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Top 10 Must Have Fly Fishing Sling Packs

When you are 30 feet from the shoreline and you need to change flies, its best to have all your tackle in one easy to access place.  

Flyfisherman fishing with sling pack

This is where a fly fishing sling pack comes in handy.  Similar to fishing vests, you wear sling packs on your chest or side and they hold all your essential gear and tackle nicely organized.

Check out our list of best fly fishing sling packs so you are prepped and ready for your next day on the trout streams and rivers.

Best Sling Packs for Fly Fishing

  1. Allen Company Cedar Creek Sling Pack
  2. Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack
  3. Fishpond Summit Sling Fly Fishing Pack
  4. Piscifun Fishing Tackle Cross Body Sling Bag
  5. Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Tactical Fishing Sling Pack
  6. Kingfisher Teton Lightweight Flyfishing Sling Pack
  7. KastKing Sling Fishing Bag
  8. El Bolso Fly Fishing Sling Pack
  9. K&E Outfitters Seeker Series Fly Fishing Sling Pack
  10. Aventik Fly Fishing Chest Bag

Allen Company Cedar Creek Sling Pack

Named for a great fly fishing spot nestled in Western Colorado, Allen’s Cedar Creek Sling Pack keeps your gear on your back but swings to the front when you need it.

allen company cedar creek sling pack

The front pouch has a zip-down work station with a tippet tender and fly patch. The zippered shoulder strap organizer is designed to keep essentials in the front for easy access, even when the pack is on your back.

With a wide-mouth opening, the main compartment is large enough to hold multiple fly or tackle boxes and features high-viz lining and tons of compartments to help keep you organized.

To top it all off, this sling pack has multiple D-rings for accessories, heavy-duty molded zippers, and a water bottle pocket. Sling strap and waist strap are adjustable. Dimensions: 7″ x 6″ x 10.5″.


Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack

The Sling Pack, Orivs’ most popular style of pack, allows the angler to wear it over one shoulder, completely out of the way, while allowing quick and easy access to gear.

orvis safe passage sling pack

The shoulder strap has an ergonomic, cushioned design for all-day comfort. A bright interior allows you to easily spot stray flies, while the molded back panel keeps your body cool and your mind on the fish. Forcep sheath on the shoulder strap features a magnetic anchor for easy access.

Strategically placed water bottle holder can be accessed without turning the pack around. Cord loops allow the addition of a tippet bar, sold separately.

Internal pockets and dividers help organize your gear; internal VELCRO Brand strip allows for the addition of a waterproof pocket (8G3H to protect electronics. Sternum straps prevent excess movement of the pack while fishing or hiking.


Fishpond Summit Sling Fly Fishing Pack

Fishpond is not first to the water with a fishing sling pack, yet typical for Fishpond, when they decide to design any product, they make it to be the very best. The Summit Sling is just that.

fishpond summit sling fishing pack

The most comfortable, durable, and design rich sling available….anywhere. With their recycled fishing net nylon material, you can wear this pack knowing you are making a difference to help keep our planet healthy.


Piscifun Fishing Tackle Cross Body Sling Bag

One side of the tackle bag has two pockets and a buckle for holding fishing pliers, fish gripper and keys etc. The fishing tackle bag include two extra rod belts and you can place your rod with them for easy carry around.

piscifun fishing sling bag

Unique side water bottle pocket – there are 2 retractable strings to fasten the bottle and keep it in position. There are 2 pockets at the bottom of the bag for placing pliers, fish gripper etc.

You can also hold the fishing rod when use it as chest bag. The untearable mesh air cushion spares enough space between the bag and your back, easy to excrete the sweat and give you super comfortable feeling. 

Piscifun new tackle bag is made of high quality 1000D Water-Resistant Nylon Fabrics.  Precision and solid external suture plus internal waterproof pad greatly improves the water resistance of the bag.


Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Tactical Fishing Sling Pack

It’s hard to beat the freedom of traveling light, so the Freestone Ambidextrous Tactical Sling is designed to carry just what you need, nothing more.

simms freestone ambidextrous fishing sling pack

This 18 L fishing carryall has an array of pockets for positioning everything from camera equipment to tippet to flies – at your fingertips. Included is a magnetic docking station for tools, a retractor attachment and looped webbing for nippers.

