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    Well everyone has been very helpful so far helping get outfitted for my up comming trip with my daughter and I can't thank you enough. A couple of final things that I'm looking at are vests and packpacks for river fishing, walk in as well as river boating. Just wondering what most are using and like. Can you share a particular make and model? Any particular likes or dislikes. I was looking at a couple of packs and noticed that several models include some kind of front pack as well. That just seems a little corny to me or a waste, are they really useful and functional? Are there any fishing packs that have something more than just a plain nice hiking day pack. I saw one butt pack that had some kind of rod holder on the side which on the surfaced seemed like a cool idea but not sure if that would be functional and practical. If possible, if you have a suggestion and could provide a link to a particular item it would be appreciated that way i can be sure that I'm looking at right item that you are recommending. What can I say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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    I have the older version, but I love mine.....

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...233&hasJS=true

    ( you may have to copy and paste the link into your browser )

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldakcop View Post
    I have the older version, but I love mine.....

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...233&hasJS=true

    ( you may have to copy and paste the link into your browser )
    Got the older version also....

    I am still using mine from when I purchased it in 2000. No holes, no zipers broken, great purchase for me.
    http://www.myfishingpictures.com/watermark.php?file=133776
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    I have a Simms mesh guide vest from ~2000; the features I most like about this one are the two built in retractors that are INSIDE the inside zip pockets (thereby not catching on anything), and the LARGE two flybox pockets on the outside, which are longer than wide. This has been discontinued in favor of vests with smaller pockets that take the boxes which are wider than long, and the built in retractors have been removed. I haven't liked any vest they have made the last ten years for these reasons.

    I use a 2010 Simms "sling pack" for daytrips; which allows slinging to the front for changing flies, and slinging to the side for casting; this is OK, but like their vests, there are no built-in retractors - and the retractor pin patch is on the outside (rather than in one of the pockets), so any retractor put there is gonna catch on you or brush and stuff. It can be jimmied to put the retractor inside, but there's no good place to pin it so you end up piercing the waterproof laminate. The other thing about the sling on this model is that it doesn't adjust short enough to get out of the water in more than waist deep. Orvis also makes a sling pack - which I haven't tried (it's a little cheaper, and always out of stock at the local Orvis store). I like the slingpacks generally better than the chestpacks - which tend to get in the way somewhat more.

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    I bought the Simms Freestone Mesh Vest from red truck flyfishing for $35.

    http://www.redtruckflyfishing.com/Fl...-p5626224.html

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    I made the switch from the vest to the waist pack a few years back. I used the Simms G3 Guide Vest for a while but now use one of their waist packs which is A LOT more comfortable for me.

    http://www.simmsfishing.com/site/hea..._hip_pack.html

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    We're really hooked on the Pategonia Pack Vests. They're not cheap, but man, are they well designed and tough. The pack and the vest work great independently, and they work great in a combo. We use them independently most of the time, but it's really nice to be able to join them any time the situation calls for it. I've tried lots of others, but none can come close at any price for pure function and user-friendly features. Worth every single cent you pay.

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    I have gotten away from fishing vests, they just get in the way. I have switched to a "MAN Purse" from Fishpond. This is the one that is a shoulder bag/fanny pack. I use it as a shoulder bag slung over my right shoulder as I am a right handed caster. This will swing to the front and give me access to my fishing gear then swing out of the way for fly casting. This cures the issues I had with vests and front packs getting in the way from fly casting.

    I also have a Kelty day pack (not sure they still call then that) to pack lunches, water, extra head gear, gloves and rain gear and most important emergency eq. This has water bottle pockets on each side with compretion straps up the side that make great rod tube holders. Mine is the 3100 and is water resistant and probably larger than you might want. This pack has nice shoulder straps and a waist or lower back strap. It isn't too bad to wear while fishing.

    This is the system that I have switched to if I plan to be mobile during the day. Hope this helps.

    George

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    I have a Watermark Caddis fishing pack. It holds all my essentials and lunch in the back. The front compartments hold smaller boxs and flip out at 90 degrees to act as a workstation. It's comfy, affordable, and properly adjusted stays out of the way.

    Here is a pretty good description.
    http://www.bestcovery.com/review/162880#

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    http://www.ctfisherman.com/ubbthread...Number=1093080

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