Rated 4 out of 5 by giro I wish it was larger or I was smaller.
This is a nice, high quality pack with a great layout for a fisherman. However, I have to send it back because I am too large for it. I am 6' 275lbs. The shoulder straps fit fine, but the waist strap will hardly go around me.
April 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by ashleyrene GREAT FOR ANY TYPE OF FISHERMAN
I am an avid fisherwoman and needed something compact, easily organized, and lightweight. This pack has all of that. With two compartments for reels, plenty of pockets for tools and flies, and handy clip-ons and foam pads for additional tools and flies, it is the perfect pack. Not only does it have all of these little goodies, but it also has a spot for a hydration pack. It's a great go bag, and I will be using it for more than just fishing trips. The only downside to this pack is the rod tube carrier. I am used to having adjustable bands, but this has a stretchy cylindrical holder which is not conducive for all carriers. With all of that being said, I would definitely recommend this product to any fisherman.
January 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by OneDryFly Great Pack - No H2O Bladder
This pack is quite a good value. Although it gets tough to justify purchasing yet another fishing pack with all of today's options, this one is a must have. It looks great and functions just as well. If I have to be critical of anything, it is the fact that the H2O bladder is not included. One of the photos features the bladder, but upon delivery... no bladder. I double checked the website and it doesn't say "not included". If you're buying because you love this feature, plan on spending another $25-$35 on a bladder. It certainly changes perceived value. I'm still keeping the pack. It's good!
February 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JTate Excellent
The gear bag was everything it said it would be. I inspected it throughout, it actually could be used as a first aide back pack for Mountain Rescue Teams. The way it buckles around the waist as well as arm straps would allow climbing and propelling as well. It is the all around utility bag. Everyone should have one stocked and in their car in case of Emergencies. I highly recommend.
January 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by FlyFishATX Solid buy
This is a well made backpack. It's a standard size that carries enough for a day. The reel cases are handy, and I like the layout of the compartments. The cup holder (shown in the photo with a fly box) unzips and stretches to hold fairly large size bottles, as well as narrower ones too. The straps are comfortable, and my hydration bladder fit perfectly. An improvement would be a channel that runs along the strap (left for me) to contains the hydration tube - ending with a zipper to hide the tube end. Even without that, this is a great buy!
December 19, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5
by JRC56 Perfect Almost
I got this pack for short fishing trips when I ride my bike down to lake Michigan for the day and for trips when I need to do some hiking with my gear and need more stuff than a vest can hold.
I love this back pack except for the "rod holder." I have an old Bean pack that I have used for the past 11 years. I have used it hard and for everything and it is still in great shape, and it has a great rod holder that has velcro/strap system that wraps around a rod case. A perfect design and I am sad to find that the rod holder on this pack is no where near as good. The elastic works great for holding my wading staff but i can not fit a rod case through. Fix that and this bag is perfect.
I loaded it up with a wading jacket, a small pack full of misc fly gear and then some snacks and a huge bottle of water and then hiked for a couple hours casting into a stream and it was comfortable.
Also, on a separate occasion, I loaded it up with a rain coat and a couple boxes of lures and my bike lock and cable and it carried all that weight comfortably as well.
This pack distributes the weight well holds a good amount of gear and looks cool.
I am extremely happy with this purchase and will use it for a long long time.
October 1, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by MeJP Beyond fishing
I bought this backpack over the others due to it being geared towards a fisherman. It is really more geared towards a fly fisherman but that fits me too. Plenty of pockets but the reel pockets are only designed to accept a fly reel. I bought this backpack to primarily carry some of my spinning reels when I go to the local lakes and such. Unfortunately this backpack didn't hold up well to that but still a great bag for day hikes.
September 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by troutfanatic Nice Pack
Best pack out there for the money. Not light but it is durable. Can't beat it for the price and warranty.
August 17, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by BeenwithLL40years not foe me
well made little bag but didnt cut it for my use. Returned it.
April 30, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by pesca Fantastic
I have bought a number of packs from LL Bean through the years. Most I have liked, but this seems to be the best . I use it also for air travel, can get all what I need, in. It is better than the previous fishing pack from LL Bean, not as bulky. I would recommend making the water carrying pouch slightly larger (it is too tight).
April 28, 2011