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Finally, a fishing-specific pack.
Anglers rejoice, you'll never have to jam rods in random straps, place hooks through flimsy fabric, or punch a hole in a hiking pack's bottom compartment again, because Umpqua designed the Surveyor 2000 ZS Backpack specifically for fly fishing. For starters, there are "sticky" holders for two rod tubes, and the clam-shell access allows a full opening so you can grab whatever you need out of the pack.
The Surveyor is hydration compatible with you're own reservoir, leaving space for fly boxes in the side water bottle pockets. The flat front pockets are perfect for quickly accessed rain jackets and layers, and the top loft pocket secures sunglasses, keys, and other valuables. For comfort, Umpqua padded the shoulder straps, waist belt, and back panel with foamy ABS. Umpqua also suspended the back panel for extra comfort on long approaches.
- Suspended back panel
- Load-bearing injection-molded ABS framesheet
- Fully padded shoulder straps and waist belt
- Clam-shell opening front panel
- Hydration compatible
- Sticky web rod tube holders
- Flat front pockets
- Side water bottle pockets
- Top loft pocket
- Item #UMP001G
- Q & A
Great pack, great system
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 210lbs
I just took the Surveyor out for the first time. Decided to hike deep into a fishing spot and spend the whole day on the water so I stashed my Overlook chest pack, lunch, dry clothes, rain jacket, and first aid kit in the backpack and strapped my net and rod tube to the outside. Pack is maybe a tiny bit short for a tall guy like me, it hit a touch high on my hips but still rode comfortably (the only reason for four stars instead of five). The clamshell makes getting at things really easy and the outside stash pockets are surprisingly roomy. Once I was ready to fish, the Overlook meshed perfectly. It holds the chest pack in a really secure and comfortable way and the whole setup was a breeze to fish in.
Even though the pack is bigger than you might need for a shorter trip, I would consider bringing it with just because it's so comfy and easy to work with. On the other hand, if you were thoughtful about it, I could see fitting enough stuff that you might be able to get away with an overnight trip. I'll update if I manage that!