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The selection of a pack or vest should be made on the type of fishing you do, your experience and comfort level and the location that you fish.  For some, the old fashioned vest works great.  Many of the common vests have now been turned into technical vests with multiple pockets, storage locations and connection points for your fly fishing tools such as nippers.  

Euro nymphers lean towards the check pack that allows all of your flies, tools and accessories to be positioned directly in front of you and many of the packs provided a small station in the front to allow you to complete your rig setup.  Packs such as the Umpqua, Z52 500 and the Fishpond Cross-Current Pack, have a small pack on the back to allow for storage of lunch, jackets etc.  

Many anglers have switched to the sling pack.  A sling pack allows the angler to move the pack towards their front while rigging and then spin the pack to their side or back while fishing.  

Umpqua and Fishpond also have smaller chest packs which are an excellent choice for those that like to carry a minimal amount of gear.  A great option for those that "bushwack".  


We carry a large selection of packs and vests. Options include chest packs, sling packs, hip packs and waterproof hip and backpacks.

Fish Tales -A full service fly shop and guide service offering quality gear and friendly service.

Address Fish Tales Outfitters & Guide Service 29 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734 Franklin
Contact (828) 421-0732 [email protected] Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 5PM