No matter how hard we try to fight the system we live in the electronic era will continue. Often times people come into the shop looking for a bag to hold the usuals like tippet, fly boxes, flotant etc. They typically have little to no interest in a fully water proof sling or pack. Throw in the $200+ price tag and it’s a hard pass. But what if we told you the sticker shock could save you more than $1k in the long run?

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Nothing is more freeing for the mind knowing your $1,000 iPhone is safely tucked away in a dry bag.

 

Usually it takes an accident and fried electronic device for most people to see the value in a dry bag. Instead of making this mistake as you wade in to your belly button, or slip onto your butt into a big pool, consider the immense value of the dry bag keeping your phone, camera, and wallet cozy as can be. Let’s go over the different types of bags available to you:

Slings and Lumbar Packs

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Slings are great options for anglers as they hold lots of gear but more importantly access to tippet etc is easier than a full backpack.

 

Slings, lumbars, and backpacks are the main styles we sell at the shop. Slings are more angler friendly since getting to tippet or fly boxes is accomplished with a quick spin of the pack. There are different attachments you can purchase to add on to your sling like tippet holders or fly patches. Sling style bags also come in the form of lumbar packs. Great access and lots of accessories are perks of this system. Anglers that enjoy agility and moving quick should try sling or lumbar style packs. The biggest downside of slings is the weight distribution. Typically the one shoulder carrying the weight will start to get achy if you carry it for distance or long periods of time i.e. whole day trips. The lumbar system is great for those who need to carry the weight in their low back, but may not be the best if you enjoy covering lots of water in a day.

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Here are some of the attachments for a lumbar pack.

Backbacks

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Backpacks are great for covering distance as the two straps distribute the weight better, typically have a top clip, and almost all come with hip belts as well.

 

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Simms makes a great back pack with a zipper. Unlike roll tops, the zipper allows quicker access for grabbing items. Zipper packs will cost more than a roll top since the zippers are incredibly heavy duty, water proof, and typically have a greater volume of carrying capacity than their roll-top siblings.

 

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Roll tops take a page from white water rafting guides. This simple system cost less than a zipper but access isn’t as easy.

 

Back packs are great for anglers packing for a whole day away from the car or planning on carrying electronics like cameras or drones. The two strap system that we associate with backpacks distributes the weight better than slings or lumbar packs. The biggest advantage is the space. The top brands we carry in the shop usually average 30-35 liters which is WAY bigger than you think.

If you’re considering investing into a dry bag come on in the shop and let us help you fit one specifically to your needs! Our in-store brands range from Simms to Fishpond and even a few Yeti dry bags (click here to see more of our bags). Keep in mind these guys last for years, so the ROI is amazing when you weigh out spending a few hundred dollars against losing possibly thousands in gear. Happy fishing and stay dry out there!