Finding the perfect on-the-water tackle storage system can be difficult when you're a fly fisherman. If you can remember your first vest, you'll most likely understand what I mean. If I recall correctly, mine had 40 some odd pockets, each one chock-full of tools and gadgets that I rarely (if ever) used. Back then, whenever I needed anything, it usually took 10 minutes of searching before I could locate the item — far from ideal.
That's why the Spring Creek Chest Pack from the White River Fly Shop is for the seasoned angler — experienced fly anglers who know what they need and don't require a huge pack full of gear for a simple day on the water.
That's not to say this pack is small. With a 7.5" x 9.5" x 5" expanded size, the Spring Creek is just about perfect. It provides ample storage for essential fly-fishing gear without being so big that anglers feel compelled to fill up the empty space.
The main storage compartment of the Spring Creek Pack has two interior pockets. One pocket is made of a stretchy mesh material, and the other is a more traditional mesh fabric. Both pockets feature hook-and-loop closures to keep contents inside and easy-to-grab tabs for quick access to pocket contents.
The front compartment of the pack is actually a zip-down fly bench, which makes on-the-water work much more comfortable and convenient. The bench also has a replaceable piece of ripple foam that's attached to the fold-down bench via two hook-and-loop strips.
With fully adjustable straps, you can fine-tune the Spring Creek Chest Pack for a perfect fit. Unlike bulkier chest packs, the Spring Creek doesn't get in the when casting, and when fitted properly, you hardly even realize that it's on you until you need it. Also, all excess straps are stored inside the pack, so you're not fighting loose, dangling straps throughout the day.
The exterior of the fold-down bench has two more stretchy mesh pockets, providing storage space for your most frequently used items. Also, a side zip pocket running from top to bottom of the pack provides storage for flat items. This pocket is handy for maps and other streamside reference materials.
Since we carry all our gear on our person, fly fishing is a sport of economy, and some degree of minimalism is a must. If you want to stay organized and keep gear highly accessible, give the Spring Creek Chest Pack a shot.