Indiana Jones Wears One

It's called a satchel

I am not a vest guy. Vests are born of  trout fishing and its complexities in fly requirements and gear adornment. I just like to have a pouch I can sling on my back and haul a few flies, some tippet, and a jackknife.

I used to use this great waterproof sling pouch that Body Glove made for a while for surfers. It finally frayed around the zippers after 10 years of abuse. Body Glove stopped making it. I searched in vain for its equal before settling on the massively imperfect North Face Roo Pouch. (Meant to be a fanny pack; I adapted it to satchel duty.)

I’m normally not a gear salivator but when I saw that Orvis came out with the Safe Passage Sling Pack I didn’t hesitate. I haven’t had a chance to work with it yet or even adjust the straps, but I am excited by the possibilities and the further enabling of simplicity.

Imperceptible to RADAR

The only other fishing related product in the Christmas haul came in the form of Monic Fly Line. I’ve been meaning to try out this stuff for a time now, to see if I can erase moments of time like the newly reported invisibility cloak experiments, or just be more stealthy in my increased to desire to sight fish. I am eager to try the all-weather line on my 6W to see if it’s not seen.

At the very least, I am now a piston in the vast engine of economic recovery, one bit of paraphernalia at a time.

21 thoughts on “Indiana Jones Wears One”

  1. I used the orvis pack all of last season…nice pack. you’ll get what you need from it. i’m a pack junkie though, i’ve got about 5 or so that i use, but last year the Orvis sling was my go to…

  2. I’ve been using the older model of that pack for years now in fresh and saltwater and it’s held-up great.

  3. Nice sling, I will definitely check it out. I’m a reformed vest guy, I can’t stand chest packs or fanny packs so I’ve been using an old creek company chest pack modified to be a sling.

  4. I have always been a shortie vest guy myself, as I like to wade out as far as possible to try to get the fish who is just out of reach. Usually end up with a wet vest and flyboxes … that is until I got the Orvis waterproof ones! This looks like a good idea for some of my back country trips in Yellowstone though!

  5. Been using it for over a year and love it, hot and cold weather alike. Keep it slung low in the summer to allow your fishing shirt back vent to stay open. Also, if you can get all the flies and tippet material in the front pouch, use the large pouch to hold a water bladder. Essential for mid -summer carping.

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