Thursday, October 3, 2013
I've had other fly fishing packs that looked nice, but didn't hold up well under actual fishing conditions. I put the Patagonia pack to work as the only pack I wore through several days of fishing from dawn to dark on our recent trip to Gunnison.
I wish that the pack had pocket for a water bottle on the outside...but I attached a nylon/velcro water bottle holder on the waist belt strap which worked quite well.
The pack is very simple and straightforward. If you want a pack that has tons of organizational pockets, this is not for you. Most of my odds and ends (nippers, dry fly floatant, tippet, etc) are kept on my Goetzen Lanyard, so I really didn't miss the exterior pockets as much as I thought that I would. The hip belt is basic and comfortable, and the buckle seems quite well made.
I'm very impressed with this pack. Although I haven't had it very long, I've put it through some hard use, and it seems to be well built. I will keep you posted on how is continues to perform in the long haul.
BDF uses a three tiered gear rating system for gear reviews.
Dry Fly = Great Product
Emerger= Good product with potential
Nymph= Could use improvement
The Patagonia Storm Front Hip Pack earns Dry Fly status.