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Fly fishermen spend time on the water, in the water, and it is often raining or snowing when we fish. I don’t know about you, but to me, keeping my gear dry is a high priority. I spend a lot of time in boats and kayaks. In our boat, my wife and I always have 4 Fishpond dry bags, two for tackle, one for a digital SLR camera and another for other items including rain jackets.  In my kayak, I always have two Fishpond dry bags with me, one for tackle and the other for the camera.

Fishermen often travel. So, some of the items in this category can also be found in the luggage section of this website. While traveling, you might use a boat or float plane. Your luggage may end up in the back of a pickup truck, or sitting out in the rain at your lodge, cabin or tent.

Other items on this page are dual use. For instance, the sling packs and lumbar pack serve you while wading in a river, but also work well as a boat bag.  The Thunderhead Sling is a perfect example. Three of my boat bags are actually waterproof slings, all made by Fishpond. The Thunderhead Submersible Duffels are another example. They are found in three categories on this website.

Fishpond uses three different systems to allow you to pack and remove gear, while still keeping water out.  One is a water resistant zipper. Most of my dry bags use this zipper. Though they are not touted as being waterproof, I have found, they are. My camera bag has a water resistant zipper. It has been in many boats and kayaks that are wet all day. Water has never entered.

The second system Fishpond uses is a roll top entry.  I have two bags with that feature and they keep your gear dry, even if you drop the bag into a river or lake.

The third system is the waterproof, submersible zipper. It is submersible. In fact, you can close the zipper and squeeze the pack, and air doesn’t even come out. You will find this zipper on the Thunderhead Sling and the El Nino Guide Pack and other waterproof bags offered by Fishpond.

I think waterproof bags need their own category, though many are dual use. So, here are all several products, made by Fishpond, that will keep your contents dry.

Byron Begley

NOTE:  All Fishpond items shown in this gear guide are current 2018 merchandise and in some cases, new 2018 gear. Most new and updated gear will be available for sale in November 2017.

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Subermsible Duffel

The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Duffel, is a small bag, for short excursions, or small loads, where total waterproof capability is required or desired. It will keep your fishing gear and personal items dry, no matter what water related contact occurs, even total submersion.

The Thunderhead Submersible Duffel is made from 840 denier recycled nylon fabric, coated with TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). The seams are TPU welded for sure protection from water seepage.

The main cargo zipper is a TIZIP, which, when closed is waterproof and air tight. This zipper was invented by and is manufactured by Titex, a German Company. They make zippers designed for dry bags, dry suits and some are approved for survival suits.

The zipper on the exterior pocket is a YKK Aquaguard. It is water resistant, more so than you would expect.

Daisy chain webbing is attached to the bag, allowing for strapping gear on. The gear straps, that hold rod tubes are not included. The carry handles are made from braided climbing rope.

Dimensions are 21” x 12.5” x 11”, which is Carry-On size compatible. The color is bright orange, so you can see it bobbing in the lake or ocean, or down a whitewater stream, for easier recovery. You will see this great little bag in several categories on this website, because it has so many uses, including dry bags, luggage, gear bags and boat bags..

This bag sells for $299.95, which seems expensive, unless you factor in the loss incurred by getting your valuable gear wet, destroyed or rendered temporarily useless. You can count on this bag keeping everything dry.


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Thunderhead Large
Submersible Duffel

Using the world’s best waterproof technology for a dry bag duffel, Fishpond has created the perfect travel piece for fly fishermen. This duffel will keep your contents dry, under any conditions, even under water. This is the larger version of the Thunderhead Submersible Duffel.

The base material is 840 Denier recycled nylon, coated with TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). This is what whitewater rafts are made of. This stuff is tough. The seams are TPU welded fabric.

Here is where the latest technology comes in. The main compartment zipper is a TIZIP waterproof submersible zipper. TZIP was invented by and manufactured by Titex, a German company. They make waterproof zippers for many applications, including survival suits, that keep people alive in cold water conditions, if they fall overboard or their boat sinks. Titex zippers can’t fail. People’s lives depend on them.

