How to Pack Your Flats Backpack

How to Pack Your Flats Backpack

Originally published by Alphonse Fishing Company


By Cameron Musgrave

I have witnessed countless anglers over the years that have no clue on what to carry in their backpacks whilst fishing on the flats. Some carry everything including the kitchen sink. Others, at best, might have a box half full of the wrong flies; most of them so rusty it would be wise to carry a tetanus injection with you.


Below is some of the equipment that is suffice to carry in your bag whilst on the flats.


⦁ A high-factor water resistance sunblock.


⦁ 1 small to medium-sized fly box for both Bonefish and Crab patterns.


⦁ 1 Small to medium-sized fly box for bigger flies for Giant Trevallys. It is always recommended that if you have a large collection of flies, it is best to decant the essential flies into smaller boxes that can be topped up as your trip progresses.


⦁ 1 lightweight rain jacket, preferably in dull or neutral colours.


⦁ 1 spare fly line for each rod used.


⦁ Leader material.


⦁ A pair of nips or forceps attached to the outside of your bag for easy access.


⦁ A few hydration sachets or effervescent tablets.


⦁ A waterproof compact digital camera.


⦁ As much water as you are willing to carry.


Having a light weight back is the key, if you don’t need it, take it out.


It is always wise to spend a bit more money on a good quality, 100% waterproof backpack. Sadly, I have seen many fly boxes, cameras and other gear destroyed from a water getting into a cheap backpack.


The flats is no place for any smartphone device, even within a waterproof casing. I can almost guarantee that it will get wet.

Columbia Fishing