that in mind, there are several factors that will play a part in buying a fly fishing pack.  Durability, comfort, storage and waterproofness are all factors that will be coming in to play in this article.

Simms Freestone Fishing Backpack

The Simms Freestone backpack is probably my favorite option of choices on this list.  The backpack is water resistant and has 35 liters of storage space.

It’s lightweight, comfortable and features a ventilation system to stay cool and shorten drying times.

It has options to carry a rod and a net also.  It also only weighs 2 lbs so it’s extremely light.  Overall this pack is going to carry all of your essentials and last you a long time.



Orvis Waterproof Back Pack

This is one of my two backpacks on this list that are ridiculously priced, but probably for good reason.  It’s completely water proof.  The straps are comfortable and Orvis wanted this pack to stay cool throughout the day, so they added a ventilation to the pack.

It has two water bottle or rod holders, perfect for most fly fishermen.  The price hits a little hard, but you’ll get a great pack for the price.


Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Fishing Sling Pack

I love this Simms fishing pack for a couple reasons, the first one is that the quality is on another level.  This pack is also water resistant, has 18 liters of storage, and it weighs just 1.5 lbs.

I like that this sling is ambidextrous so it can be placed on either shoulder comfortably.  I highly recommend this sling pack right here.


Fishpond Wasatch Tech Pack and Vest

picture of fishpond wasatch vest and packThis is the only vest and pack combination on this list.  It features a ton of space to put your equipment and lunch!  If you do go with this setup, you’ll have the option to carry basically whatever you want out to the river.

It’s built with some of the best workmanship, and if for some reason it fails, it has a lifetime warranty according Fishpond.

My only issue with this setup is that it doesn’t come with the water bladder (it is water bladder compatible however).  Bottom line though, this pack and vest combo will surely have the storage to carry everything you’ll want and will withstand the test of time.


Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Back pack

picture of fishpond thunderheadThis pack is the another option for those of you that like to swimming with their backpack on!  The Thunderhead will keep your gear one hundred percent dry, all of the time.

It doesn’t have internal compartments within the pack although, so it’s essentially just a large storage bag.  But, if you are ok with that – this fishing pack will definitely keep your gear dry!



Orvis Safe Passage Guide Sling Pack

picture of orvis safe passage sling pack.This sling pack has a lot of space for gear.  It features a comfortable strap and it’s ventilated, so the bag is breathable for your gear.

It weighs a light weight 1.5 lbs, perfect for those who don’t want to carry a million pounds of excess pack out into the woods.

It has several different compartments to throw your gear around, but isn’t super bulky.  The design of this pack is clean and efficient.

Bottom line, this sling pack is top of the line and it will not let you down.


Orvis Safe Passage Anglers Day Pack

orvis safe passage anglers day pack picture.The Orvis Safe Passage Day pack is another elite level back pack.  It’s very comfortable because it was designed for long day trips, whether you be fly fishing or camping.

The internal storage doesn’t have a ton of compartments, but there are some.

This pack isn’t advertised as water resistant, but it does say that the nylon increases the resistance to water.  The pack is streamlined, so fishing hooks won’t snag the bag easily, an underrated feature there.  In the end you’ll be getting a comfortable and premium quality pack.


Bass Pro Shops Stalker Pack

picture of bass pro shops stalker back pack.I really like the look of the Bass Pro Stalker Pack, its got a cool design.  This pack is water resistant and is also comfortable.  It does have the option to store a water bottle, so that’s a plus.

This pack is designed to minimize the amount of times that your hook catches onto your pack.  However, the Stalker pack is designed for the standard angler.

It has a storage pocket to slide regular tackle boxes in the bottom, you’d just have to throw something else in that slot.

At the end of the day, it’s a nice pack for anyone on the river.


Umpqua Overlook 500 ZS Chest Pack Kit

this is a picture of Umpqua Overlook 500 ZS Chest Pack KitThis chest/back pack is designed to keep weight balanced on your chest and reduce any cutting into the shoulders or neck.

