6 Considerations for your next fishing tackle backpack
Nothing beats the convenience of having fishing tools on your person whenever you need them; this is why tackle backpacks are the best thing since grilled sea bass. Don’t get me wrong, tackle boxes are classic. But the idea of having to lug around a heavy, clunky, plastic box easily takes the glamour out of fishing. And did I mention they can be heavy? High quality backpacks can conveniently store your fishing supplies, while freeing up your hands. This means you can quickly switch between tools and remain mobile at the same time.
Tackle backpacks were introduced with a specific market in mind: shore, fly, and backcountry anglers. All three types of fishermen find themselves in situations that require light, mobile storage. Shore fishermen can stock a variety of reel combos as they make their way to prime fishing holes. Fly fishermen can focus on navigating stream without having to worry about their equipment. Backcountry anglers can enjoy the benefit of being able to kayak (among other things) with their tools nearby.
The benefits go on and on. There are, however, a few things you’ll want to think about when picking out a backpack:
This goes without saying. This is one of the main reasons to get a backpack in the first place, but It is worth mentioning because not all backpacks are made equal. Depending on the quality of the bag material, less weight may imply a tradeoff in terms of durability.
This isn’t a dealbreaker for some anglers, since it doesn’t require an insane amount of effort to keep a backpack dry. A waterproof backpack just gives you that added reassurance that should you have to set your bag down quickly, whatever is inside remains safe. You will want to weigh the pros and cons of a waterproof bag carefully; waterproof often equates to higher price.
Once you have a clear picture of the kind of tools you’ll need, think about the number of compartments you require. The number of compartments you’ll need will often be dictated by the sizes of the tools you intend to carry. The placement and ease of access to those compartments is another thing you will want to think about. If you don’t have a clear idea right away, that’s fine too. Some tackle bags come with numerous removable trays and velcro dividers. Meaning you can customize the inner compartments to your liking.
You might want to get a backpack that can stand upright when not in use. This is especially handy should you ever decide to carry a delicate item in your bag… or food.
You may be tempted to think that this is the least important consideration on this list, seeing as it has less to do with utility. That is where you’d be wrong. Remember, the bag isn’t going to carry itself. As you continue to load the backpack, it will only be a matter of time before you start to notice the strain its weight places on you. Ensuring you pick a backpack with some cushioned straps and back support is the right way to go. Most backpacks come with some shoulder padding. Again, this has an impact on the final price tag.
If fishing is not the only outdoor activity you engage in, you may be interested in getting a backpack that you can use in those as well. Several manufacturers lean towards a sporty design, making a tackle storage bag easily pass for other outdoor activities.
And there you have it – advice on how to pick out a backpack that works for you. We hope this will make your bag selection easier, and your fishing trips much more enjoyable in turn.