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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 new 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 some of the new 2017 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.

Some luggage pieces are not completely waterproof. I'm talking about the rolling luggage. They will keep your clothing as dry as any piece of luggage I've seen since I've been in the fly fishing business.

Byron Begley

NOTE:  All Fishpond items shown in this gear guide are current 2017 merchandise and in some cases, new 2017 gear. Most new and updated gear will be available for sale in November 2016.

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Subermsible Duffel
Available November 2016

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
Available November 2016

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. There are back straps on the bottom that tuck away until you need them to carry this duffle on you back, so you can carry more gear in your hands. Gear straps, that work well for attaching rod tubes to the outside are included.

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
Available November 2016

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.

The Castaway is new for 2017. 


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El Nino Guide Pack

Now this is one fine sling pack, like no other we have seen.  The Fishpond El Nino Guide Pack is new for 2016 but it is available now.  It is called a guide pack because of it’s size.  The El Nino holds a lot of fly fishing gear. 

The El Nino looks similar to the Buckhorn Sling Pack above.  This one however is part of Fishpond’s Westwater Series, which means it is water resistant and waterproof. 

The El-Nino, like other pieces in the Fishpond Westwater series, has a base layer made from Cyclepond, which is nylon made from abandoned fishing nets found in the ocean.  That material is coated with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).  The seams are welded, like whitewater rafts.  The only way water can enter a bag made this way is thorough the zippers. 

In this case, the main compartment is held closed by a TZIP submersible zipper.  These zippers are used for expensive waders that have zippers.  You can actually submerge this sling pack and it won’t leak in that compartment. 

The second compartment uses a water resistant zipper, a YKK Aquaguard.  These zippers shed rain and splashed water.

As you would expect from a top of the line fly fishing pack, the El Nino features lots of padding and mesh lining to keep you cool and comfortable. 

The El Nino has a handy work station on the shoulder strap with Velcro and other points to attach tools.  When you sling this pack from back to front, the tools are right there in front of you. 

The integrated net slot is another feature, found only on recently designed sling packs. 

Take a close look at the features and workmanship.  Think about your gear and the problems caused when it gets wet. 

This sling pack costs more than most.  But, in the long run, the extra cost may be money well spent.

The dimensions are 15” x 9” x 5.5”. 


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Fishpond Westwater Boat Bag

Though the Fishpond Westwater Boat Bag is a favorite among professional guides, this boat bag is perfect for anyone who owns or spends time in a boat.  After all, in a boat, things get wet.  Not anymore!

It is built tough to take years of abuse in fresh and salt water.  It is made from heavy duty 1680 Denier TPU Fabric with welded seams and the signature Fishpond molded bottom.  The access door on top is secured with YKK #10 water resistant zippers. 

Carry it to and from using the adjustable shoulder strap. The bag can be secured and strapped to a canoe, kayak or raft using multiple lash tie down points.

The interior is divided and adjustable using Velcro attachments.  You may want to remove the dividers altogether.  I did that with mine.  These bags are great for safety equipment required on boats, radio, camera, cell phone or anything else you want to keep dry and safe.

Dimensions” 17.5” x 10” x 12.5”.  Weight: 3.7 pounds.  Capacity: 1,405 cubic inches.

The Westwater Boat Bag is made from TPU coated nylon as before, the actual nylon is made from recycled fish nets, abandoned and recovered from the ocean.  The material is called Cyclepond. 

The TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) coated fabric is welded, using heat, the same process used to make whitewater rafts.

The color is Cutthroat Green.  


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Fishpond Westwater
Roll Top Dry Bags

We have two Fishpond Roll Top Dry Bags in our boat.  One holds extra life jackets.  The other has a fire extinguisher, paper towels and extra clothing.  We don’t go fishing without them in the boat. 

The Westwater Roll Top is a handy and inexpensive way to protect your gear and keep it dry. This bag is the new 2015 model, made from heavy duty 420 Denier TPU fabric with welded seams. The base material is Cyclepond.  

A transparent window helps you quickly find your gear.  The Westwater Roll Top Dry Bag is 23” x 13.5” and the color is Cutthroat Green.  It sells for $45.95. 

This bag is essential to anglers or anyone who rides in boats, kayaks, rafts or canoes.



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Thunderhead Waterproof
Sling Pack - Boat Bag

When this sling pack was first shown in the Summer of 2015, I could not wait to see it.  I had to wait until November when the 2016 Fishpond gear became available.  I use water resistant sling packs as boat, kayak and canoe bags.  I use one for a camera bag, to store a DSLR camera on fishing excursions.  I knew right away, this would be my favorite new product from Fishpond for 2016.

Introducing the Fishpond Thunderhead Sling Pack.  I’ve got to have one even though I don’t really need another.

