Best Fishing Backpack

Fishing Backpacks are great for anglers who like to stay mobile and shore fisherman alike.

Backpacks dedicated to fishing help anglers stay light, and prioritize the gear you bring with on an outing.

The best fishing backpacks and chest/sling packs feature storage compartments, storage boxes and other features that make them the perfect choice for traveling or mobile fishermen.

Best full backpack

Wild River Tek Nomad

The Nomad is jam packed with cool features, including an LED lighting system that allows you to see into the backpack for fishing at night.

Best sling style pack

KastKing Pond Hopper

The pack is great for shore fishermen or fishing from kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddleboards and boasts great waterproofing features

In this article we will look at some of the best backpacks and chest/sling packs on the market today.

Best fishing backpacks reviewed

Best Traditional Fishing Backpacks

Traditional backpacks are great for carrying a decent amount of gear and terminal tackle, and also have some additional features that are really great for shore fishing and fishing on the move.

The best fishing backpacks feature two or more fairly large storage trays, waterproof compartments, tons of adjustable compartments or even cooler compartments. Let’s take a look at some fishing backpacks with some really cool features.

Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad

The Nomad is absolutely jam packed with cool features, and one of the coolest features is the LED lighting system that allows you to see into the backpack or your work area if you’re fishing at night.

When we say work area, we aren’t joking. The Nomad features a zippered fold down working area that’s like a mini fold down table, allowing you to set things on it and prevent loss by situations like accidentally kicking your lure or gear into water in the dark, “been there, done that more times than I can count” and keeps your fishing hassle free in all light conditions.

The backpack also comes complete with 4 PT 3600 storage boxes, so you don’t have to buy any separately, and can go fishing instantly.

Other features of this backpack include a padded sunglasses storage container on the top, a removable plier holder, a protective rain cover that you can place over your backpack if it rains, and internal and external mesh storage compartments.

Piscifun Fishing Tackle Backpack

The Piscifun backpack is made from high quality water resistant 1200D high density nylon fabrics with 86 different sewing procedures that give the backpack 20% more water resistance and toughness.

This backpack has an absolute ton of storage compartments giving you more than enough room for everything you will need for a day on the water, featuring 11 independent rooms, and when divided giving the angler 18 different storage compartment options.

The main compartment that hole the 4 waterproof tackle boxes/trays, also has a removable clapboard to make it even larger to a whopping L(12.6’’) * W(7.9’’) * H(17.7’’) dimensioned compartment.

The backpack is very comfortable and ergonomic and features thick padding, a padded and protected sunglasses compartment, and very nice high quality zippers.

KastKing Day Tripper Fishing Backpack

The KastKing backpack has a pretty unique and cool feature that so far hasn’t been on our list, it has storage spots for carrying your fishing rods on the outside of your backpack, keeping your hands completely free.

The KastKing backpack features a hydrophobic coating that repels water from the outside of the backpack and also has a super effective PVC layer on the inside to provide extra moisture protection ensuring your tackle and gear is protected from moisture.

The KastKing Day Tripper can hold 4 3600 size storage containers for all your lures and terminal tackle, and the large storage compartment is great for lunch, beverages, rain gear, or anything else you need to bring with you.

The storage tray compartment is different from other backpacks on the market as it opens to the side of the backpack instead of the front.

The backpack also has thick and breathable padding to keep you comfortable and cool, slash mesh pockets, and a removable main storage compartment bottom.

Shimano Blackmoon Backpack

The Shimano Blackmoon is a fishing backpack that gives credence to the term “simplicity at its finest.

The no nonsense design of the Blackmoon is created using high quality and incredibly durable textured fabrics.

The front compartment features 5 clear plastic pouches with waterproof zippers and are great for electronics, keeping soft plastics baits, and spinnerbaits secured.

Along with that compartment there is also a zippered compartment featuring 2 3750 Plano storage trays for all your hard baits, jigs, terminal tackle or other lures.