If you close the zipper, and try to compress this duffel, air does not escape. It is air, gas and water tight.

The smaller outside pocket uses a YKK Aquaguard zipper for access. It is water resistant and works well. My camera bag has one of these zippers, and it has kept the camera dry in my kayak, boat and in terrible thunderstorms. It will not keep the camera dry when the bag is submerged, like the TZIP zipper will.

The Thunderhead Large Submersible Duffel measures 30” x 15” x 15”. The inside is large enough for 9’ 4 piece rod tubes. The interior volume is 6,102 cubic inches, or 100 liters.

The color is Bright Orange, so if you bag goes overboard, I can be easily seen in the ocean, lake or river, and hopefully recovered.

The handles are made from braided climbing rope. Daisy chain webbing provides attachment points. Gear straps, that work well for attaching rod tubes to the outside are included.

Backstraps turn this duffel into a backpack temporarily. They come in handy at times, but this is not really a backpack for the long haul.

This duffel has it all, to protect your valuable contents while making it easy to transport such a large bag.



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Castaway Roll Top
Gear Bag

Fishpond’s Castaway Roll Top Gear Bag is made just for fly fishermen who need a smaller waterproof bag for cameras, cell phones, billfolds and other items that are sensitive to moisture.

The Castaway is relatively small compared to some of the beasts made by Fishpond. It fits neatly in hatches on guide boats, or in your canoe or kayak. One really important feature, other than being completely waterproof, is the fact that it has a padded and removable interior with dividers.

The Castaway can be packed flat in your luggage, another important feature for the traveling angler.

The Castaway is made from 420 Denier Recycled Nylon, then coated with Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), with welded seams. It won’t leak. The roll top system, used by Fishpond on many other pieces, is a sure fire, leak-proof method, of sealing watertight bags.

It features an interior top pouch with zipper access. The Castaway also includes two removable interior clear pockets. There are several exterior attachment points for rod tube straps or other items you may want to keep handy. Fishpond’s signature molded bottom provides rigid support and durability.

Dimensions are 13.5” x 10” x 9” or 732 cubic inches.


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Fishpond Cutbank
Gear Bag
New for 2018

The Fishpond Cutbank Gear Bag, was designed and made so fly fishermen could better organize their gear and keep it dry. Like many Fishpond gear bags and luggage, the Cutbank features the signature molded bottom for support and durability.

This tackle bag keeps your gear dry on drift boats, flats boats, rafts, kayaks and canoes. Move the Velcro attached, rigid dividers around to different locations in the bag, to fit your particular needs.

The Cutbank is made using welded 1680 denier nylon, that is coated with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for superior waterproofness and durability. The nylon is recycled from abandoned fishing nets found in the ocean, which is referred to as Cyclepond. A YKK water resistant zipper, keeps your gear dry while allowing easy access to the bag. It is rigid. The Cutbank stands on its own, full or empty.

Below are some other important features:

Included Velcro fly patch for the top lid

A fully adjustable shoulder strap.

Two clear interior zippered pockets under the lid and two more Velcro backed and zipper pockets allow more customization for your gear.

4 heavy duty boat lash tie down points and dual hemostat, knife or tippet accessory attachments are located outside the bag.

The interior is removable, so the bag can be packed flat for travel.

Dimensions: 17" x 10.5" x 10"

Weight: 4.6 Pounds



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 Fishpond Cutbank Gear Bag Front, Back and Open View

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Submersible Sling
New for 2018

Fly fishermen love sling packs, and Fishpond has introduced a new one, called the Thunderhead Submersible Sling. Fishpond had an older version using the same name, but this one is new and better.

What sets the Thunderhead apart from others is, the main compartment is waterproof. You can close the TIZIP zipper, and hold it under water. It won’t leak. The TIZIP is also longer on this new sling pack, than on the earlier model.
The small outer pocket, uses a water resistant zipper, which sheds water, but will not keep it out if submerged.

