Fishing Tackle Pack—FILSON

Fishing Tackle Pack—FILSON

Barker, Dave
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A wicker creel box and bamboo rod would be nice complements to the Filson Fishing Tackle Pack. Despite its old-school style, the pack’s functions are cutting-edge. The two front utility slots offer a handy place to stow nippers and forceps. With conventional vests, I have always had problems with my line getting tangled around these tools. Both the front and rear packs are deceptively spacious. I can easily fit tippet, fly boxes, and floatant in the first section of the front pack and still have room for a spare reel or spool. In the second section of the front pack and in the rear pack, I can stash a quart of water, sweatshirt, bear spray, and lunch.

Loaded down, however, the pack becomes uncomfortable on a short hike. I miss the padded straps of my regular backpack. Side straps provide little support. I have to be careful about balancing weight between the front and rear packs so that one side won’t ride lower than the other. The pack is 100% cotton and has a water repellant finish, but I worry what will happen after the finish fades.

The Tackle Pack’s practical functions make it a stylish choice for the casual angler, but it may not be best choice for backcountry fishing or for guides who carry a lot of gear. $135; filson.com.
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