Gear Review: Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack
How to carry all that crap…. the golden question plaguing the nation of fly fishers. We tend to be a nervous bunch, needing to take everything but the kitchen sink on every fishing trip. What if they want dries today? Or maybe it will be the small bugs? Or maybe streamers? Before we know it we have five fly boxes, 10 spools of tippet, gloves, water, split, floatant, nippers, a tape, camera, and on and on all trying to fit in a small chest pack.
I’ve been there, you start to look like you are a woman in her third trimester… I’ve tried chest packs, backpacks, and neck lanyards. None of these work for me. My favorite type of pack is the lumbar pack. They look the best to me but the best part is that they are out of the way. You forget you are carrying them as the waist strap carries the majority of the weight on your hips while the neck strap secures the remaining weight on your shoulder.
When needed you can slide the whole system around to the front of your body and work with what you need easily. Then it all slides back out of the way behind you.
For the past several months i’ve been fishing a Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack. The nimbus solves the only problem with lumbar packs, size. The thing is huge for a lumbar pack, i’ve not been left wanting more size from a pack all summer. From their site, “The Nimbus is the KING of all guide packs. It has enough space to carry all of the necessities and more to get the job done.”
I completely agree with this statement. It looks good and holds all I need for a quick day on the water or an all day event throwing streamers. This is a 12″x9″ streamer box. I never could have fit this box in my old packs.
A big thanks to the people at fishpond for providing this pack to review. In my opinion, the best on the market.