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If you weren't just a little OCD you'd be fishing with bait.
The Simms Headwaters Gear Bag lets you take your typical fly fisherman OCD ways on the road by providing you with all the features you need to keep your meticulously organized fishing gear where it needs to be. It wouldn't be much of a vacation if you didn't have boots and waders along for the ride, but traveling with soggy waders can pose a number of problems, especially to your base layers. That's why Simms fitted this fisherman-friendly bag with a wet storage compartment for that sloppy stuff when you're en-route to the next stretch of river.
The large main compartment has enough room to keep all the fly boxes you'll need for a month's stay in AK or a week in Bozeman, along with any additional clothes you might need along the way. Two side pockets allow for quick and easy access to odds and ends, and stowaway exterior rod-tube holders give you a spot to secure your 5wt and 7wt. The bag itself is made of durable 600D nylon fabric that's treated with a water-resistant DWR coating. The bottom is composed of a waterproof TPU fabric, so you won't have to worry about water creeping in when it's sitting on a soggy boat bottom or wet truck bed.
- 600D nylon with DWR finish
- Waterproof TPU bottom
- Wet and dry storage compartments
- Zippered side organization pockets
- Stowaway exterior rod tube holders
- YKK zippers
- Item #SMM004B
- Q & A
Simms gear bag
Great bag for my river adventures, with only one suggestion to add backpack straps, then it would be over the top!
Quality Bag 2 Features Short of 5 Stars
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased this bag to replace my 20-year-old Abel Wader Bag that served me well. My opinion of the Simms bag's pros and cons ...
+ High quality materials of construction
+ Good main compartment water resistance (DWR)
+ Robust wader compartment waterproofing (TPU)
+ Great zippers with strong and ergonomic pulls good for wet or frozen fingers!
+ Superior design main compartment top access that prevents the Abel's shortcoming of gear you just packed spilling out while packing more items
+Roomy end pockets to hold gear both for transit and temporarily while your digging what you need out of the main compartment
+ Comfortable grab handles at each end that are robust in both design and attachment to the bag. No handle failure worries while lifting the full weight of an overloaded bag
+ Good venting of both wader compartment and outer end pockets to reduce mildew and rotting
+ Superior rod tube holder loops that won’t slip or let go like the Abel’s Velcro ones
+ Unlike some Simms products this bag is a good value at its $200 price point
- Wader compartment lacks the Abel's fold out bib that serves as both a changing matt to stand on and a protective divider between your boots and waders when in transit
- Lacks the Abel bag's long and shallow zippered pockets running the length of the front and back panels. Not sure what Abel's intended use was 20 years ago, but now that wading boots have interchangeable soles these pockets are perfect for storing my studded and felt soles while I'm using the rubber ones, and in a separate area where the studs can’t wear a leak into the waders
Overall a great bag and one I recommend. The bib and extra sole pockets would have been great features, but as they say you can't have everything (unless you buy a Canon "L" Lens)
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Under Storage is great feature on this bag. I can fit Simms waders, Simms jacket and Simms Vapor wading boots all in lower compartment. It's a perfect bag for a weekend travel bag. Would need a larger bag if going for a full week. As a Simms product it's built great and looks nice.
Pack all you need and more
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got this bag this Summer/Fall for my solo road trips. I love the wet storage for my boots and waders in the bottom, zips seperately and with the vents allows that boot/wader funk to air our and dry. Plenty of room in hte side pockets and mesh for plenty of reels, spools, line, leaders boxes or whatever you may think you might need. Large top zipper compartment for dry clothes and layers or boat boxes.
Upgraded and happy I did
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I used to use the current model competitor bag but I hated it. There was no way to sort my gear and my clothes fell all over when I unzipped the one large top zipper. This bag has solved all my issues. The side pockets are large with gives me 3 holding areas to sort out my stuff. It appears it is very well made and it is huge! Very happy I bought this. Wish I would have right from the start. At times I feel like I'm an unpaid Simms sponsor (lol) and I have tried to give other companies a shot but I always end back with them. If you need a bag, I highly suggest you just start with this one.
I AM LOOKING TO BUY THE SIMMS GEAR BAG SMM 0048. CAN I USE THE PROMO CODE SPRING 20 FOR A 20% DISCOUNT? THANK YOU, RAY