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Fishpond Lumbar Packs
2020 Collection Available November 2018
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Many fly fishermen have chosen lumbar packs as their vest alternative.  Lumbar packs, by definition, fit around your waist and the lower back or “lumbar”.  A lumbar pack’s compartments are usually worn on the back, out of the angler’s way while fishing, then moved to the front for access.

Fishpond has been designing and making lumbar packs for many years. The first was the Blue River, which can be worn as a chest pack, sling pack or lumbar pack.  This has been one of Fishpond’s best selling packs.  From there, more lumbar packs evolved.

If you decide to purchase or want more information about a product, click on the “Learn More” button. You will be directed to our Little River Outfitters Online Store. Or, you can call the shop at 865-448-9459 to order. Ground Shipping is Free.

NOTE:  All Fishpond items shown in this gear guide are current 2020 merchandise and in some cases, new 2020 gear. Most new and updated gear will be available for sale in November 2019.

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Gunnison Guide Pack

Made specifically for fly fishing guides, or anglers who like to have a load of gear on the stream, the Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack is for you. The Gunnison pack combines all of Fishpond’s knowledge of designing lumbar packs into this very large and organized pack.

The Gunnison Guide Pack carries the weight comfortably and your gear stays behind you and out of the way when you fish. Stash your landing net in the integrated net holder. There is a ton of room for several fly boxes, and the two built-in water bottle holders keep your beverages nearby.

The Gunnison is made from 420 denier Cyclepond Fishpond Fabric.

The main storage compartment is zippered for secure fly box and tackle storage.

The molded zip down fly bench has 2 pieces of foam, to hold a large inventory of flies.

Velcro attachment pieces on the front of the pack allow you to attach fly patches or tools.

Hypalon tabs and cord loops offer many options to attach tools.

The pack features an integrated net slot.

Two zippered hip belt pockets hold small items securely.

The main compartment has one zippered pocket inside, a slash pocket, a clear fishing license slot and a key hook so you don’t lose your truck key.

Another zippered pocket and two elastic pockets for small fly boxes are located inside the zip down fly bench.

Size: 14” x 9” x 7”

Weight: 2.1 pounds

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Fishpond Gunnison Guide Pack with Three Different Views

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Thunderhead Submersible
Lumbar Pack

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 company called 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.

Colosr: Yucca, Shale and Riverbed Camo
Dimensions: 13.5” x 9” x 5”
Weight: 1.65 pounds

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  Fishpond Submersibe Lumbar Pack, all colors, different views.

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Encampment Lumbar Pack

The Encampment Lumbar Pack is a very popular lumbar pack.  We like the color.  And, the material is made from recycled commercial fishing nets.  The color is Cutthroat Green.

Apart from it's good looks is an emphasis on comfort and keeping your valuable fly fishing gear dry.  The dryness comes from the waterproof breathable fabric and special YKK Aquaguard external water resistant zippers.  This pack has two zippered large compartments. 

This is a large pack, not too large, but big enough to carry everything you need to fly fish for a day.  Well, it won’t hold a rain jacket and large lunch.  But, it does have two water bottle pockets.  It is equipped with cord loops for tool and accessory attachment.  And, you can use the compression straps to secure the load and keep the pack as small as possible. You can stuff a lightweight rain jacket underneath the compression straps.

The comfort comes from structured back air mesh panels that keep you cool.  The belt panels are designed to wear the load comfortably.

You can wear the Encampment as a lumbar pack or as a sling pack by tucking the belt panels behind the main back panel.

This is an awesome pack from Fishpond.  The dimensions are 11.5” x 5” x 8”, the perfect size for many anglers. This pack looks good and it will serve  you well.

Available in two colors, Cutthroat Green and Tortuga.


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 Fishpond Encampment Lumbar Pack in both colors, front and back views.

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Blue River
Chest Lumbar Pack

We have been selling the Fishpond Blue River Chest/Lumbar Pack for years and its popularity never fades.  This pack is so diverse and useful for fly fishermen.  It can be worn as a lumbar pack.  With the included neck and shoulder strap, you can easily convert it to a chest pack or sling pack.  You can hide the waist strap in the zippered compartment on the back of the pack. 

The list of fantastic features goes on and on.  The main zippered compartment holds plenty of fly boxes.  Inside, there are 5 internal pockets.  Included are 4 additional zippered compartments. 

The Blue River also features Fishpond’s signature zip-down fly bench with replaceable foam.  There are plenty of attachment points for tools.  This chest/lumber pack has it all except water bottle pockets.

It is built to last.  Made from 1680 nylon ballistic cloth, it can take a beating and serve you for years. 

Dimensions are 9.5” x 5” x 7”.  The pack holds 366 cubic inches of gear inside. 


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 Fishpond Blue River Chest/Lumbar Pack
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Blue River
Waxed Canvas
Chest Lumbar Pack

Wow!  This may be the finest piece of equipment Fishpond has ever made.  Maybe I am biased.  I love tradition. 