It has 8 liters of storage on the front, 9 liters on the back.  This pack has substantial space for equipment and extra food or water.

Umpqua typically creates high quality gear and equipment, so I believe you won’t have any issues with durability here.


Orvis Safe Passage Hip Pack

Orvis Safe Passage Hip Pack picture.If you are looking for a high end fanny pack, this is the one for you.  It comes with a lot of storage, especially for a hip pack.

It also has two places for water bottles, a nice feature that other hip packs don’t have.  This pack has two large compartments with a lot of different internal pockets to place gear.

The material on the bottom is water resistant, but not the rest of the pack.  Overall this pack optimizes space very well and will suit a lot of fanny pack fans.


Fishpond Cross Current Chest Pack

Fishpond Cross Current Chest Pack picture.Another Fishpond pack makes the list, although this time it’s a chest pack.  This pack has decent storage and the front pocket is magnetic, very convenient.

The main compartment is pretty empty with only one internal pocket.  Probably my favorite of this chest pack is that is has a back pad on it, designed to hold a long handle net.

It also has zippers on both sides of it the back pad store something slim.

Overall this chest pack isn’t massive, but it’s high quality and gear is very accessible.

Check it out on SportsmanWarehouse.

Fishpond Arroyo Fly Pack – Chest and Waist

Fishpond Arroyo Fly Pack - Chest and Waist picture.The Fishpond Arroyo is an interesting one, it can be worn around either the waist or chest.  It has one main storage compartment with three internal pockets to place gear.

This pack isn’t very big by any means and you probably won’t fit a lot of your fishing stuff in here.  I do like that it has a drop down fly bench although, very nice.

I’d say if you want a small pack that isn’t going to break the bank, this one’s for you.  Especially if you like to wear waist or fanny packs.


Fishpond Summit Sling Pack

Fishpond Summit Sling PackThe Fishpond Summit pack is more known for its quality compared to actual performance.  It’s a small sling pack so I actually wouldn’t recommend this pack for a taller person because it might get uncomfortable, but for shorter people (like me), this pack works well.

What I mean by “know for quality rather than performance” is that it is going to last you a long time, but might not be the most comfortable of all the packs on this list.  I especially wouldn’t recommend this pack, if you are over 6 ft.

It has decent storage for the its size and it also has a drop down fly bench.  If you don’t want to spend over a hundred dollars on a pack, I would suggest this one for you.


Umpqua Rock Creek ZS Chest Pack

this is a picture of Umpqua Rock Creek ZS Chest Pack.Here is one of the most ideal chest packs on the market.  The Rock Creek ZS chest pack only has 3 liters of space, but it’s very comfortable.

The design was specific to create no chafing in the neck area unlike other brands on the market.  The only intentions of this pack was to create something small and comfortable.

So if you want something very small with easy access to your gear right in front of you, I would recommend you this chest pack.


Piscifun Fishing Tackle Storage Bag

This sling pack comes in several different color schemes and two sizes.  It is waterproof so that’s a major upside here.  The storage on this pack isn’t massive.  I would suggest this pack to you if you are on a serious budget and have no intentions of carrying the kitchen sink to the river.  It does have two rod belts for your rods also.

Check it out on Picsifun.

Related: How to Choose the Right Fly Fishing Vest

The best fly fishing pack all comes down to personal preference

Do you want a back pack? fanny pack? chest pack? Regardless of what you choose or what your preference is, most packs on this list will provide high performance and quality for most fishermen/women.  Would I suggest blowing 300 dollars on a water proof bag if you are a weekend warrior? of course not!  But if you are heading out on a week long fishing trip out in the brush, well maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to look into a high quality bag/ pack.

It’s all about finding the right pack for you and your plans, and also your budget.  I hope this list helped guide you in the right direction, tight lines my friend!