I've never heard a fly angler say "There aren't enough bags or packs available on the market!"
Whether you prefer an ultra-simplistic or overly-technical way to carry gear or belongings during a day on the water, there's no shortage of options out there. Edging more towards the simplistic side, Simms offers their Dry Creek bag collection to keep your stuff safe and dry. While the concept seems simple, this is a Simms product, so you know it's going to be made with a high level of quality and a technical, well-thought-out design.
Available in sizes S, M, and L, Simms constructs these bags with 201D TPU-coated nylon and uses fully-taped seams. The material is smooth, strong, and not stretchy at all. Our medium-sized bag measures 20.5 inches long x 12 inches wide and has a capacity of 20 Liters (1220 cubic inches) with a weight of just 4.8 ounces. I find it the perfect size to hold a substantial amount of gear without being too overwhelming. I was able to fit two rain jackets and a sweatshirt in mine with a bit of room to spare!
The open roll-top design is a no-brainer to use. It can be easily rolled just a few times or all the way down if you want to bring just a few items while keeping the bag's size to a minimum. Once rolled up, the clasps click together perfectly and prevent the top from unrolling. Separating the clasps is effortless as well, as the release tabs don't take much force to depress. The top band or "belt" on the roll top is relatively rigid which helps when rolling up the bag while adding strength and structure.
Simms doesn't advertise these bags as being submersible, but if rolled up tightly enough times, I found that water did not come inside the bag when submerged for a 30 second test. Attempt this at your own risk, though!
Available in Anvil (tested) or Bright Orange, the size Small runs $29.95, our Medium tester costs $39.95, while the Large will set you back $49.95.
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