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Orvis Guide Sling Pack

I recently ordered the new Orvis Guide Sling Pack. I have used the older version for a couple of years but ended up breaking a clip and the tippet holder. I am on the water over 200 days a year and am very hard on equipment. The old pack was still usable but they came out with a new version and that sounded like a good excuse to purchase a new one.

Guide Sling Pack from orvis.com

This pack is much bigger than the old one so that means more room for fly boxes and other gear.

The water bottle holder is larger and deeper as well so that means you can carry a bigger bottle of water and that is always important.

More pockets for things like leaders and split shot.

It feels lighter than the old pack.

I really like that it is contoured and fits the body better than the previous version. The foam padding that has been added helps it stay in place comfortably.

My favorite part is the forcep holders that are located on the shoulder strap. Forceps are easily accessible to quickly remove a fly from a fish.

The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t have a place for a zinger on the outside of the pack. They made it where you can put a zinger on the inside and there is a pocket to pull a pair of nippers through to the outside. That doesn’t work for me because I also carry forceps on that same zinger. Yep, I am a two forcep carrying guide.

Overall, I really like this pack and it will get a ton of use. I give it a 5 star review.


About Cinda Howard

Cinda Howard has been an Arizona fly fishing guide for several years. She’s spent her whole life fishing and picked up a fly rod in 1996. She worked for the Orvis Company as a Fly Fishing Manager for eight years before branching off and starting her own business in 2012. Cinda spends a considerable amount of time instructing people on the sport of fly fishing. Cinda has been featured in several fly fishing articles and books (“Fly Fisher’s Guide to Arizona” by Will Jordan, “Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide” by Arizona Highways and Arizona Game and Fish Department) as an expert on fly fishing Arizona. She is extremely passionate not only about fly fishing but also about teaching others. She hosts trips all across the world and has taken customers fly fishing in Alaska, Belize, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and The Bahamas. Cinda loves to fish for trout, steelhead, pike, carp, bonefish, tarpon and anything else that will eat a fly. She is a past President of Desert Fly Casters and is a Zane Grey Trout Unlimited board member.

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