Headwaters Gear Bag - Dark Elkhorn

Headwaters™ Gear Bag


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Step off the water and step onto fold-out mud mat convenience, with the dry/wet storage separating Headwaters™ Gear Bag. Bags feature a massive dry-goods top with external rod tube straps, and mesh vents in the bottom wet-compartment to help combat mildew.


  • Separate top compartment for dry goods storage and separate wet storage with fold out mud mat
  • Mesh vents in wet compartment help prevent mildew
  • Two external zippered security pockets
  • Removable AutoMat™
  • Mesh windows on bottom compartment
  • External rod tube straps
  • 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon shell fabric with DWR finish
  • Capacity: 69 Liters, 4,210 cubic inches
  • Dimensions: 25" x 15" x 14"
  • Weight: 64 oz


Product Care


  • Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.


Customer Reviews

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Video Review by Maric

Maric 7/31/2014

Can you put more picture or video of this bag I want to buy it and I want to see how it looks ( is this 65l small ) when I put my waders and boots in it and other staff like vest etc..Thank you :)

(Posted on 7/31/2014)

Best Travel Bag Review by skip

skip 5/2/2014

I have this bag and use it on conjunction with my Taco bag. I handles all of my gear and clothing for a long weekend trip. The Taco bag fits neatly into and can be used for daily adventures. The zippers work well and its capacity is just right. Also I have used the bag for non-flyfishing trips when traveling and holds up well for airline travel.

(Posted on 5/2/2014)

Good...but could have been GREAT. Review by Flyfish5225 - Central PA

Flyfish5225 - Central PA 12/20/2013

I've had mine for about 8 months now and think it's a pretty good gear bag...but it could have been far better with some simple changes.

*The "vented" bottom is there for aesthetics only, as far as I've seen.

*The bottom compartment could have been a little deeper. For reference: A pair of size 14 wading shoes and 2XL Simms G4Z's take up every possible inch of the space - probably what contributed to the 'aesthetic' ventilation.

*If Simms wanted to be really slick, they would have incorporated a mesh pocket/pouch adjoining the lower compartment that could have held a wet landing net. (v2.0!)

*The main zippers are a little small for my liking; I would have hoped for something sturdier.

*Rod tube holders could have been **vastly** improved. The two shock cords left a lot to be desired. Perhaps if you only carry one tube, maybe, but two? Well...a pass-through sleeve between the upper and lower compartments would make a nice place to securely store tubes without them flopping around atop the bag. (v2.0!)

*Storage pockets are okay, but it would have been nice to see a larger, baffled, interior zippered pouch that could hold extra socks and skivvies.

As much of a gripe session as this would appear to be, I am happy with it. It’s far better than anything else I've had and allows me to have one bag to grab and go. The previous comments are on the money – particularly regarding the fold out mat; it is very nice and far bigger than I expected…being removable is handy, too. Shamelessly, I would of course volunteer to test out any "Version 2.0" bags...

(Posted on 12/20/2013)

Great bag for travel Review by Justin Pickett

Justin Pickett 11/18/2013

I use this bag for most of my travel needs. It has plenty of room for clothes, jacket and waders, boots, and more. I've owned it for around 2 years or more and can't complain about it's durability. It's been in rain and snow, beds of pickups, airplanes, and boats and hasn't had a seam or zipper fail. The shoulder strap is comfy, and I really like the separate compartment in the bottom of the bag for wet/dirty gear. It's a great all aroudn travel bag!

(Posted on 11/18/2013)

Excelletn Bag w/ Lots of Room Review by John

John 8/5/2013

This bag is perfect for storing all of your gear. It's tough as nails and has room for your boots, waders and layering gear to cart down to the river.

(Posted on 8/5/2013)

Great bag for weekends and more. Review by pwrfshn

pwrfshn 5/26/2013

I've had this bag for two years now and it has done everything I could ask. Most of the time I use it for the 3 day weekends to the lake and it has more than enough room...even during the times of the year when you need to be prepared for cold and hot weather. I can fit three pairs of shoes/sandals in the bottom . The long zipper side pocket is great for thinnner items and the opposite side pocket carries sunscreen etc. for easy access in the early morning.

(Posted on 5/26/2013)

Not bad, but not Simms tough Review by DJ from VA

DJ from VA 3/7/2013

I used this bag for a couple trips to Alaska and general running around. Have had it about 2 years. I like the fold out mat to put on waders behind the truck, and the separate bottom section for wet stuff. Great design. I picked it up because a buddy had one and liked it.

My issue with the bag, mostly self-inflicted, is that the top seam tore out. Now, I know this is because I overstuffed the bag, but that is what we do as fishermen on occasion, particularly on a big trip. Or cold trip, or long trip. We tend to take too much stuff. I still use it occasionally, but only if I know it will be well under-packed as not to make the rip larger. Wouldn't buy it again.

(Posted on 3/7/2013)

Exelent Product Review by Bruno Gardi - Tierra del Fuego-Argentina

Bruno Gardi - Tierra del Fuego-Argentina 7/17/2012

To my job as a fly fishing guide in Tierra del Fuego this is another great product of Simms. Congratulations!

(Posted on 7/17/2012)

Great Bag! Review by JS - Grayling, MI

JS - Grayling, MI 7/17/2012

This is one tough bag! Carries everything I need for the weekend fishing trip and the wet section on the bottom keeps all the water and dirt away from my clothes. The attached boot mat is a nice touch when getting geared up at the back of the truck - nice to have something to stand on and not have to go searching the truck for it.

(Posted on 7/17/2012)

Gear Bag Reviw Review by Darbdorf - Queenstown/NZ

Darbdorf - Queenstown/NZ 7/17/2012

Got this bag when I was living in WY and have traveled with it quite often. It is perfect as a carry on except international airlines seem to have issues with bags this size. Perfect for carrying waders, boots, and fishing clothes for a long weekend trip. Great bag especially love the stretchy shoulder strap it really alleviates the pressure from the weight of the bag. Two thumbs up on this one Simms

(Posted on 7/17/2012)

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