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A quality hip pack, or even two, can make leader change-outs, fly changes or tool time really convenient

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are several hip-pack makers out there that are very good. Choosing Simms’ Dry Creek Z Hip Pack was an act of loyalty – having an account there, knowing how well built Simms’ stuff always is and the fact that one was needed.

My carpenter’s waist-apron substitute wore out. A decision it made while walking the shoreline of a lake-bank in a light rain while looking for largemouth bass and hybrid bass whereabout clues.

It had started out as a great catching day. It wasn’t fun having to walk back to the car holding contents of my apron in a rain coat, and ending my outing because I was soaked and cold.

Simms' Dry Creek Z Hip-Pack. MSRP $120. Photo Simms.

Simms’ Dry Creek Z Hip-Pack. MSRP $120. Photo Simms.

Simms has four current hip pack offerings – two have the same name, Dry Creek Hip Pack. One is $100 and the other is $120. A third is called Headwaters Guide Hip Pack ($120). All three are doable.

The Dry Creek Z version, which I chose, has likable features: ample size (13-inches x 8-inches x 5.5-inches), waterproof, easy access (only one hand required) zippers – we all know what a pain it is to have a zipper go stubborn and not easily open – demanding two hands. A real negative for anglers with rod in hand.

The Z also has stretch-mesh storage pockets, exterior lash points and built-in tool storage.

The waist band is soft and non-rubbing – comfortable after multiple waist spin accesses.

MSRP: $200 / color charcoal only / remember waist size


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