Other features of the backpack are 2 mesh rod holders so you can bring multiple rod setups with you, 4 Plano 6650 storage trays for the 2 side compartments, elastic holders for pliers and other fishing tools, and a zip out rain cover to protect and keep the backpack and its contents dry while in adverse weather.

Spiderwire Fishing Backpack

The spiderwire fishing backpack is 100% polyester and has a feature that’s unique to the other backpacks offered on this list, it has a cooler compartment, which when cold packs are added will keep your food and drinks cold for an extended period of time.

The backpack also includes 3 medium sized utility boxes, foam molded sunglasses case with soft lining, and fishing rod holder/carry system.

The main compartment is adjustable and can be configured in different ways depending on your needs, not to mention the side compartments on each side for additional storage.

The overall dimension of this backpack comes in at 19.7 in. x 13.1 in. x 7.3 in, giving you an overall nice compact size.

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Having the best fishing backpack for your needs makes a day on the water that bit better

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Chest/Sling Backpacks

Chest or sling backpacks are great like traditional backpacks, but are even light and smaller, great if you don’t need a lot of gear and are really nice for situations like trout fishing where your tackle is typically small and light. Let’s take a look at our picks for the best sling style backpacks on the market. Sling packs can be used in many different fishing situations, but they really shine for species specific angling like trout fishing where it is mostly done from shore, or in situations where room is a priority such as fishing from a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard all of which have become increasingly popular for anglers in recent years.

KastKing Pond Hopper Sling Backpack

The pack is great for shore fishermen or fishing from kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddleboards.

Built with 420D Ripstop nylon fabric to give extremely good protection and durability and just like the traditional style day tripper backpack by KastKing that we talked about earlier, the pond hopper features a hydrophobic coating that repels water from the outside of the backpack and also has a super effective PVC layer on the inside to provide extra moisture protection ensuring your tackle and gear is protected from moisture.

The pond hopper comes with very efficient tackle compartments with one 3600 size tackle tray and the main compartment for rain gear, drinks or whatever else you wish to bring with you on your fishing adventure.

The front of the sling pack features an open face front pouch for tools like pliers, crimpers, flashlights or other tools.

Like the Day tripper the pond hopper also has a storage spot on the outside of the backpack to hold a 2 piece fishing rod setup and last but not least, a compartment for a water bottle or small thermos.

Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack

Orvis is one of the top names in fly fishing, and the safe passage sling pack is an excellent choice for the fly guys out there.

The interior is very bright allowing you to easily find any stray flies that may end up in any compartment, the safe passage also has a very strategically placed water bottle holder that hold the bottle horizontally along the bottom of the pack to keep a better center of gravity while wearing and can be accessed by just reaching behind you, without having to remove the pack.

There are cord loops that along the installation of a tippet bar so you can carry multiple spools of tippets neatly on the exterior of the pack, a forcep sheath for a pair of forceps, unique tool attachment system, velcro strip on the interior where you can add a waterproof pouch and secure it to the interior for things like your phone or electronics, a very cool fly drying patch, and the bottom of the pack is made from 410-denier Nylon for increased water resistance.

Conclusion

Fishing backpacks have come a long way in recent years.

I remember when I would hop on my bike and travel miles to fish my favorite fishing spots with a giant tackle box hanging on one handlebar and holding a rod while going down the road sideways due to being unbalanced from my heavy cumbersome tackle box.

Today we have awesome slings and backpacks custom made for the angler and they have everything you could possibly need.

This is our list of best fishing backpacks and slings, and we are certain you will find one on this list to fit your needs.

Best full backpack

Wild River Tek Nomad

The Nomad is jam packed with cool features, including an LED lighting system that allows you to see into the backpack for fishing at night.

Best sling style pack

KastKing Pond Hopper

The pack is great for shore fishermen or fishing from kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddleboards and boasts great waterproofing features

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