Best fly fishing sling packs for the money in 2020. Tried, tested & reviewed
Getting out on the water for a day of fly fishing is a great way to spend those early spring mornings or the relaxing summer evenings. But, as many of you know, you need a lot of gear with you while fly fishing. From extra leaders to split shot sinkers, you need to make sure you have a way to get all of the gear you need from location to location in a safe and practical manner.
This is where the fly fishing sling pack comes into play. This is something that many fly fishing anglers enjoy using over your standard fly fishing vest. This makes it very easy to store everything you could possibly need while out on the water and it can easily be taken off and put back on while both on shore or in the water.
Not only this, but many anglers like to keep these fly fishing sling packs stored away in there vehicles due to their small size and capacity. Making it easy to hit the water at anytime. We’ve all had those moments. Seeing an ideal situation and not being able to help ourselves but to stop and throw and few casts.
Whether you’re looking for the top sling packs currently on the market or your looking for a waterproof fly fishing sling pack, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our picks for the best fly fishing sling packs for the money in 2020.
The Summit Sling pack by FishPond was designed to be not only durable but also comfortable enough to carry everything you might need on your fly fishing adventures. At 13 x 8.5 x 9 inches, it gives you 549 cubic inches of storage space. It weighs 2 pounds and comes in Gravel, a color similar to a muted olive green.
While this fly fishing pack is most conveniently used as a sling, it also has a 2nd strap that you can secure to keep it closer to your body when you’re running or moving around.
Perhaps the most important feature of the Summit Sling is FishPond’s proprietary molded drop down fly bench which functions as a workstation for a variety of tasks including tying your fly line or safely storing your trusty fishing pliers. This container is layered with a strong velcro so you can secure your fly foam or any velcro-backed floatant.
Tool attachments in the FishPond Summit Sling are in all the right places. Another one of its most useful features is its padded shoulder pad work station. This allows you to have easy access to your most important tools without them getting in the way of your front, as they typically would in a vest. On the back of this fly fishing pack is a built-in net sleeve so you can keep your net handy as you reel in your catch.
The Maxcatch Fly Fishing Sling Pack is an adjustable nylon bag that’s extremely lightweight at only 1 pound. The weight along with its convenient sling design will help you comfortably carry all your fly fishing gear for hours at a time. The bag measures 14.5 x 9 inches, giving you enough space to store your items.
The sling pack has a variety of zippered compartments as well as tool attachments to give you easy access of everything you need, exactly when you need them. It also has a water bottle pocket at the bottom of the pack.
Among the other important features of the Maxcatch fly fishing sling pack include its built-in landing net pocket and fly patch. It also has an exterior velcro patch for additional fly patch. Perhaps the only thing it’s missing is a completely waterproof compartment to store personal electronics. But, those can easily be placed in a separate waterproof bag and stored in the sling bag’s main compartment.
The bag is made of a durable TPU coated 500D nylon and the back panel of both the main compartment and the sling are layered with breathable netting. Apart from the sling, it features a fully-adjustable waist strap to keep the pack close to your body when you’re on the move.
The FishPond Summit Sling is a fly fishing pack in Tortuga, a color that similarly resembles a rich sage green. While the color makes it attractive, it is its various compartments and tool attachments that make it a functional pack.
Among its most important compartments is its patented drop down fly bench, making it easy to work on fly ties. This portion also has velcro on its exterior so you can attach fly foam without worry of losing them.
The Summit Sling by FishPond also boasts a perfectly padded shoulder pad with a variety of features to keep your fly fishing tools handy. Among them are Hypalon attachment points and velcro surfaces. The sling pack also has a built-in sleeve for your landing net. Additionally, it has lash tabs specifically made for rod tubes.
The FishPond Summit Sling Tortuga Fly Fishing Pack measures 13 x 8.5 x 9 and gives you 549 cubic inches of storage space. It weighs 2 pounds, which is slightly heavier than most fly fishing packs. However, the additional weight is perhaps mostly because of the molded fly bench, which is a welcome compromise.
K&E Outfitters Seeker Series Fly Fishing Sling Pack Review
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The Seeker Series Fly Fishing Sling Pack by K&E Outfitters measures 20 x 12 x 8 inches and offers a generous 1,400 cubic inches of space across its 3 large compartments. It weighs approximately 1.3 pounds and comes in two muted colors: Sandalwood and Sandstone.
What sets the Seeker Series apart is that it comes with a variety of K&E Outfitters’ fly fishing tools. Among the included accessories are a locking hemostat, line nippers, a retractor zinger, a 6-spool tippet holder, an adjustable water bottle holder, a huge fly dry patch, and an all-around D-ring.
With all these accessories, you’re essentially adventure-ready as soon as you get your pack. While it doesn’t have a built-in landing net pocket, it’s sturdy enough to carry your net using the top D-ring if you want to do that.
As you’d expect from any fly fishing sling pack, the Seeker Series allow you to easily access all your items without having to remove the pack from your body. It also features a padded sling and molded back pad to keep you comfortable throughout the hours you spend outside. Plus, the unique, lightweight material doesn’t only dry quickly but it’s also resistant to tears and dirt.
SpiderWire’s Sling Fishing Backpack comes with all the basics you need to comfortably carry all your tackle and personal items on any fishing adventure. It measures 9.8 x 22.8 x 5.1 inches and gives you 918 cubic inches of storage space.
Apart from the main compartment, it has two large pockets that are both zippered. At the front is a smaller, velcro-secured organizer pocket, which also has a zippered small tool compartment. Additionally, the back has a fleece-lined pocket made specifically for sunglasses. When empty, the pack measures a mere 1.32 pounds.
Among the most significant features of this sling pack is that the strap can be worn either on the left or right shoulder. It won’t make a difference when it comes to accessing any of the compartments. This is unlike most packs that that are generally made for right-handed anglers.
The SpiderWire Sling Fishing Backpack is made of a durable polyester. The sling is padded to minimize fatigue when fishing for long hours. Every purchase comes with a medium tackle box but you can always opt to make a purchase for an additional box because there’s actually more than enough space for two.
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