The Blue River Waxed Canvas Chest Lumber Pack is identical to the original Blue River above.  The only difference is the color and the material it is made from.

Seeping in fly fishing tradition, this waxed cotton pack can be worn as a lumbar pack, chest pack or as a traditional sling pack, hung across your shoulder and tucked out of the way until needed. 

Using modern technology and old school lack of technology, this piece is a combination of both.  It is large enough for a day on the stream, but small enough so as not to encumber you with uncomfortable weight.

This pack features a main zippered pocket with 5 internal pockets inside.  There are 4 additional pockets for tools, leaders and tippet.  You can hide the waist belt in the zippered tunnel when using it as a sling. 

The waxed canvas Blue River has the modern signature, zip-down fly bench with replaceable foam just like many other high tech packs made by Fishpond.  Anglers won’t know it is there unless you show them.

So far, this has been a big seller.  It is popular.  Fishermen love it.  The cost is only ten bucks more than the original Blue River at $89.95.  We offer free ground shipping.  Keep the tradition alive and order one today.

Dimensions: 9.5" x 5" x 7"

Color: Peat Moss


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 Blue River Waxed Canvas Chest/Lumbar Pack in the color Peat Moss, three views.
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Arroyo Chest Lumbar Pack

The Arroyo Chest or Lumbar Pack is made for the angler who wants to carry less stuff on the stream or on the flats.  This pack is lightweight and made from a waterproof breathable fabric that is tough enough to last for years, but light enough to fish with all day. 

If you consider yourself a minimalist, this is probably the pack for you.  It can be worn as a chest pack or a lumbar pack. 

With the included neck/shoulder strap, it can also be worn as a sling pack by securing the waist straps in the built in retainer.

The main zippered storage compartment is accessed from the top.  Inside are three interior pockets to keep your gear organized. 

On the front is a Fishpond molded zip-down fly bench with replaceable foam for your flies.  There are plenty of attachment points for tools. 

Dimensions are 9” x 4” x 7”.  Capacity is 150 cubic inches.  The Arroyo Chest Lumbar Pack is available one color, Driftwood.

These packs are made from Fishpond's Cyclepond nylon material.  

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 Fishpond Arroyo Chest/Lumbar Pack, three different views.

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Waterdance Guide Pack

Fishpond says, “More professional guides use this pack than any other on the market”.  I believe it.  The Waterdance Guide Pack has been in the Fishpond lineup for years. 

It is large and durable.  This pack holds lots of gear.  It only makes sense that professional guides would choose this Lumbar/Chest pack when so many choices are available from Fishpond.

The Waterdance Guide Pack has two main compartments, both accessed by zippers on the top.  Additionally, it also has a very large zip-down fly bench with replaceable foam.  Guides need to have plenty of flies on hand with quick access to them.  Inside you will find interior pockets for extra gear storage.

This pack features an adjustable compression strap system to help balance the load.  It can be worn as a lumbar pack or chest pack, depending on the particular circumstance that day.

The Waterdance has two water bottle holders, one on each side of the pack.  

It is made from lightweight, waterproof breathable Cyclepond fabric with 1680 ballistic nylon accents.  Unusual for most lumbar/chest packs, the Waterdance has a carrying handle on top. 

Total capacity is a whopping 427 cubic inches.  The dimensions are 11” x 6.5” x 8.5”.  This great pack is available in the color Driftwood.  

It's is the perfect alternative to a vest.


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 Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack

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Switchback Wading Belt System

Fishpond enhanced their West Bank Wading Belt, and added a matching pack, with a strap, to create the Switchback Wading Belt System, one of the most innovative pieces of fly fishing gear we’ve seen.

The Switchback can and may replace your wading belt, lumbar pack or vest, and with all the potential for add-ons, you may never go back. Think about how comfortable this system is.

You can wear the Switchback without waders, when wet wading for instance. Though you can wear it with waders, as a wading belt.

A landing net slot holds your net with the handle down and the bag up. You won’t snag limbs in your net as often. The bag and hoop of the net are against your back, not swinging from side to side. The slot holds most nets.

The 5-liter pack is attached to the sliding “rail”. You can slide it from the rear to the front, for easy access, then move it to the back and out of your way. The pack has two main zippered pockets and holds 2-3 large fly boxes or 4-6 slim fly boxes. On the front of the pack are two pockets for quick access items. Hypalon attachment points are positioned on each side to secure your tools.

The padded strap helps hold the belt in position, distributing the weight, and serving as additional space for tools and other add-ons.

You can add other pieces of gear to the sliding “rail”, including a wading staff pouch or a water bottle holder.

The belt is made from thermoformed foam for comfort around your waist. It is wide and comfortable enough to help support your lower back while fishing all day.

Pack Measurements: 9” x 7” x 5”

Belt Padding: 32” long x 4.5” high

Webbing maximum length is 63 inches


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 Fishpond Switchback Wading Belt System.

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