Four zippers allow easy access to the main body, while compression straps hold your rod for the approach and return hikes; A four-way zipper allows easy access inside from top or either side of pack.

Front shoulder strap with docking station, retractor attachment and looped webbing for nipper storage; Lower shoulder strap has stretch mesh pocket for essentials and floatant storage; Adjustable front panel contains loop field for wet fly storage, secured tippet holder, coated webbing daisy chain, and compression straps with rod storage; Ambidextrous vertical net carry system.


Kingfisher Teton Lightweight Flyfishing Sling Pack

Up next is the Kingfisher Teton Lightweight Flyfishing Sling Pack. This is an undeniably useful piece of fishing apparel that any serious angler needs when trying to reel in the big ones.

Kingfisher Teton fishing pack sling

The Kingfisher Teton Lightweight Flyfishing Sling Pack has 3 zippered pockets with YKK zippers and a sleeve at the bottom to hold a water bottle.

This sling pack is made in the USA and has lots of other handy features that you didn’t even know you needed. Definitely check this one out if you’re looking for a great fly fishing sling pack.


KastKing Sling Fishing Bag

Designed for people on the go, KastKing’s tactical sling bag is designed to efficiently manage your gear so you can stay mobile. This is the ultimate sling tool bag for everything from a hike into the mountains, a fishing adventure, as a school sling bag or for a work commute. 

kastking sling fishing pack

The SB1 military sling bag is very tough and water resistant, made from durable 600D polyester material, this small military sling bag is built to withstand the harsh conditions of the great outdoors.

The material is fused with a hydrophobic PVC layer to prevent water intrusion and also boasts composite clips for excellent long-lasting durability .  Clever design features of this fishing bag provide tackle storage for the essential fishing gear you’ll need to carry. The side mesh pocket offers a secure place to store water or soda.


El Bolso Fly Fishing Sling Pack

El Bolso = ”The Bag” – A simple yet incredibly functional fly fishing sling bag with tons of extra D rings, tactical molle webbing in multiple places designed to clip your fly fishing gear, and 3 zippered pockets.

el bolso fishing sling pack

The large pocket or main pocket is perfect for larger fly boxes, gloves, buff, or your camera. Many 16-20oz water bottles can also fit in this pocket. This pocket also has some dividers inside that makes organizing the pack a cinch. The smaller pocket is great for a small fly box, and your little accessories you will need most often on the water.

The smallest pocket is perfect to carry back up leaders and additional tippet spools. Comes with 2 carabiner clips to perfectly attach your travel fly rod, combo, or rod tube to the pack for travel perfection.


K&E Outfitters Seeker Series Fly Fishing Sling Pack

This is the “grab and go” pack for a day of wade fishing on our favorite local waters and will hold all the gear needed for a full day of fly fishing…..and the lunch. 

 K&E outfitters seeker sling pack for fishing

The right shoulder sling design keeps the pack out of the way of the cast and stays put when fighting and handling fish. The fully adjustable sling strap and stabilizer strap hold the pack secure for almost all body types, including women.

When the time comes to make a fly change or repair your line, simply swing the pack around to your front placing the zippered pouches, tools, flies, extra large fly drying patch, right at your finger tips. When you are done, swing the Seeker Pack back to the rear and you are straight back to fishing.


Aventik Fly Fishing Chest Bag

I love the Aventik Fly fishing Chest Bag because it even comes with 5 handy tools! That’s just one of the amazing features this bag has, too.

Aventik Fly Fishing Chest Bag Ultra Light Multiple Pockets Chest Pack with Vest Pack Tool Combo

With plenty of storage space, you can store all your flys and lures in this bad boy with room left over for leader, line, hooks, and whatever else you need.

The Aventik Fly Fishing Chest Bag is so comfortable that you won’t even remember you’re wearing it after about 20 minutes. This is a great choice that I highly recommend to other anglers out there.

Final Thoughts

Whether you decide to use a sling pack, vest or backpack, you’ll need the right gear when you are on the water.  Choose for comfort and versatility. 

A quality sling pack will be able to hold all your vital fly fishing gear and be stable for when you are wading through the river currents.  Lightweight and water resistant materials are always the way to go.

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