Friday, March 4, 2016

Using Your Chest Pack as a Rod Holder

Every time I’m on the tailrace I keep reminding myself I need to share my latest find with you guys. I know some of you may already know about using your chest pack as a rod holder; when you are standing in waist or knee deep water trying to change flies or even changing out tippets. I have been fishing in knee deep water many times wanting to change flies but didn’t want to move and disturb the water I was fishing. I discovered last year the chest pack I was using was much more than an accessory pack.
The fly rod will rest in a perfect horizontal position when it is positioned behind the neck strap connected to the pack and pushed down behind the pack touching your chest. 
I changed from the fly fishing vest to the chest pack a few years ago. I found that I really didn’t need to carry the store in the vest with me to fish for three or four hours. I wanted something lighter and compact so the chest pack became my go to storage bag.
One can fork out quite a bit of money for chest packs and vests. The pack I am using is the White River brand on sale now for 18.00 bucks for the large size and 15.00 bucks for the small size.
 
Big rains here today will continue to keep me off the tailrace for weeks.  
 

12 comments:

Brk Trt said...

Bill super idea.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
So much easier to whole the fly rod with the pack verses the vest--thanks for the comment

Drew LooknFishy said...

Great tip. I bet that's easier than sticking it in the top of my waders.

Bill Trussell said...

Drew
The fly rod won't move at all resting behind the pack--- thanks for the comment

Howard Levett said...

Great tip Bill! I use a sling pack but I think I can do something similar on my side.

Walt Franklin said...

I'm in need of a new vest, and although I've resisted the idea of the chest pack, I may wind up getting one, and make good use of it as you do!

Ben Mckinley said...

That's such a neat idea, going to try it this season.

Bill Trussell said...

Ben
I discovered this tip by accident,trying to find a place to put my fly rod while trying to change flies, glad I could help you out. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
I have found the chest pack to be much lighter than a heavy vest for a day's fishing. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Give it a try I think you will be impressed--thanks for the comment

Justin Carf said...

Great idea, Bill! I don't use a chest pack, but I'm sure I could do this with one of my slings. I will definitely give it a go next time I am out.

Bill Trussell said...

Justin
Should work with a sling as well as the chest pack. Thanks for the comment