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Fishpond Sling Packs
2020 Models Available November 2019
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There is no doubt, sling packs have become one of the most popular alternatives to the fly fishing vest.  Fishpond has been a leader in the fly fishing industry, designing and making sling packs.  New sling pack innovations emerge from Fishpond almost every year.

A sling pack holds and organizes a lot of gear.  What makes them different from chest packs is, they can be utilized in front of the angler when needed, then moved easily to the back of the fisherman and out of the way.  The theory makes sense and the sling packs have caught on. 

Recent Fishpond innovations include using nylon as a base material, that is recycled from abandoned fishing nets found in the ocean.  They call the material Cyclepond.  Recycling fishing nets is good for the environment, causing less aquatic mortality in fish, amphibians and fish.

Fishpond introduced a waterproof sling pack called the Thunderhead. It is so waterproof, you can submerge the bag in water and hold it under. Water will not enter.

Some models have a built-in landing net holster or sleeve. This is a feature so iimportant it cannot be ignored.

Check these sling packs out. One of them may be your future companion on the river or stream, for decades to come.

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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Fishpond Flathead

The Fishpond Flathead Sling may prove to be the most popular fly fishing sling pack made. It was awarded “Best of Show” at the 2019 Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Denver, in the Chest Pack/Vest category. The Flathead is loaded with features and it was designed and built to be a “best ever”. Fishpond thought of everything and did it on the Flathead.

The Flathead Sling features agility and ease of use in a very comfortable system, giving you unbelievable access to your gear. The ambidextrous design allows the pack to be carried on either shoulder with a flip of a strap. The large clamshell opening with moveable interior dividers gives you a huge amount of carrying capacity while being a very organized work station.

The Fishpond Flathead Sling is ade from 210 denier Cyclepond recycled fabric, that is friendly to the environment. It features an easy to adjust shoulder strap buckle and a cross-body stabilizing strap.

You will love the large clamshell opening for and a quick access magnetic front pocket. Hypalon tool attachment points are located on the top, sides and on the shoulder strap, to hold your tools and accessories within easy reach. Keep your drinks nearby with two large water bottle pockets.

Molded back panel with right and left hand landing net slots keep it ready no matter which side you are wearing the pack. One removable foam fly patch is included.

Dimensions are: 14” x 5” x 10.5”


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 Fishpond Flathead Sling Pack, Three Views

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Submersible Sling Pack

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, that 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 tuned 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 Thermoplastic 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, Shale and Riverbed Camo

Size: 16” x 9” x 7”

Volume: 793 Cubic Inches

Weight: 1.5 Pounds


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Summit Sling Pack

The Fishpond Summit Sling Pack is another recent addition to this category.  This sling pack is loaded with features, sold at a very reasonable price.

Check out the smooth lines, the shape of the pack and look at the landing net slot.  So far, so good.  There are many great features to examine.  Look at the price.

The Fishond Summit Sling Pack was designed to suit a backcountry fly fisherman.  It’s slender profile speaks to the angler who sneaks through the forest.  The colors are muted, so as not to spook wild trout. The padding and breathable mesh, keep a hiking angler cool on a hot summer day.  Your landing net will stay close to you, within reach, but not snagging limbs and brush. 

Move the pack from the rear to your chest, and you’ve got plenty of room available for all of your gear.  The fly cargo bench is right in front of you.  Access to the main compartment is designed to be used from a slanted position, making it easy to get the big stuff you need out quickly. 

Attachment points for fly fishing tools abound. You can attach them just about anywhere on this sling pack. 

Even your water bottle is within a short reach for a quick sip.

This pack is also perfect for wading saltwater anglers, and any other type of wade fishing, in tailwaters or freestone streams.    

The Fishpond Summit Sling Pack’s dimensions are 13” x 8.5” x 9”.  It is available in two colors, Tortuga and Gravel.

The tools and net are optional and for display only.


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 Fishpond Summit Sling Pack

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Lodgepole Fishing Satchel

The Fishpond Lodgepole Satchel is reminiscent of a fly fisherman you would see in the 19th century.  This is an authentic piece of gear for fly fishing enthusiasts, who prefer a more traditional look while on the stream. 

The Lodgepole Satchel is a sling pack, though modeled after a very early design.  Held in place by a shoulder strap, you can move it from front to back easily.  A waist strap holds the satchel next to your body no matter what position it is in.

The Lodgepole is made from 16 oz. waxed cotton.  The satchel looks so good, even if you don’t use it for fishing, it could be proudly displayed in your fishing room or used as a messenger bag.

Actually, it is a very functional fishing accessory.  You can wear it instead of a chest pack or vest.  It has a large main compartment with organization pockets inside and an interior zippered pocket.  There are also large and small zippered pockets on the outside of the satchel.

Dimensions are 14” x 5” x 11.5”.  Interior volume is 550 cubic inches.

Go back in time with the Lodgepole Fishing Satchel.  Enjoy the tradition and good looks. This bag is awesome.

Color: Peat Moss


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 Fishpond Lodgepole Fishing Satchel Front and Back Views

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