I was pretty sure that nothing could convince me to step away from my newfound “less is more” approach to trout fishing. Years ago, I was a vest guy—load up the pockets of the fishing vest with everything you need and off you go. Then I tried the lanyard approach, which I also loved, but found, in the long run, to be undependable—things kept breaking or falling off. Finally, I went to the sling pack, which, if I had to pick among the methods for carrying gear, would be my favorite.
That is, until this last summer, when, more often than not, I would don my Simms wet-wading boots and simply stuff the pockets of my cargo shorts with the needed tippets, leaders, fly boxes, hemostats and nippers and just go fishing. It helped, too, that I camped a lot this last year, and was able to set up shop within earshot of the water (always a nice bonus).
But now, I’m starting to reevaluate everything. Again. The new Simms G4 Pro Shift Pack has me “pack-curious” again, particularly for some of the backcountry fishing I’ve been doing of late in my research for a new guidebook I’m completing about Yellowstone National Park’s wild trout. Several times this past summer, I was left wanting when it came to being able to carry just enough stuff, but not too much. Check out the video above, and you’ll see what I mean. The shiftable hip pack is a true innovation. I’m going to give this pack a shot.
— Chris Hunt