Simms Headwaters Day Pack review

The Simms Headwaters Day Pack is a ruck sack designed specifically for fly fishing and it works in conjunction with the excellent Simms Headwaters Chest Pack.

Simms Headwaters Day Pack review
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Simms Headwaters Day Pack review
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Simms Headwaters Day Pack review
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How big is the Simms Headwaters Day Pack?

The Simms Headwaters Day Pack holds 30 litres: that's big enough for me to pack a flask, some lunch, my Simms Guide Jacket and Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody, a couple of boxes of flies and all the other bits and pieces I take with me when I fly fish, from my priest to a set of scales and a bass bag. If you think 30 litres is too big, there's also the Simms Headwaters Half Day Pack.

What pockets does the Simms Headwaters Day Pack have?

In the main compartment there are two small padded pockets at the top. I'm not entirely sure what Simms intended these would be used for, as they're too small for fly reels or mobile phones. Little bits and pieces, like spare tippet spools or Gink, perhaps?

The top of the Simms Headwaters Day Pack unzips all the way round, so you can get easy access to the main compartment of the bag. This is open and lets you cram in quite a bit of stuff, but there's also a large, wide padded pocket on the inside back of this compartment, into which I generally keep things like gloves and hats. The front of the Simms Headwaters Day Pack also has a small zipped pocket that you can use to store your phone or sunglasses.

The front pocket is similarly roomy and is filled with numerous internal pockets. It's here that I keep the bits that I might need on a trip, but that I don't want to keep in my Simms Headwaters Chest Pack, in order to keep its weight down. I have a couple of boxes of flies, some spare leaders, a priest, some scales and, when I'm lure fishing, some spare crankbaits and spinners in here. It's all easy to access and kept neat and tidy by all those pockets.

The side of the Simms Headwaters Day Pack also includes a couple of external pockets to hold rods or flasks. I keep my rod tube in here on longer walks, or my flask on shorter trips. You can tether the rod tube or flask to the bag using a fastener to prevent it falling out too.

Can it hold a water bladder?

Yes, if you use a water bladder, such as a CamelBak, there's a convenient pocket to hold one on the back of the Simms Headwaters Day Pack and there's a little hole in the top of the Day Pack through which you can poke the drinking tube.

Does the back get sweaty?

No. There's a spine on the Simms Day Pack which keeps the bag away from your back to allow it to breathe when you're working up a steam on a long hike to your fishing spot.

Is there somewhere to hang my net?

Yep. There's a D-ring on the back of the Simms Headwaters Day Pack, to which you can attach a net magnet or retractor. I do this with my Vision Sili Trout Net and it keeps it tucked out of the way, and permanently attached to the bag in case it drops off while I'm scrambling down a bank or something.

How are the straps?

The straps on the Simms Headwaters Day Pack are ergonomically designed and very comfortable and easy to adjust. There are also extra pockets on these for tiny items, like car keys. There are also some attachment points on this for the Simms Headwaters Chest Pack.

How does it work with the Simms Headwaters Chest Pack?

You can wear the Simms Headwaters Day Pack while you're wearing the Simms Chest Pack around your neck and chest without attaching it. However, if you're hiking to reach your fishing spot there are also a couple of other options which make it more comfortable to carry.

If you're not fishing, you can attach the Simms Chest Pack to the back of the Simms Day Pack using a couple of sturdy clips. This keeps it all out of the way and makes walking very comfortable.

If you're fishing while wearing both the Chest Pack and the Day Pack, you can attach the Chest Pack to the Day Pack via a couple of clips on the straps. This takes the weight off your neck and puts it all on your back and shoulders, which is much more comfortable.

How much is the Simms Headwaters Day Pack?

Like all Simms stuff, this is quite expensive. It retails for about £130 (less if you shop around), however, the quality is excellent and it's great to use, so it's likely to last you a very long time.

It works really well with the Simms Chest Pack, so if you're looking for a bag you can use comfortably with both it's a very versatile choice.

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