Pretty hard to get any better than that.
Not easy to find either, perhaps not at all.
But they have done it. At least in my opinion
Wind River has with this bag. Some time ago they
sent me one to 'field test,' "really wring it out
Jim," he said. For some reason he seemed to think
all I did was go fishing. I tried to explain
that I do get out but not as often as some
others might. "Nope, I want your opinion."
Well, so here we go. My opinion. The only
problem I have is this. To do a full and
complete job of it would take a few years.
How am I supposed to be able to tell you
if it will last for the rest of your days
on the stream?
For that matter, how can I tell you if the
removable pouch (that cleverly velcro's to
the front) will do everything you want it to?
Will it double as a fanny pack when you take
it off with you once you're at your location
without having to dig out stuff from inside
the bag? Will you have loaded it with exactly
the items you need for the day? You might not
get it right, then where would I be. See, this
is not going to be easy.
It does hold a lot though, zips open, drops
down and has lots of nifty little areas for
interesting things we all pack around with
us. The main bag does have a waterproof bottom.
That's nice, I usually end up with a soggy-bottomed
bag shortly upon entering even a perfectly dry
boat somehow. You might notice the big white
area on top in one of the pictures. That is a
plastic tray with a piece of magnetic material
on one end. It's for tying flies on. You can
bring it up from the bottom (where it normally
resides) to the top. Inside the top there is a
separate mesh bag. Looks like I can put some
tying things in that. Or papers, or maps. Or, or,
Like any decent bag, it has several hook and
closure 'pieces' for our 'individual' arrangement
of things inside. Nice. They actually are well
designed I will say. You can't see these from
the pictures but there are a couple of those
hook and closure straps on the back of the bag
too, big wide ones. They are for lashing your
rod tubes to the back of the bag; carry the
whole rig at one time, supposedly without
dropping your rods for a change.
Oh sure, it's made of great stuff, they would
not have it any other way. Perfect stitching,
and workmanship of course as well. Good sized
pouches on each end which you can see in the
pictures. So far I have only had it on one
trip, so I feel a bit inadequate trying to
give a very in-depth report, so I won't. I
will say this though. It is my bag from now
on. Don't ask to borrow it, go buy your own
Wind River Black Canyon Gear Bag. ~ JC
5610 County Road 1
Erie, CO 80516
Call 303-652-0648 | fax: 303-652-0653