Have you made the switch to a fishing backpack yet? If you’re still holding on to your trusty vest, consider the following benefits of a pack while fishing in Oregon Fishing Club (OFC) waters:

  • While a backpack doesn’t necessarily weigh less than a vest, the weight is distributed more evenly across your shoulders, and the padded, adjustable straps help keep you comfortable.
  • A fishing backpack has multiple compartments to keep everything neat and organized – whereas it can be difficult locating your gear in all of a vest’s miscellaneous pockets.Fishing-Camping-Trip-Private-Oregon-Fishing-Club
  • Most fishing backpacks have a large compartment for storing your tackle boxes, but vests can usually only hold a handful of smaller accessories, like bait and tackle.
  • Some have a clear plastic pouch to display your fishing license, OFC membership card and more.
  • There’s tons of extra space in a bag for bringing along spare clothing, snacks, drinks and even additional gear in case your friend forgot theirs.
  • Waterproof construction keeps everything inside the backpack safe.
  • Some bags feature a hard, flat bottom to sit upright if you need to set it aside while you fish.

While you could certainly argue the pros and cons of both a fishing backpack and a fishing vest, there’s no denying how helpful a bag is for those spur-of-the-moment trips, where everything you need is already packed and ready to go.  From sunscreen to sunglasses, tool kits to first aid kits, you can fit just about everything inside a fishing backpack.

What To Look For When Purchasing A Fishing Backpack

If you’re interested in checking out some of the options or you’re in the market for a backpack, there are some top features to look for. For example, it’s important to choose a bag that fits comfortably, since it will probably be holding a few dozen pounds worth of gear. Next, make sure the storage capability is up to your standards. If you’re just an occasional fisherman, perhaps a smaller bag will do. However, if you’re an avid angler who enjoys multiple types of fishing, go with a bag that can separate your fly fishing gear from your baitcasting supplies.

As you plan out your next trip with OFC – whether it be on the banks of Washougal River or in a pontoon boat in the Rainier Lakes – you want to make sure you have everything you need. Peruse our 37 exclusive properties, so you’ll know exactly what to bring inside your fishing backpack.