Sling packs are comfortable. They can be moved from behind to the front of your body, for access, then slide it to your backside when you are fishing. The foam shoulder strap is comfortable and lightweight. It is made to carry weight if you tend to take a lot of gear on the water. There are Velcro and Hypalon attachment points located on the strap, so your tools are easily accessed when the pack is turned to your back.

This sling pack comes with a set of gear straps, which can be used to mount a rod tube to the pack. You Tenkara anglers will love this feature. You can take your rod tube fishing with you.

There is a landing net slot, so your net is ready to land a trout or other species when it is time. There are two interior pockets, one zippered and one is not.

The Fishpond Thunderhead Sling is constructed of heavy duty 1680 Thermo Polyurethane (TPU) coated recycled nylon, welded at the seams, the same way whitewater rafts are made. It won’t leak. Squeeze it when the waterproof zipper is closed and air will not escape.

This sling bag also serves as a waterproof boat bag, camera bag, kayak and canoe bag or a dry bag.

Colors are: Yucca or Cutthroat Orange

Size: 16” x 9” x 7”

Volume: 793 Cubic Inches

Weight: 1.5 Pounds



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Submersible Backpack
New for 2018

Fishpond’s new Thunderhead Submersible Backpack, allows fly fishermen to confidently pack their gear into the backcountry, on boats, or anywhere there is water. It is a dry bag you can carry on your back.

You can hold the zipped Thunderhead Submersible Backpack under water, and it won’t leak. Fly fishermen, photographers and scientists, who use expensive and water sensitive equipment, can rest assured their gear will survive the trip, bone dry.

This Thunderhead Backpack is made from 1680 denier recycled nylon coated with thermplastic polyurethane (TPU). The seams are heat welded for total waterproof protection. Whitewater rafts are made the same way.

a TIZIP waterproof zipper, manufactured by a company in Germany gives you access to the main compartment. These zippers are airtight. Close the pack and squeeze it. Air does not escape. The pack does not leak if you hold it under water. These zippers are expensive and they work!

Water resistant zippers are used on the smaller outer pockets. These zippers shed water but will leak if submerged. Water will not enter the main compartment.

The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack is supported on your back using suspension system of lightweight padded shoulder straps, a strong supported hip belt and a molded panel on the back of the back. The hip belt is removable for short hikes, boating and other uses.

Other Features:

Coated web haul handle on the top of the pack

Coated webbing daisy chain and D-ring on the front panel for accessory attachment

Set of two Fishpond gear straps to hold a fly rod tube or other gear that can be attached to either side of the pack

A coated web pull tab for opening and closing the TIZIP

A zippered pocket and a clear stash pocket inside the pack offers more organization options

Some Fishpond chest packs are compatible with this pack and can be attached to the front straps and hip belt

This backpack is durable. You will enjoy it for many years.

Dimensions: 21” x 12” x 9”

Volume: 1,649 Cubic Inches

Weight: 2.8 Pounds

Colors: Yucca or Cutthroat Orange


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 Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack Shown in Colors Yucca and Cutthroat Orange

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Whitewater Dry Bag
New for 2018

Fishpond’s Whitewater Dry Bag is one of the most useful accessories you need, and you may not know you do, until you own one. Fishpond has been making similar dry bags for many years. I own two. This is the third generation, and it’s an upgrade, with a new name.

The color, “Gravel”, coordinates with many other Fishpond gear pieces in the 2018 collection.

This bag is durable and tough. It is waterproof. Your gear will stay dry and protected from rain or standing water. Drop it overboard with a reasonable load, and it will float. This is a proven system. The roll top closure is proven. The Whitewater Dry Bag is constructed of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), with heat welded seams.

A clear section allows for viewing the contents.

Until you own one, you will not know how you got by without one!

