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Side pack or Creel

My fishing vest has seen a lot better days. I believe that I am going to change to a side pack or creel type carry system for my tackle. I am looking for opinions on types and styles, or if anyone has pictures? Any information to help narrow my decision down.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-25-2015, 04:30 PM
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Re: Side pack or Creel

I use a hunting fanny pack with different compartments. Works good for me.
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I use the Simms side packs with a G3 wading Jacket. Nothing better. I see you are from Indiana, PA. Stop into Indiana Angler 218 Grandview Avenue and see Woody Banks. He will get you straightened out with something.
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I use a Fox Outdoor Messenger Bag. Excellent bag for fishing.
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Re: Side pack or Creel

i wear a vest and a wicker creel...my creel is at least 40 yrs old..love that i was taught to fish that way by my dad n pap..and still continue it till this day..have a back up creel for when i retire this on..picked it up for $5..pic is a few years old

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Re: Side pack or Creel

I don't need all those pockets that a vest has.
I mainly fish with artificial s, the only bait I use are red wigglers.
I use a Cabelas chest pack with a mesh back.
I try to keep it light and simple.
If I'm going to keep any fish I tote a stringer.

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Re: Side pack or Creel

It all depends on your fishing style. I wouldn't go without my vest. It holds everything I need, including rain gear, TP, and a small water bottle with a couple granola or candy bars. If I'm planning on keeping fish, I'll throw a creel over my shoulder, but if not, I consider that extra weight and wasted space. I do use a hunting fanny pack when wading the river for bass, but for trout, I usually have more, different gear that all my vest pockets keep separate.

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for trout, i have a single compartment hunting fanny pack. with a plastic divider box for my rooster tails, plastics, and such. I keep the hooks in their package. I use old PowerBait jars for split shots, swivels. With all the goodies in there, i still have room for a water bottle and snacks.

Bass, i have a 5 divided compartment fishing bag, the ones your get at most outdoors stores for around 30.00. I did my bass fishing from the shore in years past. but this year I'm still saving my pennies to get a kayak.

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Re: Side pack or Creel

The only time I fish with a vest anymore is when I'm in Pulaski for the fall salmon run. With the opener and my daughter fishing I use a small cloth creel which will hold two water bottles a small flip side 4 compartment box that holds my BB split shot, size 14 dry fly hooks and then one CP Swing and one all gold #2 Panther Martin in the old style barrel body. Usually will carry one container of chartreuse power bait and then I'll have my container of wax worms. That's how we fish opening day for the SE and statewide opener. After that it's one of the outdoor system packs from Walmart that carries all of my fly fishing gear. It's big enough to hold the camelbak that's included. I use leftover Crown Royal bags to hold my leaders, tippet, fly boxes and indicators. Plus it has a pocket I keep just safety/emergency supplies for fishing the big woods and it has straps on both sides that handle the cases of my 3 Wt fly rod perfectly so I can fish with it and then pack it away at the end of the day and not worry about damaging it. The best part is that back only cost $30 and after going to Field and Stream last night and seeing what a darn Fish Pond pack costs is insane!

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Re: Side pack or Creel

I used to have an eagle claw fanny pack that I loved but the zipper broke. It had a large compartment that could be used as a creel and smaller compartments that could be used to hold tackle. I prefer fanny packs over vests but the issue with fanny packs is that they aren't practical when wading.A person can only go so deep when wading with a fanny pack. A vest allows a person to go at least waist deep.
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