The Thunderhead is waterproof and submersible.  The main compartment is secured with the TIZIP zipper, which is waterproof, even when held under water.  That is important to me because much of my fishing is done in the ocean.  I don’t want saltwater, or any water in with my gear, especially that expensive camera and lens.

Like all Fishpond Westerwater designed packs, this one uses recycled nylon fishing nets recovered from the ocean as the base layer.  That material is covered inside and out with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for total waterproof protection.  The seams are welded, just like those found on whitewater rafts.  And with that waterproof zipper on the main compartment, drenched or even damp gear is not a concern.

The smaller front pocket is zipped with a YKK Aquaguard, to shed rain and splashed water. 

The Fishpond Thunderhead works like all their other sling packs.  Keep it on your back when hiking or fishing, then sling it around to the front when you need something.  There are many attachment points for tools.  The tools and water bottle holder shown in the photos are optional and not included.

Fishpond is not giving this pack away, not even to me, after all the nice things I've written about them.  They are not cheap.  But, you can be sure your valuable gear will stay dry in this sling pack.

Other notable features include padded mesh to keep you cool and comfortable and a landing net sleeve for quick access when somebody yells, “Get the net”. 

Dimensions are 16” x 9” x 6.5”.

I need another waterproof sling pack like I need a hole in my head but I will have one of these.

Byron Begley


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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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Fishpond Westwater
Rolling Carry On

This is one great luggage piece from Fishpond. It is the same size, with the same basic features as the previous model.  However, the base material has been changed to Cyclepond recycled nylon fabric and it is coated with Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) for durability.  TPU also makes the base fabric water repellent. 

This is not a waterproof bag, it’s just more waterproof than it was before.  That is a very important upgrade to the Westwater Rolling Carry On.

Traveling become much easier with this Carry On.  It features wheels, for rolling through the airport or on the tarmac.  The extendable, telescoping handle comes in very handy too.  Additionally, the Westwater Rolling Carry On has back straps, giving the fly fishing traveler even more options.

Durability is enhanced with heavy duty 420 denier TPU coated fabric and large #10 zippers with large pulls to help you enter, then close it up.

This piece also features two interior zippered pockets for more organization options.

The Fishpond Westwater Rolling Carry On is perfect for anglers and travelers, seeking a smaller luggage piece to travel with.

Weight:  5.75 pounds
Capacity:  3.235 cubic inches
Dimensions:  21” x 12.75” x 11.25”
Color:  Cutthroat Green


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Fishpond Westwater
Large Rolling Duffel

You will love going on fly fishing excursions with the Fishpond Large Rolling Duffel.  Not only can you pack just about everything you will need for an extended stay, your gear will be protected in this durable luggage piece. 

The Large Rolling Duffel is made from Cyclepond, a nylon fabric, made from recovered and recycled fishing nets found in the ocean.  Cyclepond makes up the base layer that is then covered inside and out with Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU, the same process used to make whitewater rafts.  The fabric is waterproof but he entire luggage piece is not.  It will help you keep your contents dry under normal wet conditions.  The seams are not sealed and the zippers are not waterproof.  The fabric is. And, the fabric is durable.

Wheels make travel easy.  The extendable and retractable handle makes it easier. Drive it just about anywhere, through airports, on the pier, on sidewalks, streets, even on your yacht if you are traveling on one. 

This bag is large.  The dimensions are 30.5” x 14.25” x 15” and the capacity is 6,375 cubic inches.  It’s not heavy like you would think.  The Large Rolling Duffel weighs a mere 8.55 pounds.

Check out these features:

Made from 420 denier Cyclepond TPU material.

The zippers are heavy duty #10 with rubber pulls.

There are three padded handles.

Attach more gear to the exterior with 4 lash-down points.

Put your items that you may need quickly in the exterior pouch.

Use the 29” zippered interior pocket and the other see-through pocket to organize your gear.

Compression straps tighten the load.

Color is Cutthroat Green

This is an ideal piece of luggage made by Fishpond for fly fishermen who travel.


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Fishpond Westwater Messenger Bag

The Fishpond Messenger Bag is a water resistant brief case or travel bag that looks good anywhere.  From Wall Street to Anchorage, this bag will fit in and keep your important stuff dry. 

This bag is made from 1680-Denier TPU Fabric.  The seams are welded, like a raft.  The pocket zippers are YKK #10 water resistant.

It is loaded with organization features like a laptop sleeve, secure interior pockets and dividers.  You can carry it by the handle or throw it over your shoulder using the adjustable padded shoulder strap.  Dimensions are 17” x 6.5” x 16”.

The Messenger Bag is made using Fishpond's exclusive Cyclepond nylon fabric. Cyclepond is recycled from abandoned and recovered nylon fishing nets found in the ocean. This fabric is used as the base, covered with Thermal Polyurethane with welded seams to keep water out and provide extreme durability.

Color is Cutthroat Green.


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