Six months with the Simms Dry Creek Backpack are over.
I took it everywhere. University, biking, airplanes, boats, shopping and of course flyfishing.
It helped me during heavy rainstorms and prevented my iPhone and camera more than once from drowning.
I’m an outside kind of guy, meaning that I spend as much time as possible outside by the river. Shooting a lot of movies, I have to keep my cameras and lenses safe & dry.
Now I want to give you my best try of a comprehensive review about the backpack.
As this backpack is one of the bigger rolltop backpacks out there, I really appreciate the waste belt. There’s also a small and removable chest belt. The shoulder harness system is very comfortable, even on long hikes or fishing days. And then, also the waist belt is very handy to relieve the weight off your shoulders.
I oftentimes want to take a second rod with me. Simms therefore added a lash point on both sides of their backpack. Unfortunately, you need to buy an extra strap to secure the rods as Simms yet hasn’t any to offer. The stretchy water bottle mesh pockets can be used either as the name says or, as also mentioned, as a rod storage. The pocket size could be a bit bigger in my opinion. No chance I can put a liter-bottle in there.
Oftentimes it’s the small things that many people appreciate most. Here, it’s the large D-Ring. It’s a must have on each and every fishing backpack in my opinion. Simply for a net this D-ring is very handy.
Further, the inside of the backpack has several pockets, one is zippered, to offer. You can place smaller thinks like tippet spools, you phone or keys into them so that finding them later is no problem in the dark inside of the backpack.
I was a bit skeptical about the bottom of the backpack. It feels like a very thick layer of plastic that get scratches every time you put it on the rivers gravel bar. I already have some.
But, speaking of it half a year later, I trust it.
It really might seem a bit sketchy, but if you don’t run around with open knives or flies in the backpack, you be fine.
Nevertheless, I wish for bit of a reinforcement with a second abrasion-resistant layer, also working as a cushion for cameras and so on. Hard elements like flyboxes can otherwise scratch the material, like in my case. I used a towel as a second layer with worked fine and is always good to have with you.
What I don't like
I'd like to see a backpack, that already comes with straps to secure one or two flyrods. It should not be that much of a big deal for Simms. This backpack is made to be worn in the outdoors where it faces rocks, trees and of course water.
The bottom of the backpack should be the most robust part. I'd therefore highly appreciate a thicker material to not worry about it. In my opinion, the outside pocket, useful to store a wet rain jacket, is too small. I’d rather like to see a flexible mesh pocket than this stiff and inflexible outside pocket. that is good for leaders and a flybox.
What I like
Unlike many other rolltop backpacks, this one comes with inside mesh pockets to safely store small things like your mobile phone, keys or a wallet. There are several ways to close a rolltop backpack which is practical depending on how much stuff you have in it. The harness system is just great. Light and cushioned for a Long hike or day on the water.
But most importantly - This backpack really is 100 % waterproof.
Simms says on its website that the backpack is out of stock for a longer time. Maybe there’s another one coming.
It’s a safe feeling, knowing that the things you carry will stay dry, even under water pressure. The design, besides the things mentioned above, is great. The backpack is comfortable to wear , even on long fishing days.
I can store all of my equipment like fishing assecoires, clothes, camera gear and food.
To put it all in a nutshell, I really enjoy fishing and travelling with this backpack, but wish for several, small changes in the design.
I’d love to see a bit smaller version of the backpack as even chest packs like the Rolltop or G4 got quite big.
But maybe that’s because I tend to go with as little fishing equipment as possible
The Simms Dry Creek Rolltop Backpack is comfortable, practical, and defintely worth its price.
"Wie funktioniert ein natürlicher Fluss? Das wissen selbst Wissenschaftler bislang gar nicht so genau. Trotzdem werden Wasserkraftwerke in Flüsse gebaut, die das Ökosystem stark verändern. Was ist wichtiger: Klimaschutz oder Naturschutz?" - Bayerisches Fernsehen
Wasserkraft allein kann den regionalen Strombedarf nicht annähernd decken. Zudem verändern Wasserkraftwerke den Lebensraum Fluss nachteilig.
Durch Öko-Wasserkraftwerke sterben ersten Studien zufolge zwar weniger Fische wie bei herkömmlichen, aber auch sie sind ein Eingriff in die Natur, der Folgen hat.
Die wenigen verbleibenden natürlichen Flüssen sollten geschützt werden. Besonders wenn sie in Naturschutzgebieten verlaufen wie die Ostrach in den Allgäuer Hochalpen. Das schreibt auch die EU-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie vor. (Quelle: BR)
Ein sehr interessanter Film, der viele wichtige Aspekte aufgreift und deren Auswirkungen verdeutlicht.
The second month of the new pike season is nearly over and I thought it is about time for a little resumee...
Unfortunately, I did not get out on the water as often as I wanted to, but that´s how life as a student can be at times. With the high temperatures we´re experiencing here in Germany for several weeks now it is at least not too sad, since catching the toothy critters would probably have been bad anyway...
The few times I did wet a line were also not very good in terms of catching (watch my "A day with a dude"-episode), I landed two small pike in six fishing days, had lots of followers and strikes though, but these conditions were really helpful in terms of testing out new stuff.
As I´ve posted earlier this year, I´ve been doing some research about tying techniques for musky patterns and how I can use them for my pike flies. After reading the fantastic book "Hunting Musky With A Fly " by Rick Kustich and scrolling through several instagram feeds of well known musky guys such as David O´Sullivan aka @Sullytuna or Brad Bohen from @Primotail I kinda fell in love with a deerhair head style, called Buford, which was first developed by Brad Bohen for his Wisconsin waters.
So I tied a few over the last couple of months and fished them more or less exclusively.
Here are a few things I like about that style of fly, which is actually a lot, but also some negative aspects I discovered in that design:
Starting off with the pros:
Now the cons:
I plan on testing my little Buford collection on my upcoming trip to the South of Sweden in August to see what the Scandinavian pike think about them.
I`ll let you know about the results!
My favorite episode of the Scientific Anglers/Fly Fusion Series, Episode 5: Solitude.
Great work guys and excellent, remote water you fish there!
Keep it up!
Watch all the Episodes here and enjoy!
Today in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, you can read an German article about our dude Lukas, talking about the Isar river and the work of Munich's fishing club "Die Isarfischer e. V." regarding restoration and fishery management.
You can check out the article HERE (German)