Going for fly fishing? Looking for the best fly fishing backpack? Beep…! You got your hands on the right website.

We have got our hands on the best fly fishing backpack in the market among all and described all their features to ease your purchase.

Whether you are going for a hike or you are on your way for a week tour or you are going for a day on the water; having the right backpack is more essential than any other thing. A good backpack will always have your back on every tour or outing.

Importantly, Anglers are intended to transport gear, food, and soft drinks in their backpacks for as long as they mean to stay for their fishing activity.

For this purpose, every angler needs a practical backpack to hold their gear in while fly fishing, whether it’s a backpack, sling bag, or a duffle bag, it should be right for fishing and must have all features that a fishing backpack must-have.

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Why you should get a fly fishing backpack?

If you are fond of fly fishing and often go fishing then this is a must-have for you. You better know how much gear you need for fly fishing to get your job done.

There are different gear you are carrying around, some might be sensitive, and so the backpack you are carrying should have all the features you need to hold your gear around with comfort and without worry about water damage, as most of the fly fishing backpacks are waterproof.

Before getting any backpack you wanted to know a little bit about its features and specialties. Keeping in mind your needs and wants, we came up with a list of 5 best fly fishing backpacks that will be fulfilling all your fishing requirements.

 Stay with us till the end to get your desired pack right in your hands.

Our 5 Best Fly Fishing Backpacks

  • Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Fishing Backpack
  • Orvis Waterproof Backpack
  • OSAGE RIVER Fishing Backpack
  • Allen Gunnison Switch Pack, Convertible Day Pack to Fishing Sling Pack
  • KastKing Fishing Tackle Backpack

1- Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Fishing Backpack

Best Fly Fishing Backpack

Brand: Simms 
Dimensions: 15.75 x 9.25 x 4.5 in.
Weight: 1lbs

It’s hard to beat the freedom of light. We know every angler wanted to travel light on water. We value what you want.

Therefore, we came up with this Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Fishing Backpack that will keep you light and organized on the water.

This Simms freestone backpack is a perfect fit for fly fishing. This backpack is small yet has enough storage space for all your gear while keeping it light so you can wade up the river for hours without any discomfort.

This backpack features a sling system, so it has only one shoulder straps that can be worn on either side coupled with a hip fastener.

Its ambidextrous features urge us to include it in our list as it is the most suitable pack for right and left-handers.

While wearing it on one shoulder, it will allow you to leave your casting arm-shoulder free so you can perform your fishing activity more accurately.

Plus you can swing it to the front of your chest without any hustle. In short, this pack is very ergonomic and fits well according to your body shape.

When it comes to its zippered pocket you will be amazed to know how many organizational zippers you are going to have once you got your hands on this pack.

This backpack features four-way zippers that allow you to access your essentials from the internal compartment very easily. These zippers allow access from the top and either side of the pack.

There is more zippered pocket other than the one that opens up to the internal storage, on either side of the bag for small items.

The adjustable front panel is featured by a loop field for wet fly storage that is detachable, a secured tipped holder, coated webbing daisy chain for hanging extra gears, and a compression strap to compress the size of the backpack and hold the fishing rod.

The back panel of the backpack is made of soft material and the front shoulder strap is coupled with a docking station, retractor attachment, and looped webbing for nipper storage. The lower shoulder strap features a stretch mesh pocket for essentials and floating storage.

Product Features
FABRIC TECH 100% 420D Oxford nylon
DIMENSIONS 15.75 x 9.25 x 4.5 in
WARRANTY Claim considered regrading defect in workmanship


  • Ergonomically fit.
  • Comfortable carrying system.
  • Feasible for both right and left-handers.
  • Multiple organizational pockets.
  • Quick and easy access to gears.
  • Can be carried as a backpack as well as a chest pack.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Plier and nipper holders.


  • Some anglers may find this pack small for their fishing needs.
  • Not recommended for those who stay more than a day on the water.

2- Orvis Waterproof Backpack

Best Fly Fishing Backpack

Brand: Orvis
Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 5 inches
Weight: 2.3 Pounds

When it comes to a backpack being waterproof, there’s no other pack than the Orvis Backpack that hits the nail on the head. The TPU coated 500D nylon protects from heavy rain and even an unintentional swim in the river.

 Whether you are looking for good storage space, well organization of your stuff, convenience, or comfort, this pack from Orvis is a lifesaver.

If you got your sight on the outer part of the backpack, it would seem a little limited to you, but the internal part of the backpack is featured with multiple pockets.

This Orvis waterproof backpack features one main large compartment with a padded bottom to protect your valuables from i.e. camera, laptop from damaging. This internal compartment is coupled with two mesh pockets and one for valuables.

Each pocket sits on the back panel of the pack and has its zipper. The mesh pockets can be utilized to keep small items that you wanted to keep handy while you are on the go.

As I previously mentioned, the external of this backpack is limited. It doesn’t feature webbing or pockets.

There’s only one stash pocket that is great to hold a fly box or two. Other than this pocket, there’s a sleeve for a rod tube and a strap to secure it with, so you can go for fly fishing with your rod fully rigged.

The carrying system of this backpack is comprised of two shoulder straps coupled with waist belts for maximum fit and to distribute weight evenly on your back.

The shoulder straps are fully padded and can be adjusted through sternum straps. The waist belt is also adjustable.

Product Features
Material 500D Nylon
CAPACITY 21L / 1,282 cubic in. of storage
DIMENSIONS ‎ 21 x 15 x 5 inches
Zippers YKK Flexseal zipper
WARRANTY Claim considered regrading defect in workmanship



  • Waterproof backpack. Can withstand heavy rain and river swims.
  • Padded bottom, back panel, and shoulder straps.
  • Multiple organizational pockets.
  • Padded waist straps with sternum straps.
  • TPU coating that can handle wear and tears.
  • Excellent for fly fishing, hiking, hunting, and adventures, etc.