Dimensions: 23” x 13.5”
Capacity: 2,623 Cubic Inches
Weight: .55 Pounds


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Fishpond Westwater
Roll Top Duffel

The Fishpond Westwater Roll Top Duffel has so many uses for the fly fisherman.  In fact, this item can be found in the gear dry bag and luggage sections of this website.  You can use it as luggage or a carry on.  The size is perfect for a short trip.  Most importantly, the Roll Top Duffel is waterproof and is best used while fishing.  Use it in your boat, canoe, kayak, drift boat, raft or the back of your pickup truck.  You can be assured your gear will stay dry.

The Fishpond Westwater Roll Top Duffel is made from Cyclepond TPU 420 denier fabric that is welded at the seams for durability and extreme environment water protection.  Cyclepond is a fabric, Fishpond uses on many of their products.  It is nylon that is recycled from abandoned and discarded fishing nets.  These net can be fatal to fish and other animals, such as turtles and seals that live in the ocean. 

The Westwater Roll top features a roll top design to keep water out while making loading easy due to the large opening.  You will find an exterior pocket for things you need quickly.  Carry it by the two padded handles or using the rubber lined shoulder strap.

This is a great bag you will use for years.

Dimensions:  22” x 14” x 11”


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Thunderhead Submersible
Lumbar Pack
New for 2018

Fly fishing anglers, whether fishing in fresh or saltwater, will fall in love with the Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar pack, and cherish it for many years to come. This pack is tough as nails. Made from 1680 Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) coated recycled nylon, with heat welded seams, it will not fail.

The main compartment zipper is made by a German companythey call the TZIP. The TZIP zipper is patented and it is waterproof and submersible. Hold it under water, it won’t leak. Close the zipper and squeeze the pack. It will not compress. This is a technical zipper, also used to make survival suits, where a failure could be life threatening.

Your gear inside the Thunderhead will stay dry.

The outer pocket has a water resistant zipper that sheds water, but the contents will get wet if the pack is submerged. Water can’t enter the main compartment from the outer pocket.

The interior of the main compartment features a clear slash pocket and a zippered pocket for easier and better organization.

The Thunderhead feels good on you because of the lightweight foam back panel and hip belt, and a removable and adjustable shoulder strap. The shoulder strap features a padded pad with tool holding options built in.

An integrated net slot keeps your landing net ready, against your back and it is secure.

Numerous attachment points and options are built into this pack. The Thunderhead Lumbar is made for serious fly fishermen who want the best pack money can buy.

Color: Yucca
Dimensions: 13.5” x 9” x 5”
Weight: 1.65 pounds

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Windriver Roll Top Backpack
New for 2018

Fly fishermen who travel in wet conditions will find the Windriver Roll Top Backpack useful, to protect their gear from water.

The Windriver is a backpack, and it is a newer generation of and older Fishpond pack. The Windriver has a thermomolded back panel for support and comfort which is an upgrade. The foam shoulder straps are comfortable and light. The hip belt can be removed and and adjusted vertically to fit different torso lengths.

The Windriver Roll Top Backpack’s main compartment is waterproof. Your gear and clothing will stay dry even if you drop it overboard. Using the roll top configuration, as opposed to the TZIP saves money. The height of the pack is somewhat adjustable.

The Windriver is made from 420 denier Cyclepond Fishpond Fabric, coated with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with heat welded seams. This pack is tough and durable.

There is plenty of room for your gear and clothing, 2,318 cubic inches. On the front is a stretch zippered pocket which is ideal for items you need quickly, like a passport or airline ticket. This pocket is not waterproof.

Buy a pair of optional Fishpond Gear Straps, and use Fishpond’s strap attachments, to hold a fly rod tube or a rain jacket securely on the outside of the pack, on either side or both.

The main compartment has two pockets for organization inside. One is zippered and the other is a clear slash pocket.

Connect one of several compatible Fishpond chest packs with modular buckles to the straps and hip belt so you can fish with the pack on and have your fly boxes, leaders, tippet and tools right in front of you.

The Windriver makes an ideal boat bag or a dry bag when paddling, rafting, drifting or kayaking. You may remove the hip belt and leave it in your truck or at home.

Size: 24” (when rolled 3 times) x 12” x 8”.
Weight: 2.7 pounds


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