  • This backpack can’t handle hot saltwater environments and fall apart in just a few months on flats.
  • Pretty expensive.

3- OSAGE RIVER Fishing Backpack

Best Fly Fishing Backpack

Brand: OSAGE
Dimensions: 18 inches long, 12.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches deep
Weight: ‎0.93 Kilograms

Osage River backpack offers surprising space for storage. If you are the one who packs full and stays on water for more than a day and wanted to keep your budget maintained then, this is the one and only companion you are looking for.

The main storage compartment of the backpack features square seams that are large enough to fit two tackle boxes.

Other than the main space it factors three other pockets that can hold pretty much from your fly fishing packing list i.e. tippet, fly reels, a camera, a phone, and anything else that you may need on your day on the water.

There are two zippered pockets on the front of the backpack where you can keep your small items. On either side of the backpack, it has some loops that provide fishing rod storage and 4 compression straps to ensure that the rod stays in place and is secured.

The back panel is made of mesh that ensures air ventilation during hot summer days. Contoured, adjustable shoulder straps are padded with highly breathable mesh covering for maximum comfort coupled with a sternum strap for distributing the weight evenly.

Shoulder straps are complemented with a hip belt to shift the weight of the backpack to provide you with a lower center of gravity, to maintain your balance when walking over slippery rocks in or along a river.


  • Material: 600D ballistic nylon
  • Dimensions: 18 inches long, 12.5 inches wide, and 9.5 inches deep
  • Heavy-duty zippers
  • MOLLE webbing to hold fishing pliers and pocket knives.
  • No of pockets: 4


  • Large storage space.
  • Durable material.
  • Heavy-duty zippers. Don’t tear out easily.
  • Multiple rod holders.
  • Padded shoulder straps complemented with hip belt and sternum strap to even out weight.


  • Not waterproof.
  • No padding on the back panel.

4- Allen Gunnison Fishing Sling Pack

Best Fly Fishing Backpack

Brand: Allen
Dimensions: 18.5 x 12 x 2.25 inches
Weight: ‎2.5 Pounds

This Allen Gunnison Switch Pack is specially designed for fly fishermen. This is a convertible pack that can be converted from a backpack to a fly fishing pack, which means that it is a multipurpose backpack and you can use it on either occasion too.

There’s a larger main compartment to hold your large items. There are vertical interior storage pockets for the fly fishing box.

You can attach a smaller chest pack to the front and back of the backpack through the front and rear buckles

At the bottom of the pack, there are adjustable straps that can hold your rain jacket sleeping bag, and waders. This backpack can be easily converted into a sling pack.

The front of the pack is featured with a mesh pocket and a zippered pocket. There are loops on either side of the pack to hold two fishing rods.

The back panel of the backpack is padded well and shoulder straps are adjustable and padded with a sternum strap for distributing weight evenly.


  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.5 x 12 x 2.25 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 Pounds
  • Heavy-duty zippers.
  • Heavy-duty construction.
  • Hydration hole (Water bottle not included).


  • Multipurpose backpack. Can be converted into a fly fishing backpack, sling pack, and day pack.
  • Multiple fishing rod holders.
  • Hydration hole if you are wearing it while commuting.
  • Budget-friendly.


  • Need more padding and extra straps for support.

5- KastKing Fishing Tackle Backpack

Best Fly Fishing Backpack

Brand: KastKing
Dimensions: 21.25″ x 13.4″ x 9.25″
Weight: ‎3.09 Pounds

This Kastking Fishing backpack is our favorite pack for fly fishing. It provides you maximum storage capacity with the optimal organization of your stuff.

This comfortable and compact backpack has been labeled “AMAZON CHOICE” for the KastKing Fishing tackle backpack.

This backpack comes with one main organizational compartment complimented with a large full-length storage pocket on one side and organizational pockets on the other side.

Right at the bottom of this main compartment, there’s another space that can hold up to 4 tackle boxes and open from the side of the pack.

This space is actually the area of the main compartment that is separated through removable false bottom.

The front of the pack is coupled with a slash pocket with a mesh pocket. On the side of the pack, there’s a rod holder with tie-down bungee coupled with a handle tie-down bungee.

The carrying system of this pack makes it unique among all. The backpack panel is padded well and mesh covering allows maximum airflow.

Shoulder straps are also padded and complemented with sternum strap and waist strap help to reduce fatigue during a long day of fishing.


  • Material & Coating: 420D Ripstop Nylon & Water Repellency Treatment
  • Dimensions: 21.25″ x 13.4″ x 9.25″
  • Weight: 3.09 pounds
  • Perfect Tackle Management: Day Tripper Backpack (Extra-large)
  • Tool Storage: MOLLE straps & exterior pockets
  • No of pockets: 5
  • Fleece-lined sunglasses compartment.
  • Self-healing loop zippers.


  • Maximum storage.
  • Water-resistant and tough.
  • Very ergonomic and comfortable.
  • Excellent compartmentalization.
  • Functional and practical design.


  • Overall we haven’t noticed anything bad in this pack but some people may find this backpack way too larger.
  • So it is not recommended for people who go in the water for a day only.


So you have reached the end of the article. We appreciate your dedication and keenness towards our words.

This is our list of those fishing packs that we found the best performing in the market. We hope till now you have decided which bag you are going to get your hands on.

We hope you find this helpful. DO let us know your thought on this article in the comments section below.


Good Luck!